Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

The first step of honeymoon planning is choosing a perfect location, which is easier said than done if you’re already busy with Big Day prep work! If you don’t have time for research, get inspired by this quick list of the Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations: AKA the locations that our modern, well-traveled couples register for again and again!

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1. Hawaii

Hawaii is the undisputed MVP for newlyweds everywhere, and for good reason – each island has its own distinct personality, with the sunshine and friendly island culture keeping couples coming back again and again for more paradise.

What to do:
Snorkel amongst 250 different species of fish in the secluded Molokini coral reef.
Explore a lava tube in Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Savor the local food at the Old Lahaina Luau, voted one of the best luaus in Hawaii.

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2. Italy

Italy seems to run both slow and fast. It’s just as natural to spend hours savoring a leisurely meal with the one you love as the infectious energy of Rome surrounds you, or racing through the quiet hills of the Tuscan countryside on bike.

What to do:
Learn how to make your own fresh, authentic Italian pasta.
Wind through the catacombs that twist under the surface of Rome.
Cycle through the beautiful hills of Tuscany!

 

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3. Thailand

In Thailand, you’re equally likely to experience a zen moment of peace in a jungle, a refreshing afternoon at a budget-friendly spa, or a crazy adventure in the streets downtown. Perfect for spontaneous couples who want it all!

What to do:
Train an elephant for an entire day (we’ve heard amazing things!).
Nosh on dinner as we enjoy the famous, fabulous ladyboy cabaret show.
Cruise along the beautiful coast of Phuket without a worry in the world.

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 4. Greece

Greece shocks upon first look. Its white and turquoise houses stand out against the beautiful Aegean Sea, exactly the sort of gorgeous view that will help you recharge after those long months, planning guest lists and venue details!

What to do:
Taste organic wine at the Mykonos Vioma Farm (along with cheese and meat, naturally).
Watch the sunset on your private cruise on open waters.
Catch big air in this private kitesurfing lesson right off the coast of Crete.

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 5. New Zealand

New Zealand is the rare kind of destination that well-heeled hikers, wine lovers, adrenaline junkies, and culture buffs can all enjoy equally. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it in this beautiful and unique country.

What to do:
Sample wine from your pick of 20 different wineries in the Martinborough region.
Tour the locations shot during the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Horseback ride amongst the mountainous Rees Valley.

 

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 6. Spain

Spain has long been the go-to for those looking to find a place that lives life with passion, whether that means serving the perfect tapas, dancing to the beat of its own song, or boasting some of the best architecture in the world.

What to do:
Enjoy tasty dishes of tapas and wine during this private tour around Seville.
Zip around Barcelona’s best architectural spots on Vespa (yes, Vespa!).
Dance during this private dance lesson to learn the Spanish way to Salsa or Flamenco.

 

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7. St. Lucia

St. Lucia just drips with tropical adventure. You never know what you’re going to find in the next beach you relax on or the next village you dine at. Perhaps it will be the most romantic moment of your life. After all, St. Lucia never disappoints.

What to do:
Soar on high-flying zip lines over the rainforest!
Cruise in a sleek catamaran in one of the best bays in the Caribbean, Marigot Bay.
Relax in a spa treatment set outdoors.

 

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8. France

France immediately conjures up images befitting a classic romantic film. Whether you end up strolling along the bustling cafés of Paris or biking on the countryside roads of Provence, you’ll see life through rose-tinted glasses.

What to do:
Savor the sweetest bites along the Saint Germain des Prés.
Skip the line to gain instant, VIP entry into the Louvre.
Visit all of Van Gogh’s famous paintings in Provence.

 

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 9. Australia

Australia offers more than just perfect weather and golden beaches. Most Australians live in one of the island country’s many hip cities, where you shouldn’t be surprised to find surfers and fashionistas sipping on a world-class cappuccino side by side.

What to do:
Discover the wildlife at Phillip Island, one of the few places in the world with little penguins!
Kayak right under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sample your way through all the best coffee spots in Melbourne.

 

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 10. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic almost buzzes with good energy. If you want miles of powdery beaches, thundering waterfalls, lush rainforests, and warm village life all in one place, look no further!

What to do:
Find your zen center with a private yoga session right on the beach.
Paddleboard right at sunrise or sunset, a workout and relaxing excursion in one.
Catch waves during this private surf lesson for two.

 

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Want to find more travel inspiration? Browse popular destinations by month, view other couples’ registries, or check out our other amazing experiences!

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The Cream Event: #DanceForFrance Recap

 #DanceForFrance was officially a success! Congratulations to our winner,  Michael and his fiance, Dina, who won a 7-night honeymoon in Paris! Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 9.27.05 AM This year’s Cream Event in LA was one for the record books. Between the unbelievable band and DJ to the mouth-watering food that was served, this event will have people (especially us) talking for months. Each and every vendor  that participated was incredibly unique and brought something special to the table. Our favorite part had to have been #DanceForFrance, a dance off hosted by yours truly where the grand prize was a trip to Paris. After many impressive dance moves from a number of talented contestants, the winner was finally chosen. Congratulations to Michael, the winner of this year’s dance-off, and his fiance, Dina! We were thoroughly impressed with the amount of flips and cartwheels that Michael pulled off, and could not be happier for these two lovebirds. Enjoy the beauty and romance of breathtaking Paris!

