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!
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!
From festivals that celebrate ancient mythical folklores to those that thrive on centuries of history or honour, pride and love, June is an exciting month for honeymooners. So say your vows and immediately hit a festival or two to celebrate your marriage in new and exciting locations. It’s bound to be a holiday you’re not likely to forget.
One of Poland’s most bizarre festivals sees an exotic figure dressed in colourful robes make a five hour treck through the city of Krakow, occasionally making stops to accept gifts of free food and liquor handouts. He carries a mace with which he hits revellers (something you should count yourself lucky not to be included in) all the while promising luck, wealth and bountiful crops. As far back as 1818, this festival has been an official way for the city to celebrate history and embrace seemingly odd beginnings.
For someplace close to stay during the festivities have a look at the tranquil and charming Topolowa Residence. The hotel offers gorgeous modern rooms that are warm, inviting and beyond comfortable. It’s going to be very hard to drag yourself away from the hotel for the festival itself. And much like that hotel, the Hotel Wentzl is charming and full of character unique to the history of Krakow. The hotel is also in a convenient location, closeby to restaurants and all the fun of the festival!
Image via Topolowa Residence
The festival is said to be a celebration of the success over the Tartar invasion in which a man entered an enemy camp and returned to town with unknown riches. To honour this, the town becomes a colourful explosion of music, storytelling and celebration. With this new type of energy throughout the city, a feeling that fits right in anywhere throughout Poland, you and your significant other can expect a unique kind of celebration of love.
Police raids in a well-known gay community had become a staple of New York City life in 1969 until one night in June when community members stood and fought back in what became known as The Stonewall Riots. If you don’t know the story behind the annual Pride Week it might be best to research it before joining; the overwhelming sense of pride and wonder for the community is that much more intense. But above that is the colour and the beauty that comes with Pride Week in incredible NYC.
There are so many incredible places across the city where you can stay that it’s almost impossible to really narrow down the choices. For something classic, modern, and close consider the glamorous Sofitel New York Hotel. For something a little more artsy, have a look at the Homewood Suites. Then there’s also the incredible Bryant Park Hotel for a mix of both.
Image via Sofitel New York Hotel
To celebrate a diverse, inspirational and creative community that values equality, consider spending your honeymoon in exciting New York City and join the crowds and crowds of people on the streets. Enjoy the overwhelming feelings of love and acceptance during a festival that values them above anything else.
China comes alive on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month every year to celebrate 2,000 years of culture and tradition. In this instance, it’s a commemoration of the ancient poet, Qu Yuan, who chose to sacrifice himself rather than see his country invaded. To honour him and his sacrifice, the country comes alive with traditions and customs from eating particular foods to the major Dragon Boat Racing events. It’s an incredible experience, and although nations around the world have also come to celebrate this festival in their own way, there’s nothing quite like being in the centre of China as history comes alive.
The festival takes place across the entire country and depending on regions, each place will have their own way of celebrating the festival. So it’s not a matter of picking based on location – it’s about what suits you and your significant other the best. We can’t go past the lovely New World Beijing Hotel and the incredible panoramic views. And then there’s the W Hong Kong that’s just as incredible as you would expect it to be.
Image via New World Beijing Hotel
During the festival take the opportunity to explore China. With your new partner, watch the Dragon Boat Races on the shores of some of their most incredible rivers, eat new and exciting cuisines specific to this festival and embrace a different history. It’s an exciting way to embrace an unfamiliar culture and celebrate your new marriage.
We caught up with Megan, a full time travel blogger and owner of Mapping Megan. Mapping Megan is a travel resource for self-confessed travel addicts which shares travel tips, photography and inspiring stories from all around the world. Megan says she and husband Mike are aiming to inspire people to travel and seek adventure. Megan shared with us some of her top picks for your honeymoon.
What is your favourite region? Iceland. Iceland by far is one of our favourite places in the world and I would love to live there if I could. It is one of the last untouched destinations left on earth. It’s exotic, so naturally beautiful and largely untouched by tourism which we absolutely love.
The scenery takes your breath away. Waterfalls, glaciers, dramatic fjords – there is inspiring scenery at every turn. Majestic glaciers grind their way through cracked lava fields, gushing geysers explode with a powerful force, glittering ice caps pierce the sky and vibrant green fjords rise from the mist of geothermal lagoons.
Iceland is a country defined by its outdoors and there is so much opportunity here for adventure. Outdoor adventure is what we live for, so what better reason to pick up and move!
Top resort recommendation? InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is our pick! Protected by a spanning coral reef, the InterContinental on Viti Levu is worth splashing out for. This five-star resort has everything you could want in a resort. I’m not a golfer but the 18-hole championship golf course offers great views as well as perfectly primed fairways for a romantic stroll (we have a habit of sneaking onto golf courses after hours for a walk!) There is a small handful of excellent dining options and of course, a gorgeous spa. I always choose rooms on the beachfront because there’s nothing like waking up to the sound and sight of the ocean.
Image via InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
Suggestions for great honeymoon activities? Honestly, and this is going to sound clichéd and cheesy, but anything can be a great honeymoon activity as long as you’re spending time together.
That said, I’m a big advocate for adventure travel and I believe trying something which pushes you out of your comfort zone will allow you to bond and bring you close together. Something thrilling like skydiving, or a couple’s bungee jump – which sends your adrenaline racing and heart pumping faster than it was on your wedding day! Or try an activity which is a first for both of you – another great way to bond and create memories which include each other.
The ideal location for a proposal While this will vary depending on the couple and their interests, for adventurous couples like myself and Mike, I recommend Jordan. If you want to feel like you’ve walked directly on to the set of an Indiana Jones film, visit the stone city of Petra. You can walk there on the Trek to Petra, following Bedouin migration paths and remote hunter’s routes through the wilds of Jordan before you reach your destination.
This ancient pink-tinged city, built in the 6th century BC, is carved into a remote stone canyon in Jordan’s southern desert. If that’s not a dramatic enough backdrop for a proposal, Jordan’s also home to numerous Roman ruins in Amman and Jerash. Destination engagement proposals!
Why not follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia and ride camels through the Wadi Rum, stopping in a lush oasis to pop the question!
Best kept secret honeymoon location With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, Sri Lanka is a destination that’s a bit off the beaten path yet provides no shortage of culture and adventure.
Go whale watching, stay in a tea plantation, track leopards in the jungle, or view the unparalleled sight of the annual elephant migration which takes place in Sri Lanka’s Minneriya National Park. After your honeymoon you’ll be itching to plan your anniversaries here year after year!