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