Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

After enjoying our honeymoon last year, and having witnessed many friends getting married, then trying to find that perfect honeymoon spot I thought I would take some time to create this post, in hopes it makes finding the perfect destination I little simpler for 2019 honeymooners.

Before searching for the ideal honeymoon spot, create a list of must-have criteria, and potential limitations. For example, we could only take time out for one week and therefore could not travel long haul. We also like to do different things when on holiday too, I like to see the sights and explore the culture and history of the place, whereas my husband prefers to relax on a beach and take a swim.

These criteria narrowed our list of places to visit leaving us with a focus on Europe, and as we have been to several European countries we wanted to try somewhere different but that was on my list of places I really gotta see – this left us with Sicily.

To help you create your list and get you thinking, here’s a list of my top 10 potential honeymoon destinations.

An Italian Honeymoon

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If you are searching for a place that has a little of everything then honeymoons in Italy may be for you.

From the cities where you can see history come to life to the spectacular coastlines such as the Amalfi Coast, newlyweds could indulge in fine wine and local cuisine. With so many places to see it is also possible to visit more than one location so Venice, Florence, and Rome may be on the cards.

This is a great place for historical, relaxing, or culture honeymoons. If you love the ocean and want a taste of the tropical life, then the next destination may be the place for you.

Honeymoon in the Indian Ocean

If you love the water and want to travel a little further then a honeymoon in the Indian Ocean can offer just that. The sounds of the ocean and surrounding rainforests will make sure your troubles melt away as relaxation kicks in.

This destination is perfect for a 2 week getaway for those looking to take the time to simply be together.

South of France – Your Luxury Honeymoon

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The South of France is one of my favourite places with amazing beaches, plenty of cuisine and amazing accommodation options this is a romantic place for your honeymoon.

If you are searching for a quieter destination within reach of other places on the coast, Cap d’Antibes is a brilliant option. Alternatively, if you are looking for spectacular beaches then head to St Tropez.

Australia’s East Coast

If one resort is not enough then a tour along the East Coast of Australia can help achieve what you are searching for. From Brisbane/Cairns to Sydney.

If you are looking for a tour then you may need 3-4 weeks to really get into it and have time to adjust to the time difference.

Honeymooning in Marrakesh

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The flight to Marrakesh isn’t too long from the UK and when I went we were here for 1 week which was enough time for us to take a few trips and relax too.

Barbados West Coast

In the Caribbean lies the island of Barbados, which is known for being a happy place. In fact, it is described as being 21 miles long and a smile wide.

The west coast is particularly popular for honeymooners with St James offering famous sandy shores, luxury shopping experiences, and fabulous hotels. Moving further down the coast in St Micheal lie beaches filled with character as the coast becomes more rugged.

This beautiful island is a tranquil environment for a honeymoon and is the height of luxury.

Ibiza Not Just a Party Town

Known primarily for its nightlife Ibiza may not appear to be the best honeymoon spot, but its crystal-clear waters and boutique hotels can be perfect for a happy couple.

If you are looking for a place that is lively, luxury, with hidden gems for relaxation then Ibiza is for you. Ibiza is also home to beautiful vineyards offering tastings and tours for those looking to escape from the main action for the day.

Out of the Sunshine and Over to Iceland

Not all of us are searching for a sunny trip and that’s perfectly fine, I don’t like being in the sun all day, in fact, I prefer the winter!

Iceland is famous for witnessing the northern lights, its Blue Lagoon, and dramatic scenery all of which are perfect for a romantic setting. Many of the hotels here are traditional for the area with a Nordic design that makes you feel warm. This is an especially good destination for a Christmas honeymoon.

New York, New York

This is perhaps the busiest of places on this list but it has a way of making every individual feel special. There are plenty of tours, museums, and galleries to keep you busy, and that’s not including the shopping opportunities – oh and don’t forget to catch a show!

The great thing about this getaway is that you can visit for 4 days and still feel like you have seen and done soooo much, but staying for at least a week is best, in order to see enough without rushing.

Don’t Fancy Going Abroad?

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My last destination is right here in the UK because I have many friends who either don’t want to travel or are scared of flying and I feel many times these domestic tourists are forgotten about.

