“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...
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...
The husbabe and I recently returned from Europe—his first time across the pond. Before departing for our trip, he sat down with me to talk over his hopes and hesitations for the vacay. Now, he’s catching me up on what he really thought about our time in Paris, The Netherlands and Germany. Yes, wooden shoes and secret handshakes included.
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.
When I’m visiting different properties, one easy way I sometimes measure whether they may be good fits for future clients includes if I dream about returning someday with my hubby. If the answer is yes, the hotel or resort jumps onto my list of contenders for that destination. Here’s why The Kahala Hotel & Resort on O’ahu made my short list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Besides packing your passport and arranging a sitter for your dog, there is one thing in particular that you and your soon-to-be hubby or wife can do to enhance your honeymoon (or any trip) before you’re wheels up on the runway: Learn some common phrases in your destination’s primary language! Here's why.
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.
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.
It sounds dramatic, but my recent visit to O’ahu was a bit life changing. It’s difficult to pinpoint any specific moment as more significant than the rest, which is exactly why the destination is so special. From its natural beauty to rich culture, my week in Hawaii left me floored—in the best way possible.
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.