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Just in case you missed the epic prize deets: Michael and his fiance Dina won a 7-night honeymoon in Paris. This includes a $2,000 hotel credit to any Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotel in France, as well as 7 different Wanderable experiences. These experiences include a Flytographer photo shoot, a Macaron making class with Patisserie a la Carte, an Eiffel Tower tour and Versailles bike tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours, a 2 hours GPS tour with Twiz Tour, an Epicurean food walk with Paris by the Glass, and last but not least, a guided tour of Montmartre with Hidden Paris Walking Tours. In total, this prize is valued at over $5,000! Here are some photos of this awesome event:

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Hopefully this gave you a little taste of our experience at The Cream Event in LA. We highly recommend that everyone attends next year because as you can see, this event is something truly special. Plus, you might even win a free honeymoon. You never know. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Dance for France at The Cream Event in LA!

Put your dancing shoes on, Wanderers, cause it’s time to bust a move AKA win a free trip to France!

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We’ve teamed up with Mr. and Mrs. Smith, who has spent the last decade checking into the world’s most stylish, inspiring and romantic boutique hotels, to offer a 7 night honeymoon in France at this year’s Cream Event in Los Angeles. This includes a $2,000 hotel credit in Paris (which can be used at any of the 65 properties in the Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotel Collection in France), as well as 7 different Wanderable experiences, like a Flytographer photo shoot, Macaron making class, guided tours of Montmartre and Versailles and foodie excursions! In total, this prize is valued at over $5,000. Merci!

Whether you want a cutting edge hotel in the middle of the mountains or something overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Mr. and Mrs. Smith has got you covered. When it comes to honeymoons, they really do know a thing (or ten). Trust us, they will not disappoint.

If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket to the fabulous Cream Event, our Wanderable team will be judging the dance-off, where you can get in on this incredible prize. You better put your dancing shoes on because we are a couple of harsh judges when it comes to giving something away this epic.

Here is the grand prize break down:

45 minute Flytographer Paris Photo Shoot: No more awkward selfies. Flytographer is the perfect way to capture memories in Paris. Choose a personal photographer and photography route, and your photographer will snap your photo as you explore Paris.

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Macaron Class with Patisserie a la Carte: Become a native in no time with this Macaron class, where you will learn how to make the traditional (and delicious) macaron with a French chef. You’ll learn all the necessary techniques to make the perfect dessert and you even get to take your creations home!

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Skip the Line – Eiffel Tower Tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours: On this private, guided tour, you’ll get to skip the crazy Eiffel Tower lines and dive right into the history of this architectural feat. Your guide will regale you with stories of the tower’s history, pointing out monuments along the skyline as you bask in stunning views of the city.

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Versailles Bike Tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours: Venture into the splendor of Versailles, and escape the city for an invigorating bike ride through the elegant countryside. You’ll cruise through the Chateau’s charming trails to visit Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and both the Petit & Grand Trianons. After picnic-ing along the Grand Canal you’ll head to the Chateau itself, where you’ll walk through Marie Antoinette’s chambers and the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors.

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2 hour GPS Audio Guided Tour with Twiz Tour: This Twizy rental is a new way to see all the sights of the city! The Twizy is a 2-seat electric and automatic car with a GPS system that will explain everything you’ll need to know about the best monuments of Paris.

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Epicurean Traditions Food Walk of Paris with Paris by the Glass: Explore the St. Germain des Prés neighborhood of Paris during this tour, following your guide to visit the neighborhood’s best food shops. After enjoying samples at a charming bakery, chocolatier, old fashioned wine shop, family-run charcuterie, and award-winning cheese shop, you’ll wrap the tour up with beautiful pastries.

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Spirit of Montmartre Tour with Hidden Paris Walking Tour: On this private tour, you’ll be able to climb to the top of Montmartre. Along the way, your tour guide will regale you with stories about Montmartre’s rich past as you explore little shops along the way.

So, Wanderers, are you convinced yet? Well, just in case, we’ve gone ahead and added a few extra pics for your viewing pleasure. Good luck and dance for France at the Cream Event in LA!

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Wanderable On The Road: Bike Adventures in Rouen & Les Andelys

Wanderable enjoys bike adventures in the the small towns of Rouen and Les Andelys.

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Fall colors of Rouen offset the gothic spectacle that is the city’s main Cathedral

Ah, Normandy. We’re completely obsessed with your whimsical small towns, cobblestone streets, and strong apple liquor.  And there is no better way to see these towns than by bike. We traveled to Rouen and Les Andelys, and we were able to see more of each town than we would have by foot. We’ve decided there might not be anything more luxurious than Europe in the Fall: the colors, the crisp air…getting lost down side streets…and hidden-treasure alleyways with the one you love.

