Thursday, September 11, 2008

Honeymoon Destinations

As the wedding dates draws closer, so many friends have been asking where I’m going for my honeymoon.

But I can’t answer because that’s not been finalized yet and that’s a bit worrying because I’m trying to get everything done up as early as possible so that in the one week before the wedding, I can spend my days in the spas and the nights having sufficient sleep.

I’ve been told the last week before the wedding is the most harried. Sin Cyn was wondering how brides are supposed to look at their most beautiful and radiant on their wedding when they’re running around like headless chickens in the few weeks before.

But I’ve been so busy with all the other aspects of the wedding. It’s just now that I’ve got time to think about the honeymoon.

So I approached Live Life, Travel! Ashley and told him that I was thinking of Europe because I’ve always loved Europe, both Paul and I studied there and there are so many charming countries to go to which would be perfect for a honeymoon. We could go to a French vineyard to enjoy the outdoors and get drunk on wine and on love. We could ride the gondolas on Venice before the city sinks. We could kiss under the Eiffel tower and walk around in the most romantic city in the world.

But really, the Ringgit is not friends with the Euro. As soon as go there, we’ll have to cut our spending power by 80% and that’s not wise use of money. And don’t even talk about going to the UK.

So the next best option is to go some where closer to home where we can live like a king and queen without blinking an eye. We thought of Bali because that’s where Paul and I went for our 1st anniversary and that’s where he proposed too. Or maybe one of the many beautiful and happening islands in Thailand. But those places really aren’t that special for a honeymoon because we can go any time and a honeymoon should be special if one can afford it.

So option three was to go to an island a little further away since we both love the beach. So of course Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles came to mind. Classic honeymoon destinations, right? But those places aren’t too cheap either! The honeymoon package in Club Med Kani in Maldives costs RM10,620 per person for the suite. And that’s for 5 nights only! Once we include the air fare and extend for a couple of nights ……

So we thought maybe Australia? Not the typical honeymoon destination and it is fairly close to home too. But Ashley made some enquiries anyway as he felt that we would enjoy the Gold Coast more than the other places we’ve discussed.

And it helps that Air Asia flies there. We’d save heaps!

So I did my research online to see if it’s a feasible honeymoon destination for us.

Among the activities, I was really exciting about are sky diving, bungee jumping, sitting in a plane doing acrobatics in the sky, flying a plane and a helicopter, going hand gliding, riding a hot air balloon, screaming on a roller coaster, wine tasting in vineyards, hugging a koala and feeding dolphins! And Paul wants to drive a V8 and go mountain biking.

Not very romantic or honeymoon-y activities.

We won’t be chilling on a beautiful beach together, but how memorable would our honeymoon be after throwing ourselves off a plane together as husband and wife. It may not be the most romantic but I’ve always preferred adrenaline pumping and excitement over warm hearts and soft kisses. It will be something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives and talked about for years to come.

The more I think about it, the more I think an adventure holiday is the best honeymoon we could ever have.

I’m going to reply Live Life, Travel! Ashley now!


Anonymous said...

I'm from Australia, and If you are going to Queensland, I think you should check out the Whitsundays..they are a collection of Islands off the coast of Queensland. In particular Hamilton Island...I haven't been there myself but in Asutralia the Whitsundays is to Australia as the Hamptons to New York. It might not be cheap..its a luxury island destination but definately very romantic for honeymooning.

Bubbles said...

Thanks for the suggestion! I checked it out online and the Whitsundays looks beautiful. Much more beautiful than Morten Island which is what the travel agent suggested. Will definitely speak to them about Hamilton Island and work that into our travel plans. We were thinking of going to Gold Coast then to Melbourne to see the city and visit friends. Thanks again! Which part of Oz are u from?

Mirebella said...

Check out Noosa as well. Whitsundays are def the place to go. Gold Coast is too commercialised. Check this link out if your keen

Hey - drop me a line if your in Mel :)

Bubbles said...

Hi Mirabella!

Will def check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

Was thinking of Gold Coast cos of the theme parks and diving at Great Barrier Reef.

The Whitsundays looks lovely but considering the price, a beach holiday in Bali or Koh Phangan would be so much cheaper? We could do more for less there.

The wedding is hard enough to plan. Now there's the honeymoon to decide upon too! Hahaha!

The Godfather said...

may i suggest sanaa. not a typical tourist destination...
it's a world unesco heritage site...
very interesting archaiac architecture, culture, picturesque, give you that classic movie romance effect... perfect for the honeymoon.
i am sure you will have loads and loads of stories to tell your friends when you get back home...


Bubbles said...

Sana'a? In Yemen?

The only thing I know about Yemen is when Chandler Bing was running away from Janice by going to Yemen.


The Godfather said...

hahahaha... yeah i remember that episode...
go google sanaa, yemen

Bubbles said...

I did. Looks kinda scary. Don't look like the kinda adventure I'm looking for.

Anonymous said...

I've been to the Whitsundays. They are actually a collection of islands, and Hamilton Island is a touristy, honeymoon-ing place, so definitely costs more than the other islands. I agree- for the price, have a luxurious holiday on one of our tropical islands!
I've been to the Gold Coast too. You could drive to Mt Tambourine and O'Reilly's from there, and perhaps to Brisbane and a bit further north to Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin's zoo)?
Btw, I'm a Malaysian who has been living in Oz for the past 2 years.

Bubbles said...

Dear Anon,

Thanks for the suggestions! At first I was unsure what what to d in Gold Coast. But now I want to go to Movie World, Sea World, do the champagne sunrise hot air balloon ride, fly a plane, fly a helicopter, hug a koala, go on a winery tour ...... doesn't seem enough time now. Hahaha! Will be stopping in Brisbane in our last night there before we fly off. Any recommendations on what to do in Brisbane?

Anonymous said...

Hi again, sorry, only passed through Brisbane. We stopped just long enough to get in a few climbs at Kangaroo Point before it started raining. It's pretty amazing to be able to climb cliffs beside the river in the middle of the city! It's a nice place for a riverside walk. People climbing, strolling, jogging, cycling... nice healthy atmosphere!

Bubbles said...

Gold Coast was GREAT! Will post pics and blog about it soon. Just got back and started work right away!