ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
Honeytrekkers, Mike & Anne Howard
June is a big month for so many special events, like graduations and Father’s Day. It also happens to be the biggest month for weddings — and honeymoons. In keeping with our mission to help you explore the new and different, this month’s Hot Topic series features a two-part interview with intrepid honeymooners, Anne and Mike Howard. Authors of the popular travel blog, Honeytrek.com, Anne and Mike took honeymooning to the extreme when they quit their jobs and decided to kick off their life together with a 675-day honeymoon around the world, including six continents, 33 countries and 302 places. You can follow Anne and Mike on their journey at HoneyTrek.com and Facebook.com/HoneyTrek.
What are some of the most unknown yet wonderful destinations for honeymooners and why?
Swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines
The Philippines has over 7,000 islands and virtually no tourists. The islands have everything from pristine beaches to jungles to mountains to charming villages and incredibly friendly people wherever you go. El Nido with its karst coastline, Cebu for diving with whale sharks, Banaue for its cliff-cut rice terraces, and the journey from one island to the next holds endless possibilities for honeymooners. (HoneyTrek.com blogs on the Philippines coming soon!)
How do you handle conflicts on your honeymoon and compromising on differing desired itineraries?
If there is ever an issue when you are traveling together, you just have to address it and move on. There’s no time to let the petty stuff bother you on the road; if you do, you’ll miss out on the beauty right under your nose. Then for all hiccups, you just learn to laugh about them and become stronger for it. For itineraries you will be going to so many amazing places that it is easy to mix it up and fulfill both of your dreams.
Does an “exotic” or extended honeymoon always have to mean big bucks? What are your top tips for pulling off an extreme honeymoon on a standard budget?
Absolutely not. We did a three-day safari in the Serengeti for $245, stayed in beach-front bungalows for $10/night in the Philippines, and took an all-inclusive 10-day trek hike in the Himalayas, including food, lodging, permits and a guide for $200 per person. One of our favorite ways to get the best deals is to always book your activities when you arrive in a location. The prices and quality of what you get will always be better when you can compare options and bargain in person. This may sound risky but we rarely booked anything in advance and never had a problem getting on a tour we wanted.
Next week, we’ll cover some of the most romantic destinations in the world – according to Mike and Anne. Also, some advice for “old” married couples who want a second honeymoon.