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The Polka Dot Travel Lounge With Kristin From Be My Travel Muse

Kristin is a professional travel writer and photographer, originally from Southern California but currently living the nomadic lifestyle. She’s been on a big adventure for the last four and a half years and for the most part travelling solo. She believes travelling alone at least once in your life is the best way to get to know yourself. Kristin has now visited and hitchhiked on every continent except for Antarctica. She’s an adventure junkie and loves to be outside.

Kristin runs the popular travel blog Be My Travel Muse where her goal is to encourage other people, especially women, to travel on their own as well. Her passion for her goal has taken her as far as writing a book on the subject, Conquering Mountains: How to Solo Travel the World Fearlessly. Kristin shared with us her top destinations below. Make sure you put these on your bucket list!

What is your favourite region?

It’s hard to pick a favourite region, but I really do love Africa. Asia has always been a second home to me as well and I currently live in Europe. I can’t pick! Please don’t make me!

Top resort recommendation?

My favorite resort is the Grand Wailea in Maui. It’s one of the most beautiful resorts I have ever seen and I could not believe how amazing the food was at HumuHumu on their property. It also has an adorable little chapel and lots of people get married there because it’s so stunning.

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?

Personally, I want my honeymoon to be an adventure. I would want to scuba dive, climb a mountain, or go on a safari. I think all of those would be amazing things to do rather than the typical beach holiday honeymoon.

The ideal location for a proposal

I think that the ideal location for a proposal would be at the summit of the mountain after climbing for several days. If you can manage that accomplishment together, then you can tackle life together too!

Best kept secret honeymoon location

The best kept secret honeymoon location is Vilanculos, Mozambique. I have never seen a beach that outstanding with the sandbars stretching as far as the eye can see when the tide goes out and that gorgeous, warm water. It’s a very sleepy and quiet area and you either have backpacker accommodation or way on the other extreme, supreme luxury.

All images by Kristin from Be My Travel Muse

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: I can’t decide between the beauty of Maui or the magic of Mozambique; perhaps I’ll have to visit both!

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Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. It is a small island located in the south of India, known as the “pearl of the Indian ocean.” Sri Lanka has lots and lots of tourist attractions to showcase and things to do for newly wedded couples. The golden sandy beaches, beautiful hill surrounds, water sports and wild life watching are a few of the popular activities which honeymooners enjoy in Sri Lanka alongside the pleasing hospitality of the Sri Lankans.

Compared to other honeymoon destinations in the world, Sri Lanka is an economical honeymoon hotspot. You can find budget accommodation, as well as the luxury options still at affordable rates compared to other honeymoon destinations. But it’s not only the accommodation – the foods available in Sri Lanka too are lower in cost, and you can find the Sri Lankan rice and curry, pol rotti (flat bread) and string hoppers in local restaurants all around Sri Lanka. In the tourist hotspots, not only is the local food available, but also delicious western, Chinese and various other fares are plentiful.

So let’s see the top five honeymoon destinations in Sri Lanka for the best romantic honeymoon ever.

1. Bentota
Bentota beach is located on the south west coast of the country, one of the best destinations for honeymooning couples. Honeymooners can enjoy the golden sand on the beach, sunbathe and spend some relaxing time together. The beach is well known for water sports, such as surfing, diving, windsurfing, snorkelling, diving, water skiing, jet skiing and banana rides. Honeymooners can easily spot the water sports centres and book the adventurous water games to add more fun and entertainment to their honeymoon holidays. The boat ride on the Bentota Lake should not be missed; the boat ride is enjoyed by many tourists for its romantic scenery.

2. Hikkaduwa
Hikkaduwa beach too is a popular tourist hotspot in Sri Lanka, for the beach activities, water sports and its world famous coral reefs. Hikkaduwa beach is loved as a tourist hotspot where you can enjoy diving, snorkelling, surfing, coral reef watching and more. Turtle hatcheries, the community tsunami museum and monuments including Tsunami Honganji Vihara are the places to visit around Hikkaduwa to enjoy the local Sri Lankan culture.

Hikkaduwa Beach

3. Galle
Galle is the city of colonial landmarks! Sri Lanka was a colony of the Dutch, Portuguese and British for long time and in Galle city the colonial fortifications still remain with their ancient beauty. It is a preferred choice for many honeymooners’ itineraries because of the romantic silence of the Galle fort and the beautiful beach. Go for a walk around the beach, click a selfie with Galle lighthouse or sip a beer in one of the many restaurants – there’s so much to do!

