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Travel || Potential Honeymoon Destinations

Right now, I’m trying frantically to engage in some positive thinking with maybe a dash or two of escapism. I’ve mentioned before that we decided not to go on honeymoon straight away, but save it for something to look forward to later on. Not going away straight after our wedding was definitely one of the ways that we were able to keep the costs down. I’m incredibly glad that we made the decision to wait, and it has really helped draw out the happy newlywed excitement for longer.

But now is the time to start dreaming! For us, we want to prioritise value for money, whilst still getting to explore an area that we might not otherwise have the chance to visit.

Potential Honeymoon Destinations 

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1. Jakarta, Indonesia 

Where: The capital of Indonesia, on the northwest coast of Java.

Flying Time: It’s around 16 hours.

Main draws: I sometimes try to avoid huge cities during holidays, but I’ve read that missing out on Jakarta whilst visiting Indonesia is a huge mistake. The plethora of awesome food options is really attractive to me… The ideal place to stay would be somewhere like Hotel Borobudur Jakarta, as it’s in Central Jakarta and so close to the national museum (check website for more hotel pictures and ideas!)


2. Karimunjawa, Indonesia 

Where: Karimun Java is an Indonesian archipelago in the Java Sea. 

Flying time: Fly to Jakarta, venture out to Semarang then take a boat to Karimunjawa.

Main draws: Everything. It’s supposed to have insanely beautiful white beaches, incredible coral reef, tropical rainforests. Basically, it sounds like a gem!  krabi
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Ko Poda via photopin (license)


3. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Where: Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali

Flying time: Around 18.5 hours. 

Main draws: One of the most visited attractions is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Then add on the markets, the history, the arts and crafts, the beauty…. you can definitely see its appeal right? Located in the mountains it’s not your classic beach honeymoon, but it still sounds incredible. 


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4. Komodo Island, Indonesia

Where: Komodo island, part of the Lesser Sunda chain of Indonesian islands.

Flying time: 1 day + 

Main draws: Home to the Komodo dragon. With the Komodo Island National Park who needs Jurassic Park?! Maybe I’ve just been watching too much “Planet Earth II”. But it’s also known for having some of the best diving and snorkelling on the planet.


5. Belitung Island, Indonesia

Where: In the mid-west of the Indonesian archipelago. 

Flying Time: around 22+ hours.

Main draws: You can go island hopping here, explore caves and go shark watching. The beaches look perfect and the water looks stunningly beautiful! I’ve read descriptions calling it an affordable paradise, so what more could we want, really? 
What would your honeymoon destination recommendations be?

***This post was in collaboration with a brand, but all opinions are solely my own.***

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  • TravelWithNanoB

    You got me wanderlusting too. Whichever destination you choose from your list I’m sure you’re bound to have a heavenly honeymoon. I’ve been dreaming of an escape to Thailand and Bali a while now and hope to make it happen some time in the near future. Our honeymoon was in Maui, HI. Definitely worth a visit. xoxo, nano | http://www.travelwithnanob.com

    • Oh, I bet Maui was incredible! Sams brother and his wife traveled to Hawaii for their honeymoon and had a great time! x

  • When it comes to Honeymoons Maldives is always the first one the come to mine. That and Bora Bora. But anywhere on your list would be amazing! To any wonderful place to choose from.
    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

  • I would go to Canada for a honeymoon, but to an American that probably doesn’t even seem that special. My second choice would be Japan – I would love to go there!

    Another suggestion: Taiwan – it basically gets ignored but it’s so, so worth it.

    • Half of Sam’s family is in Toronto (and he lived there briefly) so at least we’d have free housing in Canada!

      xx

  • I live in Jakarta, and I always tell my friends to stay away from it (I usually tell them to google ‘Jakarta traffic’ so they can see it themselves). Personally, I think Jakarta will be a letdown for holiday. But UBUD. Oh Ubud. I’ve been there a few times (last time June this year), and it never fails me. Better still, since Ubud is in Bali you can easily go to the small islands just off mainland (Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan), so you’ll get the best of both worlds. I’m going to Bali again next month and I’m so excited! xx

    • If you have any free time would you mind emailing or messaging me your Bali recommendations – I’d love to get some from someone who really knows their stuff! xx

  • Asia is such an intriguing place and it looks pretty relaxing (and affordable)! Phuket like you said sounds like a tourist trap, but it also looks like paradise! Looks wonderful!

    • Affordable is kind of the most key thing in our planning. I think we are probably leaning most towards Thailand but it’s all still a bit up in the air! x

  • Sadly I think Bali and Thailand are quite over commercialised now I loved the more raw untouched feel of Zanizibar or St Lucia.

  • All of those sound so dreamy! Must be a difficult choice 🙂

    Lii
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    • Haha well money really makes the choice easier (like the Maldives isn’t a real option 😉 ) But we were really fortunate because we asked family and friends to not get us any wedding gifts and if they really, really wanted to gift us anything, to just donate something towards a honeymoon instead. We had some incredibly generous people in our lives or else we wouldn’t be thinking of a honeymoon at all! x

      • That is a great idea! I will be looking forward for the honeymoon plans 🙂

  • Thailand and Bali both sound so dreamy. We chose the Greek islands for our honeymoon and it was so gorgeous.
    Dora
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    • I bet it was wonderful! Greece was on our list initially until we postponed till mid-winter, and then it came off for weather reasons, so If we postpone our honeymoon yet again, I’m sure it will go back on the table as an option! Where did you go in Greece? Or did you island hop? xx

  • Laura Torninoja

    Ahh, so many amazing places! I can see why it would be hard to decide. I would probably go for Mauritius because a) it sounds/looks amazing and b) the flight time seems to be the shortest… I dread long flights haha! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • I totally get that! I really don’t like long flights either! Plus knowing people that like in Mauritius is definitely an added bonus! x

  • There are so many options! My original dream honeymoon destination is BoraBora, but it’s SO EXPENSIVE! The Maldives would be a close second. I know a few people that have been to Mauritius who have loved it , so that is definitely worth considering. The places in Asia you mentioned would be much cheaper, so maybe it would mean a longer honeymoon?

    • BoraBora would be amazing! But off our list for the same reason. (So expensive). Realistically, we’ll probably get about 10 days holiday time off of work, so we are really trying to prioritise value for money. It’s all a bit up in the air though! x

  • Tim and I went to Dreamworld for our honeymoon, yes the Dreamworld you may have seen on the news and yes we went on that ride that caused those deaths. I have neve been interested in going to Thailand or Bali my sister has been to Bali and she loved it

  • nice! so where are you off to?:)

  • I’ll take one trip to each of these please!! Alice xx

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  • Can I also come? That wouldn’t be weird, right?

  • I had no idea that Indonesia had that many different areas to visit–I would love to hop on a plane right now and visit all of them!

    • It’s just so varied; simply incredible! So many different islands to research with completely different aesthetics. I’d love to be able to travel extensively through the region! x