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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
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    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

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        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.

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          3. Dracula’s Castle in Romania
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              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

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                  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

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                      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

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                        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.

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                          7. Silversea’s Silver Shadow Cruise in Alaska

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                              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 

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                                Photo Crdit: Ratu Boko, borobudurpark.co.id
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                                  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

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                                          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.

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                                          10. Heart shape Islands of the world

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                                            Tavarua Island, Fiji / Photo Credit: tavarua.com
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                                              Galesnjak Island in croatia / Photo Credit:fstyle.sg
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                                                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

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                                                    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

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                                                        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

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                                                        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                                        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                                        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                                        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                                        1. Breathe

                                                        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                                        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                                        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                                        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                                        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                                        2. Loosen up

                                                        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                                        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                                        3. Chew slowly

                                                        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                                        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                                        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                                        4. Let go

                                                        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                                        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                                        It’s not. Promise.

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                                                        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                                        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                                        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                                        5. Enjoy the journey

                                                        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                                        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                                        6. Look at the big picture

                                                        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                                        Will this matter to me…

                                                        • Next week?
                                                        • Next month?
                                                        • Next year?
                                                        • In 10 years?

                                                        Hint: No, it won’t.

                                                        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                                        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                                        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                                        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                                        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                                        8. Practice patience every day

                                                        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                                        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                                        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                                        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                                        Final thoughts

                                                        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                                        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                                                        Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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