10 COLOURFUL PLACES TO VISIT FOR YOUR HONEYMOON

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With summer just around the corner and Jess off on a secret getaway with her other half, my thoughts are quickly turning to holiday destinations. I am obsessed with finding colourful places to visit and with these next few months also being popular for weddings, I am sure there are lots of you considering where to honeymoon after the occasion. So I have listed my top 10 favourite colourful destinations perfect for anyone, wanting a fun little getaway this summer!

1. SANTORINI
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Where to go

Oia: A small town in Santorini and perhaps the most famous, thanks to its colourful buildings that look like a picture taken straight off the front of a postcard. Jess was lucky enough to spend a few days in Oia last year and she wrote this fantastic guide, full of wonderful photos and if you want to see more check out her video.

2. LONDON

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Where to go

Sketch: For all lovers of the colour pink, Sketch is a quirky place to eat, drink and be entertained. The decor has a distinctive style with pink walls and pink furniture, whilst the food is said to be imaginative and extremely delicious!

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Notting Hill: This charming part of London is as picturesque as it appears in the famous film Notting Hill, with lots of colourful houses and brightly painted doors it’s like stepping straight on to the set of movie.

3. VENICE

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Where to go

Burano: Can only be described as the happiest place in Italy. Canals are lined with colourful houses, pretty plant pots filled with blooms decorate the windows, whilst gondolas merrily travel up and down – Bellissimo!

4. SAN FRANCISCO

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Where to go

Mission & Castro District: With loads of colourful murals, building, houses and streets it’s easy to see why this part of san francisco is a popular destination for colour lovers! Anne-Solange Tardy of Cachemire & Soie has written a quick guide to the city which is fantastic if you are planning a trip.

5. SAN LUIS OBISPO

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Where to go

The Madonna Inn: This place totally redefines the word unique! It has 110 whimsical guestrooms all decorated with enchanting themes and it even has PINK tennis courts! Studio DIY did a whole guide on this place, which is well worth a read if you’re planning a visit.

6. SANTA CRUZ

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Where to go

The Boardwalk: A vibrant amusement park by the seaside with a spectacular rainbow sky glider. This place will make all your Pinterest dreams come true!

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Capitola Venetians: A row of rainbow houses on Capitola Beach. It’s what our dreams are made of!

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#TEAMTIMFORD: 10 TOTALLY UNFORGETTABLE HONEYMOON IDEAS FOR NATURE LOVERS

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How do you combat the winter blues? By planning your dream honeymoon, of course! Ok it might almost two years away but a girl can dream right?

We are true nature lovers so top of our honeymoon priorities will need to be unforgettable animal encounters and outdoor activities. We have a huge bucket list of destinations we want to see in our lifetime together, so as you can imagine picking our top 10 was soooo hard, however  we have managed to narrow it down to 10 unforgettable activities, from sleeping under the stars on safari to planting coral reefs in the Maldives, now just to choose one!

1. Plant a coral reef in the Maldives

The only way to describe the Maldives is ‘paradise’. Jess and I were very lucky to have won a holiday there last year and it was everything we had imagined it to be and more. Made up of lots of tiny, picture perfect coral islands and surrounded by crystal clear waters, holidays in the Maldives can be as laid back or as adventurous as you want them to be. Choose to stay in overwater beach huts, rustic jungle retreats or on a stunning beach villa.

A honeymoon in the Maldives might not sound like something for the adventurers amongst you but don’t be fooled, there are lots of water activities for sea life lovers. We swam with whale sharks, dolphins, turtles and saw so many different species of corals and fish that I couldn’t keep count.

As nice as it was spending time with Jess, we agree however that we weren’t able to take full advantage of the island. The Maldives are known for their romantic dinners at sunset and luxurious couple’s retreats, so I would absolutely love to go again, next time with Mr T in tow (and Jess smuggled in my suitcase!)

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2. Sleep out under the stars on safari

This really would be a trip of a lifetime. An African safari is so high up on our bucket list that it is practically off the charts. Sanctuary Makanyane certainly has the wow factor for us, tucked away in the wilderness your lodge is surrounded by lush forest setting with awe inspiring views of the tranquil Marico River.

This reserve is one of the largest in South Africa, is responsibly managed and has an abundance of the Big 5, a myriad of bird species, cheetahs and brown hyenas and is also the best place in South Africa to see wild dog, also called “Makanyane”.

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3. Meet the Giant tortoises and baby turtles in the Seychelles

Wildlife lovers will know all about the plight of the endangered Hawksbill and green turtle. Between October and February these turtles lay their eggs on the pristine beaches of the Seychelles under the supervision and protection of the one of the longest running monitoring programmes.

I am very lucky to have already witnessed this spectacle first hand in Borneo but I would absolutely love to see it all again and share it with Mr T. He is a huge lover of Tortoises and Turtles, so much so, his nickname is ‘Turt’, so this would be his dream!

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4. Learn to be an Elephant Mahout in Thailand

There are many experiences you can have with elephants in Asia. Before I knew better, I rode an elephant in Borneo. It was an amazing experience and one I will never forget, but it left me feeling guilty (although the elephant was very well cared for!) and I have since been more interested in ethical elephant experiences.

Something we would love to learn is how to be elephant Mahouts. This is where you are taught about the importance of elephant husbandry and care, correct eating, sleeping, bathing and exercise. They are not trained to perform tricks and instead use elephant riding as a gentle form of exercise and stimulation, rather than making them trek through forests for hours with a heavy chair attached to their back, which is most unnatural to them.

There are many elephant parks that offer this experience some are better than others, just make sure the one you choose, offers the elephants plenty of rest time away from tourists, with plenty of food and freshwater. Try to avoid trekking camps that use chairs as these are too heavy for the elephant, instead you should be allowed to ride the elephant just behind its ears. Finally try to seek mahouts that do not use bull hooks, some will insist this is necessary, which is arguable, but you can check they aren’t misusing them by ensuring the elephant is free of cuts near its ears, mouth or armpits.

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