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On Monday we were in Rouen: a lovely town that has the second largest population in France, next to Paris.  Even though there are tons of people, be warned: most of the town is closed on Monday until the afternoon (after 3pm).  This was both a good and bad thing. The Good: we got the town to ourselves, so we didn’t have to watch out for pedestrians as we cruised down cobblestone streets and took literally 1,000 photos. The Bad: we were hard-pressed to find an open fromagerie (we were successful, however, in finding a patisserie, so at least we were set with many croissants). There is a ton of history in this town (like the Cathedral and a memorial to Joan of Arc) so we did do our fair share of Instagram- worthy sight-seeing.

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But our favorite part of the day in Rouen? Sitting at a little cafe, playing cards and drinking cappuccinos. We watched as the towns people went to work as this sleepy little town started to wake up.

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The view from our seats at the cafe      

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 …and our seats at the cafe

Les Andelys was our next stop. This town was adorable (straight out of Beauty & The Beast). This town also houses a huge Cathedral Notre-Dame, the focal point of this city.

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As we rode around this tiny town, we stopped at intricate little shops selling art and came across a Salon de Thé (tea house). Along with their homemade, organic teas made from real leaves (we’re talking real mint leaves infused for hours) they had some amazing food. We ordered two different kinds of goat-cheese stuffed peppers in local olive oil, as well as octopus and baby squid. It. was. Incredible. #TravelTip: Always try the food. We came across this place by accident, and it was the highlight of our day!

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And even though it’s late November– this town was ALL ABOUT the Christmas decorations.

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Unfortunately, we ran into the same issue we had when we were in Rouen; a lot of this town was closed in the morning.  But that was fine– enough of the shops were open and the scenery was beautiful (can’t you tell?)

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Moral of the story? When you have the option, always go by bike. ALWAYS. You’ll see more of the town, and when its cold (like November), you’ll warm up quickly. And always try to be adventurous with the local cuisine– especially in smaller, quaint villages. They’re not touristy like some places in Paris can be, so you know you’re getting authentic food that the locals eat.  There also isn’t a lot (or any) of mark up at these places, so the food you’re getting is worth the price.

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Wanderable On The Road: Vernon, Honfleur, Caudebeuc & Pays D’Auge

Perhaps More Romantic Than Paris…Wanderable Explores Tiny Towns in France.

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Bonjour, Wanderers.

So, if you follow us on Twitter and Instagram (and you better!), you know we’ve been in France for the last few days (and we’re thanking our lucky stars).

Travelers link France subconsciously with Paris, but we’re here to report that there is so, so, so much more to this marvelous country than one iconic metropolis, and we’ve wandered through quaint towns in Normandy that could make you rethink your French itinerary. From fragrant farmers’ markets to mouth-watering homemade apple cider, these honeymoon oases are sites for sore eyes.  So far we’ve visited Vernon, Honfleur, Caudebec and Pays D’Auge, and we’re all about the quiet, sultry energy of these small towns. Tomorrow’s itinerary includes riding bikes and visiting a local brewery in Reuon. Sorry we’re not sorry!

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Our first stop was Vernon, home of awe- inspiring church L’Eglise Catholique. It’s huge, and its size warrants its status as the focal point of the city. Trip down a few side streets, and lunch is covered: grab a baguette by the local baker, some cheese from the Fromagerie and some smoked ham from the Charcuterie next door and you’ll be one happy camper (we didn’t leave that bench for hours).

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The next day, we visited the tiny fishing town Honfleur, where the salt air woke us up and the cuteness of the town kept us up. It started raining, which only made the day feel cozier. We meandered down cobblestone streets to local shops that offered hot cider, caramel candies, artisan jams with toast, and foie gras. As the sun set, we grabbed some warm drinks and crepes with butter, sucre et fleur de del (sugar and salt). Since Honfleur is known for its seafood, we tasted a few local faves (mmmm…oysters,) and that was a truly surreal experience.

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Honfleur is a hidden jewel, totally off-the-beaten-path. Apparently, the super-chic, in-the-know Parasians come here (its only a 2 hour drive from Paris) for the weekend, to shop, eat and drink Calvados (liquor made from apples). The Fire Island of France, if you will.

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Moving on…let’s talk about the Farmer’s Market in Caudebeuc: Jean, pictured above, is THE MAN when it comes to fresh seafood. We wanted to eat a raw scallop– and he obliged: he cleaned it and prepared it for us to eat. It was the sweetest scallop we’ve ever tasted. There was also fresh salmon lox, oysters, mackerel, tuna and crayfish– all caught by Jean and his partners earlier that day.  There were also live chickens, home-made paella, sausages with fresh sauerkraut and an epic cheese selection. This market is the social event of the week in Caudebeuc…the locals all gather here, buy their food for the week, and then meet their friends for coffee and drinks. We tried to fit right in.
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Sunday rolled around and we visited  Pays D’Auge. Because it was Sunday, we were basically the only people in town (if you can’t tell from the photo). It was so quiet we just perused the local shops, and finally stopped for lunch where we shared escargots, duck confit and a salad avec chèvre chaud (salad with hot goat cheese). The owners brought out fresh bread and two beers for us, on the house. It was the freshest end to the freshest weekend.

The fabulous news is that we’re here till Thursday…so stay tuned, Wanderers. There are more delicious meals to be consumed and more cobblestone streets to be strolled.

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