Post # 47
A friend on facebook posted pictures of his honeymoon in Boracay (the Philippines). Yes, it’s beachy, but honestly, it looks like the most amazing place ever, with lots to do. It looks like they did some hiking, visiting animals, and eating really exotic looking food. I’d never heard about Boracay till I was looking at the pictures, and after looking at them I started doing research of my own to figure out if Fiance and I could afford something like that (we, too, are totally not in the mindset for a typical beach/caribbean kind of honeymoon).
Another little pipe dream for our honeymoon is Indonesia. Since seeing Anthony Bourdain visit what Fiance and I fondly call “pancake island” on an episode of No Reservations, we’ve been obsessed. Pancake island is basically a place in Indonesia where you stay in a little beach bungalow type thing on the water, and people row out to you in the morning to bring you their specialty pancakes. Of course, Indonesia itself looks amazing, too.
Finally, I would maybe throw a vote in for Iceland or Alaska.
Post # 48
Iceland and Alaska would totally be in the running if we weren’t going in January. 🙁
We actually did make a decision. We decided we were going to Peru. We told the travel agent and continued our own research… And then discovered that she failed to mention that January is the middle of the rainy season in Peru, and it’s quite likely that once we got there, we wouldn’t even be able to make it to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu because of the flooding and landslides. So we had to change our minds. 🙁
It looks like we’re going to go to Costa Rica now. I’ll admit that I’m not thrilled, but my parents are absolutely adamant that we use this particular travel agent, and this is what she’s got that we can afford and that would be worth it in the limited time we have. FI is quite excited, though. And really, the truth is that it’s a honeymoon, and I’m going to be there with him to celebrate that we’re newly married. I’m pretty sure a honeymoon to a sketchy hotel down the street from our apartment would be amazing for those reasons alone.
Post # 49
Costa Rica will be fun! Everyone I know who has been comes back vowing that they will buy a home/land/restaurant/what have you there. I’d love to go sometime.
Post # 50
I actually went about sixteen years ago and had a blast. I wanted to try somewhere new. Oh well.
Post # 51
I love SE Asia and definitely recommend it (I lived in Thailand and Japan so did a bit travel around the area); even though you say jet lag isn’t an issue it’s never fun.
My fiance and I are planning on a trip to Columbia for our honeymoon. A few days in Bogota and in Cartegena. City and beach. Also good hiking (I’m told).
It’s an option and not that long a flight from Dallas.
As far as the UK (I saw it mentioned); I was there for 10 days in December last year and was stuck in the airport for 3 days and stuck 2 days at a friends because of weather. It was unusal weather, but I would not recommend it in January.
Good luck and congratualtions on the fabulous gift from your parents.
Post # 52
How about New Zealand? It’s the islands right next to Austrailia. Because of it’s terrain, there’s so much stuff to do! There’s lots of mountain ranges so you can go mountain climbing, lots of hikes where you see a bunch of waterfalls and rivers along the way… Just like Alaska, you can go glacier trekking! And being that the country consists of 2 islands, there’s lots of water/beach activities like scuba diving, whale watching, kayaking… Oh and they even have several caves you can explore. Not adventurous enough? NZ’s city of Queenstown offers bungee jumping, sky diving, paragliding, mountain biking, zorbing etc. There’s so much stuff to do! And best of all, you can’t beat the scenery. They have several crystal clear glacial lakes with the backdrop of snow capped mountains. And best of all, January is the middle of their summer being that it’s on the opposite side of the equator. It would be a perfect honeymoon for you and your Fiance to try out so many new things in one place for the first time! Think about it!
Post # 53
@GreenEyedMoon: Peru was amazing! Definitely worth the trip. My boyfriend (now FI) and I went last year and did the 4-day hike to Machu Picchu. It was tough but totally worth it when you see it. I can totally recommend some stuff if you need.
Post # 54
DH and I went to Buenos Aires. It was somewhere we had not been that we always wanted to go. We also thought about Peru, I think that would be amazing. We always thought we would go to New Zealand and rent or buy a motorcycle or a bus to travel around in. We love camping, hiking, outdoors.
Post # 55
Since you are going to Costa Rica and mentioned nature I would recommend going to the Osa Peninsula. It is considered the most bio-diverse place on earth!!! We will be doing our honeymoon there in July as well as a couple other places in Costa Rica. We are working with a travel agency called Reef to Rockies. They have paired for us with some conservation biologista who are allowing us to do some volunteer work with endangered sea turtles and also tracking Jaguars. A romantic place to stay in the Osa Peninsula is the Lapa Rios Rainforest Ecolodge.
We thought about doing a honeymoon in Boreno (near Thailand) but the tickets alone were going to cost close to $2000 a piece where Costa Rica is only costing us $375 a person.
For anyone else looking for “off the beaten path” honeymoons, I highly recommend doing a safari in Kenya or Tanzania (or anywhere in Africa really). I stayed at the Sopa lodge in the Serengetti and I actually had wild elephants close enough to eat out of my hand from my balacony window!!!