We already know what all the Duggars’ first kisses looked like, but what happened after the church bells stopped ringing? Well, the honeymoon, of course! And if you watch Counting On, you already know that the married Duggar kids have been on some seriously luxe honeymoons (and if you watched 19 Kids & Counting then you know that not all Duggar honeymoons are created equal). But there’s more to the couples’ trips then sight-seeing and selfies. So what goes down when the TLC newlyweds finally get their first few moments off by themselves? Check out what all Duggar honeymoons must have in the gallery.
Dang, that place looks nice. Think there’s a heart-shaped jacuzzi tub in the room? A four poster bed? A cozy chaise where the bride and groom can cuddle up and share their first private conversations about all kinds of things?
But at least it looks like Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo only slept in one of them and just piled the pillows on the other. That’s kind of hot, right? Think they kept their socks on when they climbed into bed that first night together? It was November, you guys.
Which is what Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth got up to the morning after their wedding. Hey, it’s not necessarily how we would spend our first morning waking up with our new husband, but to each their own, right?
This is the first test of marriage where you find out if you and your hubby will really be able to make it long term. Do you have compatible airport habits? Will you walk around clinging to each other like Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell did or do you want your space?
Will you still want to touch each other after being on a plane for 24 hours?
Considering that you’re newlyweds who are only newly allowed to touch each other, probably. But still, jet lag plus plane smell plus weirdly sweaty despite not moving much is a powerful combination that not everyone can overcome. The fact that Joy and Austin are all cuddled up despite them both desperately needing a shower is a pretty powerful thing.
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard may have gotten the low-budget trip because they didn’t have a honeymoon special, but they still went somewhere beautiful. It looked like they had the beach all to themselves from their private little house.
But with that goodness comes the resident newlywed grossness.
“I ‘wuv’ you,” Joe told Kendra, and that baby talk is totally appropriate for a couple who are experiencing their first relationship. But also, considering the fact that these are married adults, it’s kind of inappropriate, too.
No Duggar honeymoon is complete without a cooking class.
Wow! Can you believe that greek salad doesn’t have lettuce? Joe sure couldn’t! Crazy to think that you can combine a bunch of fresh veggies together and it actually makes a meal. Back home, it’s just frozen green beans and canned tomatoes all day long.
Austin and Joy got to make chocolate in Switzerland.
Low-key, theirs was the best. First of all, it was chocolate — and second of all, it was Swiss chocolate. But it also just gave them more of a chance to be creative. And considering how much this family loves the chocolate mess, well it seems fitting that they should get some insight into making their own.
Though we’re pretty sure that Joy has a different kind of playing in mind as she looks at Austin with those bedroom eyes. Her face is all like, “What that mouth do?” And he knows exactly how to work it.
Jinger and Jeremy got straight up sexy at their cooking class.
They couldn’t keep their hands off of each other — which was pretty weird, considering they were a regular amount of affectionate during the rest of their trip. But hey, as Jeremy said, “Watching Jinger cook, she’s beautiful… And so it was getting a little hot in the kitchen.”
She was serious about teaching the couple how to cook, and she didn’t appreciate needing to scold them when they got caught up instead of keeping an eye on the grill. There’s no room for fun when you’re throwing a shrimp on the barbie, Jeremy.
But they don’t just cook — they also eat new foods.
Though they’re not always psyched about it. When a chef in France bought Ben and Jessa a free plate of escargot, they both flipped. Typically, the Duggars love getting free stuff — but this was clearly one gift they wished they could give back.
You can say that Jessa didn’t, though. She totally wimped out, blaming her “weak stomach” as an excuse. Doesn’t it seem like the Duggars always have a weak stomach when it’s convenient? And yet they can handle all those creamed soups and cheeses at home.
In Greece, Kendra gathered her courage and ate cooked spinach.
We know, we know. This girl is braver than anyone we know. Despite her “texture issues,” she gathered up all of her grit and tried a single nibble of spanakopita. Can you believe? Get this girl a trophy.
Her expression says it all, but also so does the fact that she and Austin kept calling it “water with gas” instead of bubbly water or, you know, something normal. “When you’re expecting water just, like, regular, and you drink it…” Joy started, with Austin finishing, “It’s a let-down.”
And when it came time to fondue, they had no idea what to do.
“What’s a fondue anyways?” Joy asked. “What do you do with that?” They couldn’t figure it out — despite the fact that it is pretty basic — so Austin literally whipped out his phone so that he could not-so-subtly spy on the table behind them to see how they were supposed to eat it.
