Advertising
Advertising

12 Astonishing and Unexpected Honeymoon Destinations

12 Astonishing and Unexpected Honeymoon Destinations

Next to extravagant wedding ceremonies, a great honeymoon destination is the second most important aspect of binding two hearts together, forever. The first days, or weeks, therefore, are crucial to the overall well-being of the marriage. Like the saying goes, no marriage is made in heaven. But maybe, just maybe… …they’ll be made tough, and will stay together for eternity by spending quality time in an unexpected, yet, astonishing honeymoon destination.

Speaking of romantic havens, any one of the twelve below can set you off to a strong start.

1. Vumbura Plains, Botswana

Vumpura Plains, Botswana
    Photo Credit: Epic Road
    Botswana sunset
      Photo Credit: wbirt1 via Flickr

      Is your idea of a perfect romantic setting a sun-rich-tropical haven or an exhilarating adventure? Is it old-world safari tents, stylish modern vineyards, being surrounded by ocean or dunes, eating top gourmet meals, or fishing for your own meal? Well, Africa can make the rain fall. Vumbura Plains, Botswana is the top spot for real-to-the-bone romance.

      2. Tresco Island

      Tresco Abbey Gardens, Scilly Isles, UK | A superb Sub-Tropical G
        Photo Credit: Amy Laughinghouse
        Tresco Abbey Gardens, Scilly Isles, UK | A superb Sub-Tropical G
          Photo Credit: ukgardenphotos

          In Scillya, Tresco is a group of Islands well-known for its beautiful white sand beaches and blue waters. Located 28 miles from the southwestern coast of England, this magical place is renowned for its tranquil gardens.

          Advertising

          3. Dracula’s Castle in Romania
          Dracula's castle_40

            Bran castle_30
              Photo Credit for both photos: bran-castle.com

              Bran Castle is the official name of this castle which is most likely the place where the novelist Bram Stoker based his famous mythical creature, Dracula. If both you and your spouse are not especially fond of the Twilight Saga, yet vampires intrigue you, pack your bags and fly to Transylvania. Want more info? Look here.

              4. The Philippines

              Philippines_peace
                Via Shutterstock
                secluded beach
                  Via Shutterstock

                  If you have not seen peace in the face, spend your honeymoon in The Philippines and you’ll see more tranquil scenes like this. Here are more exciting reasons to choose The Philippines.

                  5. Iceland Hot Springs Tour

                  Iceland hot springs tours
                    Photo Credit: iceland.is
                    Iceland hot springs tours_20
                      Photo Credit: Chris 73 / commons.wikimedia.org

                      While you have the prerogative to join specific tours, you can opt to rent a vehicle and go on your own. This way you have the flexibility of being anywhere, at any time, minus the pressure of going along with a group of tourists. Consider it as one of your first challenges as a married couple.

                      6. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

                      Maldives
                        Photo Credit: Hilton Worldwide / conradhotels3.hilton.com
                        Underwater Restaurant
                          Photo Credit: Hilton Worldwide / conradhotels3.hilton.com

                          Imagine you and your loved one are lying on a serene beach, drinking your favorite drink, and just enjoying each others’ company. Then, to end the day, you can dine in a restaurant under the sea. (This one is in the Indian Ocean to be exact.) The Maldive Islands are an awesome place to behold the world’s beauty and to spend the first days of your marriage.

                          Advertising

                          7. Silversea’s Silver Shadow Cruise in Alaska

                          Alaska Cruise
                            Flickr: sleenen
                            Alaska Cruise_2
                              Photo Credit: Flickr: j-and-p / Creative Commons

                              Out of the many Alaskan cruises you can choose from, the Silver Shadow is the most popular among honeymooners. While on the cruise, you can admire an endless row of snowcapped mountains. After which, you can snuggle up with your sweetie in one of the private romantic suites. If your lady love needs to fix her hair, tell her not to worry, she can go to an in-house beauty salon. More info about the Silver Shadow here.

                              8. Indonesia’s Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko 

                              Borobudur
                                Photo Crdit: Ratu Boko, borobudurpark.co.id
                                indonesia
                                  photo Credit: borobudurpark.co.id
                                  Prambanan Temple
                                    Photo Credit: Mikaku/Prambanan Temple – www.balifornian.com

                                    If, you love visiting ancient ruins, check out Prambanan, Borobudur and Ratu Boko. You can find these mysterious temples in Indonesia. Be amazed with the intricate architecture of these structures from the old civilization. Want more info? Link here.

