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We caught up with Megan, a full time travel blogger and owner of Mapping Megan. Mapping Megan is a travel resource for self-confessed travel addicts which shares travel tips, photography and inspiring stories from all around the world. Megan says she and husband Mike are aiming to inspire people to travel and seek adventure. Megan shared with us some of her top picks for your honeymoon.

What is your favourite region?
Iceland. Iceland by far is one of our favourite places in the world and I would love to live there if I could. It is one of the last untouched destinations left on earth. It’s exotic, so naturally beautiful and largely untouched by tourism which we absolutely love.

The scenery takes your breath away. Waterfalls, glaciers, dramatic fjords – there is inspiring scenery at every turn. Majestic glaciers grind their way through cracked lava fields, gushing geysers explode with a powerful force, glittering ice caps pierce the sky and vibrant green fjords rise from the mist of geothermal lagoons.

Iceland is a country defined by its outdoors and there is so much opportunity here for adventure. Outdoor adventure is what we live for, so what better reason to pick up and move!

Top resort recommendation?
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is our pick! Protected by a spanning coral reef, the InterContinental on Viti Levu is worth splashing out for. This five-star resort has everything you could want in a resort. I’m not a golfer but the 18-hole championship golf course offers great views as well as perfectly primed fairways for a romantic stroll (we have a habit of sneaking onto golf courses after hours for a walk!) There is a small handful of excellent dining options and of course, a gorgeous spa. I always choose rooms on the beachfront because there’s nothing like waking up to the sound and sight of the ocean.

Image via InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?
Honestly, and this is going to sound clichéd and cheesy, but anything can be a great honeymoon activity as long as you’re spending time together.

That said, I’m a big advocate for adventure travel and I believe trying something which pushes you out of your comfort zone will allow you to bond and bring you close together. Something thrilling like skydiving, or a couple’s bungee jump – which sends your adrenaline racing and heart pumping faster than it was on your wedding day! Or try an activity which is a first for both of you – another great way to bond and create memories which include each other.

The ideal location for a proposal
While this will vary depending on the couple and their interests, for adventurous couples like myself and Mike, I recommend Jordan. If you want to feel like you’ve walked directly on to the set of an Indiana Jones film, visit the stone city of Petra. You can walk there on the Trek to Petra, following Bedouin migration paths and remote hunter’s routes through the wilds of Jordan before you reach your destination.

This ancient pink-tinged city, built in the 6th century BC, is carved into a remote stone canyon in Jordan’s southern desert. If that’s not a dramatic enough backdrop for a proposal, Jordan’s also home to numerous Roman ruins in Amman and Jerash. Destination engagement proposals!

Why not follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia and ride camels through the Wadi Rum, stopping in a lush oasis to pop the question!

Best kept secret honeymoon location
With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, Sri Lanka is a destination that’s a bit off the beaten path yet provides no shortage of culture and adventure.

Go whale watching, stay in a tea plantation, track leopards in the jungle, or view the unparalleled sight of the annual elephant migration which takes place in Sri Lanka’s Minneriya National Park. After your honeymoon you’ll be itching to plan your anniversaries here year after year!

Images, unless otherwise noted, by Megan from Mapping Megan

Ms Chinoiserie Says: I’m inspired to go to Iceland now – its natural beauty is breathtaking!

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Image by Nico Alary

If you’ve chosen your dream honeymoon destination, and that destination is Paris (lucky you!), there is no doubt the thought of French food will be already tantalising you from afar! So what do you choose to tempt your taste buds? Although this list is short and not exhaustive – by any means! – read on to find out some recommendations on what to indulge in whilst wandering around the city of love!

Baguettes/Croissants

The first tempting treat that comes to mind, and likely the easiest to find no matter where in France you end up, is the humble baguette. Look for a boulangerie, rather than a bakery, and keep an eye out for that crunchy pointed tip. This should ensure the bread has been baked on the premises and hand-made.

Become a regular at your local bakery, ordering several warm pain au chocolat for breakfast, a simple fromage baguette for lunch and some delectable pastries for afternoon tea. You may need to get in early if your mouth waters for a fresh-out-of-the-oven croissant – and even baguettes can sell quickly! Indulgence is the name of the game in Paris, and bread is an excellent place to begin!

Image by elieyobeid

Crepes/Creme brulee

If you’re out and about and needing an afternoon snack, or a sweet treat to keep those legs going after all the walking you’ve been doing, find yourself a crepe stand and a seat with a view. Although it may not be high-class Parisian fare, a warm and gooey Nutella crepe is just the ticket for a picnic in one of the many stunning gardens you’ll find, or even whilst overlooking the Seine!