If you have read my blog posts about North Wales you will know I am a big fan. The Llyn peninsula offers amazing beaches in tranquil environments so you can get lost in your own thoughts and spend quality time together. Some of the beaches have clear blue seas and just around the corner are green fields ideal for a countryside stroll.

This is my top 10 list for honeymoons, from long-haul destinations to perfect places right here in the UK.

How To Stay Connected While Traveling

When you decide to travel, you don’t always think about every aspect of heading off on a trip to somewhere new and exciting. All you’re thinking about is how exciting it will be to get out there and see the world, and often this means that you don’t about what you’re leaving behind – your friends and family.

Staying connected wasn’t always easy, but nowadays, thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever before to remain connected to your loved ones, even when you’re not around. So the next time you head off on a trip abroad, make sure to think more carefully about how to stay connected.

Wondering what the best ideas are for staying close even while far apart? Read on for an array of handy hacks and ideas!

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Take advantage of instant messaging

The issue with staying connected while apart used to be tricky because it could be expensive sending text messages from abroad. However, that’s no longer the case thanks to the birth of iMessage, Whatsapp, Viber, and Facebook Messanger, as each of these services can be used to message for free, from anywhere in the world, just as long as you have an internet connection. Pretty cool, huh? Of course, you’re not always guaranteed free internet access – and you don’t want to use your data as abroad it can cost a lot to use – which is where having a mobile hotspot device can come in handy to have.

Send digital postcards

Yes, these are a thing. Instead of buying a postcard, why not use a postcard-making app where you select a photo that you’ve taken, add a message to the back, add an address, and the company then sends the postcard for you. How cool is that? You might not be able to write the postcards by hand, but it’s a much quicker and easier way to stay connected.

Video chat

Another option for staying connected while traveling is video chatting with your loved ones via FaceTime and Skype. If you want a close chatting experience, where you are face-to-face with your friends and family, then video chatting is the best route to go down as it allows you to chat as if you were face-to-face, instead of thousands of miles apart.

Email

Emailing might be seen as old-fashioned by some, but if you’re traveling abroad in a different time zone and want to stay connected to your loved ones without having to stay up late to chat live, then emailing is a great option. While you could opt to send a letter, emailing offers a much faster and more effective communication method worth considering.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about staying connected while traveling.

 

 

We’re off to Disneyland

So, I have been to Disneyland before but for some reason, I can hardly remember anything. This time I am determined to remember the trip so I am going to plan ahead.

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After getting inspiration from Fishbowl Life I decided the family have to go back to Disneyland, Paris that is, and we are going by coach! I know we are crazy and there are 10 of us going, but plenty of adults to take care of the little ones. On the other hand, there are a variety of age groups so we need to make sure all children are catered for.

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As this is closest to the entrance our journey will probably start here – although I do like and can remember Main St so would spend a bit of time there. The Phantom Manor looks good so we will take a wander in there and be spooked!

There’s also Big Thunder Mountain that I’m sure my boy would like to go on and a photo op, which we love. Next to this area is the Indiana Jones ride – and we are travelling with some Indie lovers – this ride is on our list as we make our way to Adventureland.

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The place for pirate lovers a couple of good rides and a tree house. This area also looks like it has plenty of places to eat so we will be stopping at Captain Jacks for some refreshments before heading to…

Fantasyland

By the looks of things, the small children will want to take Fantasyland, and this is where Peter Pan’s Flight is and I can remember loving this ride – even as a teenager! I’m imagining we will visit this area around lunchtime after we have had some food, this way we can ensure the little ones are occupied for most of the day – I know this is an odd thing to say when in Disneyland but it can be a lot of walking and waiting.

Discoveryland

This seems to have something for everyone, our main plan here is to take those who love Star Wars to Hyperspace Mountian, whilst the younger children try out Autopia. Then all of the family can try the Buzz Lightyear Laser Tag.

Somewhere within all of this we also need to catch a parade and meet some of the characters, obviously Mickey.

In the evening we are considering visiting Mickey’s Cafe for dinner but we are not too sure yet – we are finding that all of these restaurants need to be booked well in advance and as we are going at Easter the park will be busy.

