How to Tip in Foreign Countries

Planning your honeymoon or destination wedding in a foreign country?  It’s good to know the customs before you go – especially about the everyday encounters, such as tipping!  The folks at Wego created this handy tipping chart to help you do as the locals do when abroad.  Happy spending!

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8 Honeymoon Trends for 2014

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Ah the honeymoon!  Your first vacation as newlyweds, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to indulge on just for two!  But where to go?  What to do?  We’ve got eight hot honeymoon trends to consider if you want that oh-so romantic getaway post-big day!

1.  GLAMPING!  Yep, that’s short for glamorous camping!  It’s great for those who love the great outdoors but want a little luxury too and for couples who want an active honeymoon.  Perfect for domestic travelers since we know not everyone has a passport and it’s easy to get to if you have a short window of time to enjoy together.  Consider places like, Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado – located in a romantic ghost town across the mountain from Telluride.  They’ve got luxury tents, gorgeous rustic cabins, and everything glamping should be – lots of adventure in the great outdoors.  You can fly fish, horseback ride, hike, mountain bike, rock climb white water raft and even take archeological tours of the nearby desert.

2.  If you are an adventure seeker, then you’re in luck, ADVENTURE HONEYMOONS are all the rage so your options are growing!  This is for those who lead an active lifestyle and can’t imagine doing nothing on a beach for a week.  You could hit a city and see a sporting event, go on safari and stay at one of the luxury tent camps, do a bike tour of a foreign country, take a helicopter to the top of a glacier, or even dive the Great Barrier Reef.  Anything on your bucket list can be on your honeymoon checklist!

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3.  For the utmost privacy and to get away from the big hotel chains, consider renting a PRIVATE VILLA instead!  Private owners or villa rental companies will help you find the best place for you.  You can typically book with staff or without (chefs, butlers, housekeeping and even activities directors).  This travel style is very private and great for both people who want lazy days or highly active schedules.  Europe or the Caribbean are peppered with private villas for your honeymoon pleasure, but really anywhere in the world you’ll find homes you can rent by the week for the trip.

4.  Or if being left alone in a villa is a little too slow paced for you, then consider ALL-INCLUSIVE where you’ll likely make all kinds of new friends!  These great no stress packages are perfect for those who want to know in advance what they’re spending, especially if finances and spending is a sore spot in your relationship.  Although these aren’t cheap trips, you’ll be able to budget almost to the dollar of what you will spend on location.

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5.  And if you just can’t wait for the honeymoon, consider getting away for a MINI-MOON or even a PRE-WEDDING MOON.  A mini-moon is a shorter trip, right after the wedding if you can’t get enough time off to take that big trip then or you want to wait for the right season to touchdown on your dream vacation.  Think of this as a long weekend to recover together.  And a pre-wedding honeymoon is just as it sounds – a chance to get away together for a long weekend during the wedding planning process and reconnect, remind each other why you’re marrying one another, despite the stress of planning the big day.

6.  And if you do have time for a longer honeymoon, then consider COUNTRY HOPPING when you go!  It’s a great chance to see a whole region in one part of the world.  You can travel by tour or package to save and see a lot at once or simply opt for a change scenery to keep things interesting for the active traveler.  It’s also a good way to compromise on places you both do or don’t want to go to.

7.  And if you can’t decide where that is – you could always GO WHERE THE STARS GO!  Some of the celeb hot spots to consider for your honeymoon include: St. Lucia (think Matt Damon and his wife Luciana at Sugar Beach, or Kendra and Hank at Jade Mountain).  Or perhaps The Seychelles (islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa), where Prince William and Kate Middleton went for a very private honeymoon.

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8.  Then, no matter where you opt to go, consider hiring a HONEYMOON PHOTOGRAPHER while you’re there!  You’ll make beautiful memories and capture them with minimal effort.  Book out an afternoon to see the sites while a pro captures your photos (you’ll be thankful for coming home with more than just selfies).  Talk to your hotel about great local wedding photographers who might do it for cheap on a weekday afternoon.

All Photos by Beautiful Day Photography.

Happy Travels!

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Airport Beauty Tips

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Traveling can be harsh on anyone, you easily get dehydrated, you lose sleep, and you’re stuck eating terminal food for days. As you’re traveling for your destination wedding or honeymoon you obviously don’t want to break out or wake up feeling like a cranky bridezilla. Follow our 6 tips to help alleviate some of your airport beauty dilemmas.

1. Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize! The air in the plane can be really dry so protect your skin by hydrating it with your favorite moisturizer. Make sure to choose something that is non-greasy, you don’t want to feel sticky and icky during your flight. Don’t forget to moisturize your lips either! Make sure to pack a light chapstick to protect that pout of yours because no one likes chapped lips!

2. Keep your makeup light. Putting on too much makeup while flying can actually clog your pores. Choose something lighter than foundation like tinted moisturizer in order to prevent clogging.

3. Sleeping masks are a must! Sleeping masks will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed during long airplane flights.

4. Stay Hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water while you’re flying. Staying hydrated is important for your skin and for your health of course! If you know you have dry skin and  need some extra hydration for your skin, pack a facial mist.

5. Don’t forget your daily cleanser. Whether you’re traveling for your destination wedding or your honeymoon don’t forget to pack your daily facial cleanser! Changing cleansers while on vacation can disrupt your skin’s acid balance causing you to break out.

6. Relax! Enjoy a good book, play a game of cards, or watch a movie. If you can’t sleep, make sure to bring some eye drops to apply so that your eyes won’t be red and tired from staying up and watching movies, reading books, etc.

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Mustique Honeymoon Villa Where the Royals Stay

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Mustique is quickly becoming a hot spot for honeymooners thanks to Wills and Kate who recently took time off for a babymoon on the island.  Mustique is a small island in the Grenadines (in the West Indies).  A lovely place to unwind without the hustle and bustle of big ports or cities, this oasis boasts some pretty spectacular villas you can call home on your honeymoon.

One such villa is where the prince and princess actually stayed!  Aurora Mustique is a spacious 3 bedroom suite house with awe-inspiring views of the island. The house includes a media room, a great room, viewing and dining gazebos, as well as a quaint little cottage with two extra bedrooms. You can live lavishly at the Aurora House, as it’s air-conditioned and fully staffed with a butler, chef, maids, gardener, and even Reggie, an adorable island dog ready to love! Of course, if you want you time spent here pet free, that can be arranged.

While you may want to just stay at your own private villa the whole honeymoon, there are also many things that can be done on the island during your stay! Of course you can visit the beach with its crystal clear waters. Or you can view the island by riding horses: super romantic! Or you can just stroll/explore on your own, walking along the paths (take Reggie too if you like!) So whether you are going to spend your honeymoon here or your babymoon (like Will and Kate), the Aurora House on the island of Mustique is a breathtaking location to spend your first few days of being newlyweds!

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How to Wrap a Sari

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts have an online magazine for travel lovers (and one for brides too!).  Today’s post is a quick video they shared for those of us who like to embrace the culture (and couture) of the location where we wed and travel to.  This video quickly and easily explains exactly how to wrap the perfect sari to look your best when on an exotic honeymoon or planning a destination wedding where  this wardrobe fits the bill!

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