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.

 

In case you missed it:

Winners Revealed for Wanderable’s 2018 Honeymoon Story Contest

Wanderable Real Honeymoon Registries: Best of North America

 

Winners Revealed for Wanderable’s 2018 Honeymoon Story Contest

Congratulations to Claudia and Mitch, winners of the 2018 Wanderable Honeymoon Story Contest! The newlyweds, who recently traveled to Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia for their getaway, have won $500 towards a first anniversary trip.

We’d like to say thanks 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 5 finalists in the coming weeks.

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

“Sometimes you just have to drop everything and go, and what better time to go than when you’re young and in love? Claudia and I were married on December 29th, 2017, and, thanks to Wanderable and our closest friends and family, we embarked on a two-month, three-country honeymoon on January 2nd.

We chose Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia because 1) we are both Spanish speakers, 2) we wanted less tourist, trendy destinations where we could be more active, and 3) we can’t visit Claudia’s home country of Venezuela due to current political issues. Below are the top things we learned.

You’re married, now; there’s no excuse to be shy.

When you’re traveling in the developing world and trying to be adventurous, you tend to do things (and eat things) that can get you into trouble. In Lima, we tried a 17-course tasting menu at a restaurant called Central and stayed in an Airbnb with a shared bathroom; we ate piranhas, octopi, and sea foam, among other things. Lima is the best place to eat on the continent, but it’s not the best place to go to the bathroom, especially not in an emergency situation. That’s when you get over your squeamishness with your spouse and some of their most unpleasant bodily functions. You have to. You’ve entered into the sacred bond of holy matrimony in sickness and in health, and if you’re not down with the sickness, you get over it real quick. I’ll never forget the look on my wife’s face when I got into our tent after a long day of hiking on the Inca Trail. All she said was “You smell,” but her face said, “I am MARRIED to that smell?” That was early on in the trip. We got used to it all by the end, and that’s love, I tell you.

 

Saving and budgeting are easy even though currency math is hard.

Between Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia over the course of two months, we had budgeted about $6,000, or $3,000 per person. We took more buses than planes and stayed in Airbnb’s wherever possible. Each country has it’s own currency, however, and each currency has it’s own conversion rate.

In Peru that rate is about 3 soles to a dollar. Bolivia’s boliviano is about 13 to one, and Colombia’s peso is a whopping 2800 to one. Math has never been my strong suit, and I was constantly overreacting to restaurant menus in Colombia — “They’re charging WHAT?” Oh wait…that’s reasonable.” Luckily Claudia was there to correct me. I’m very glad to be back in the United States where there’s much less math to do.

Altitude sickness is real, and it is NOT spectacular.

We spent much of our trip in the Andean highlands of Peru and Bolivia. After departing Lima for Cusco on January 7th, we were at least one mile above sea level until we arrived in Medellín on February 1st. That included, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and cities on both sides of the Peru-Bolivia border, and La Paz and other cities in Bolivia. We got very familiar with altitude sickness and its symptoms. Those include shortness of breath, headaches, nausea and exhaustion. You react to it like this:

– “This isn’t so bad. I’m a little short of breath, but I’m ok. Oh wait…I’m still sitting on the plane, and I haven’t tried to do anything.”

– “Holy crap I took three steps and I’m panting.”

– “How can I possibly grab a bag AND walk with it??”

– “I’m going to need a lot of breaks.”

– “The breaks aren’t working.”

– “Maybe eating will help. Maybe I’ll throw up.”

– “I threw up.”

– “Give me allllll the coca leaf tea, please.”

– “Now I feel good enough to nap! And oh my goodness do I ever need a nap.”

– “We’ve literally been here less than an hour.”

Eventually after a nap, you do feel better. You’re body adjusts. We got to the point where we were able to complete the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and we were the fittest couple in our group (not so humble brag). When we finally got back down to sea level, we were ready to run a marathon (just kidding).”