Which was a mystery to us viewers at home. Meat and cheese and bread seem like staples of this family’s diet, and yet it went totally over their heads when presented in a slightly different medium. Also, Austin burned his tongue on the hot cheese and almost spit the whole thing out.
Josh and Anna had some pretty exotic food in South Carolina.
Ahhh, Myrtle Beach. Home to Doritos and Vault energy drink, apparently. Because who doesn’t want to have a stomach ache the whole first week you get to spend alone with your new spouse? Who needs to sit down for meals when you can just snack throughout the day?
And Anna was predictably mystified by the salad dressing they made at the table, joking that she’s used to 99¢ meals, not bone-in steaks. The good news for her is that, in this family, she’ll be back to 99¢ meals as soon as the honeymoon is over.
They go out of their comfort zones in other ways, too.
Like by going to public beaches with other people around. What if Josh sees a woman in a bikini?! Nike, everyone, nike! And Anna letting it all hang out in that modest, uh, bathing costume? We can see her knees! Now that’s some sexy swimwear.
Well, maybe they should call it napping under the sharks. Josh and Anna gave it about 30 minutes before they packed up their sleeping bags and nope’d it right back to their beach house. They were absolutely not about camping out on the cold ground all night long, even if it was inside.
Jessa pushed Ben into confronting his phobia of heights.
She literally pushed him out onto the part of the Eiffel Tower where there was a glass floor. “That’s what couples are for,” she joked. “Gotta face your fears,” she added — before pretending to point out cracks in the glass. Guess it only works one way, though, considering that Jessa didn’t exactly have to face her fears when it came to that uneaten serving of escargot.
Meanwhile, Jinger looked absolutely terrified at the idea of throwing something only to have it come speeding right back at you. Her face said it all as she was like, “Sorry, you want me to what Throw this pretty much as myself as fast as I can?”
After all, one boomerang did knock Jeremy right in the shin and even made him start to bleed a little. NBD, though — just dodge better next time. The camera crew, on the other hand, wasn’t as lucky. After all, it’s a little harder to get out of the way when you’re trying to handle all that heavy film equipment — especially when you need to get the shot.
Joy and Austin were like, “Sure, we can confront death.”
And to be fair to them, hang gliding seems like the best way to handle it. If you drop out of the sky and plummet to the ground where you will be squashed like a bug on a windshield, at least you had a gorgeous view, right? And like Joy said, at least they’d be together.
Didgeridoos are apparently all the rage on the streets of Sydney, and when this couple stumbled across one, it was like nothing they’d ever seen before in their lives. Which, TBH, is a little crazy. Like, did they even Google Australia before they hopped on a plane?
And their faces were seriously the dictionary definition of, “WTF?” Jeremy even remarked that the sound it make was kind of like a “fart,” which is both incredibly respectful to the indigenous cultures who play didgeridoo and very sexy to his new wife that he probably hadn’t farted in front of yet.
Well, not Jinger. She stuck to her clapper sticks. Apparently, someone told her that if women play the didgeridoo, “they’ll get pregnant or something.” Which as we all know, was something that the couple wanted to wait a little while to do. But more on that later.
But she was rocking that yodel instead. And thank God that she had some yodel experience already, although it was more of the blue grass variety than anything from the Swiss Alps. Still, she kind of killed it while Austin sat back and watched.
He was beyond fast when he whipped that camera phone out and hit play. Judging by his face, this was not a moment he wanted to rely on reliving through memory alone. We’re pretty sure he was into the whole thing. Take that as you will.
With new experiences come some, uh, cultural miscommunications, though.
In Australia, Jeremy ended up with tribal paint all over his face. Jinger was less into the whole thing, though she agreed to have the slightest dab of paint added to her hands. But when her new husband suggested bringing some fun cultural appropriation back to the states with them, well, she cringe appropriately.
Joy ended up all snuggled up to her hang gliding instructor.
Leggings and an arm around a man who isn’t your husband? That’s some sexy stuff for a girl who just graduated from side-hugging! Dang, Joy! Actually, wait, does this technically count as a side-hug? Is there a time limit on how long you can side-hug?
But he did shout across the way to his wife to see how she was doing. Of course, she didn’t mind the distance — or the very public conversation with their instructors able to hear every word. Hey, it’s just like courting with chaperones all over again!
Jessa and the Italian pigeons seemed to get along great.