We are there for two days and on day 2 we plan to visit Walt Disney Studios – I remember personally preferring this area to Disneyland Park. But, I will share this in a different post.

If you have been or have any tips for meal plans please let us know 🙂

 

Is There A Perfect Season To Travel?

Travelling can be done at any time, but a lot of people opt for a summer holiday, taking them to warmer climates (if you live in the UK), although there’s plenty to see and do in winter too.

According to a survey by Slater and Gordon that asked 2,000 members of the British public when they prefer to travel, 56% of them opted for summer sun. Although, there are plenty of places to enjoy a snowy or festive holiday as winter rolls in…

Exploring the Winter Landscape of Europe

For a winter getaway in Europe, the Alps are at the top of the list from large resorts like Zermatt in Switzerland to smaller ones such as St Anton in Austria, there’s plenty of snowy landscapes to choose from.

These destinations offer amazing backdrops and plenty of history. As well as fun for all with differing levels of ski slopes and instructors available it can be the perfect family holiday, and you will make the most incredible memories.

After a day on the slopes, you can expect some amazing apres and night-time entertainment. If you travel to Zermatt take to Pollux Bar or Papa Caesar – for great bars and social hours. If travelling with a family then a warm hot chocolate and a festive film may be on the cards.

It seems that one of the main reasons we don’t travel in winter is due to safety worries, apparently, 58% of people surveyed said winter travel made them more concerned about their safety. This is understandable if you plan to travel to cooler climates but reading safety notes and planning ahead to ensure the right gear is packed should reduce any risk of an accident. Alternatively, travelling somewhere for a peaceful scenic holiday or for some festive fun is also an option.

Festivities Across The Pond

The most obvious winter getaway in America would be New York, with amazing shopping opportunities, over the top decorations, and much more it is a winter wonderland. Although this seems to be a lot of people’s idea of a perfect destination there are plenty of other options like Detroit, where you will experience a light extravaganza on the ultimate road trip. Or if you are looking to meet Father Christmas in a totally different wat then head to Newport Beach where you will find a boat parade filled with lights.

Not looking for a Christmas escape? Then visit Utah in January where you can enjoy a glimpse of the Sundance Film Festival. Or head to Washington D.C. and head to the museums to learn some American history and take in some culture.

There’s plenty to do and see in the winter too, so don’t stay indoors watching film, after film, make your own story and explore the world. But, no matter where winter takes you make sure you stay safe with these tips:

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The Honeymoon 2018 Look

As my summer holiday in 2018 has come to an end, as the school holidays are just beginning (unlucky), I thought I’d do something a little different on my blog and share my summer styles.

Sicily was incredible and you can read all about it in my recent posts, but one aspect I didn’t mention was the outfit choices I made. Here are the outfits I put together, on a very limited budget I might add!

Obviously yellow is a key statement colour this season, and whilst this is in my day to day attire it doesn’t feature much in my honeymoon outfits. This is because I love red and I was the bride so I wanted to incorporate white throughout.

I love a hat and red jumpsuit

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It’s a white skirt, this means either white or no knickers!

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Love my floral bikini from https://www.bouxavenue.com/

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My treat from me to me, Gucci sunglasses 😍😍

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There are many more outfits, including white laced shorts and more red T’s but I did not take enough pictures!

I cannot wait to go shopping again for more UK summer things, including a new rain coat!

Getting Around in Sicily – Taormina

Visiting a new place can sometimes be daunting and if you only have a week you have to find your way around quickly. Here are some tips on doing just that, as well as lessons learned from our last trip away.

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If you have read my previous posts you will know that my latest trip was to Sicily, where we enjoyed a week-long honeymoon. It is a fabulous place but the first day seems to always be spent finding your bearings.

Obviously, we did some research before we left but this was mainly on what was nearby such as the beaches and how far we were from Savoca (The Godfather Tour) – very touristy I know!

In hindsight, the research we should have been doing was looking at public transport options. Instead, we paid for a bus to the main town of Taormina, when there was a cable car directly opposite our hotel. This would have saved us some money and also provided us with many more culinary options.