                                    9. Elqui Domos Hotel in Chile

                                    dezeen_Hotel-Elqui-Domos-filmed-by-James-Florio_1

                                      Advertising

                                      elqui-domos-hotel-chile-star-gazing-pool
                                        elqui-domos-hotel-chile-star-gazing-James-Florio-bed
                                          Photo Credit for all Elqui Domos Hotel images: James Florio

                                          This unusual honeymoon destination boasts seven timber cabins and PVC tent geodesic domes. The Dome Rooms are equipped with beds on the top most levels. This allow visitors to stare at the enormous sky adorned with the brightest stars. Learn more about the Elqui Domos here.

                                          To appreciate the hotel, more, check James Florio’s work below :

                                          LosDomos TimeLapse from Boppin Productions on Vimeo.

                                          Advertising

                                          10. Heart shape Islands of the world

                                          Tavarua Island Fiji
                                            Tavarua Island, Fiji / Photo Credit: tavarua.com
                                            Galesnjak island_Croatia
                                              Galesnjak Island in croatia / Photo Credit:fstyle.sg
                                              Make peace island of australia
                                                Make Peace Island, Australia / Photo Credit: Makepeace Island / makepeaceisland.com!prettyPhoto

                                                There is something really romantic about heart shaped Islands. (Like you need telling!) I’m sure the love of your life will be thrilled just being on one of these Islands. But don’t forget, you should be present to complete the honeymoon.

                                                11. China’s Happy Magic Water Cube

                                                China's happy magic water cube
                                                  WhiteWater / whitewaterwest.com
                                                  China grid-cell-30165-1385404728-0
                                                    WhiteWater / whitewaterwest.com

                                                    Back In 2011, the Summer Olympics aquatic space was turned into an spectacular indoor water park. Your childhood dreams can finally come true, but with a romantic twist. This park in Beijing is a top tourist destination in China—next only to the Great Wall. You can get more info here.

                                                    12. Amalfi Coast, Italy

                                                    Italy / Campania
                                                      AMALFI-COAST2
                                                        Photo Credit for the 2 photos: National Geographic

                                                        Food lovingly made by family-run food houses in this quaint town is just a small portion of the Amalfi Coast’s irresistible charm. This beautiful shoreline village can capture anyone’s heart with its spectacular views. Not to forget, its cute little shops can be a great place to spend lazy afternoons with your S.O..

                                                        Featured photo credit: Prambanan Temple/Mikaku via flickr.com

                                                        More by this author

                                                        Anthony Dejolde

                                                        TV/Radio personality who educates his audience on entrepreneurship, productivity, and leadership.

                                                        Left Brain Vs. Right Brain: The Eye Opening Insights How to Organize Notes and Stop Feeling Scattered Drink Water At The Correct Time To Stay Healthy The Art of Tucking in Shirts every Gentleman Needs to Practice 10 Ways to Lace Up Your Shoes Creatively

                                                        Trending in Lifestyle

                                                        1 How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind 2 7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout 3 30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life 4 Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally) 5 8 Best Air Purifiers for a Healthy Home

                                                        Read Next

                                                        Advertising
                                                        Advertising
                                                        Advertising

                                                        Last Updated on July 3, 2020

                                                        How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                        How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                        Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                                                        Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                                                        I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                                                        You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                        Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                                                        When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                        I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                        Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                        Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                                                        If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                        Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                                                        1. The Inner Critic

                                                        This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                                        • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                                                        • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                                                        • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                                                        • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                        The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                                                        Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                        2. The Worrier

                                                        This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                        The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                                                        Advertising

                                                        3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                                                        This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                                        This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                        The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                                                        4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                        This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                        The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                                        • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                        • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                        • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                                                        • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                        How can you control these squatters?

                                                        How to Master Your Mind

                                                        You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                        Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                        There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                        • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                        • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                        This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                                                        The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                                                        Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                        1. For the Inner Critic

                                                        When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                        You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                        For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                                                        Advertising

                                                        You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                                                        “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                        If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                                                        This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                        • They rile up the Worrier.
                                                        • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                        • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                        • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                        • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                                        Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                        Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                        2. For the Worrier

                                                        Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                        Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                                                        You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                        • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                        • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                        • Muscles tense

                                                        Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                        If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                        Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                        “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                        Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                        If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                                        Advertising

                                                        Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                                                        Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                                        For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                        “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                                                        Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                        Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                        “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                        Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                        3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                        Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                        The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                                                        I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                        Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                        Breathe in through your nose:

                                                        • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                        • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                        • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                        Breathe out through your nose:

                                                        • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                        • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                        • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                        Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

                                                        Advertising

                                                        One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                                        Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                        4. For the Sleep Depriver

                                                        (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                        I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                        Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                        1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                        2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                        When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                                                        From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                        For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                        If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                        You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                        • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                                                        • Shut down your thinking
                                                        • Calm your feelings
                                                        • Simply focus on the present moment

                                                        The Bottom Line

                                                        Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                                                        You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                        Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

                                                        More About Mental Strength

                                                        Featured photo credit: Priscilla Du Preez via unsplash.com

                                                        Read Next