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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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                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                  We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                  The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                  Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                  1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                  Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                  For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                  • (1) Research
                  • (2) Deciding the topic
                  • (3) Creating the outline
                  • (4) Drafting the content
                  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                  • (6) Revision
                  • (7) etc.

                  Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                  2. Change Your Environment

                  Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                  One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                  3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                  Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                  Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                  My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                  Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                  4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                  If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                  Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                  I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                  5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                  I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                  Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                  As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                  6. Get a Buddy

                  Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                  I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                  7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                  This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                  For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                  8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                  What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                  9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                  If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                  Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                  10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                  Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                  Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                  11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                  At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                  Reality check:

                  I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                  Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                  More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

                  Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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