 

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

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

 

In case you missed it:

Wanderable Real Honeymoon Registries: Best of Asia

The Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations for Wine Lovers

UPDATE: Contest Closed! Win A Bachelorette Party for 8 to NYC!

UPDATE: This contest is now closed! Make sure to follow us on Facebook to find out about more chances to win!

CONTEST ALERT: WIN A FREE BACHELORETTE PARTY IN NYC FOR 8!

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We cannot wait to announce our partnership with The Bach, The Big Fat Indian Wedding, Manhattan Walking Tours, On Location Tours, and The New York Nightlife to give away an incredible New York City bachelorette party for 8!

Here’s what’s included:

– A 1-hour bachelorette planning session with Joanne Barken, CEO of The Bach

– A Sex and the City Hot Spot Tour from On Location Tours

– A VIP Nightclub Experience from The New York Nightlife

– A Times Square Walking Tour from Manhattan Walking Tours

– A $400 voucher for a ladies luncheon or dinner from The Big Fat Indian Wedding

Goodie bags provided by The Bach and The Big Fat Indian Wedding

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Here’s what you need to know:

The Bach is an online resource that provides classy bachelorette party ideas, curated venue recommendations, and the tools necessary to simplify the planning process. The Bach will be offering a 1-hour bachelorette planning session with Joanne Barken, the CEO, as well as goodie bags.

The Big Fat Indian Wedding is a South Asian wedding inspiration blog to help brides and grooms plan their wedding, help guests navigate the cultural world of South Asia, and inspire wedding lovers. The Big Fat Indian Wedding will be offering a $400 voucher for a ladies luncheon or dinner, as well as goodie bags!

Manhattan Walking Tours was created to give the NYC sightseeing tour an advantage over the tour bus. Manhattan Walking Tours will be providing a Times Square Walking Tour to show you the best kept secrets of this famous NYC attraction.

The New York Nightlife is the leading promotional company of choice for New York’s fashion and entertainment industries, with a large focus on tourism. The New York Nightlife will be offering a VIP Nightclub Experience so you and your ladies can have the time of your lives in the City That Never Sleeps

On Location Tours is one of the world’s largest TV and movie tour companies. Their tours feature sites from the hottest and latest on the big and small screen. On Location Tours will be providing a Sex and the City Hot Spots Tour so you can get a peek into the fabulous lives of the Fab Four.

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ENTER NOW FOR THE BACHELORETTE PARTY OF A LIFETIME! 

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UPDATE: Contest Closed! Win a Free Honeymoon (or just a trip!) In Vietnam

UPDATE: This contest is now closed! Make sure to follow us on Facebook to find out about more chances to win!

CONTEST ALERT: WIN A FREE HONEYMOON IN VIETNAM!

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We are very excited to announce our partnership with Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotels, Cathay PacificTourNative and Traveling Spoon to give away an amazing honeymoon to Vietnam!

Here’s what’s included:

– Roundtrip airfare for two courtesy of Cathay Pacific

– 3 night stay at Fusion Mala courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Smith

– 3 night stay at An Lam Saigon River courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Smith

– Amazing guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi Ann by our partner TourNative

– Cooking lessons provided by our partner Traveling Spoon

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Here are the deets:

TourNative is an online marketplace connecting travelers to local guides to facilitate authentic travel experiences: TourNative will be offering a tour of Ho Chi Minh city where the lucky winners will be able to see this magical city with their very own personal tour guide, as well as a tour in Hoi Ann.

Traveling Spoon finds the best grandmothers and other home cooks and connects them with travelers looking for meaningful food experiences in local homes: Traveling Spoon will be offering a Cooking Lesson and Authentic Vietnamese Meal in Ho Chi Minh City.

TourNative and Traveling Spoon are two of Wanderable’s favorite partners! Good news: they’re also available in many other locations, so don’t forget to think of them on your next worldly adventure.

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THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY. Enter here!

Good luck Wanderers!

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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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