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Blessed with spectacular scenery, it’s a fantastic choice for nature-loving couples seeking an outdoorsy honeymoon. But, with an abundance of castles, moors, valleys and glens across the region it can be difficult to know where to start your adventures! So, if you’re short on time, try using Edinburgh as a base from which to tick off some major Scottish sites. From here, you can set off each day to explore the surrounds: from natural wonders, to historic buildings and mysterious must-sees.

Eden Locke Hotel

Equal parts café, bar and (on Saturdays) a yoga studio, the foyer to the Eden Locke hotel is an effortlessly cool meeting place / check-in desk fringed with foliage and dotted with cosy seating spots. Comprising a selection of cleverly designed apartment spaces, Eden Locke is a sophisticated accommodation option offering chic kitchens, elegant bathrooms and sublime sleeping spaces.

Here, muted hues mix with minimalistic furniture pieces and hygge-style lighting – creating a warm and inviting haven to relax in after a long day of exploring. From beautiful Kinsey Apothecary toiletries in the bathrooms, to the hotel’s signature L-shaped sofas and thoughtful kitchen treats, no detail has been overlooked in this stylish establishment.

Edinburgh Castle

Sitting proudly atop a craggy peak and overlooking the capital, Edinburgh Castle is a fascinating historic site comprising royal halls, regal rooms, prison cells and wartime memorials, plus it’s also home to the Scottish crown jewels. Dating back to the Iron Age, this elevated fortress has been both a military base and a royal residence – Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in one of the regal suites. Pick up an audio guide and enjoy exploring at your own pace, while also pausing to soak up the incredible panoramic views.

Arthur’s Seat

For sweeping vistas of Edinburgh and its surrounds, schedule a scenic hike up to the famous Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park, not far from the city’s Royal Mile. An ancient volcano, Arthur’s Seat is a wild (and often windy!) lookout spot, complete with a well-preserved fort at the peak. Along the winding route to the top, look out for native blooms and other historic sites, including a preserved medieval chapel.

Glencoe Valley

Vast, untamed, and imposing, the spectacular valley of Glencoe is undoubtedly one of the most famous glens in Scotland and is an essential element of your highlands itinerary. This ancient topographical gem is rich in Scottish history and is an absolutely outstanding photo spot, just beyond the hauntingly beautiful Rannoch Moor. For experienced walkers, there are a number of trails nearby, and in the winter months, you can also hit the slopes in the nearby ski resort.

Loch Ness

Intriguing and mysterious, the legend of the Loch Ness monster has captured the imaginations of inquisitive travellers from all over the globe. If you’re even slightly curious, a trip to the loch is an absolute must. Here, you can board a Nessie cruise and set out to try to catch a glimpse of the enigmatic creature. On board, you’ll be regaled with tales of sightings and secrets of the loch, all while gazing out at the spectacular scenery – which is definitely worth the visit in itself!

If you’re not keen on driving, book into one of the many day-trip tours which depart from Edinburgh (try Rabbies Tours) and sit back and relax while you journey to scenic spots all-over the region including Glencoe and Loch Ness.

All images by Anika Reynolds. 

Ms Zigzag says: I could certainly while away my first few weeks as a newlywed in beautiful Scotland! Thanks Anika for taking us on another globetrotting adventure with you- we can’t wait to see where you take us next. 

About the author Anika Reynolds: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!

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If you live in Williamsburg, it is highly likely you are following @yeswilliamsburg on Instagram for your daily dose of the latest and greatest on the area. From the hottest restaurant openings, to sharing dazzling Manhattan views from Williamsburg’s coolest rooftops, to finding and featuring the city’s cutest local cats and dogs, @yeswilliamsburg is the only guide you need to experience Williamsburg, Brooklyn like a local. Many Aussie honeymooners head to the Big Apple for their honeymoon, which often involves a day trip across the bridge or short ferry ride over to Williamsburg, so we sat down with the founder of the influential Insta account to find out exactly what’s up in Williamsburg! 

Your Favourite Place That Only a Local Knows About

Transmitter Park: You can look out to Manhattan and enjoy the skyline. There is no better scene for me than this. It’s a hidden gem to make you fall in love with NYC again.

Your Favourite Popular Place that is a Crowd Pleaser for a Reason

Lucky Dog: Who wouldn’t want to go to a bar that allowed dogs? Lucky Dog is like a place of my dreams. It’s a great bar if you want to enjoy a beer and have your dog with you. If you don’t have a dog, you are able to play with some. Plus, they have a good selection of beer available, and prices are extremely reasonable.

