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Best Honeymoon Destinations You Should Not Miss

Best Honeymoon Destinations You Should Not Miss

Sure, the honeymoon is a period when your partner and you go away to spend some quality time with each other, but that doesn’t mean you can just go anywhere at random. There are so many honeymoon destinations you two can go to and cherish that love you have for each other, so you should definitely take some time to do the research and find the perfect place to start making your first memories as an official married couple. Whether you prefer to be in pure nature surrounded by high mountains or you’d rather visit something more laid back and traditional like exotic beaches, you should know that this globe of ours has a lot to offer.

Cuba

01 Cuba

    This island is among Caribbean’s very finest honeymoon destinations, and is an option you should definitely consider. Just imagine you two being lazy in the Sun the whole day, drinking notorious Cuban cocktails in one of their widely known jazz bars and getting to know their vibrant culture. How amazing would that be?

    Bora Bora

    If you’d like to experience the supreme romance, Bora Bora is the place to go. Considering the fact hotels and resorts are more than capable of providing you with conditions so romantic you’ll probably think you are the only two people left on Earth. Having a private dinner on the beach during a sunset isn’t like anywhere on the planet.

    Venice

    It’s not a coincidence that Casanova was from Italy – the whole country was practically made for young lovers. First of all, the coastal architecture will charm you with its narrow pathways and vividly colored details. If that doesn’t sweep you off your feet, Italian cuisine most certainly will – those people really know how to live.

    Santorini

    04 Santorini

      Another costal spot that will leave you breathless. Santorini in Greece is widely known for its appearance – being there feels like you’re somewhere between earth and sky, and that’s something you really don’t want to miss. It really is an amazing place for newlyweds.

      Mallorca

      There’s so much more to this island than meets the eye. Other than gorgeous beaches and beautiful architecture, Mallorca has an amazing history I’m sure you too will find fascinating. So going there would be like going on a romantic adventure, which is the perfect genre for every honeymoon.

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      Rio de Janeiro

      This amazing city is hectic, everything moves fast and life in general has a different pace. If you’re up for having every day be even crazier than the previous one during your whole honeymoon, Rio de Janeiro is the place for you. You two can spend your time horseback riding, visiting astonishing landmarks or snorkeling – practically whatever comes to your mind.

      Hawaii

      Not just Hawaii, but the entire archipelago is the romantic center of our planet. As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t just spend your honeymoon there, you should also get married there! Hawaiian wedding destinations attracted many celebrities, and you two can be one of those couples who had the perfect wedding.

      Ibiza

      08 Ibiza

        If your partner and you have more of a modern view of love, you shouldn’t settle for conventional honeymoon destinations. Ibiza is all about the clubbing culture, and the hottest spot on the planet that gathers internationally known DJs. If you two get a bit tired from all the parties, the other part of the island is a quiet little paradise where the only music you can hear comes from the waves.

        Dubai

        This exciting city is definitely capable of expanding your horizons – there’s nothing like it on Earth. You’ll be able to see everything from monstrous buildings that scream luxury, to wide empty spaces covered in sand. This unusual combination attracts people all over the world, so you’ll be able to witness a true clash of the cultures.

        Maldives

        If you want to be surrounded by clear emerald water, have a private beach entry, and enjoy your glass of champagne surrounded by vast tropical space in undisturbed peace, you should pack your bags immediately and head out to Maldives.

        Paris

        Also known as the city of light and romance, Paris is a must-visit spot for all those who are in love. Whether you want to go sightseeing, visiting museums or enjoying a romantic dinner in a small restaurant while admiring the view on the Eiffel Tower, Paris is the city for you.

        Buenos Aires

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        12 Buenos Aires

          Speaking of Paris – did you know that Buenos Aires is also called the Paris of South America? This shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially if we count in the fact that this is the city where tango was born. So, wild nightlife, massages for couples, or a dance lesson – it’s up to you!

          Las Vegas

          If you’ve eloped to get married, chances are that you’re already in Las Vegas. This flashy, luxurious, tacky city in Nevada is a bit more than just a gambling capital. Other than lights and casinos, you can catch many amazing shows, eat in the finest restaurants, and take a gondola ride or a boat trip along the Nile. Besides, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the occasional adrenaline rush when placing a bet.

          Amsterdam

          15 Amsterdam

            This wild city isn’t for every couple. Considering the fact that the Amsterdam keeps playing with legal boundaries, things might get out of control before you know it. However, if you’re not into psychoactive substances, you should rent a place just for the two of you  – it’s cheaper and you’ll have so much more privacy – and truly get to know the city by learning about its landmarks, history, or simply taking long romantic walks along the intriguing narrow streets.

            Bali

            This is a mysterious island of dragons and pirates, and it couldn’t be more inviting to all adventurers worldwide. There are all types of honeymoon destinations in Bali, but even huge hotels managed not to disturb its nature, which makes it a highly spiritual place that’s simply tailored for newlyweds.

            Puerto Rico

            Wouldn’t you like to start your morning with the finest cup of coffee in the whole world? Well, you can’t find a better place than Puerto Rico for this small ritual. Another Caribbean destination for newlyweds that will definitely astonish you with the quality of food, politeness of staff and – of course – carnivals, which you simply must participate in.

            Aruba

            Couples seem to be royalty here. Aruba is a welcoming island that gives a very special treatment to all couples, especially newlyweds. Just imagine – your partner and you sunbathing in a perfectly sandy beach, while everyone around you is practically throwing all kinds of perks, free drinks and complimentary commodities at you.

