Winners Revealed for Wanderable’s 2019 Honeymoon Story Contest

Congratulations to Ashley & David, winners of the 2019 Wanderable Honeymoon Story Contest! The newlyweds, who recently traveled to Ireland for their getaway, have won $500 towards a first anniversary trip.

We’d like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the newlyweds who shared their incredible honeymoon stories! Stay tuned to Wanderable’s Honeymoon Blog and our Instagram page (@wanderable) as we’ll reveal the Top 3 finalists in the coming months.

Meanwhile, read below for a few highlights from their honeymoon story along with a link to their honeymoon registry.

“Another surreal experience was seeing Dingle and the surrounding (majestic) landscape while riding atop Doire and Cookie with Dingle Horse Riding. The stars aligned and we somehow ended up with a private tour, just the two of us and our very friendly and knowledgeable guide Katie.

I will admit that I may have had to wipe my eyes as we stood at the top of the hill feeling the warm sunshine and cool breeze while feasting our eyes on Dingle, the bay, ruins in the distance, and the endless green, rolling hills.

 

Later that day, with recommendations from our gracious Pax House host John, we had a delicious meal, poked around in shops, and then lucked out with front row seats for live music and a pub performance from world champion Irish dancer David Geaney.

We had been advised to take our car down Slea Head Drive, which hugs the cliffs and overlooks the ocean, and we were not disappointed. Not only did we get an eye-opening history lesson when we explored the famine cottages and prehistoric beehive huts, but we got to snuggle a baby lamb at a roadside farm!”

 

Stay tuned as we’ll be posting Ashley & David’s entire honeymoon story in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, be sure to check out their INCREDIBLE honeymoon registry page.

 

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Wanderable Real Honeymoon Registries: Best of North America

 

Wanderable Real Honeymoon Registries: Best of North America

Have you started designing your honeymoon registry this spring? Gather some fresh ideas and trip inspiration by checking out a few of our favorite recent registries created by real Wanderable couples.

The following honeymooners traveled to popular travel destinations throughout the United States and Canada, including Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, and many national parks. Simply click on their registry pages below to trace their incredible journeys.

Chelsea & Andy (Canada and Montana)

What a getaway! Chelsea & Andy took a grand tour of U.S. and Canadian national parks, including Jasper, Banff & Glacier National Parks. Notable selections include Airbnb rentals, mountain bike excursions, and a Columbia Icefield Ice Walk Tour.

Julie & Ari (New Mexico)

Such a romantic getaway for these newlyweds! Some of our favorite experiences include a stay at a spa hotel inspired by Japanese mountain hot spring resorts, a couples massage, scenic hot air balloon ride, and a desert picnic adventure in wonderful Taos.

Rachael & Andre (Oregon and Washington)

Thanks to their honeymoon registry, these road-trippers made their way up the coastline of Oregon and Washington. Trip detours included distillery tastings, a zip line tour, and an ATV excursion just off the beach in Dunes National Recreation Area.

Danielle & Breck (Hawaii)

Highlights from their AMAZING registry include private surf lessons, a helicopter tour, and even a swimming with dolphins experience.
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Your Honeymoon Registry Questions Answered: How Long Does It Take To Receive Gifts?

In the latest edition of “Your Registry Questions Answered”, we’re dishing out tips and advice surrounding a common gift redemption question.

Be sure to submit your questions for the next edition over on our Facebook page.

Q: How Long Will It Take To Receive Our Honeymoon Gifts?

A: Wanderable has one of the fastest redemption times in the industry!

By far the fastest redemption option for couples is the ACH Bank Transfer. These are processed within (1) business day but please allow up to (3) additional business days for the funds to appear in your bank account.

Check redemptions are MAILED within (3) business days of the redemption and delivery time will vary by location. Please allow up to (10) business days to receive a bank check in the mail. All redemption options are FREE.

We are always working to minimize the time it takes to transfer gifts to you. Other honeymoon registries require up to 13 business days to send gifts. We think that is pretty ridiculous!

 

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Top 7 Things to Do on Your Turks and Caicos Honeymoon

With white sand beaches, turquoise seas, year-round sunshine, and world-class luxury resorts, the Turks and Caicos Islands make for an unforgettable island honeymoon destination built on a foundation of sun, sand, and sea.

From thrilling underwater adventures to unique excursions on land, these are seven of our favorite activities and experiences for any honeymoon to this idyllic Caribbean destination.

Hit the Beaches

With soft, white sands and perfect turquoise waters, no activity better resembles the Turks and Caicos than lounging the day away on a gorgeous beach.

