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Alien to the concept of Stay-at-home Honeymoon? We’re not surprised, at all. The definition of honeymoon, as we know is a romantic holiday to an exotic, isolated destination with the beau. But contrary to our beliefs, the honeymoon is not just a trip but a concept. Rewind to the 16th century, the honeymoon was considered to be the period following marriage-characterized by love and happiness. Since marriages were mostly arranged during that time, the period after marriage was considered to be full of bonding and intimacy.
Fast-forward to the present, not much has changed except having a compulsory vacation, usually for 20-25 days, to the most trending honeymoon destinations across the globe. Along with being the perfect excuse to ditch the regular routine-life, the honeymoon allows a smooth, romantic transition from being bachelors to married.
How & why did travel strongly become a part of the Honeymoon?
Since a lot of Indian couples still harbour with their parents or families, spending quality time as a newlywed comes across as a challenge and the only option that prevails is to travel which gives the couple some alone time to know and explore each other more. Also, travelling with your bae is supposedly acknowledged by the millennial world as, “Couple who travel together, stay together”, and there’s no denying that.
Talking in the current case scenario with the epidemic of Coronavirus (COVID-19) making its grounds on one country after the other, travelling for the honeymoon, vacations or even business trips need to take a back seat. While we understand how long-awaited and crucial a honeymoon is, migration of people from one country to another is the biggest reason for this epidemic. So before you spend all of your savings on planning your honeymoon, check out the ultimate alternative to a honeymoon keeping the current state of emergency in mind.
How to experience the bliss of a honeymoon without having to travel?
First, let’s discover why travelling has become so important today for millennial couples. Travelling is all about coming out of your comfort zones and hopping on to a journey wherein the experience is a mystery until discovered. In a nutshell, travelling together helps couples understand and adjust to each other’s limitations, adding to better communication, more forgiveness and the freedom to explore without any constraints. If given supreme attention and effort, the honeymoon period maps out a lot of things for the couple to begin staying under one roof.
Oh, trust us, there are many options if you wish to have a Stay-at-Home Honeymoon. We dug a little deeper to know all the best ways to have a travel-free honeymoon and you’ll be surprised at the list.
So, hop on and explore some of the undiscovered ways to discover your love:
Go on a Long Drive
If travelling together is something you cannot fully give up, try taking a small trip to a nearby city to simply get away from your routine. A one-day up-down to a hill station or a historic place is sure to revive the two of you to bits. Get some camping essentials along and make sure to spend some aloof time in the serenity of nature.
Netflix & Chill
If the two of you are big on movie marathons or binge-watching series, nothing like spending the day with a bucket of popcorn and lounging on the couch in your pyjamas watching your favourite movies or series. Get all warm and fuzzy and let the feeling of togetherness sink in.
Take a Digital Detox
When you’re travelling, you do not get the time to keep checking your social media feeds or work emails, so keep it just like that. Take a compulsory digital detox and be fully present in the moment and live every bit of it.
Have Hearty Conversations
After a maddening end to your wedding revelries, log off the hustle and indulge in hearty conversations. Express your true feeling about how you felt before, during and after the wedding and deeply cherish the beauty of the nuptials. Go back in time and talk about each other’s childhood memories, dream destinations and life goals. You’ll discover a lot of new things even if you’ve known that person for years.
Redecorate Your Room
One of the most fun activities together can be DIY-ing your living space by making it full of the two of you. Come on common grounds and understand each other’s sense of surrounding and then mix them both into something you can then call yours, proudly.
Take a Spa-Date
Spa dates are immensely rejuvenating and full of emotional bonding. Take some time off and spend the day at a luxurious spa in your city. You can always create a spa set-up at home with aromatic candles and rose petals with light romantic music playing in the background.
Fine Dine & Wine
A hopeless romantic knows the power of a candle-lit dinner and it should never be underestimated. Good food and wine at your favourite restaurant is the ultimate idea to relax and connect. Cooking together while tossing some wine is also a fantastic idea to connect and bond.
Snooze it Off
After sleepless nights and months of wedding planning, all one needs is a good snooze and it’s even better when you’re curled up like a bear in someone’s arms. This is the only time you’ll have the freedom to ditch the alarm and catch up on that beauty sleep to welcome your new life in full spirit.