            Costa Rica

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            19 Costa Rica

              Another island of the Caribbean archipelago that’s practically a paradise for couples – but this one is for the daring. Costa Rica has a really rich landscape and ecotourism is quite popular here, so adventure will await you around every corner. Whatever you decide to do – bungee-jumping, zip-lining or mountain biking – I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun.

              Barcelona

              If you’d like to get to know how spirit of Southern Europe, you should know that Barcelona picked up only the best. Therefore, you two should hop on a scooter, and start visiting wonderful beaches. Besides, is there anything more romantic than driving into a sunset?

              Qatar

              Late mornings, having breakfast in bed, being lazy and enjoying the company of your loved one – that’s what Qatar is all about, well, Doha to be precise. Every detail will be arranged before you even get there, and everything you two will have to do is relax and unwind.

              Tahiti

              22 Tahiti

                If you’d like to celebrate your love for each other in a bungalow, so that the first thing you see when you wake up is the horizon, don’t bother having second thoughts and go straight to Tahiti. You can either join groups doing entertaining activities or simply enjoy your private escape with no one to bother you.

                London

                If you’d like a cultural epiphany for two, London is your city. You can even go pretty cheap because there’s no entry fee to their museums! So, find a cozy little place, get settled and go to the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum and Science Museum, and learn about the unique exponents and see the world’s finest exhibitions.

                Agra

                India is really something else – their architecture, lifestyle, religious system and food is unlike anywhere in the world. If you need a romantic getaway, visiting Agra will feel like you’re on a different planet. While you’re there, make sure you don’t miss Taj Mahal – it will leave you breathless.

                Tanzania

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                25 Tanzania

                  Beginning your married life with a hot air balloon ride isn’t a bad idea, is it? That would be just the start if you decide to visit Tanzania, because you can have a nice romantic dinner in the middle of wilderness afterwards, sunbathe on one of amazing Indian Ocean beaches or go off on a safari adventure.

                  Belize

                  If you’d like your happily ever after to have a fairy tale beginning, I believe you won’t be able to find a place that’s nowhere near to what Belize has to offer. You can choose whether your honeymoon will be interactive, e.g. if you want to spend time with other couples, or you’d prefer it to be intimate and isolated. The landscapes are simply dreamy.

                  Vienna

                  This city of classical music, fine art and cultural events could be the exact thing you’re looking for. The seductive architecture will take you back to the age of Baroque, Art Nouveau and the Gothic era, and you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a fairy tale.

                  Malta

                  After the wedding, most couples are in need of a pampering treatment. All that buildup stress needs to be gotten rid of, and Malta is the perfect place for it. Once you land there, you’ll get a feeling that the whole place is tailored for newlyweds – and that’s exactly what it is. Delicious treats, thoughtful amenities and relaxing massages… Just sit back and relax.

                  Istanbul

                  28 Istanbul

                    Being the link between Asia and Europe, Istanbul is rich in incredible historic sites that will leave you asking for more. Learning about their oriental tradition and enjoying their unusual foods will create a strong bond between you and your lover, that’s for sure. Also, they have a unique architectural style that will leave you breathless.

                    Iceland

                    If you’d like to enjoy your glass of champagne in a hot tub surrounded by untouched wilderness, you should definitely pick Iceland for your honeymoon destination. Waterfalls, volcanos and geysers are just some of the things you’ll be able to see on this adventure, so it’s not something you want to miss out on.

                    One last piece of advice – try not to get to distracted with all those wonders around you, so that you can take a photo or two, which will help you cherish those wonderful yet-to-be memories. Each of these honeymoon spots is amazing in its own way, and it’s up to you to pick out the one which will be absolutely perfect for the two of you. Bon voyage!

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                    Published on November 14, 2018

                    Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                    Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                    With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                    For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                    In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                    Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                    Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                    It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                    For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                    Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                    Symptoms of Fatigue

                    Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                    • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                    • mental blocks
                    • lack of motivation
                    • headache
                    • dizziness
                    • muscle weakness
                    • slowed reflexes and responses
                    • impaired decision-making and judgement
                    • moodiness, such as irritability
                    • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                    • reduced immune system function
                    • blurry vision
                    • short-term memory problems
                    • poor concentration
                    • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                    Causes of Fatigue

                    The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                    • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                    • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                    • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                    • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                    Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                    Medical Causes of Fatigue

                    If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                    Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                    Anemia

                    Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                    Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                    There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                    This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                    Diabetes

                    Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                    Sleep Apnea

                    Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                    Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                    Thyroid disease

                    An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                    Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                    • Lack of sleep
                    • Too much sleep 
                    • Alcohol and drugs 
                    • Sleep disturbances 
                    • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                    • Poor diet 

                    Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                    • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                    • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                    • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                    • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                    Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                    Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                    • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                    • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                    • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                    How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                    Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                    1. Tell The Truth

                    Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                    To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                    Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                    The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                    One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                    • How you feel
                    • What time of day it is
                    • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                    • How your mind and body reacts

                    This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                    2. Reduce Your Commitments

                    When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                    If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                    When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                    Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                    3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                    If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                    Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                    If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                    Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                    Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                    4. Express More Gratitude

                    Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                    It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                    Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                    5. Focus On Yourself

                    Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                    There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                    But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                    We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                    6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                    Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                    Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                    The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                    Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                    7. Take a Power Nap

                    When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                    Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                    This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                    8. Take More Exercise

                    The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                    Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                    The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                    You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                    9. Get More Quality Sleep

                    To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                    Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                    My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                    10. Improve Your Diet

                    Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                    Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                    On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                    To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                    Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                    Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                    11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                    Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                    When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                    Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                    My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                    12. Get Hydrated

                    Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                    Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                    If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                    The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                    The Bottom Line

                    These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                    If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                    Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                    Reference

                    [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                    [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                    [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                    [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                    [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                    [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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