Grace Bay, the biggest and arguably best, is home to luxury resorts and is protected by a beautiful barrier reef system. East of Grace Bay is Leeward Beach: quieter, more reserved, and perfect for calm ocean activities like kayaking and stand up paddleboarding thanks to its sheltered channels. Shallow waters and frequent winds make Long Bay Beach a favorite for water sports like kitesurfing.

Scuba Diving

Divers will be impressed with the sheer abundance and accessibility of otherworldly sites all throughout the TCI. Sand chutes, canyons, and cracks along these dramatic walls provide excellent swim-through opportunities, while sightings of Caribbean reef fish, invertebrate sea creatures, and vibrant corals are plentiful.

Consider staying in a dive resort, like Bohio on Grand Turk, to combine diving trips in with your accommodation, or link up on your own with a certified operator like Dive Provo.

Horseback Riding

For a classically romantic experience, take to horseback riding. Look no further than Provo Ponies to facilitate the magical experience of trodding along scenic trails and splashing through the turquoise waters.

With a fleet of 25 horses and ponies, this working stable operates two tours daily and offers private rides for honeymooning couples. Friendly guides will happily photograph you throughout the journey, even when you’re waist deep with your horse in the calm ocean.

Snorkeling

Sporting the third largest reef system on the planet, the Turks and Caicos Islands offer immediate access to the vibrant and colorful marine life that reside in its oceans. Just gear up and jump in to discover colorful schools of fish, Caribbean squid, flower coral and plenty more, thanks to the ocean’s incredible clarity and rich sea life.

On Providenciales, head to Bight Beach (Coral Gardens) or Smith’s Reef to spot abundant reef fish and other sea creatures while swimming in dazzling aquamarine water. Consider joining a boat tour like Big Blue Collective for a day filled with discovering the best locations.

Visit to Iguana Island

Nicknamed for the endangered Rock Iguanas which occupy the island in massive amounts, Little Water Cay is a short boat trip or kayak paddle off the coast of Providenciales. While getting to the island may be half of the fun, observing the large lizards in their natural habitat is a pure delight, and the island – as a preserved nature reserve – also boasts fantastic beaches and snorkel opportunities.

Golf

Break up the daily routine of lounging, swimming, and dining by hitting the links at Provo Golf Club. Referred as the “jewel in the Turks and Caicos’ crown,” this 18-hole course is consistently ranked one of the finest in the Caribbean.

Dinner and Drinks at da Conch Shack and Rum Bar

Eat with your feet in the sand at this beachfront restaurant which serves everything from fresh seafood (a variety of conch preparations) to jerk chicken and creative vegetarian options. Wash it all down with any number of rum drinks or a local Turks Head brew, and you’ll begin to understand why this is one of the most popular restaurants in all of Provo (and all the TCI for that matter).

 

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Ask These Important Questions to Find the Best Free Honeymoon Registry

Honeymoon registries have evolved since Wanderable was founded in 2012.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, honeymoon registries were mainly offered through a local travel agent that allowed friends and family to call or stop in to give a gift toward the couple’s honeymoon. That worked well for the travel agent since they received a favorable margin on selling the trip.

Wanderable helped changed this model by allowing couples to plan their travel with whomever they wished (or just do it themselves) and soon paved the way for a number of new companies offering similar services.

Fast-forward to today and you’ll find dozens of honeymoon registry sites and business models. Before signing up there are a few important things to consider when it comes to a free honeymoon registry.

Can friends and family use their credit cards to give a gift? Lets face it, the majority of people use plastic to pay. What happens when Uncle Joe wants to use his Platinum Visa to pay for your couples massage? A fee is assessed to the couple or guest. There is no way around credit card fees. Even giants like PayPal charge 2.5-3% to process a credit card. Wanderable allows your gift givers to give a gift using cash, check, or credit card.

Can the couple, friends, or family easily call customer service? What happens when Aunt Joan would like to give a gift over the phone or is confused with the website? Wanderable has a toll-free customer service number with a team member ready to help give a gift or answer a question.

Do you mind having advertisements on your honeymoon registry page? In addition to ads on the honeymoon registry page, be on the lookout for direct email advertisements that might include weight loss programs, wedding rings, and reception entertainment. There’s often an additional cost to remove ads from your registry page. Wanderable does not have any advertisements on its registry pages.

Do you want a bare bones registry or common registry features? Most free honeymoon registries have an upgrade fee for basic features like a photo slideshow, custom registry page design, to remove advertisements from the registry page, and access other “premium” features. Unless you’re content with a very basic registry, then the upgrade fee will likely come into play. Wanderable has no “upgrade” fees, subscriptions, or monthly fees. All of the great features of our registry are 100% free to set-up and use!

The team here at Wanderable LOVES honeymoon registries! We hope this post helps you find the perfect honeymoon registry.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! Happy Honeymooning!