Time was when a newly elected head of state got a "honeymoon period"; a time to ride on the wave of national enthusiasm and renewal. With an electorate sick to the back teeth of the last lot, you got to capitalise on that positivity and get some of the unpleasant stuff done while people still like you. Not this time. In this age, the post-dialup age, your honeymoon period lasts about as long as a Snapchat. If that.
If you're planning to celebrate Valentine's Day with a proposal, you might want to start thinking about honeymoon destinations. Of course you could take the easy option and suggest a beach break in Florida or the Bahamas. But here are 10 more exciting options that will put some added spark into the start of your married life.
What happens when the party's over? I'm not talking about the old 'marriage kills romance' cliché - I'm thinking more immediate and pressing issues, like honeymoons. They're well within my remit, so here are a few first thoughts on some romantic destinations that almost live up to finally being able to say 'I Do'.
Last Wednesday I went on a date. I put on too much make up, then took most of it off. I tried on knee high boots before deciding they made me look like a low rent version of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. By the time I ran, breathless, for the tube I'd pretty much metamorphosed into Mary Whitehouse.