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Festivals bring colour and life to cities across the globe and with it comes an experience unlike any other. Celebrate a new life with a newly minted partner surrounded by the contagiously fun atmosphere that only comes with a party. Enjoy unfamiliar cuisines, dance to the beat of a different drum, and lose yourself in the playfulness and vigour of festivals across the world on your honeymoon.

Wife-Carrying Championships

We’re hoping you and your partner have that crossing-the-threshold-tradition down before you hit Finland because the act of carrying your wife has become a huge thing over the last twenty years. The wife-carrying contestants have to first bear down against a 250 metre long course – with the odd obstacle thrown in every now and then. Although the rules are a little slack on whose wife you have to be carrying, we have to recommend teaming up with your new hubby and really putting your new marriage to the test. What better way to do that than in one of Finland’s most bizarre festivals?

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The competitions are usually held in the Eastern Finland province. The area is incredibly gorgeous, much like the rest of Finland, so it isn’t too hard to find a slice of heaven during the festival. We recommend checking out the lovely Cumulus City and Resort in the heart of Kuopio where the classical architecture is made that much more wonderful with its friendly service. For something with character and charm, have a look at the always colourful Scandic where style meets convenience.

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Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival

Morocco’s former imperial city, Marrakesh, is almost always a vibrant place of colour, passion, and life but somehow the medieval city manages to intensify that atmosphere every year when the Popular Arts Festival comes home. Artists, dancers, singers, and even fortune tellers make an appearance during the festival, wowing tourists and locals with the dizzying array of colour, music, and entertainment. Most of the events take place on the grounds of El Badi Palace, a field that once held a magnificent 1600s palace and is still just as beautiful as it has ever been.

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Marrakesh is a beautiful mixture of Moroccan chic, colour, and history, so it’s no wonder the hotels are as popular as they are. The gorgeous Riad Romance’s 17th Century charm is relaxing, peaceful, and beyond lovely. On top of that, the hotel comes with incredible views of the Atlas Mountains and Morocco’s medina. With equally dazzling views, the unforgettable Palais Khum comes with a decorative, historic atmosphere that shows through in its unique character.

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Although you can always expect an explosion of culture and tradition via the music and the artistry of Morocco’s best, the festival is also a very real excuse to take advantage of the area’s cuisines, souvenir shopping and incredible views. Enjoy everything from belly dancers to pop musicians, retire to beyond comfortable hotels and then start the entire day again under the vibrant celebration of Morocco’s art.

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Festival of the Redeemer

Take your honeymoon to Italy and truly enjoy everything Venice has to offer during one of their biggest and oldest festivals. The Festival of the Redeemer dates back to the 1500s and came to be after the construction of the Basilica of Palladio on the island of Giudecca, shortly after the city survived a devastating plague. Despite its shaky beginnings, the festival brings the entire city of Venice to life in something so breathtaking and unreal it will be hard to truly capture its beauty to show others back home. During the day, the festival will feature several religious processions as well as concerts and regattas but it’s the fireworks at night that are the real show stoppers. We can’t rate Venice any higher for a honeymoon location, but add in a festival and you have yourself a honeymoon unlike any other.

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The hotels in Venice are always a treat – and really how could they miss with the views and the atmosphere that comes exclusively with being in the centre of this city? We’re so in love with the Hotel Moresco, a peaceful hotel that’s conveniently close to the best of the city while also offering stylish rooms, a lounge bar, and world class service. For a hotel just as charming, have a look at the always lovely Hotel L’Orologio. The hotel overlooks the Canal Grande, and offers guests a modern look into Venice.

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The festivities in Venice are some of the most beautiful and spectacular experiences in the world. Not only are you in one of the most romantic cities in the world, but you get to also see just how much more the city can truly illuminate. There’s no better time to experience that kind of magic than during your honeymoon. So pack a bag, throw in a camera, and head straight for Venice and the fireworks that light up the night.

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July’s festivals are all dazzling reflections of their locations made that much more special by the passionate atmosphere bought to life by years and years of tradition. Test out your physical skills on a platform specifically designed for married couples, indulge in the arts of Morocco, or wander the canals of Venice. Whatever you choose, your July honeymoon is sure to be one for the scrapbooks.

Ms Polka Dot says: My pick would be Venice – always a lovely city to celebrate anything in. But then  again – Morocco and Finland….hmmm

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Honeymoons  in July provide newlyweds the opportunity to escape the cold in Australia to enjoy a sun-filled trip of their lives. From Europe to Africa, there are many stellar spots where you and your sweetie pie can enjoy marital bliss under a summer sky.

1. Provence, France
France is the country of love and Provence is the perfect backdrop for romance (and epic road trip selfies!) Zip by endless fields of lavender and sunflowers and stop for tastings at vineyards or simply bask in the July sun.

Where to Stay
The idyllic Villa Gallici in Aix-en-Provence is the epitome of French country chic. Velvets, damask fabrics, elegant wing chairs and filtered lighting sets the scene for an enchanting getaway. Ask for a suite which offers a private garden or terrace overlooking the large grounds surrounding the villa.

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What to Do
Provence region is best explored behind the wheel, so rent a car and take in the marvellous rolling fields of lavender and poppies. For the francophiles amongst us, Provence’s many quaint hilltop villages are a sure delight.

