Maybe this question should be reversed. What's NOT extraordinary about Hamilton Island? I am going to tell you below, so keep reading. But first things first. If you haven't heard of Hamilton Island or the Whitsunday Islands you are in for an absolute treat and will be glad that I introduced you. Celebrities like Oprah, Taylor Swift, Leonardo DiCaprio and many others love this paradise. Flocking to the tropical oasis to escape the everyday. This island is not just a haven for celebs, however, it's also very popular with all vacationers. Whether it's an everyday getaway, honeymoon, anniversary or milestone celebration, family vacation, friendmoon and more! "Hamo" (as the locals refer to it) has something for everyone in many budget ranges.
The saying goes a "picture is worth a thousand words" so several pictures should be worth several thousand words. Right? I may not know that many words but I would venture that between all of us we can come up with some amazing descriptors, emotions, and ideas. Since this island in the Whitsundays is so stunningly picturesque I'm going to use more photos instead of words for this post. Let's start with the video below (courtesy of Visit Queensland). Click the "Read More" link to satisfy your curiosity and get ready for incredible "eye candy".
48 hours doesn't seem like a lot of time, however, there are an abundance of activities you can do in 2 days by planning well, and in advance. If you had only 48 hours to spend in the vibrant city of Sydney what would you do to make the most of your time? A very valid question for vacationers on a time crunch, or those just passing through. We are here to help make it easier for you to do just this.
I recently spent a very short 24 hours in Sydney and of course it was not nearly enough time, but happy for the opportunity to do what I was able to fit in, quite a bit in fact.
Sydney is the most well-known city in Australia. What comes time mind? Sydney harbour, Sydney Bridge, the world famous Opera House and so much more! Located in New South Wales, it's a bustling capital and the largest city in the nation. Sydney is also the main gateway to the country "down under". Most international flights, and well as cruise ships, arrive and depart from Sydney. And many vacations, tours and holidays will at least include a stop in the vibrate city, if not start or end there.
Whether you begin or end in Sydney, click "read more" for some of my "top picks" to introduce and welcome you to Australia, or say goodbye in true Aussie style.
What does a Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Specialist do anyway? A lot of couples that we meet have this exact question from the start.
With many of our couples growing up using the internet and so many travel sites out there today, you are probably asking why do you need a planner/agent/consultant (whatever term you want to use, we prefer consultant)? Or even, what is a travel consultant? And what can we do for you that you can’t do for yourself?
You have questions and we want to answer those. Let’s start with the “why” and the “what” to help give you more insight?
Maui, also known as the Valley Isle, is the 2nd largest of the Hawaiian islands. The size of the island is not what makes it so appealing though. It’s the natural beauty, amazing sunsets, the local people and very special Aloha Spirit that enhances any visit to Maui. It’s one that must be experienced personally to understand.
Let’s discuss some of the more popular reasons that couples continue to choose the island of Maui as their honeymoon destination.
The world is a big place. With so many places to see and explore, how do you decide where you will spend your honeymoon and why is it right for you? And what are the “new” destinations that are becoming more and more popular in the honeymoon world?
Contrary to popular belief, the key to a designing a great honeymoon is to NOT start with the destination. When you start with a specific destination(s) you limit the possibilities from the beginning. And in the end, based on your criteria and interests, there my be a better fit. I recommend going through some specific questions to start. Rank what it a must have, nice to have, etc. and then figure out what destinations fit your criteria best.
First lets talk about some things to consider in defining your criteria on honing in on possible destinations.
As you know, we at Honeymoons Designed are very passionate about (and good at, if I might add) arranging Romantic Travel Experiences.
Our belief is that to create and design a very personalized and extraordinary travel experience you must devote time to the planning stage. There aren’t many couples who know what they really want. Many develop ideas in their mind, but after asking some questions and explaining more, they realize what they really want is something different than what they originally had in mind. With any planning, you must answer some key questions to set the direction. In our lives we do this with many important financial decisions, buying a car, buying a house, planning a wedding, so why wouldn’t you do it with THIS important occasion, planning a honeymoon?
What should you discuss upfront to uncover (or narrow down) what your ideal honeymoon is?
As you know, we at Honeymoons Designed are very passionate about (and good at, if I might add) arranging romantic travel experiences. Over the next several weeks I will be blogging about some of my top honeymoon planning tips. They will be posted in no particular order, however, I think #1 is pretty high on the list.
Just last week I was visiting my friends and family back home in New Jersey. We were walking the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ and stopped in a great little craft store. I found a perfect sign that really depicts what I have been saying to couples for years now, in different words. Here is what was on the sign.
“When Was The Last Time You Did Something For The First Time?“
Stephanie is an avid world traveler. Eager to assist others in exploring the world as a local using insider tips. Always looking for that perfect option for the couples she works with, Stephanie is very detail oriented and devotes her attention to ensuring your travel experience is one of a kind, each and every time!