Post # 1
I am looking for honeymoon ideas that is not mexico or caribbean. We are thinking somewhere with a lot of culture and things to do other than lay on the beach- as we live on the beach now. I am thinking bali, istanbul, phuket. Any suggestions i’m missing of places that fit this but are may be a little more under the radar? Id love pictures as well!
Post # 3
@Tbblount: there are so many places to go!
French Polynesian Islands (Although I still consider this caribean)
FI and I are going to Paris and Spain!
Post # 4
@Tbblount: We were debating about doing the Almafi Coast in Italy. That’s probably really nice. There’s a beach there and a lot of culture. I also hear that the French Riveria is amazing. Or Sardinia and Corsica. Those islands are beautiful as well. Plus Sardinia has the Neptune Caves which look AMAZING. I’m going there on my cruise and those are a must see.
Post # 5
I’m going to Italy.
What about Europe, Thailand, New Zealand. The possibilities are endless.
Post # 6
I spent some time in Costa del Sol in Spain, and it was beautiful. You do get a beautiful beach if you’re so inclined, in addition to the culture. From there you’re very close to Malaga, Sevilla, Cordova, and Ronda and could even day trip to Tangier.
To get there we had to transfer in Paris, so I could imagine you could also take a few days for a stopover there on the way.
Post # 7
1. Europe. There is such a wide variety of things to do and it’s so close together. Plus, flights are cheap between cities.
2. Peru, Bolivia and Galapogas islands. You could combine cities with inca trail, jungle Hiking and nature in Galapagos. You can also visit and experience life by staying in homes on lake Titicaca. Amazing!
3. Thailand. You could travel north to Chang Mai and across borders, old capital(Ayuttia – not sure of spelling), Bridge over river Kwai as well as island hopping. You could also spend time in Vietnam.
My experience of Bali: very nice but beachy. We did tours out of the beach areas but it was very much orchestrated to encourage us to buy their wares! We also did a night time volcano hike(reached top at dawn). This was amazing! I was there a week and there was very little else to do. I was told there are beautiful islands off of Bali where you could do scuba diving. I preferred Thailand.
How long are you going for? Do you want culture, adventure, activity based or all of the above? I could make other recommendatoons based on these answers.
Post # 8
Cuba… the first place that comes to mind when you say culture. They offer a lot more than beaches but then again, it’s in the Caribbean. And I hear that there is a lot of red tape for Americans to go there.
Post # 9
@LilySarah: I love the south of Spain. Add Granada to that list and a day trip to Mijas.
And a trip to Gibralter. It’s so different than anywhere else around there. Definitely worth a day trip.
Can’t wait to visit Seville and Cordoba, they’re next on my list.
Post # 10
@Tbblount: Are you planning on travelling right after your wedding in August, or waiting? It would depend on the time of year.
If you are travelling in August, I would stick to the northern hemisphere, as it will be winter/rainy season in the southern hemisphere.
I agree with PPs suggestions about Europe. Anywhere along the Mediteranean would be great. If you’re concerned about budget, Croatia is supposed to be beautiful, have amazing beaches, but is also more affordable than countries with the Euro. Israel is another great option. The beaches are great, and the culture/history is amazing.
South or Latin America is a great idea as well, but August will be in the rainy season for a lot of the countries. I went to Costa Rica in late May (and there is a lot to do besides the beach). May is the beginning of the rainy season, and we had a few short thunderstorms, but nothing that made us have to stay inside for an entire day. However, later in the summer would be worse. I have also been to Brazil (however, in January), and it was also incredible.
Post # 11
In your case, I’d go for Greece or Spain. You can relax if you want to, but there’s also so much to do
Post # 12
Hi fellow NC bride 🙂 We haven’t decided where we are going yet, but I LOVE the idea of Thailand! If you have a couple of weeks, you can spend some doing beach / relax time, and then some doing some cultural stuff, or adventure-type stuff.
I’ve been drooling over some places in Koh Samui (Thailand) that have private pools in each room that overlook the sea. Phuket will be rainy the time of year we would be there (May) so I’m looking on the eastern side, where it will not be rainy season at that time.
What about Croatia? It’s supposed to be beautiful. And wouldn’t be quite as far to travel. Asia Pac is FAR, but I feel like it’s worth it if you have a couple of weeks.
Post # 13
@phoebephoebo: We (sadly) missed Gibraltar. But OMG, we LOVED Mijas. Actually it was my favorite part of the trip, and it a completely spontaneous decision. Such a great town!
Post # 14
We are doing Thailand and just a suggestion… my friend lives and works in Thailand and when I mentioned we were thinking of Phuket he was all “oohh nooooo!”. Apparently “I wouldn’t like it” and it’s quite…touristy…
We’re now doing Chiang Mai and Ko Phi Phi. We were going to do Palau but the flights were pretty expensive 🙁
Either way, have fun picking! 🙂 x
Post # 15
Also if you’re planning on doing Europe… IMHO:
- Sorrento is amazing. I have been here loads and it is my favourite place 🙂 Do Pomeii AND herculaneum. Herculaneum is so much better and totally underrated!
- I personally am not so keen on Paris. Cannes is quite nice (nicer than Nice) and northern France is gorgeous. The Champagne region, Brittany etc. Beautiful 🙂
- Spain is great too. Down near Granada is so pretty but we try and stay a bit “off the beaten track” to avoid some of the “brits abroad” pubs and stuff. It’s just what we prefer!
- Krakow is amazing!
- Tuscany is also gorgeous. And Greece.
- In fact, Europe is beautiful! 🙂
Post # 16
How’s your Spanish? How to do you feel about wine? As we love wine and FI’s family is Chilean, we are going to South America. We’re definitely going to Lima, Peru, Machu Picchu, and Santiago, Chile. More than likely we’re also headed to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Belo Horizonte, Brazil (to attend a friend’s wedding!). Lots of culture, good food, and some good laid back travel. Santiago and Buenos Aires, in particular, feel like Europe with a twist.