The temperature dropped as our small group stepped out of the July sun and into the dark 1,000-year-old Cistercian hospital at Kloster Eberbach. “This way,” our guide said. Following her directions, we shuffled to one end of the room—the one where candlelight illuminated a dozen samples of the monastery’s Riesling.
Earlier this month J & K shared some of the magic of their honeymoon to Moorea and Bora Bora, including what they loved most (e.g., relaxing in their overwater bungalow, snorkeling with sting rays and sharks and hiking to a romantic waterfall. This week, they’re back with more advice on how to make the most of planning your dream vacation—no matter what honeymoon destination you have your eyes on.
I do not consider myself a “cruise” person, at least not in the traditional sense. Oceanliners that sleep thousands of people just don’t appeal to me, which is exactly why river cruising through Europe with U by Uniworld was so perfect. If you're looking to hop from city to city, U by Uniworld makes it effortless, while offering oodles of comfort and convenience.
When I started working with Shawn and Hannah on their dream honeymoon, I knew it was going to be fun. Like, really, really fun. They are some of the most enjoyable people to be around, partly because they are constantly making each other laugh and are always up for a new adventure. I also knew that the year leading up their wedding had been filled with some amazing life events, and that they’d be ready for—and so deserving of—some serious rest and relaxation after their wedding. Thankfully, St. Lucia left them smitten. In their own words, here’s what Shawn and Hannah had to say about their honeymoon on this idyllic island in the Caribbean.
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.
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.
If you're responsible for the bulk of your honeymoon planning, it can seem like a sweet gesture and thrilling surprise to not tell your soon-to-be hubby or wife where you're going until you're boarding your plane to paradise. Before you decide to keep such a big secret, though, ask yourself these five questions.
Do you already own towels and sheets (the kind you bake with and put on your bed)? Would you rather make your dream honeymoon a reality than stow another set of dishes away in your already cramped cupboards? If so, opting for a honeymoon registry for your wedding over a more traditional one may be the perfect way to ensure your guests gift you what you really want.
In the past, I’ve been known to push the limits on weight restrictions for my checked baggage. More recently, however, the more I travel the more I wonder how in this great big, beautiful world I ever lugged such heavy baggage. In other words, I am now a full-fledged carry-on-only-whenever-possible convert. Here’s why.
When you think of setting your honeymoon budget, the two main expenses that likely come to mind are your accommodations and airfare. How much you decide to spend on these big-ticket items largely shape your honeymoon heaven, but there are additional costs paramount to consider when deciding what you’re comfortable investing on your first adventure as newlyweds. Discussing the following at the outset of planning your honeymoon can help prevent any financial surprises down the road, and ensure that your vacation fulfills all your dreams.
The wheels of your plane have just rumbled to a stop at your arrival gate. It’s 6 a.m. in Paris—your honeymoon heaven for the next week—and 11 p.m. back home. Perfect, you think. Time for a quick nap before exploring the City of Love later in the day. Sounds like a plan to help your body cope with the jet lag you’re feeling, right? On the surface, yes. Come evening, however, your body will regret this approach. Here are four ways to hep beat jet lag and start your honeymoon off on the right foot.
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, an overlooked service through the U.S. Department of State, allows travelers to receive updates on conditions in their destination, such as things related to safety and other important information. Perhaps more importantly, it also lets the U.S. Embassy or Consulate more easily contact—or find—you in the case of an emergency.