2013’s Hot Honeymoon Destinations

Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine just put out their list of Best Honeymoon Destinations for 2013. They list 12 locales that’ll be popular honeymoon spots next year. Your typical places like Caribbean islands and Hawaii are mentioned but a few of the spots may surprise you. They surprised me. Here are a couple places I didn’t expect to see on their list but that I think would make for great honeymoon getaways.

Miami, Florida – Miami would not be on my list of vacation destinations, although after reading more about all this fabulous city has to offer in terms of nightlife, dining and South Beach, I think it’d be a really fun place to hang out and party with my hubby.

Barcelona, Spain – This is a location with lots of history, gorgeous architecture, is walkable and has a hot restaurant scene, all wonderful qualities for couples who like to take a romantic stroll and take in the beauty and culture of a city. Did I mention the hot restaurant scene?

The Turkish Riviera – This locale has ancient architecture and beautiful hills dotted with houses by the sea. You can explore on land by meandering through some of the smaller villages or rent a boat and go sailing into the sunset with the one you love.

Maybe one of these spots interests you? If not, check out the entire list of Best Honeymoon Destinations 2013.

Have a Magical Wedding at Disney World

Walt Disney World celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend so I wanted to send a birthday shout out to one of my all time favorite and most fun places to vacation.  Some may think of Disney World as a resort only for families but Disney World is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons as well.

Disney World’s theme and water parks, resort hotels and various nighttime activities are what make it a top ranking honeymoon destination but you can also get married there.  They offer several types of packages including one where you get married in the Magic Kingdom and ride in Cinderalla’s Coach.  I can’t think of a more magical wedding than that!

Planning a Disney wedding?  We want to hear about it.

Get Your Groupon for Discount Getaways

Everyone loves a good bargain, and if you’re like me, you especially love discounts on travel.  So I wanted to let everyone know that Groupon, the website with the daily deals, has partnered with Expedia to offer exclusive discounts on getaways.  Expected to launch in late June, typical deals are said to be 50% off retail rates for flights, hotels, car rentals, etc. for worldwide travel destinations.

Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend with your fiancé or are planning your honeymoon, you may be able to find some good travel deals on Groupon.  Sign up to received deals here!

Happy Travels!

 

Honeymoon Hotspot: Venice, Italy

Oh sweet Italy! They say it’s one of the most romantic places in the world. In hearing that one particular place comes to mind….Venice. Like most people, when I think of Venice I think of a romatic gondola ride with the one I love.  While some may think its the ultimate tourist attraction and find it to be a little cheesy, I find it to be terribly romantic.

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Image Courtesty of Splendors of Europe

With warm temperatures, quaint cobblestones streets and waterways and the taste of true Italian cooking it’s no wonder this beautiful place is a top choice among honeymooners.

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Image Credits:
Venice at Sunset, Venice Waterways, Saint Mark’s SquareRialto Bridge, Venice Gondolas, Aerial View

Royal Caribbean’s The Oasis of the Seas Sets Sail

Cruises have always been a popular choice for honeymooning. A cruise allows you to visit multiple locations, provides onboard entertainment and meals, and allows you to be as active or inactive as you choose to be. Now there’s a new cruise line that offers all that and more in a unique atmosphere that is unlike any other cruise ship out on the seas today. Royal Caribbean’s The Oasis of the Seas accommodates up to 6,000 passengers and is now open to the public. Specializing in week long trips to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, The Oasis of the Seas has amenities that will amaze even the most seasoned cruiser.

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Some of the onboard features include:

Aqua Theater – An oversized pool where guests can enjoy water, light and acrobatic shows.

Boardwalk – Featuring seashore favorites like a carousel, cotton candy, games, Madame Zamara’s Psychic and Tattoo, ice cream parlors and restaurants.

Central Park – An area with shops, restaurants and lounges that creates an open air, neighborhood feel.

Flow Riders – Surf simulators that allow you to ride the waves.

Rising Tide Bar -The first ever moving bar at sea where you can enjoy your drink as you move through areas of the ship.

Zip Line – The first ever zip line at sea where you can soar through the sky as you look down over the boardwalk.

There’s also a solarium, multiple pools for different activities, rock walls, spa and fitness area, and a promenade, making this cruise ship perfect for a honeymoon that includes relaxation and adventure.
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CruiseNow.com, was one of a hundred cruise companies invited to sail on the maiden voyage and their agents can give an accurate view of onboard amenities.

Hire a Pet Sitter during your Honeymoon

If you have a pet and are worried about how he or she will handle being boarded while you’re on your honeymoon, maybe hiring a pet sitter to care for Fido while you’re away is an option. Professional pet sitters who provide in-home pet care are becoming more popular as pet owners look to keep their furry friends as comfortable as possible while they are away.