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2. Tahiti, French Polynesia
Although the temperature in Tahiti is balmy all-year around, July is one of the best months to visit with plenty of sunshine and minimum humidity.

Where to Stay
St.Regis Bora Bora brings the clear, turquiose water of the French Polynesian right to your doorstep. The over-water villas offers ultimate privacy and relaxation. The villas also come with a private water-edge dining gazebos.

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What to Do
Tahiti is a beach lover’s paradise. But the islands have more to offer for visitors. The annual Heiva i Tahiti festivals in July are a chance to see a traditional dance performance by the most famed professional dance troupes and schools.

Every year from July to November, Rurutu, in the Austral Islands, becomes a prime observation platform for watching whales which come to calve just off the coast. It is a unique once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.

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3. Capri, Italy
What could be more romantic than a honeymoon in Italy? The ever so popular Mediterranean coasts of Italy are gorgeous, especially for newlyweds hoping to savour a spectacular art and food as well as stunning landscapes and historic treasures that are as diverse as they are seductive.

Where to Stay
Honeymoon like the celebrities in Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, the ultimate accommodation of choice for celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow. The luxury hotel is a vision of glamour. White furniture dominates all the surroundings enhancing the architectural forms inspired by the Mediterranean; admire the fine selection of contemporary art too – a true hallmark of this hotel.

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What to Do
Capri’s single most famous attraction is the Grotta Azzurra, a stunning sea cave illuminated by an out of this world blue light. Reach the peak of Capri via Anacapri’s Seggiovia del Monte Solaro chairlift that whisks you to the top of the mountain in a tranquil, beautiful ride of just 13 minutes. The views from the top are outstanding – on a clear day, you can see the entire Bay of Naples, the Amalfi Coast and the islands of Ischia and Procida.

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4. Edinburgh, Scotland
July is a glorious time to explore the beautiful country sides of Scotland. The capital city, Edinburgh, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting towering castles and medieval lanes that sit alongside modern galleries and clubs.

Where to Stay
21212 Hotel is a regal and refined restaurant with rooms in Edinburgh, where Georgian design meets its match in the kitchen. Awarded a Michelin star within eight months of opening, the restaurant’s chefs cook up a storm behind a perspex screen. Interiors are spacious and serene – perfect to return to after your indulgence in the dining room.

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What to Do
Not many cities can boast an extinct volcano at their centre – and Edinburgh manages to squeeze in two. Arthur’s Seat, visible from much of the city centre, is a relatively easy hike that offers unmatched views of the city skyline. Scale the Scott Monument, a sooty spire that serves as a throw back to Auld Reekie’s polluted past. The monument (dedicated to the memory of Sir Walter Scott) is a gothic marvel. Squeeze your way up its narrow, spiral staircase for an unmatched, breathtaking view of the city.

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5. Kenya
If you’ve always dreamed of a safari honeymoon adventure, July is the time to do it. Head on over to Kenya, the location where the world’s largest animal movement began.

Where to Stay
With four poster beds, airy tents, zebra-skin rugs and decadent furniture, Cottars 1920s provides an authentic safari atmosphere – and is ideal for those seeking an introduction to safari holiday in Africa. As the oldest established safari outfitters in Africa, your privacy is guaranteed with a secluded location of 20,000 acres with only ten tents available.

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What to Do
Stare in awe at zebras, gazelles, giraffes, elephants and wildebeests galore as they migrate across almost one thousand square miles of open plains and acacia woodlands. Hit up the beach at Zanzibar, which offers an exotic blend of Arabic and African culture along with nice sandy shores, clean dive-worthy waters and a vibrant city centre in the bustling capital of Stone Town.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I have a soft spot for Edinburgh as we honeymooned there – but how fabulous is Provence?? And Capri??? Now, I can’t choose! 

The Polka Dot Travel Lounge With Trisha From P.S I'm On My Way

Trisha loves to write. She’s the brain behind popular travel blog P.S I’m On My Way where she connects with her readers through the things that are happening in her life. She writes about travel, life, dreams, what it is like to live a life of travel and things she has experienced that eradicate negative notions about people and places. We were very excited to have Trisha stop by our virtual travel lounge to share her favourite destinations and some amazing pics to go with them.

What is your favourite region?
South America. I travelled through there for three and a half years and it was the best decision I ever made! After Europe, my formative years as an adult were shaped in this region. The experience was harsh, painful and exhilarating all at the same time!

Top resort recommendation?
I don’t have anywhere particular in mind but I’d love to recommend something that will not break the bank: Sri Lanka is cheap, beautiful and definitely honeymoon worthy!

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?
When in Sri Lanka, I highly recommend a lot of water activities such as surfing, whale watching or simply chilling on the beach. The wildlife safaris are also a must!

The ideal location for a proposal
My country, the Philippines! There is nothing more beautiful than home!

Best kept secret honeymoon location
Midigama, Sri Lanka: a not-so-touristy place that will surely make your honeymoon enjoyable!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Sri Lanka seems to be the honeymoon buzz word at the moment; chilling out on its unspoilt beaches and experiencing the wildlife safaris are on the top of my ‘must do’ list! But then the mystery of south America is so tempting too – oh, there’s just so many wonderful places to visit!