POLL: Which Island Would Be Your First Choice for a Hawaii Honeymoon?

hawaii_na_pali_coast1Complete with undulating mountains, soft sand beaches, and miles of tropical rainforest, it’s easy to see why Hawaii ranks as one of America’s most popular honeymoon destinations.

The Aloha State also features six main islands, each one completely different from the next. So our question for couples this month is this: Which island would be your top choice for a honeymoon trip to Hawaii?

Browse through the poll options below and vote for your choice!

After voting, share your pick with other newlyweds over on our Facebook page.

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Tune in later in the week to check the results!

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Can’t Miss Honeymoon Experiences: Sunset Cocktails in Hawaii

Our Favorite Honeymoon Experiences: Sunset Cocktails in Hawaii

mai_tai-house-without-a-key-1Looking to add a unique dining experience to your honeymoon registry? Consider sunset cocktails at Halekulani’s House Without a Key, located in the heart of Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu.

Snag a table under the giant Kiawe tree, order a pair of signature Mai Tais, and enjoy traditional Hawaiian music and dancing just as the sun dips below the horizon.

Meanwhile, you’ll have a front row vantage point of Honolulu’s famous Waikiki Beach.

It’s incredibly romantic and overall one of Hawaii’s can’t-miss honeymoon experiences.

 

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Top 10 Tips for a Magical (Yet Affordable) Honeymoon

Here’s the inside scoop on how to plan a magical, yet affordable honeymoon:

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We totally understand that weddings can get expensive REAL quick, so who needs to overspend on your honeymoon too? We’re here to help you find a way to make that dream honeymoon you’ve always been dying to take, a reality.

1. Sign-up for a honeymoon registry

A honeymoon registry is the perfect solution to making your dream trip a reality. With a honeymoon registry, your friends and family are actually able to help contribute to the honeymoon you’ve always imagined.

START YOUR REGISTRY >

 

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2. Book early!

An easy way to cut back the costs of a honeymoon is to BOOK EARLY! You’ll have much more time to explore your options and will be able to find the most affordable (yet magical) honeymoon rooms, transportation, etc.

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3. Use a travel concierge

For those of us who need a break from planning, a travel concierge is the way to go. With a travel concierge, all the planning and booking is completely done for you. A travel concierge is also a great money-saver, as everything is already included. This way, you won’t have to worry about all the little extras that would normally add up on your trip.

4. Consider waiting until the off-season

One of the best ways to save money on your honeymoon is to travel to your destination during the off-season, where there will be less crowds and the prices will be less expensive. We would recommend somewhere where the weather is warm year-round– here are our favorites by month 🙂

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5. Word of mouth

You’d be surprised how resourceful people can be, and they might even give you some ideas you had never considered before. Also, don’t forget to try out our Referral Program, where you and your friend can EACH get $20 just for letting them know about Wanderable.

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6. Do your research

We are constantly surrounded by technology, whether it’s our iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, Apple Watches Kindles, Androids, desktops, you get the picture. Use this to your advantage in preparation for your dream honeymoon! Compare and contrast. The world is your oyster!

7. Costco is your new BFF

One great way to save money on your honeymoon is to do your own grocery shopping. Make a fun night out of it and cook your hearts out. You’re guaranteed to have some unforgettable memories.

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8. Use your miles

Take advantage of all the traveling you’ve been doing and USE. THOSE. MILES! We cannot stress that enough. You will save loads of money and seriously, what better way to use your miles than on your very first adventure as official life partners?!

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9. Flaunt your newlywed status, because why not?!

You’re newlyweds, this is your time to shine! You’re almost guaranteed to get some sort of deal– because let’s be real, who wouldn’t want to make someone else’s honeymoon that much more special?

10. Cards with benefits

Have you ever looked into whether or not your credit card (or other cards) has special benefits for traveling? Well, now is the time! You may be pleasantly surprised considering how many cards nowadays have deals, points, benefits, etc.

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Well, Wanderers, now you know our insider tips on how to have a magical, yet affordable honeymoon. Now go have the time of your lives with your love.

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Top 6 Tips for Your Honeymoon

Here are the top 6 tips to make your honeymoon truly extraordinary.

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Wanderable has condensed all our favorite honeymoon tips into one list that is easy to follow, so you can enjoy a truly memorable honeymoon.

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1. Start packing early 

You’re busy enough prepping for the big day, so preparing your packing list a few months early will help you kickstart the process of dashing around various stores to gather any last-minute travel supplies.

START YOUR REGISTRY >

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2. Invest in phone accessories

Find quality phone lenses (like this one) or apps (like this one) which are designed so you can take and edit truly gorgeous images, perfect for you to take gorgeous selfies during your trip.

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3. Dress in similar colors 

Simply pick clothes in the same color scheme and stick to it. Love blue and red? Then bring outfits in varying shades of blue and red for maximum efficiency and an infinite world of mixing and matching options!

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4. Only pack the essentials

Invest in some travel bottles and fill these with the essentials: a good moisturizer, sunscreen, and an excellent luminizer (we’re especially loving this cult product!). Your skin will look dewy, pretty, and glowing for all your photos.

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5. Pack five great shoes

There’s really no reason to bring more than five trusty pairs of shoes: sneakers for hiking, flip flops for beach days, a few pairs of flat sandals for exploring, and a pair of heels for fancy dinners.

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6. Roll your clothing 

Take your delicate pieces, like anything made of silk or lace, and roll these up as tightly as you can. Then, wrap clothes made of heavier materials like cotton or wool around these delicate pieces to ward off those pesky wrinkles.

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Whether you’re traveling to Hawaii or Italy, use these tips for an amazing honeymoon!

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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.

START YOUR REGISTRY >


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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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