A little too well for her taste, it seemed. We’re pretty sure she regretted feeding bread to this flock of birds just about immediately. But once you open that door, you can’t exactly close it. And it wasn’t long before she was swarmed by the pigeons.
But what really threw off was a greeting kiss on both cheeks.
When she met the Italian chef, he leaned in and pecked her on either side of her face — and you could just tell she was not expecting it. After all, she just started getting cheek kisses from her husband! And speaking of Ben, he wasn’t a huge fan of it all either.
When a woman from a local theater company greeted him and Kendra as “cousins,” improvising as she advertised her play, she went in for the traditional smooch. Joe didn’t exactly get how to go along with it, though. He managed okay when she kissed one cheek, but when she went in for the other, well, he had a little trouble navigating where his face was supposed to go, accidentally turned it towards the woman’s.
He only just got his mouth out of the way in time.
Or did he? We’re honestly not sure whether or not their mouths exactly touched, but rest-assured it was way too close for comfort. “You got a kiss there,” joked Kendra, who didn’t seem to mind at all that another woman’s lips may or may not have touched Joe’s.
There comes a moment where the newest Duggar relative drops that “19 kids” bomb on a stranger.
When an older couple advised them to have lots of kids, Austin got a haunted look in his eye as he told them about Joy’s huge family. She, however, happily explained that they were leaving that whole however-many-babies thing up to God.
Kendra had similar mixed results when she made a friend in Greece.
When she spilled the beans about her husband’s big family, the woman she was talking to was pretty much gobsmacked. “What do you mean nineteen?” she asked, sure there was some kind of mistranslation going on.
And it wasn’t long before she was making her own jokes about the situation. “Your dad? He’s still at home? Or he run away?” she asked Joe, who wasn’t laughing along. Kendra, on the other hand, found the whole thing to be pretty hilarious.
But the real cultural barriers come in play during public transportation.
While boating from one harbor to another, Jinger had to fight some serious motion sickness. We say let it all out, though — there’s no better time to puke in front of your husband than when he’s most in love with you.
You’d think Jessa might have a little experience with them considering her family’s trips to New York, but we guess she wasn’t exactly the group’s navigator back then. Oh, and things are a little different when all the signs are printed in a foreign language.
“It’s all Greek to us!” they joked about 4,000 times before they finally found the British flag icon in the corner of the screen that would let them access the English language menu. But at least they got there, right?
But Joy and Austin didn’t just have the language barrier at the machine.
They also had a rude stranger hurrying them along. Guess a German stranger shouting, “Schnell!” at you doesn’t have time for you to play around and see if you can figure out how to work the machine in a foreign language before you give up and switch back to English.
And honestly, it wasn’t such a bad thing to happen on their honeymoon. Sure, they got hustled along by a rude stranger, but how else will you quickly find out how your husband handles confrontations like this? It’s kind of a great test for a newly-married couple.
Josh and Anna didn’t have to deal with any of that, though.
They just drove around in their, uh, beautifully decorated car. What, they couldn’t even take the convertible from date night? Guess it’s true that all the romance dies once the courting period is over. So much for that newlywed love bubble.
Honeymoons are also when you find out all the small things you hate about your hubby.
Like how they lick their plate when eating a food that’s “really, really good,” like Joe apparently does. “I’ve asked him not to do it in public,” Kendra told the camera defeatedly. “I think the plate licking habit is something that we don’t want to do that, teach our kids to do that, so we probably should start work on breaking that habit. That way, we could be — or you could be a good example for the kids, because I don’t really struggle with licking my plate.”
Joy gave Austin an eye-roll so strong that we’re surprised both eyes stayed in her head.
But she’s right, Austin was being a complete drama queen about skiing up in the mountains. He was convinced that there simply wasn’t enough snow on the ground, only acknowledging that skiing might be “humanly possible” when he saw a few other skiers carving up the slopes.
Jessa and Ben have an issue with their tooth brushing habits.
“He bangs his tooth brush off on the side of the sink and it splatters toothpaste all over the mirror… I like flick the water off into the sink with my thumb,” Jessa explained, while Ben protested, “But then you… all the germs on your hand get onto your tooth brush… Tooth brush bristles are not to be touched by anything.” Jessa responded, “We’ll figure it out,” cheerfully enough, as Ben stared into the distance knowing that they would never figure it out.
And you have to confront your fears of letting go of control, too.
