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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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      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
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          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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              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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                              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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                                                        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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                                                        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                        In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                        Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                        Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                        Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                        Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                        The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                        There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                        How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                        According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                        Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                        Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                        The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                        Listen carefully:

                                                        We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                        The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                        Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                        8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                        There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                        Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                        1. Pray Daily

                                                        You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                        When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                        Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                        Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                        2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                        A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                        By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                        Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                        If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                        This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                        How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                        3. Smile Often

                                                        Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                        Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                        Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                        The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                        4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                        A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                        When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                        Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                        Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                        5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                        I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                        Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                        What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                        6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                        God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                        I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                        I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                        7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                        You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                        How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                        First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                        If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                        If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                        If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                        Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                        8. Go Exercise

                                                        Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                        The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                        You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                        12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                        The Bottom Line

                                                        It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                        It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                        Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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