This got me thinking about all of the ways to find out about the public transport systems:

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  1. The most obvious – take to the internet, although sometimes the timetables can be rather confusing, also some places don’t keep to a strick timetable.
  2. Ask the receptionist at the hotel, they can be very knowledgeable and may also have a timetable.
  3. When you arrive locate the nearest bus stop or alternative transportation methods and way up time differences and prices before committing.

Although saving money and time is great, I did enjoy the bus journey as we went to places we didn’t know about and got to hop on and hop off to discover new areas that were unexpected.

 

Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace

Located in the centre of a cove with a private beach this is a fabulous place to stay and relax when in Sicily.

The Hotel

From the front of the hotel, you would not know that a beach is hidden at its rear. The driveway is steep, although the steps leading to the reception are not too bad. Upon entry to the hotel, you are greeted by friendly staff who are happy to assist.

If your room is not ready, guests are directed to the ground floor where a marble and seating bar area awaits. The decor is stunningly beautiful and put me at ease when it comes to cleanliness.

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The large doors provide a sneak peak of the beachfront and outdoor seating area. Once outside the staircase is hidden by a circular wall which leads to the beach. One at the edge of the beach white and grey sunbeds make you instantly want to simply chill out.

Before stepping foot on the sand and choosing your sunbed the lifeguards hurry over to place your towels down and prepare your parasol. Once you are ready a bartender is there waiting to take your drinks order, and food if you are hungry and don’t mind spending 20EUROS on a burger.

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The beach is a key feature at this hotel as it can be seen from the room balconies and heard as you relax in bed, this provides the perfect tranquil environment. The rooms themselves are clean and fresh with white bed linen and a marble bathroom.

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My favourite thing about the service was the turn down when you arrive from an evening out to your pajamas folded neatly at the end of the bed, slippers by the side, and throw cushions in their hiding place. Oh, and sweets on the bed!

The location of the hotel is great too, just seconds from the cable cars that lead to Taormina and seconds from bus services. Plus, there are plenty of restaurants around in case you just don’t feel like heading into the main shopping town.

This hotel is a brilliant place to stay and the most relaxing place I have been. Perfect for a honeymoon or just a getaway as a couple.

Why Sicily was the Perfect Honeymoon Spot

When searching for a honeymoon location many choose exotic locations, where couples in the brochure are walking along a beach hand-in-hand as the sunsets behind them. Not us…

We wanted to find somewhere that met my need for history and my now husbands need for sunshine and the beach. That’s when we decided on Sicily and what a great decision that turned out to be.

The Landscape

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The landscape was romantic, made up of rugged hills and towns that tell a story just from the views. The winding roads that lead to hidden towns can be scary when on a bus but provide the most breathtaking views.

The Cuisine

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It’s not just the landscape but the cuisine is delicious offering freshly prepared meals, warm ciabatta, and breadsticks. Occasionally, we would also receive lemon sorbet which I really enjoyed.

Going out for an evening meal is more of an experience, taking a seat outside of a quaint restaurant and eating a meal by candlelight this is the perfect place for a couple on their honeymoon, or partake in some people watching!

The Location

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When arriving at the hotel we felt extremely grateful to be met by such amazing scenery, from the balcony of our room we could see the beach and the cove which or hotel was nestled in.

From the hotel, it was a 30-second walk to the bus stop or cable car that takes you straight into the main town of Taormina; this is where we would head to in the evening for our meal and drinks and the shops are open until approximately 10pm meaning there was no need to shop during the daytime. This left more time for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine, or attractions nearby.

We have been back for 5 days and we are missing it already, would love to go back and experience this amazing place with the rest of the family. Such a relaxing atmosphere and plenty to enjoy.

The Hen Weekend

A while ago I created a post about my perfect hen weekend and last weekend it came along and it was a great surprise.

As my maid of honour, my sister and my other bridesmaid’s had the task of preparing my hen weekend, and that’s difficult due to my fussy nature. But, it was great and I am very happy with how it turned out.

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On Friday after work, I headed off deeper into North Wales, and instantly I knew where we were off to. If you have read previous posts you will know that I do like many places in North Wales, especially the Llyn peninsular. This is due to the fact that the only holiday’s I had as a child was to Porthmadog and I have some great family memories there. And, that’s exactly where we were heading, to Greenacres in Porthmadog.

