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8 Romantic Cities that Make the Perfect Honeymoon Destination

8 Romantic Cities that Make the Perfect Honeymoon Destination

Getting the most out of your honeymoon is quite challenging, especially if we consider the fact that there’s a lot – and I do mean a lot – of places trying to create the very best offer. Naturally, your choice should depend on what you’re looking for in a honeymoon. While some people want to go with the classic romantic option, others prefer to have their first adventure as a couple in a historic destination.

Throughout the world, options are diverse, so I’m sure that you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for. Most newlywed couples decide to go with widely known spots, without even doing their research, which I believe is a huge mistake. You two should at least explore your options before you set your mind on a certain location, so check out my list!

1. Paris, France

Paris

    Although some consider it a stereotype, it goes without saying that Paris is the romantic capital of the world. There are a lot of girls out there who adore this sparkly city, and I’m sure that it’s on the first place of numerous “where I want to go on my honeymoon” lists.

    Being this desirable, Paris is considered to be quite pricey – that is if you decide to stay in a five star hotel, eat nothing but caviar, and drink only champagne. On the other hand, if you rent a cozy apartment where you can enjoy full privacy, prepare your own meals together and explore this seductive city, I’m sure that the overall price of your honeymoon will be much more reasonable.

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    2. Florence, Italy

    Florence

      This magnificent city is also known as the birthplace of the Renaissance – where better to start your life together than in the very place where art itself once went through a rebirth? Its cultural significance is beyond measure, and Florence still has a strong influence in Northern Italy.

      If you two share the same cultural enthusiasm, this is a great place to deepen your relationship further. It doesn’t really matter if you decide to go to Florence during summer or winter, because it looks amazing any time of the year, and there’s a lot going on no matter when you visit.

      3. Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Yacht Charter in Dubrovnik
        Yacht Charter in Dubrovnik

        This mysterious old city will leave you breathless. The old part of Dubrovnik is built in the 16th century and it breathes with tradition and the spirit of vivid history, so you’ll definitely have some exploring to do.

        Located on the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik has wonderful natural beaches, where you can spend some time together and unwind. There’s an interesting fun fact you’ll probably be happy to hear if you’re a Game of Thrones fan – all scenes of King’s Landing from the show are filmed right here, so you might expect to see some of your favorite celebrities.

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        4. Ko Tao, Thailand

        Ko Tao

          Although it has no more than twenty one square kilometers, more than one hundred thousand travelers visit this island every year – it’s practically a paradise. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re on a backpacking budget or you want to have a luxurious honeymoon, Ko Tao will have the perfect offer for you.

          This little slice of paradise is located in Southern Thailand and when translated, it literally means Turtle Island. And there’s a lot to choose from – you can find a small piece of beach for just the two of you, or if you decide to mingle and have fun, you can visit one of the more crowded beaches with a lot of activities.

          5. Kyoto, Japan

          Kyoto

            If you decide to have your honeymoon in the former capital of Japan, you’ll feel like you have left this planet and went to a stunningly peaceful spot that’s completely separated from all the fuss and hectic lifestyle we’re all so badly used to.

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            In Kyoto, you’ll be surrounded by traditional wooden buildings, palaces where once royal dynasties lived and spiritual Buddhist temples which are all in perfect harmony with nature. Quite wonderful, especially if you’re looking for a place where you can connect on a really deep level.

            6. Punta del Este, Uruguay

            Punta del Este

              On the other hand – if you consider yourselves to be a modern couple – you should explore a destination like Punta del Este because it’s everything that urban newlyweds could ask for. Located on the Atlantic Coast in South America, this resort is a real treat for those who enjoy luxury.

              You should also know that Punta del Este has an amazing nightlife, so if you’re into clubbing and staying out until dawn, you should look no further, because I’m sure the two of you will have a lot of fun here.

              7. New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

              New Orleans French Quarter
                New Orleans French Quarter

                Speaking of nightlife – this spot where French, American and African culture clashed together in Louisiana and created a diversity of vibrant music and vivid culture should definitely be taken into consideration.

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                If you decide to go to New Orleans for your honeymoon, although this place isn’t really what you’d call a common honeymoon destination, you’ll be able to enjoy absolutely delicious food and lots of it, participate in different cultural events and have a lot of fun partying and even joining a wild carnival.

                8. Bodrum, Turkey

                Bodrum

                  If you two are up for an adventure, and you’d like to share your first married days discovering and learning, Turkey would be perfect for you, especially Bodrum. When it comes to trying new things, you can be positive that their culture and lifestyle in general will leave you amazed.

                  Learning about their ways is just one aspect of visiting Bodrum – this welcoming people will make you feel right at home. You can look forward to listening to all kinds of live music, making new friends and some great memories as well.

                  That pretty much covers it. Instead of ending up with the same photos practically all newlyweds have, you’ll have unforgettable memories and a lot of stories to share when visiting one of these locations.

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                  Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                  Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                  Video Summary

                  Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                  There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                  This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                  Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                  In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                  One Exercise, multiple benefits

                  There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                  By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                  When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                  Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                  In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                  What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                  What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                          5. You’ll improve overall balance

                            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                How to hold a plank position

                                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                  • Prolapse
                                  • After prolapse surgery
                                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                  • Previous childbirth
                                  • Overweight

                                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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