All in all, honeymooning is not just about travelling around the globe with that special someone, it is more about travelling far enough to discover each other to bits and understanding them inside-out. So, don’t feel disheartened if you cannot take this much-dreamt of vacation right now, live in the moment and make the best use of what there is. Don’t let the inability to travel be your only limit to discover love, find your unique ways and weave priceless moments. You’ll discover, your home is the best place to have made these memories that will and live amidst you, all through your lives.
How are you planning your stay-at-home honeymoon? Share your innovative ideas with us in the comments below!
It’s all lovey-dovey and you cannot keep your hands off each other? We know, but if you want to give a break to your breakfast-in-bed honeymoon, then you must try some outlandish places to enjoy the meals that hit the right chords of romance for the two of you!
Deciding what to eat and where is not that easy, especially with all the delicious cuisines across the world put on ten pages in the menu right in front of you. It is confusing and takes time.
“No, you choose whatever?”
“This sounds good…but…”
But…we want to help you decide not only what to eat, but also where! Yes! We want you to enjoy your gastronomical joyride with a view to kill and an experience of a lifetime with the love of your life.
Here are 6 of the most unusual yet gorgeous places and food you must try on your honeymoon in the beautiful South-East Asian islands.
Ithaa Restaurant, Maldives
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Still finding Nemo but don’t want to get your feet wet? Here’s a mesmerising place to take your tastebuds on a joyride while enjoying the perfect underwater view with the school of fishes wriggling above your head. The ambience of the glittering ocean floor and the reflection of the blue water above with cutting edge contemporary interiors is the perfect setting for you and your mister to make it an absolutely unforgettable dinner!
Must-try: Yellow-fin Tuna with lemongrass and Sumac Dipping Sauce, Kingfish with Kataifi Langoustines, Lime and Limoncello Custard.
Vertigo Restaurant, Bangkok
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Are you scared of heights or is it your partner this time? Forget bungees and fly to this gorgeous restaurant placed on the 61st floor of the luxurious Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok. The 360degree view of the Bangkok skyline with the backdrop of the setting sun and a pink sky while sipping a glass of their classic Vertigo Sunset – the right blend of pineapple, cranberry and lime juice with Malibu is the right ingredient of a romantic honeymoon dinner.
Must-try: Caviar and Salmon Fillet.
Bird’s Nest Restaurant, Thailand
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Isn’t the whole idea of a honeymoon to be cosy and wrapped in love? Forget your breakfast-in-bed for the day and make way to these nest-shaped treetop dining pods boasted by Soneva Kiri Eco Resort where the waiter ziplines your food to the tables. The view of the sea and serenity of the greenery is to die for and who better to share it with, than your Mr Right?
Must-try: Gaeng Keow Wan Gai, Pad Thai.
The Grotto, Thailand
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How about walking into a wallpaper through a looking glass for a romantic evening? The Grotto has to offer a sensational view of the sea while being cosily nestled in the ancient rocks with soft sand under your feet. This beach dining is sure to kindle the spark and you can enjoy the gorgeous sunset with your better half while sipping on to some good wine.
Must-try: Tom Yam Po Tak Talay, Wi Hok Norn Rang.
The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, Philippines
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If you and yours are water babies and the beach is never enough, this restaurant is here to give you the right kind of overdose. It is one of the world’s most unusual dining places – why? The seating happens to be in a stream with a waterfall too and with your feet dipped in water, you can enjoy their buffets and drinks in aesthetic, eco-friendly serving dishes made of banana leaves and mud pots. It is both soothing yet fun!
Must-try: Traditional Filipino eats.
Stardust Skyline, Singapore
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For the mile-high club, the Singapore Skyline has to offer private cable cars with a starry view of the city lights and scenic scapes from Faber Peak all the way to Sentosa Island – Stardust Cabin. This four-course meal in a cosy space and a table for two is the perfect way to start the journey of togetherness. Blur out the world beneath you and enjoy the mouthwatering delicacies. But first, Cheers!
Must-try: Live Maine Lobster Au Gratin with Uni Sabayon, Mango Coco with Coconut Croustillant.