That time I ate pigeon in Paris....(and loved it)

That time I ate pigeon in Paris....(and loved it)

“We’ll be serving pigeon tonight,” she said. “Is that okay with everyone at your table?” This was one of the first things our waitress asked after seating my sister, her hubby, Mr. Smitten and me on the Bustronome Voyage Gourmand in Paris last month. Never having tried pigeon—or ever having it occur to me that people eat pigeon—I shook my head yes and wondered what other surprises the evening would hold...

I changed my mind about this honeymoon destination

I changed my mind about this honeymoon destination

When Mr. Smitten and I were considering honeymoon destinations, I didn’t even give Mexico a glance. In my mind, doing so would result in a honeymoon filled with everything I didn’t want: mega resorts, drunken college kids and loud music that thumped from dusk to dawn. I'm embarrassed to admit how wrong I was. Now, I can't stop dreaming about returning. Here's why...

Easily overlooked honeymoon essentials

Easily overlooked honeymoon essentials

There are a handful of no-brainers when it comes to packing for your honeymoon—items that you so obviously need to bring you don’t think twice about whether they deserve a coveted spot in your suitcase. Passport? Cellphone charger? Swimsuit? Love of your life? Check, check, check and check. Other items, however, are easier to overlook. Depending on your honeymoon destination, remembering these five things can make a world of difference.

Capture more than selfies on your honeymoon

Capture more than selfies on your honeymoon

It’s rare to recognize the significance of a moment while you’re in it, but in the years afterward the importance of such times—which often involve major life events like weddings, honeymoons and vacations more generally—become crystal clear. That’s why today I adore professional photoshoots when I’m traveling, even if it’s just me flying solo. The moments matter. Having someone help preserve them can be such a worthwhile decision.

10 signs you should DIY your honeymoon

10 signs you should DIY your honeymoon

Some couples instantly know they want to hand the stress and time commitment of designing their honeymoon over to a professional. For others who have planned their own vacays in the past it’s not always such a quick decision. If you’re on the fence about how to approach planning your honeymoon, here are 10 signs you may be better off DIYing your honeymoon rather than working with a pro.

Seamless travel starts with professional design

Seamless travel starts with professional design

The months leading up to a wedding are full, full, full—brimming with the potential for overwhelm, stress and frustration. Keeping the honeymoon planning process free from these things is one of the main reasons couples reach out for professional help designing an extraordinary travel experience, but there are other less obvious benefits of working with an expert, too.

#VisitOahu Part 5: Pearl Harbor

#VisitOahu Part 5: Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor can bring you to your knees. It can gut you, inspire you, exhaust you and energize you—all at the same time. This may sound like a tall order to fill, but it’s true. Even if you’re not a history buff, Pearl Harbor is a must-experience for any couple celebrating the start of their happily-ever-after in Hawaii. Here are five ways to make the most of your time at the naval base.

#VisitOahu Part 3: Nutridge Estate

#VisitOahu Part 3: Nutridge Estate

As someone who gets a little gaga over weddings, one of the highlights of my time on O’ahu  last month was my visit to Nutridge Estate, a breathtaking, historic venue situated above Honolulu. Once frequented by movie stars and musicians, the mountaintop home permeates a rustic-glam vibe reminiscent of Hawaii circa 1959. Here are five reasons I adore Nutridge Estate for a destination wedding in Hawaii.

#VisitOahu Part 2: Hanauma Bay

#VisitOahu Part 2: Hanauma Bay

Of all the rich experiences available on O’ahu, one of the things I most want to return for is snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. While my group working with the O’ahu Visitors Bureau stopped to admire the beauty of this eroding volcanic crater, we didn’t actually have a chance to swim with the bustling sea life just below the bay’s cerulean surface. If you’re dreaming of a Hawaii honeymoon or anniversary trip, I recommend adding Hanauma Bay to your bucket list. Here’s everything you need to know before visiting.

Cayes vs. islands: What's the difference?

Cayes vs. islands: What's the difference?

When the hubby and I jetted off to Belize for our honeymoon, we stayed on the amazing Coco Plum Caye. While there, we also learned all about nearby Ambergris Caye, Tobacco Caye, Caye Caulker, Thatch Caye and many more cayes (pronounced “key” and sometimes spelled cay, key or quay). Before visiting, I’d never thought much about why these tropical utopias miles off the coast were called cayes rather than islands—not just in Belize but destinations around the world (think the Exuma Cays, Florida Keys, etc.). As the locals explained soon after our arrival, cayes are unique from other islands in their composition and how they form.