Love is Strange: Weird Honeymoon Destinations

Where are the most bizarre places folks have honeymooned…ever? Here are our favorite weird honeymoon destinations.

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We all know a pretty bed-and-breakfast when we see one, or a charming waterfall. We wouldn’t mind resting our heads in a yurt and glamping on the central coast. But where are the oddest, most random places & landmarks lovers go to revel in their newfound love? Behold, our curation of the strangest and raddest honeymoons in the world. Why drink wine at a seaside resort… when you can walk around naked for two weeks on your own private heart-shaped island in Australia? Well actually both options sound great, but we digress…

Elixir Lovers:

Brothels, Bites, and Booze” In San Diego, California

Get an in-depth look at the infamous red light district and the women who ruled the streets at the time. See what drew them to this lifestyle and the price they paid to be amongst the few financially independent women of the time. Scandalous tales of the most popular brothels and Prohibition-era gangsters will no doubt leave you thirsty.

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Art Lovers: Las Pozas in Xilitla, Mexico

Las Pozas (“the pools” in Spanish) is a collection of surrealist structures created by Edward James. James left his English aristocratic family and childhood mansion to create a fantasyland amid central Mexico’s jungle. The 20 acres also include a staircase to nowhere. Yeah, let’s just chew on that for a minute.

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“Blue Lagoon” Lovers: Makepeace Island in Australia

This Australian resort is so private that once the trip is booked, you and your love will be the only guests on the entire island. You set your own dress code on this surreal, heart-shaped island. If this sounds cool, also check out Sable Island in Canada, famous for its wild horses…but you’ll need permission from the Canadian coast guard to visit (which kind of makes us want to go more).

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Scary Movie Lovers: “Gravedigger Ghost Tour” in Ireland

Travel to a church, a jail, and a pub, while being chased by creepishly realistic “gravediggers.” There really is something for everyone…

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Nature Lovers: “Leshan Giant Buddha” in Sichuan, China

The Leshan was carved out of a mountainside in the 8th century. At 233 feet high, it is one of the largest images of the Buddha in the world. You could be one of those fit, adventurous hikers…we can see it now.

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Music Loves: “Portmeirion” in Wales

This place is still a Downtown Abbey-esque wonderland, where legends like Paul McCartney and Frank Lloyd Wright have chilled. Plus, this rad musical festival happens every year.

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Well, go on then, it’s your honeymoon. Indulge your oddest desires.

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The Wanderable Gypset: Nicole Anderson

Wanderable will be featuring wanderlust-y individuals literally living their dreams in our new feature, The Wanderable Gypset.  Nicole Anderson is the inaugural bohemian tastemaker in this brand new series.

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What is a gypset?

A gypset is a gypsy-jetsetter, a free spirit who is young and heart and leads an unconventional career and life, traveling the globe and wandering through life at her own pace, in her own style.

Who is Nicole Anderson?

Nikki is a professional wedding photographer (check out her drop-dead gorg portfolio) who studied Russian literature at Harvard and lives in Singapore with her fiance. Her itinerary this month includes Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Marrakech, London, Glasgow, and Singapore.

We picked her brain with this lovingly curated questionnaire, and we are happy to reveal the responses to you.

Wanderable: Walk me through an average day in your un-average life.

Nicole: As a wedding photographer, I’m lucky to have a very flexible workday and really no two days are the same. But on most days, I’ve likely gone out for coffee, done some photo editing, made time for reading, thought about going to yoga and then thought up excuses for not going, spent way too much time on Instagram/Style Me Pretty/100 Layer Cake, and somewhere along the way opened a bottle of wine.

W: Did you always want to be a traveler, or did you just fall into this lifestyle?

N: My family spent a summer in Austria when I was 16, and I remember the wild sense of freedom I had wandering around Salzburg. I loved being able to create each day, get lost, hop on a bus, see works of art, discover hidden cafes, and read all afternoon. After college, I had a great job in marketing but I just wasn’t happy tied to a desk. I had no idea if I could make it as a photographer, but I knew it was worth trying. Being able to spend a month in Paris last February during the wedding off-season or book a last minute flight to Culebra with a friend without asking anyone for vacation time definitely confirmed that this was the job for me.

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W: What are you feeling/loving/eating/reading right now?

N:

  • Feeling: blessed
  • Loving : my fiance Daniel
  • Eating: In the past two weeks, Spanish tapas to Moroccan tagines to my friend’s delicious Pakistani food
  • Reading: The Savage Detectives by Robert Bolano and The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester

W: If you could bring anything/anyone from home, what/who would that be?

N: If I have Daniel and a good book with me, I don’t need anything else.

W: What location is on your bucket list, and why?

 N: One of the many reasons I love my fiancé is that even while we were traveling on our engagement trip (I asked for a trip instead of a ring!), we couldn’t help talking about all the places we want to go together. There’s such a lot of world to see. For our honeymoon we have already tossed around wildly different ideas, like beaches in Greece + Albania + Croatia OR a wine + cycling tour of Italy OR Iceland adventuring!

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 W: What are your go-to travel essentials?

  • ONA Bowery camera bag
  • Canon Mark III
  • Journal/book
  • A great necklace (currently alternating between a gold and white 31 Bits necklace and a colorful one scored at an Anthropologie sale)
  • Flowy maxi dresses
  • Comfy but cute walking shoes (currently tribal patterned Toms and trusty Birkenstocks)
  • MAC red lipstick and sunscreen
  • A scarf that can double as a picnic blanket when the occasion calls for it

 W: What has recently taken your breath away?

 N: In Madrid, some of Goya’s later paintings at the Prado Museum. In Cordoba, the stunning Mezquita Cathedral. In Seville, the Puente de Triana at night. And in Morocco, an incredible Berber village perched atop a mountain in Ouirgane.

W: What have you learned about your Significant Other other through your travels?

 N: He’s learned that I wait to eat sketchy street food until the last day of a trip in case I get sick and that when I have my game face on I’ll haggle toe to toe with any Marrakech shop keeper! I’ve learned that his shoulder is my favorite travel pillow, he has a way better sense of direction than I do, and that when I’m sick he’ll rush out to get me tea and lie with me in bed reading Borges stories aloud to keep my mind off my stomach ache. And together we’ve learned that we will both shamelessly tie our sweaters around our waists when the forecast has fooled us.

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W: Advice for aspiring Gypsets? Go.

N: There’s always a way to satisfy your wanderlust. I once took a semester off college and was practically broke, so I worked on a farm through WWOOF in Cornwall, crashed with a cousin in London, and Couchsurfed in Italy and France. That trip cost me very little, but it was one of the best of my life. Make friends that live in other cities and countries. A hundred times better than staying in a hotel, and a heck of a lot cheaper too. Be bold in what you ask of the universe.

Follow Nicole’s adventures at www.sorella-muse.com and on her Instagram

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