Especially when your spouse is driving. It’s your first time alone in the car with them, and if you can’t figure out how to trust that they won’t kill you, well, there’s not a lot of hope for your marriage. On the other side of the coin, if you can’t drive your partner around without them fearing for their life, you’ve got a problem, too.
We’re fully stealing this for the next time someone does something we don’t like. Someone puts the near empty orange juice carton back in the fridge? No, sir. Someone doesn’t use their turn signal when changing lanes? No, sir. Derick Dillard starts getting transphobic on Twitter again? No, sir!
Her voice kept saying, “Wow, you’re doing great, babe,” but her body kept saying, “Let me the f–k out of this car 30 minutes ago.” She simply couldn’t handle the fact that they were driving on the other side of the road — and that she felt like she was sitting in the driver’s seat with no steering wheel in front of her.
Kind of. While they were stopped, they tentatively both leaned forward for the quickest peck you’ve ever seen. And, of course, they both still did their best to keep their eyes on the road. You know, just in case. Safety first!
And then there are the moments where things just get weird.
Like when Josh and Anna dragged a camera crew around their rented beach house to show how many different beds there are just for the two of them. Wonder what they got up to with all those beds! Can’t imagine!
Jinger and Jeremy shared some awkward jokes at her family’s expense.
Remember the didgeridoo-pregnancy comment thing? Jinger shared that little anecdote and then was like, “Me and my siblings used to pretend the suction tubes on the vacuum cleaner were didgeridoos and try to play them,” and Jeremy was all, “Does your family have a lot of didgeridoos?”
Which is totally cute and normal except for the fact that there is now no way that I can believe that this is a couple that hasn’t seen Titanic. But it’s impossible for them to have watched it while following their parents’ rules. So was that like the first thing they did as a married couple? Sprint out of the ceremony and order Titanic on Amazon Prime? I need to know, you guys. (I also need to point out that Joe is way more bootylicious than I could have ever anticipated. But that’s beside the point.)
“Do not disturb,” all right. They’ll be in their hotel room drawing each other like French girls all night long. Or, more likely, scrolling through what else Netflix has on offer now that they’re finally allowed to make up their own rules about what movies they can and can’t watch.
And then, of course, there are all the kisses that happen all over the place.
At the hotel in Arkansas, Jessa and Ben exchanged a ~french~ kiss. And by that, of course, we mean that he asked her to kiss in french, and then they kissed. But now we’re wondering if the Duggars kiss with tongue, and it’s a question we just don’t have an answer to (yet).
Ruins are hot, after all. And you know they had to kiss a couple of times — and practice that selfie arm, too. Joe and Kendra may not be on Instagram, but they’re just as obsessed with taking couple pics as everyone else.
The couple had no problem ignoring the camera crew as Josh pulled Anna into his lap for a quick makeout sesh. Considering they courted for two full years and had to wait until Anna was 20 so that they could get engaged, they were clearly making up for lost time.
You know. In case you die. Who wants to plummet out of the sky without having shared one last kiss with your husband? And of course, you have to celebrating surviving your hang gliding experience with another kiss.
Jessa and Ben got close at the “love locks” bridge.
Which is gone now, just FYI. RIP Ben and Jessa’s love lock. But hey, at least they’ll always have this moment, captured on a camera by a whole filming crew. That’s more than all those other love locks couples can say.
What better way to pass the time waiting in line? Or on one of those moving walkways that help you speed around the terminal? Or while hanging out in the gate surrounded by fellow travelers just trying to eat their plane snacks and calculating exactly how many sleeping pills they need to pop and when so that they can pass out before takeoff but after they get their seat?
Just ignore the fact that this kissing couple is actually sitting as far apart from each other as they can get. Pay no mind to how far forward they both have to lean instead of just moving slightly closer together.
With that sexy, irresistible olive breath. And it was all the more potent for Joe, who actually hates olives, and yet managed to suffer through torturing his tastebuds so that he could give his wife a peck on the lips.
Fancy, empty restaurants have the perfect setting for smooches.
Is this not the picture of weird romance? Dark mahogany and white tablecloths and a meal that cost more than 99¢ as you sit next to each other instead of on opposite sides of the table? We can’t think of anything better.
And it was definitely not weird or anything. Nope, nothing strange to see here. Just two newly weds exchanging a heated embrace while joined by two pigeons making sure they didn’t miss a single one of the bread crumbs the couple was throwing earlier. Have you ever seen anything sexier?