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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.

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

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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.

Image via 1Zoom

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. 

Destination weddings and elopements in tropical locations mean one delicious thing – tropical inspired wedding cakes! We thought what better way to celebrate cake month than with a roundup of beautiful tropical wedding cakes to inspire? From tropical decorations (think palm trees and tropical blooms!) to delicious tropical flavours. Click on through to get inspired!