4. Ella
Honeymooners can enjoy trekking in Ella and take in the beautiful countryside surrounded by tea plantations. Hike up to little Adam’s Peak, click some selfies near Ella rock, visit Ella’s spice garden or have a shower under Ravana Ella Falls. Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Demodara Loop, Ella Gap Waterfall and Ravana’s Cave are ‘must see’ places in Ella whilst on a honeymoon holiday tour. There are hotels in Ella which offer special discounts and tour programs for newly wedded honeymoon couples too.

Ella Sri Lanka

5. Kandy
Kandy was the last kingdom of Sri Lanka before the British captured the country in 1815. Paying a visit to Dalada Maligawa, the Temple Of The Tooth Relic adds some spiritual voice to your mind. The tooth of lord Buddha is housed in this temple, and it was the royal palace during ancient days. Kandy Lake, Peredeniya Botanical Gardens, Commonwealth War Cemetery, Kandy Lake Club, Udawattekele Sanctuary, Ceylon Tea Museum and Ranweli Spice Gardens are the best places to visit in Kandy. Walk alongside your loved-one around Kandy Lake during sunset – it’s so beautiful.

Kandy

Images via Dilra Tours

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Still uncrowded and spectacular, Sri Lanka is a beautiful destination to add to your honeymoon list!

About Dilra Tours: We are a Sri Lankan inbound travel agency which offers honeymoon holidays to Sri Lanka as well as other types of adventures including beach tours, wild life safari tour, nature tour and cultural tours.

Ash & Mitch

When the cold settles in, it’s the most wonderful time to dream of tropical locales. This Nusa Lembogan destination wedding of Ash & Mitch was captured beautifully by Gold Hat Photography. Ash & Mitch wanted a day that was relaxed, warm and casual – the stunning resort offering the perfect backdrop to their day.

The couple met many moons ago Ash reminiscing “Mitch took me on our first date to a movie when I was 15. We stayed together every day for the next twelve years.”

Ash and Mitch married at Villa Opera. Ash explaining “Five years ago while holidaying in Nusa Lembongan I saw Villa Opera and I knew that would be where we would eventually get married.

It’s a beautiful villa situated on the edge of the cliff with breathtaking views and a huge infinity pool. The Villa itself created the perfect vibe for us.”

The bride chose Jan Davidson Designs to design her gown, telling “From the very beginning I had an idea of what I wanted. I’m really tall and nothing I tried on quite hit the mark. I tried on a lot of dresses but kept coming back to my original idea, so I ended up spending hours on Instagram and Pinterest and designed my own dress to have made by a local dressmaker in Paddington, Sydney.”

For the processional, Ash tells “We chose ‘Boom Clap’, a version by Lennon and Maisy Stella.

Shane Vincent  performed the ceremony, which the couple wanted to be quick and casual. Ash explains “We knew it would be about 30 degrees at the time of the ceremony so we wanted it to be quick, fun, casual and at the same time really beautiful. Our Celebrant Shane helped to make it perfect!
We wrote our own vows and Shane did a great job of condensing our 12 years together into a 15-minute story.”

“One of my favourite things about Nusa Lembongan is the overly relaxed vibe. No one is in a hurry and there are no certainties. A couple of days prior to the wedding we were told about the Islands biggest religious ceremony falling on the same day. The furniture, cake and flowers were all to come from the mainland and the boats weren’t confirmed to travel that day. The staff and the food were all delayed because of the ceremony.
This is all part of the island vibe and if we weren’t going to be OK with it, we wouldn’t have chosen Lembongan as our location. My most frequently used phrase in the lead up to the wedding was ‘It’s not exactly what we wanted, but it will work.”

Of their photographer, Ash notes “We chose Mark from Goldhat Photography. Mark’s wife is one of my sister’s best friends so we have known him for a while.
Mark also photographed my sister’s wedding a couple of years ago and I loved everything about her photos. We wanted someone who would fit in with our relaxed vibe, make everyone feel comfortable and would take beautiful candid photos of our day. We got exactly that!”

“The location was really all we needed. The villa was so beautiful and it was so special that all of our guests made such an effort to be there.
We wanted the reception to be relaxed and more like a party than a wedding reception because everyone was making a huge effort to get there and were treating it like a holiday. Our desire for a relaxed vibe very quickly turned into a pool party!”

Congratulations on your marriage Ash & Mitch! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Gold Hat Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Gold Hat Photography / Bride's Dress: Jan Davidson Designs / Bride's Shoes: Schutz / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jan Davidson Designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alice McCall / Bridesmaid Dresses: Camilla and Marc / Bridesmaid Dresses: Seed / Bridesmaid Shoes: The Iconic / Flowers: Heliconia Bali / Venue: Villa Opera / Reception Hire Items: Supply & Demand Event Hire Bali / Ceremony Officiant: Shane Vincent / Wedding Cake: Butter Bali / DJ: Jahra Mortimer / Wedding Ring: Cerrone