Your Favourite Restaurant

Sunday in Brooklyn: Chilled vibes & great food. Their cocktails and famous pancakes are to die for!

Your Favourite Bar 

Freehold: Freehold is a study/ready place by day and a bar/music venue by night. The music is always good. You can also unwind and chill in their grassy backyard.

Your Favourite Store 

The Arbor Vintage: It is one if the best vintage shops in the neighbourhood. They have a great selection of gently used and rare vintage items.  They have a $5 rack outside with some amazing finds. Definitely don’t overlook it!

Your Favourite Hotel 

Williamsburg Hotel: Really hip and well designed bar and hotel conveniently located in the middle of Williamsburg.  Their rooms are beautifully decorated, perfect in balance.  Plus, if you like lively hotels, where lobby are full of people, Williamsburg Hotel is a perfect option for you.

Your Favourite Way to Spend Time Outdoors 

Cycling over the Williamsburg Bridge- I love to enjoy a leisurely ride with a perfect city view!

All photos taken by @yeswilliamsburg. 

Ideal date night in Williamsburg

Dinner at St. Mazie: St Mazie is a great spot for a date, where you enjoy live music (usually swing,jazz and flamenco) , craft cocktails, a wide selection of wine, and food. It’s not too romantic, but just the right dose of romance and the right dose of fun.

About the author Yes Williamsburg: Yes Williamsburg is a hyperlocal blog that explores Williamsburg through the experience of its residents and visitors.  Every day you get to discover someone new with a new creativity. It features the brightest and most interesting locals like bloggers, dancers, food photographers, street artists, nutritionists, journalists, etc. I started it as a side gig 3 years ago but it seems to be taking over my life because it’s getting a great amount of attention from Brooklyn lovers.

For more from Yes Williamsburg, check out their Instagram here @yeswilliamsburg and website.

Image by Tim Marshall via Unsplash

When you imagine your dream honeymoon, had you always pictured an exotic destination with a beautiful tropical climate? Sometimes reality might get in the way and you might think a honeymoon like this is out of your budget, well think again, you’re about to be taken away.

Australia is the perfect jumping off point for any tropical escape. Flights are short and have become increasingly cheap, not to mention the number of travel websites that offer package deals and incentives to help reduce costs and the stress of planning.

Here are our top picks for an international honeymoon that won’t break the bank.

New Zealand

Whether you’re after a summer break or a snowy escape, New Zealand is the perfect destination for any season. You might find yourself longing for a honeymoon full of adventure in Rotorua or maybe something a little more low key like a cruise through the Bay of Islands.

There’s plenty of free activities you can do as a couple in New Zealand. Take advantage of the beautiful landscape and go for a hike or if you’re in the Wanaka region visit a lavender farm and see if you can tick off more of the Backpackers Guide to free activities.

Image via Pure New Zealand 

Flights to New Zealand will set you back as little as $300 return and as an added bonus, if you’re under 30 or a full time student you might be eligible for ‘Black Market’ prices at Student Flights, saving you that little bit extra.

Fiji

If Fiji was on your dream destination list then you’re in luck! Fiji is one of those places that is beautiful no matter where you go. The culture is encapsulating and the atmosphere is positive and welcoming, plus can you imagine a more picture-perfect place to unwind?

Image via Christian Boehme Photography

Websites like Travel Zoo, My Fiji and Luxury Escapes often boast all inclusive packages so you wont have to lift a finger. With wedding planning taking up most of your time, it’s nice to leave the honeymoon in someone else’s capable hands. Keep an eye on websites like these so you can snap up a deal.

Have a massage by the sea and be pampered in Fijian beauty products which speaking from experience are divine!

Hawaiian Cruise

Hawaii is lucky last on our list for honeymoons that won’t break the bank. Cruises can be a cheap way to get to your dream destination whilst maximising on your time with that special someone. Thanks to the cruise craze in recent years there’s plenty to pick from, all varying in lengths and stop offs.

A cruise to Hawaii can set you back around $2800 each, departing from Australia and stopping in locations like Bora Bora, Noumea, Port Denarau and Moorea.

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Once you arrive in Hawaii, try activities like hiking, visiting some of the natural beauties like Laie Point and snorkelling.

So there you have it, it is possible to still have an international honeymoon without having to sacrifice on the luxuries. Enjoy this special time and don’t forget that no matter where you go, what’s most important is the time you are spending together.

Ms Zigzag says: Three destinations that are most definitely on my bucket-list. Thanks to our travel writer Bec Lawrence for sharing her insider tips on affordable travel to NZ, Fiji and Hawaii.