Good Morning / Afternoon (depending on where in the world you are 😛 )
What a week! It’s school holidays so I’ve been flat out working vacation care at school and trying to write my lesson plans for prac (#studentteachingftw).
I’m using this “down time” to do some significant wedding planning and one of the trickiest things to decide is where my wonderful new hubby and I will go to celebrate once we’re done with all the crazy wedding magic. So I made a list of all the places I would love to go on honeymoon… summarised all the good and bad points and attempted to come to a conclusion – here we go…
I love the idea of Bali. I’ve never been but it looks amazing. I think the thing that draws me to Bali is the versatility of the country. There’s lush jungles, tropical beachside resorts, party hotspots (not that Scott and I party very much… the only thing that gets lit at our house is our scented candles (jokes – they’re too expensive to be lighting just willy nilly)). I love the ocean and I love equally love the rainforest. One of my best friend’s got married recently and she spent her honeymoon at a beautiful little rainforest villa in the hills above Byron Bay… if I could find something exactly like that, but within walking distance to the ocean, and shopping district, but still really private … I’d be happy.
Every seen that movie, Cool Runnings? Well ever since I saw it as a child I have been in love with Jamaica. The people are beautiful and kind and the country itself is amazing. There is a tonne of hidden lagoons and secret waterfalls. We could go ziplining, tubing or on a safari adventure… the only thing is Jamaica has so much stuff to do – and although its beautiful – I’m not sure I want to spend my honeymoon adventuring. I love adventure and a little bit on our honeymoon would be nice… but I don’t want to be so exhausted I haven’t got any energy left for the more traditional honeymoon activities 😉 …. Plus, flights from Townsville to Jamaica are hella expensive (around $8,000 return) .
Mumma Mia, here I go again… I wish that the hostel that the women in Mumma Mia owned was a real place .. is it a real place? Imagine honeymooning there! The history in Greece is what draws me to it the most; Acropolis, the Delphi Ruins, Temple of Apollo, Parthenon, the list goes on… but I’m not sure how much pleasure Scott would get from looking at (in his words) “old things” all day. However, there is a lot of what I can only describe as “fishing tours” that I think he would enjoy… and I could always go shopping… but I don’t think that would be a very fun honeymoon L
Hands up if you’ve ever heard mixed reports about Paris. The only reason this one made the list is because, again, when I was a little girl, I was in love with Beauty and the Beast … so of course I assumed that Paris was a magical land of singing candlesticks and bossy teapots. Now as an adult, I hear constant reports about Paris being a dirty, tourist filled hole, over run by prostitutes and poodle poo. But that little girl inside of me is still curious. I think Paris would be better left as a stop off on my travel-around-Europe girls trip (a brilliant idea that I just thought of, just this second) – but in terms of a honeymoon location – it doesn’t really make the cut.
Fiji is amazing. Scott and I took our first “couples getaway” there a few years ago now and it still holds a special spot in my heart. We stayed at three different resorts and spent our days sleeping, swimming and being naked. My only regret is that we didn’t spend any time outside of the resorts exploring the country… we did take a day cruise and explore the reef though – that was incredible. The people in Fiji are wonderful and friendly and always smiling. This is definitely a top runner in my honeymoon list, the only thing that stops it from being a definite pick is that I think I want a little more adventure on my honeymoon.
You know when Mr Big dumps Carrie on their wedding day, but she still decides to go to Mexico and spends her honeymoon with her girlfriends at that amazing resort !!! That’s what I now imagine all Mexican honeymoons to be like (not the getting dumped at the alter part… just the beautiful sunny resort part). It’s sunny, warm, there’s bound to be a coastal resort somewhere AND I could wear all of my colourful clothes and not stand out as much as I normally do (seriously… why is black active wear so popular?). We could visit that creepy La Isla de las Munecasand see the hundreds of hanging, decomposing, decapitated dolls and to calm ourselves down afterwards (because that would be super scarey) we could visit the hidden beach (or lovers’ beach) and Cenote Xkeken. Mexico is pretty close to the top of my list … adventure, history, romance – it’s got it all !
Cultured, historic, fun-loving and friendly… Thailand has rainforests, beaches, history and lots of luxury resorts. Most importantly it is the home of Thai food (which is my second favourite sort of food… right after chico rolls). How romantic would it hire a gondola (is it still called a gondola when you’re not in Venice?) and row around the waters of Railay? We could visit the markets during the day and sit sipping cocktails, watching the sun set from our deluxe resort room’s patio in the evening. The only thing that turns me off Thailand is the wealth of reports I hear about animal abuse for the sake of tourism. I don’t agree with torturing and drugging animals just for the sake of a good selfie or two.
For a girl who loves the ocean I think it is incredible that I have never been to the Caribbean. There is a forest filled with clouds, submarine tours, moonlight dive trips and volcano sight-seeing explorations. We could hire a house boat and spend our entire honeymoon floating around pretending to be characters from Pirates of the Caribbean. Anguilla, a British West Indies island, has virtually untouched beaches and is popular with rich famous people (… so it’s probably out of my budget ) and Antigua is a sailor’s paradise with resorts famous for their sophisticated, romantic atmospheres. The only down side (like Jamaica) flights alone are crazy expensive (and long)… I think I’ll put this one in the 5 year anniversary destination list instead!
The perfect way to visit the USA without actually visiting the USA (this whole Trump thing is out of control!). Beaches, spas, volcanoes and plenty of beautiful hiking trails – Hawaii is another one pretty close to the top of the list. Plus there is an Outrigger Resort on Waikiki Beach (which is fun to say). Hawaii also has Pearl Harbour, which is on my bucket list of places to go and a rich cultural history that I find fascinating. Some people like to go swimming with sharks, not really my thing, but we could get onboard with a submarine tour (pun intended) or just spend our days spa-hopping.
Yay, saved the best for last! New Zealand is an adventurous, lord-of-the-rings loving country, jam packed with things to do. Kayaking, sailing, diving, bungee jumping… pretty much any sort of dare devilling adventure sport can be found in New Zealand.. not to mention it’s such a quaint little country we could just hire a car and see the whole thing in under 2 weeks. Hobbiton and the Weta Workshop would obviously be our first stops, and seeing the snow falls on the South Island are a close second. The only thing that turn me off is that with so much to see and do, I don’t think we’d find much time to relax and just enjoy each other’s company… it would be amazing and fun – just not exactly romantic.
So … after all of this research I’ve managed to narrow it down to either: New Zealand or Thailand OR Tasmania (not on my original list- but looks pretty amazing)- but it all depends on what Scott thinks (apparently the Groom is allowed to have an opinion…).
Ideally I think a cruise around Fiji / Bali / Thailand would be ideal because it would (1) cover three of my main locations (2) remove the hassle of packing up and changing resorts (because we’d be on a boat) and (3) provide plenty of romance ❤ ❤ <3… then again making love in front of a fire in a snow lodge in Tasmania is also pretty high on my to-do list (in case you haven’t gauged from my previous posts I am incredibly indecisive)…
Do you know of any incredible honeymoon locations?? PLEASE HELP ME!!! My main priorities are (1) must be luxurious (2) must be relaxing (3) must be romantic, and (4) must not be ridiculously overpriced (because you know … Uni student!).
That’s all from me this week guys (see I told you I’d post every Monday 😉 )
Have a beautiful week!