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According to Pet Sitters International, the organization founded in 1994, here are some reasons why pet owners hire professional pet sitters:

• Pets are happier and experience less stress at home.

• Diet and exercise routines are uninterrupted.

• Travel trauma for both owner and pet is eliminated.

• Pet’s exposure to illness is minimized.

• Untrained or unwilling friends/family/neighbors need not be called.

• In-home professional pet care provides added peace of mind.

Honeymooning is a fun, relaxing time for you and your spouse. Don’t stress about leaving your pet at home. Set up reliable pet care when you are away and enjoy your new life as husband and wife without worry.

PSI invites pet owners looking for in-home pet care to visit www.petsit.com to find professional pet sitters in their local areas.

Honor Each Other & the Earth

Looking for a special way to remember your wedding day?  Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, the Caribbean’s Top Luxury Hotel according to TripAdvisor, gives newlyweds the new opportunity to enhance the environment and commemorate their union by planting a Nevis coconut palm on the grounds following their ceremony at Nisbet.   Then, for years to come, whenever the couple returns to Nevis, they can see how their palm grows with them.

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I think this is such a great idea but if you’re not planning on getting married at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, you can still honor the earth as part of your wedding day celebration wherever you live or get married.  If you’re taking bridal party photos in a local park or outside your place of worship, perhaps you can arrange for a tree planting there.  Maybe you can have a tree planted outside the country club, local fire hall, or catering hall during the reception in memory of your special day. Or, if you’ve already purchased a home, it would be nice to plant a tree in the backyard as close to your wedding day as possible as a daily reminder of your growing love and commitment to each other.

A wedding day tree planting ceremony is one way to show your dedication to each other and the environment that you’ll continue to enjoy year after year.

Healthy Honeymoons

If you read Deb’s blog a few weeks back about Packing for your Honeymoon, then you
should have your honeymoon checklist all checked off.  I’m gonna give you another thing to add to the list – vaccines.

Some of the world’s best honeymoon destinations include some exotic places like Tahiti, Bali, South Africa and Mexico.  Did you know that it’s wise to be vaccinated for certain diseases before traveling overseas?  You should really check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, cdc.gov, to get the latest information and list of vaccinations needed for your honeymoon destination.  Some vaccines may require a series of several shots or a certain period of time to work, so once you book your trip, it’s a good idea to check on what shots you may need so you can plan accordingly. 

  

With the current boom in the exotic travel/adventure travel industries, there are travel health & immunization clinics popping up nationwide that can get you the shots you need.  You’ve spent so much time and money planning for the perfect dream honeymoon; don’t let illness turn it into a nightmare.

To find a travel clinic near you, use The Travel Clinic Locator, located at travelersvaccines.com

Beach Honeymoon Accessories

Most couples head to the beach for their honeymoon, so here are a few honeymoon must-haves.  If you still haven’t booked your honeymoon, check out Bride’s Honeymoon Guide for a list of top honeymoon destinations.

Honeymoon Flip Flops
This fun, flip flops, will imprint the words “Just Married” in the sand as you walk along the beach!  You’ll find different styles for both the bride and groom.

wedding flip flops  just married flip flops

Honeymoon Beach Towels
If you’re headed to the beach you’ll need beach towels.  Consider Mr & Mrs Beach Towels or Let the Fun Begin Beach Towels.

mr & mrs beach towels   let the fun begin beach towels

Honeymoon Beach Hats
A matching set of bucket hats will keep the sun out of your eyes and will make for some cute honeymoon photos.

just married sun hat  mr mrs beach hat  

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Honeymoon Travel Accessories

Here are a few accessories that will make packing for your honeymoon easier.

Travel Cosmetic Bags
A cosmetic bag is ideal for holding all your toiletries.  Consider getting his and her monogrammed cosmetic bags to use on your honeymoon and any future trips you take together.
Terry Cloth Cosmetic Bags monogrammed cosmetic case  Canvas Travel Bag

Fun Luggage Tags
These honeymoon luggage tags will let everyone know you’re on your honeymoon!  Who knows maybe they’ll lead to a few, unexpected freebies or upgrades!

Just Married Luggage Tags  All You Need is Love Luggage Tag  bride luggage tag

Tote Bags
You’ll need a tote bag to carry all those miscellanious items onto the plane, so consider a bride’s tote bag, Just Married Tote Bag or Monogrammed Duffle Bag?

brides tote bag Just Married Tote Bag  sports duffle bag

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