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22 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations Newly-Weds Should Consider

22 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations Newly-Weds Should Consider

For honeymoon destinations, a very popular option is traveling to the Caribbean for a week and relaxing on the beach. However, there are lots of destinations out there that can make your getaway a relaxing adventure and a vacation that you will never forget. Consider the following romantic and beautiful destinations for your honeymoon:

1. Bali

Bali

    The warm Indian Ocean in a secluded area is the perfect romantic getaway. Spend your days along the beach, or travel inland to the forests and rice paddies. The culture is rooted in tradition and practice; you may even find yourself picking up a yoga class or meditating while you are here.

    2. Turks and Caicos

    turks and caicos

      Take relaxation to one of the world’s best beaches. Enjoy the Caribbean lifestyle. If you are up for an adventure, scuba dive in the coral reef.

      3. Mexico

       

      Sayulitas

        In Mexico you have a few different options depending on if you want the Pacific or the Gulf Coast, or if you want a resort area or a town with lots of character. A honeymoon-worthy destination is off of Mexico’s Pacific Coast in the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta. If you’re more into surfing, consider the relaxed surf town, Sayulitas.

        4. Fiji

        fiji

          At the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is a tropical oasis. It boosts of serene waters, relaxation, and a honeymoon where no one is going to bother you. Your retreat can be filled with lots of water activities, and days spent on the white sandy beaches.

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          5. Thailand

           

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            You can find a mix of adventure, culture, food, and relaxation here. From the jungles, to the crystal blue water, to a decadent plate of pad thai, Thailand is the perfect place to honeymoon.

            6. New Zealand

            New Zealand

              Is an adventure calling your name? New Zealand has beautiful beaches, mountains to explore, snorkeling in the coral reef, and even volcanos. You will not get bored with all of the activities here.

              7. Italy

              Italy

                Where else can you mix delicious food, culture, and a love of life? If you are looking for a romantic European getaway, Italy is the place. In Italy, you can indulge in homemade gelato, have dinner at a local trattoria, travel to the Tuscan wine country, and hop on a romantic gondola ride down the Venetian River. The landscape and culture are absolutely gorgeous.

                8. California

                Vancouver

                  Whether you are looking for the beaches, city life, or a relaxing week in Napa, California has it. From San Francisco to the beaches in San Diego to wine country in Napa Valley, you can find the perfect balance of relaxation and activity in California.

                  9. Florida

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                    Florida is the destination of choice when people want to visit in the U.S. and also have warm weather. Try the beaches at South Beach if you are up for the party scene, or along the Gulf Coast for a more relaxing atmosphere.

                    10. Costa Rica

                    costa rica

                      Surfing, rain forests, and relaxation are all in one place. Spend a day hiking in the rainforest and the next day sunbathing at the beach all the while living la pura vida.

                      11. St. Lucia

                      st lucia

                        A trip to the Caribbean where you can relax on the beach, travel to a volcano, explore the Piton Mountains and rainforest, and then travel to the Sulphur Springs of Soufriere. It’s all very close in proximity and you can see it all on your honeymoon.

                        12. Hawaii

                        hawaii

                          Make your honeymoon memorable with time spent at one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Why not learn how to surf? Spend a night watching hula dancing and dining on delicious Hawaiian cuisine.

                          13. France

                          Paris

                            France has many destinations to visit from the city of love (Paris) to the French Alps for spas and skiing to the Mediterranean resorts. There is always something to do in France! Go to historical landmarks or hop on a train to go to Nice for a few days and relaxing seaside.

                             

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                            14. Spain

                            Barcelona

                              The Mediterranean coast of Spain is wonderful for newly-weds. You can travel to Barcelona for culture, food, relaxation and parties. If you are looking for relaxation in a city not located in the Caribbean, this is the place. Stop by the Boqueria for one of the world’s best markets, rent a car and drive along the Costa Brava and Costa del Sol, and visit all of Gaudi’s architectural works.

                              15. South Africa

                              south Africa

                                If you want a diverse honeymoon filled with adventure, water, and wildlife watching, travel to South Africa. You can see all of the beautiful things that nature has to offer.

                                16. Kenya

                                kenya

                                  From the costal offerings in Mombasa to the inland capital of Nairobi, you will be dazzled by Africa’s beauty. Visit the coast and relax, take a camel ride, and explore throughout the capital city.

                                  17. Tahiti

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                                    Tahiti is an island paradise. If you’re looking for a place to relax alongside the beach with no interruptions, this is the place to be.

                                    18. Greece

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                                      Visit the history-rich city of Athens and walk through the ancient streets to see the country’s natural beauty. If you are looking to stay at a pristine resort, check out the Greek Islands. Here, you can relax, or charter boats and island-hop.

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                                      19. Portugal

                                      Portugal

                                        Portugal is a wonderful place to spend your honeymoon. From the secluded beaches outside of Lisbon in Guincho and Cascais, which are perfect for sunbathing and surfing, to seeing the countryside near Cabo da Roca, you will always feel welcomed. Amazing seafood, a glass of vinho verde, and a walk through Lisbon will make your honeymoon memorable.

                                        20. Argentina

                                        Argentina

                                          Argentina has a wide variety to offer whether you are traveling to Iguazu Waterfalls, the Patagonia countryside for wine and seeing gauchos, or the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires. Take a few tango lessons, travel throughout the country and be captivated by Argentinian hospitality.

                                          21. Maldives

                                          Maldives

                                            Travel to the warm climate island in the Indian Ocean and have an unforgettable time. You can relax on the white sandy beaches, swim in the Indian Ocean, go to the spa, and also travel to an inhabited island to see the local culture.

                                            22. Vancouver

                                            Vancouver

                                              If sightseeing and exploring are part of your requirements, then Vancouver is one of your options. See the gorgeous costal city, walk along the boardwalk, and travel to the mountains.

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                                              8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                                              8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                                              Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

                                              “Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

                                              While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

                                              Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

                                              1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

                                              The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

                                              Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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                                              The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

                                              2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

                                              According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

                                              Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

                                              Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

                                              3. You could suffer from excess weight

                                              When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

                                              Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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                                              If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

                                              Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

                                              4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

                                              Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

                                              The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

                                              5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

                                              I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

                                              Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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                                              A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

                                              6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

                                              Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

                                              When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

                                              Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

                                              At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

                                              7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

                                              Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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                                              Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

                                              8. You could end up eating more processed food

                                              Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

                                              Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

                                              That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

                                              The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

                                              On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

                                               

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