Honeymoon Destinations That Should Be On Your Radar

 

Take the road less traveled on your first trip as husband and wife

 

 

Planning for your honeymoon is arguably the most exciting part of your wedding preparations. And because it will be your first trip together as husband and wife, you want it to memorable, special and one of a kind.

 

Stay Local

 

Batanes

 

They say Batanes is a practically a world of its own and they aren’t far off at all. It’s as untouched as you can get at this day and age, with its rolling hills, high cliffs and traditional homes. Most tours offer a van and a driver, which is suggested because the sights to see tend to be far off from one another. You can ride bikes along the landscapes, appreciate the preserved native homes and visit WWII memorials, lighthouses and old churches.

 

Word of caution: The weather can get erratic, so be prepared for rain and sun no matter what time of the year you go.

 

Vigan

 

For something less native and a little more Spanish, there’s Vigan to head to. There is so much history written in the confines of every corner. Calle Crisologo is a cobble-stoned street with period ancestral houses everywhere you turn, which seem to transform as the day drags on. There’s a heritage river cruise along Mestizo River, which brings participants to even the pre-colonial periods.

 

Do not miss the longganisa and the empanada. If you’re a fan of it here in the city, be prepared because it’s going to get even better.

 

Oriental Mindoro

 

Mindoro is the seventh largest island in our little archipelago and its white sand beaches never disappoint. The Talipanan Beach is a favorite among locals and foreigners, but it’s never full enough to feel crowded. To get even more in touch with the island, visit Takuran Falls. There, you’ll be able to experience hidden falls, a carabao ride and nature tripping.

 

Get a bird’s eye view of the place via Mount Halcon. It has a height of 2505m and is a challenging peak that’s completely worth the hike.

 

Go International

 

Bali

 

As you would expect, Bali has everything from breathtaking beaches to majestic temples. Don’t miss out on catching the sunset at the Tanah Lot, which is perched upon a rock and surrounded by the sea. The Seminyak Beach is one of the island’s most popular and is the setting to some lush resorts and hot dining spots.

 

You can also catch some greenery in exchange for the blues. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces stretch out almost as far as the eye can see. For some wildlife, check out the Ubud Monkey Forest.

 

Cambodia

 

The great thing about Cambodia is that you almost have no choice but to live like a local during your stay. Take their famous tuk-tuks and speak with your driver in perfect English, haggle for some shirts, bags and spices at the market, or take a cooking class to see how simple but mouthwatering their cuisine is.

 

The Angkor Wat and its neighboring temples are just as you would expect. Some are well-preserved while others are more beat down. But no matter where you turn, the charm is undeniable.

 

Taiwan

 

There’s more than street foot to experience at Taiwan, although this is undoubtedly a must do. Take a sip of the local coffee and tea, be delighted by their take on ice cream and their famous hand-made Fishball Vermicelli. But there are gold mines to explore, as well as mountains to climb and temples to wonder at.

 

Stare in awe at the Yin Yang Sea, a natural phenomenon right beside the Golden Waterfalls. Look into the water, which is a sparkling golden yellow by the bay that breaks in contrast to the majestic blue.

 

 

Don’t treat this trip like any other because it isn’t. Make it worthwhile, memorable and completely different from anything else you have and will experience.