 

Greenacres is a Haven holiday park located just off Black Rock Sands beach. When we arrived we were pleased to find that our caravan for the weekend was very close to the beach and overlooking the sand dunes, so we had a lovely view. My sister and friends had gone to a lot of effort to make food, and stock up on drink as well as decorate the accommodation.

The night started well but went by quickly and soon became a blur, as we walked to the beach to listen to the waves and enjoy the fresh air.

The next morning we had other guests arriving and the sun was shining which I was extremely grateful for. We had to make the most of the sunshine so headed to the beach where we had Prosecco and played rounders! There is an ice cream van that drives up and down the beach in warm weather selling refreshments and ice cream so there’s little need to head back to the caravan.

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Later in the afternoon, we went for a walk along the beach where there were several jellyfish guarding the shoreline, so we made sure we had some sandals on – this is a regular thing here so bear this in mind when visiting.

 

 

In the evening we went for a lovely meal at Ty mwg beer and brisket smokehouse. This restaurant has picturesque views and there’s also a campsite for campers and tourers. Once we had finished the meal we back to the accommodation for a bit of Prosecco ping pong before grabbing our change and going to the arcade! It’s not just for children.

After another night that turned into a blur, we woke up to a full English and rain 😦 But not for long as the sun came out and we enjoyed ice cream from Cadwalders in Criccieth. Located approximately 15 minutes from Porthmadog, Criccieth is a lovely beach town with a castle overlooking the sea.

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Once we had taken some silly pictures and made the most of the sunshine (again)!

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We stopped at Borth-y-Gest, a small fishing village. Taking a walk through the trees and grass to the small beach we had some fantastic picture opportunities.

 

 

 

That evening back at the caravan a good clear up and pamper night was in order before a delicious Indian take away from Passage to India.

Not your typical hen weekend, but one that was just right for me, good friends, delicious food, and sunshine.

The World at Your Fingertips

Recently I just moved into my own home and have noticed that my interior style is very minimalistic, so I have decided that I need to bring a little culture to the place. 

Most people have an idea of what their ideal decor would look like including the furniture, colour pallet, and layout. But why not take a while to research some different styles that you may not have seen before?

The world is full of individuals whose styles vary and culture, history, local trends, economics, and sociology all play a roll in our choices. For this reason every country, and in some cases region will have its own sense of style broadening our interior options, and nowadays we don’t have to even travel to be inspired (although that would be ideal) we can just research these styles using books, the internet, social media, and interior magazines.

Here are some styles that caught my eye:

Moroccan Style

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When travelling to Marrakech I noticed a lot of the interiors and exteriors used patterned tiles for decoration, this would be a relatively simple way of incorporating a different style in my home but as we are DIYing it could take a while.

Alternatively taking inspiration from the red city of Morocco we could incorporate this paint in our interiors. Perhaps this would look nice as presented in the above image pairing the paint with tiling.

Scandinavian Style

I recently came across this blog –  http://www.myscandinavianhome.com/ and felt very inspired by the fresh finish of and well-polished style. This is something I aspire to have in my home but realise it will take a while to get this point.

The Scandinavian style seems to use white as a base point along with quirky shaped furniture and the odd pop of colour. This is the style I’d like for my kitchen and dining room.

The French Way

Having been to France a few times you would think I would have taken some images of places I have stayed but it would appear not. The French style I refer to is the Parisian style with large antique mirrors and rustic shabby chic furniture, I imagine this style would sit well in my bedroom.

Large chandelier’s and a fabric covered chair would look good in the hallway when entering the home.

Brazilian Interiors

I think that Brazilian interiors resemble a ski chalet for the summertime using polished smooth wood or stone with colourfully patterned furniture to accompany. The lack of paint and wallpaper brings the outdoors in and is a lovely feel when the sunshine is out.

This style would work well in a living room especially one with large windows that let in lots of natural light.

I am sure there are many more styles but these are the ones that really stand out to me. If you have any styles that stand out let me know because I am in search of inspiration.