If your palate runs to the savoury side, there are plenty of options for you too. Just be sure the crepes are made fresh while you wait, and if you choose the Nutella flavour, be prepared to make a (delicious)mess.

Whilst we’re on the subject of sweet treats, if you do find yourself booking into a restaurant for an evening meal, and you discover the food to be wonderfully authentic, be sure to order the creme brulee for dessert. After a delicious meal you may want to share, but don’t be shy to claim rights over cracking the sugar glaze! There is almost nothing better!

Image by Sarah Ratner 

Cheese

There is almost no greater pairing than bread and cheese, especially when the quality of both are high. Once you’ve found yourself a boulangerie and a favourite baguette, it’s time to look for some cheese!

Each region in France has a speciality, so if you’re planning a tour around the countryside and are a raving cheese fan, it might be worth doing some cheese-specific research. However, most of these different varieties can be found in popular stores in Paris. Top cheese honours have gone to Fromagerie Laurent Dubois with Androuet boasting one of the largest collections in town, although these well-known stores also tend to boast long queues. If you’re brave, ask for a recommendation and seasonal advice, then grab your purchases and head for the park! You’ve got the best picnic in town.

Image by Ed Anderson

Sweets (macarons)

Although macarons are readily available just about anywhere these days, there is still something quite special about lining up in the gorgeous Laduree store to select your flavours, watching as they are packed away into a beautiful box. However, don’t feel as though you must only visit Laduree! There are loads of other incredibly delicious macarons to be tasted – you might even be given a quiet recommendation from a local!

Image by Nico Alary

One more thing – don’t leave Paris without sampling the chocolate on offer. Head for Saint-Germain-des-Pres and you’ll find an overload of cocoa based options! If you’re looking to add to your picnic, grab some bon bon de chocolate, the beautiful bite sized creations you’ll find in most chocolate shops. While high quality artisan chocolate may be pricey, it’s definitely worth a taste! You’ll likely find caramels in these stores too, and if you haven’t completely overindulged by this point (which I suspect is unlikely, but you are in Paris after all!), grab a few of these too. You won’t regret it!

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: I’m in treat heaven! The Nutella crepes are definitely my favourite – but it’s hard to stop at one!

About Ms Honeycomb  – Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

The Polka Dot Travel Lounge With Kristin From Be My Travel Muse

Kristin is a professional travel writer and photographer, originally from Southern California but currently living the nomadic lifestyle. She’s been on a big adventure for the last four and a half years and for the most part travelling solo. She believes travelling alone at least once in your life is the best way to get to know yourself. Kristin has now visited and hitchhiked on every continent except for Antarctica. She’s an adventure junkie and loves to be outside.

Kristin runs the popular travel blog Be My Travel Muse where her goal is to encourage other people, especially women, to travel on their own as well. Her passion for her goal has taken her as far as writing a book on the subject, Conquering Mountains: How to Solo Travel the World Fearlessly. Kristin shared with us her top destinations below. Make sure you put these on your bucket list!

What is your favourite region?

It’s hard to pick a favourite region, but I really do love Africa. Asia has always been a second home to me as well and I currently live in Europe. I can’t pick! Please don’t make me!

Top resort recommendation?

My favorite resort is the Grand Wailea in Maui. It’s one of the most beautiful resorts I have ever seen and I could not believe how amazing the food was at HumuHumu on their property. It also has an adorable little chapel and lots of people get married there because it’s so stunning.

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?

Personally, I want my honeymoon to be an adventure. I would want to scuba dive, climb a mountain, or go on a safari. I think all of those would be amazing things to do rather than the typical beach holiday honeymoon.

The ideal location for a proposal

I think that the ideal location for a proposal would be at the summit of the mountain after climbing for several days. If you can manage that accomplishment together, then you can tackle life together too!

Best kept secret honeymoon location

The best kept secret honeymoon location is Vilanculos, Mozambique. I have never seen a beach that outstanding with the sandbars stretching as far as the eye can see when the tide goes out and that gorgeous, warm water. It’s a very sleepy and quiet area and you either have backpacker accommodation or way on the other extreme, supreme luxury.

All images by Kristin from Be My Travel Muse

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: I can’t decide between the beauty of Maui or the magic of Mozambique; perhaps I’ll have to visit both!