Seychelles

5 Places I’d Love to Honeymoon

June 13, 2012

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The honeymoon destination I’ve always dreamed of is an island I’m visiting six weeks from now.

Ever since I was small, Hawaii has held a mythical place in my mind. It has the beach, lush green landscapes, a laid-back, shoes and shirt optional lifestyle, fresh seafood and coconuts. So in love was I with America’s island state to the west that at 14, I declared my intention to apply to Hawaii Pacific University my junior year.  When my parents quickly put a kibosh on that, I started dreaming of Hawaii as my future honeymoon location.

As fate would have it, Hawaii is the location of my future sister-in-law’s wedding next month. I am super excited to see my long-loved island paradise before I thought I would, but I now need a new honeymoon location for April 2013. After some thought, I came up with these runners-up.

1. Singapore and Malaysia

Noodles, exotic culture and cute Asian babies – what more could I ask for? These are two Asian countries both Brendan and I have yet to see. They seem like the most likely prospect at this time given the fact that I see regular flight specials from Australia.

Malaysia

2. Bali

Yes, I read “Eat, Pray, Love” and felt a pang of desire to head to this artsy, expat-filled Indonesian island even though I knew everyone else would want to go there too. I’ve had several friends visit during their time on this side of the world, and the beaches, wild monkeys (even if they sometimes get a little aggressive), rice paddies and polite, aim-to-please culture make Bali sound like an ideal honeymoon spot.

Bali

3. Japan

Brendan and I were a heartbeat away from booking a trip to Tokyo just before the earthquake and tsunami hit in February 2011. Since then, we’ve seen a ton of unbelievably cheap flight deals advertised, but we’ve held back on booking. Perhaps our honeymoon would be the best time to finally take the plunge.

Japan

4. Seychelles

Oh wait, what’s that, I want to honeymoon where Will and Kate did? I doubt I could swing an exclusive stay involving bodyguards in boats, but even the commoners’ accommodations look quite nice. There is a ton of untapped, natural beauty here – about half of the land is actually protected under conservation. There’s a diverse range of cultures and, as a result, an eclectic mix of food and music, with African, Chinese, French and Indian touches prominent in both. It sounds like seeing a dozen countries in one location.

Seychelles

5. Antarctica

A cold destination thrown in among the warm ones, anyone who knows my love of David Attenborough “Frozen Planet” specials will understand why I would risk hypothermia to journey here. I saw an exhibit last year involving a National Geographic photographer and a student photographer from Sydney who’d traveled through Antarctica.

Looking at the shots dispelled my idea that Antarctica’s colors stayed somewhere along the blue-white-gray range. There were splashes of red and orange and green, colors I never expected to see in such a frigid landscape. But, let’s be real: the No. 1 reason I want to go here is to watch the Emperor penguins waddle all over the place and nurture their furry newborns.

Antarctica

What’s your ideal honeymoon location, or if you’re already married, where did you honeymoon?

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Photos by Ezry A Rahman, CazzJj, Marc Veraat , travelourplanet.com and 23am.com on Flickr

18 Comments - Add Yours!

  1. Lindsay

    Ever since I represented the Seychelles at Model UN in high school, I’ve always had a hankering to go 🙂

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    1. Lauren Post author

      You were much more knowledgeable about geography than I was in HS. I didn’t even know this was a country till a few years ago.

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  2. Amy

    We honeymooned in Jamaica. We wanted to do St. Lucia, but since we paid for our own wedding, we went with something a little cheaper. 🙂 We were also planning on going to Australia so we didn’t go overkill on the honeymoon.

    As for your list, Seychelles has my vote! Everything I’ve ever seen about that place makes it look amazing. 🙂

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    1. Lauren Post author

      Two votes for Seychelles! Did you enjoy Jamaica? St. Lucia is where my one future sis-in-law got married (yes, both my partner’s sisters will have had destination weddings while we’re getting married in Philly!) — it was really beautiful but a little pricey, so I can see what you mean.

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      1. Amy

        Jamaica was fun, but we didn’t really leave the resort, except to go to another resort. I’d been really burnt out on work and the wedding all I wanted to do was chill and sip fruity cocktails by the pool or in a hammock. 😉

        I can’t wait to see where you end up going!

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    1. Lauren Post author

      I loved your Maui posts. I will actually get to stay there for 2.5 days after my sis-in-law’s wedding. I suppose we could just go back there for a honeymoon. I keep thinking it would be smarter to do somewhere closer to Oz, but we are getting married in the States.

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      1. Allan

        Just three days. September 1-3. Plane tickets and hotel are booked.

        Itinerary is being worked on. This is the hard part – She blogs about make up and plans to buy products for her posts. All I want is to eat, eat, and eat. ha ha

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