It’s pretty cool to live in a day and age in which it’s easier than ever to travel halfway around the world. All you have to do is hop on a plane and in a half-day’s time you’ll be on the other side of the earth. Like I said, pretty cool.
But it’s not all good. When something is that easy to do, a lot of people end up doing it. And when you add that with the advent of social media influencers whose job it is to travel full time and - well, influence you to travel - you end up getting a picture that looks pretty worrisome.
Overtourism or toxic tourism?
The one thing many (all?) newlyweds want during their honeymoon is romance.
Just imagine… the two of you holding hands, walking down a beach with the perfect sunset happening in front of you. Shut your eyes for a second and imagine that.
Whatever it is that you thought of, whether it was a specific location or just some random beach in your head, that scenario can actually happen to you if you visit many of the places on this list. Some of these places are landlocked, but most of the places I have on this list are surrounded by water.
I should also mention, many of these places are not budget destinations at all. Of course, at risk of sounding like a broken record (if you're a regular), you can save quite a bit by using points and miles but some of the more high end locations could still set you back.
With that said, here are the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world:
Do you ever feel like you’re more susceptible to getting sick when on a plane? Well, turns out there’s a good reason for that. Science shows that you actually are more likely to get sick on an airplane. According to the World Health Organization, one of the main reasons for that is because of the humidity in an airplane cabin, which is under 20%. At home, the humidity is typically above 30%. The dry air on board will affect your mucus production, which is an integral first-line of defense for your body’s immune system.
What does this all mean? Simply put, you’re more likely to catch the common cold on a plane than off the plane. And that’s a total bummer! Because who wants to get sick, for example, before your vacation even starts??
Thankfully, there are things you can do to help yourself avoid that fate.
So, what are the dirtiest places on an airplane?
Hotels are great. They’re great for business travelers and couples. But I'm beginning to realize more and more just how fantastic Airbnbs are for big families when they travel. I was recently having a conversation with my parents about how our family has grown to humungous proportions over the past few years and how most hotels don’t fit our travel needs anymore, when traveling as a family.
I have three siblings and will soon have seven nieces and nephews all under the age of five. Including my parents, my grandma, and my wife and I, that’s a total of 18 people. How are we all supposed to enjoy a family vacation in a hotel? We’d need five or six rooms at $100-$200 (probably much more than that after taxes, resort fees, etc) a night with no guarantee that those rooms will be near each other (even if you ask). Doing the math on my fingers and toes, that’s at least $600-$1,200 a night for the family.
To add, both parents can’t put their little kid(s) to bed in a hotel and then leave the room to go downstairs to the bar for a nightcap with the rest of the adults in the family. Parents also can’t put their kids to bed and then stay in the room for a nightcap with the adults in your family on account of the fact that you’d keep the children up.
So what do you do when you try to go on vacation with a family similar to mine in size? You can find a hotel that's more family friendly and all of that, but the easiest solution might just be Airbnb
Airbnb is a really nice option
So you’re going on vacation. And you’ve already booked the flight, the hotel, and found a few fun sightseeing things to do while there. Almost everything that can be taken care of beforehand has been. However, there’s still one glaring question you need to answer: how much cash should you take with you (yes, I’m talking about the green stuff...er... at least that’s the color of cash in the U.S.)?
Here are a few tips to help you figure that out:
Do your homework
It’s no secret, hotel rooms are dirty. I don’t mean they “can be” dirty. They are dirty. Period. It doesn’t matter if you shelled out an arm and a leg for the room, there will be germs looking to do you harm everywhere when you walk into the room (actually, it starts before you walk into the room, but I’ll get into that in a minute).
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t to accuse any hotel chains of not cleaning rooms between guests. Clearly, they all do. But there’s a difference between cleaning and disinfecting.
So if you’re a germaphobe, have sanitizer ready to make yourself feel better.
Comforter and pillows (not just throw pillows either)
What is it about being scared that people love so much? The thrill? The mystery? I’m not sure, but there’s a reason haunted houses, for example, are so popular. However, what if I told you that there are places in the world that are waaaaaay better than haunted houses? These places have a real history behind them. And while none of them are confined to just a “house,” they may all be haunted.
Island of Dolls, Mexico
Winos of the world rejoice! If you’re looking for a lovely getaway where there are more kinds of wine than there are people that live there, I’ve got quite a treat to tell you about. Just about 75 miles from both San Antonio and Austin sits the Fredericksburg and Gillespie County area of the Texas Hill Country that just so happens to also be home to over 50 wineries and tasting rooms.
This area is well known in Texas with some absolutely fantastic wines coming from the area. It’s the second most visited wine region in the country, behind (you guessed it) Napa Valley. However, most of its visitors come from Texas. I just went on a tour in the area with about five or six other people and they were all from different parts of Texas.
The 300-acre Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio has been in business for over a quarter century. But the land that it sits on, which is now home to 500 guest rooms, a full-service spa (when it’s not closed (more on that in a minute)), 27 holes of golf, and a five-acre water park, has a history that goes back much further than that.
A brief history of the Hyatt Hill Country
After the ring, the big day itself, and all the events surrounding it, oftentimes there’s not much left in the coffers for a dream honeymoon. However, there’s no need to run away and pout! There are plenty of destinations out there that’ll check all the right boxes when it comes to a romantic getaway for a newlywed couple without breaking the bank.
Halfway around the world