How to travel like a rock-star – because you have a travel registry, and you can!

How to travel like a rock-star – because you have a travel registry, and you can!

This is a post for those who like to travel in style and maximum comfort. We know that this isn’t for everyone – a lot of people like to use their honeymoon registry gifts to have as many different experiences and adventures as possible on their travels, and pampering takes away from opportunities to explore (If that’s more your cup of tea then take a look at at these couples’ honeymoon experiences here and here). However, there are those whose ideal honeymoon is less about packing in the adventures and more about relaxing in five-star style, and a honeymoon registry is a perfect way to maximise the pamper-factor because it makes for great gift opportunities. Plus, putting those extra-special lux registry items in will distinguish this wonderful honeymoon from your other travel experiences, where most people exclude a lot of those things they’d have liked to do due to cost factors. So, what are our top registry gift ideas for glamming it up on your honeymoon?

  • Limousine pick-up to and from the airport. Should you have to wait in line for a taxi when you’re on your honeymoon? Hell no!
  • Champagne on arrival. Hit the ground running with the honeymoon celebrations.
  • Fine cuisine. Wherever you are, don’t overlook the gift ideas that come from going to really good restaurants. It takes a little bit of planning and pre-booking, but it’s worth it because fine food will really add to the richness of the memories you’ll take home with you.
  • Flight upgrade. Some people love this gift option, others see it as a bit impersonal. It’s all about your priorities, the price range of your gifts, and how many different activities you’d like to do when you arrive. Realistically, this may be the sort of gift that a few people need to contribute to, rather than a single gift option. It can be a great gift option if you have a long-haul flight ahead of you and you plan to laze on a resort which doesn’t have a very wide range of gift options upon arrival. The extra space and comfort on the flight will make the journey so much more comfortable and can help reduce jet-lag because you often get a much a better night’s sleep.
  • Spa treatments. Perennially popular with our customers, this one’s just a great registry gift option all round. The wonderful thing about a gift registry spa treatment is you’re not breaking the bank, so you don’t have to stop at one! It’s a great chance to try some of the weird and wonderful options you’ve always wondered about but probably never prioritised. There are hot rocks, seaweed wraps, whale choruses and luminescent tanks of jellyfish out there to sooth away the stresses of modern life – so find the best options at your destination and go wild with the registry!
  • Mani/pedis. Sandy beaches can be so darn destructive to those wedding-perfect fingers and toes. Or maybe you just love the foot massage that goes with it. If it’s not to the groom’s liking, you could check to see if they do foot massages as a stand-alone treatment. Alternatively, you can choose to do two totally separate gifts, one for the bride and another for the groom, to be done on that same day. This can be a good option if there are a few things one person might like to do, but not the other; for example, one might absolutely love a day playing golf, but the other can’t stand the thought of it.

Just a few options to think of if this is way you love to travel. It’s all about personalising the honeymoon to make it just perfect for the two of you.

Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or click here for more info on creating your own honeymoon registry. Happy planning!

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How to travel like a rock-star – because you have a travel registry, and you can!

How to travel like a rock-star – because you have a travel registry, and you can!

This is a post for those who like to travel in style and maximum comfort. We know that this isn’t for everyone – a lot of people like to use their honeymoon registry gifts to have as many different experiences and adventures as possible on their travels, and pampering takes away from opportunities to explore (If that’s more your cup of tea then take a look at at these couples’ honeymoon experiences here and here). However, there are those whose ideal honeymoon is less about packing in the adventures and more about relaxing in five-star style, and a honeymoon registry is a perfect way to maximise the pamper-factor because it makes for great gift opportunities. Plus, putting those extra-special lux registry items in will distinguish this wonderful honeymoon from your other travel experiences, where most people exclude a lot of those things they’d have liked to do due to cost factors. So, what are our top registry gift ideas for glamming it up on your honeymoon?

  • Limousine pick-up to and from the airport. Should you have to wait in line for a taxi when you’re on your honeymoon? Hell no!
  • Champagne on arrival. Hit the ground running with the honeymoon celebrations.
  • Fine cuisine. Wherever you are, don’t overlook the gift ideas that come from going to really good restaurants. It takes a little bit of planning and pre-booking, but it’s worth it because fine food will really add to the richness of the memories you’ll take home with you.
  • Flight upgrade. Some people love this gift option, others see it as a bit impersonal. It’s all about your priorities, the price range of your gifts, and how many different activities you’d like to do when you arrive. Realistically, this may be the sort of gift that a few people need to contribute to, rather than a single gift option. It can be a great gift option if you have a long-haul flight ahead of you and you plan to laze on a resort which doesn’t have a very wide range of gift options upon arrival. The extra space and comfort on the flight will make the journey so much more comfortable and can help reduce jet-lag because you often get a much a better night’s sleep.
  • Spa treatments. Perennially popular with our customers, this one’s just a great registry gift option all round. The wonderful thing about a gift registry spa treatment is you’re not breaking the bank, so you don’t have to stop at one! It’s a great chance to try some of the weird and wonderful options you’ve always wondered about but probably never prioritised. There are hot rocks, seaweed wraps, whale choruses and luminescent tanks of jellyfish out there to sooth away the stresses of modern life – so find the best options at your destination and go wild with the registry!
  • Mani/pedis. Sandy beaches can be so darn destructive to those wedding-perfect fingers and toes. Or maybe you just love the foot massage that goes with it. If it’s not to the groom’s liking, you could check to see if they do foot massages as a stand-alone treatment. Alternatively, you can choose to do two totally separate gifts, one for the bride and another for the groom, to be done on that same day. This can be a good option if there are a few things one person might like to do, but not the other; for example, one might absolutely love a day playing golf, but the other can’t stand the thought of it.

Just a few options to think of if this is way you love to travel. It’s all about personalising the honeymoon to make it just perfect for the two of you.

Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or click here for more info on creating your own honeymoon registry. Happy planning!

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Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast

Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is easily one of the top romantic destinations in the world - a series of picturesque historic villages perched along the Sorrento Penninsula stretching south along the Italian coastline. Encompassing towns such as Salerno, Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, and Sorrento, the area is so beautiful and infused with the culture of Italy it’s been World Heritage listed!

Registry gift ideas for this Mediterranean idyll?

  • Entry tickets and guided tours of Villas Ruffolo and Cimbrone, in Ravello, with breathtaking ocean views and romantic gardens winding around architecture dating back as far as the thirteenth century. The garden of Villa Ruffolo is also the site of the Ravello Festival, which runs throughout the year and includes orchestral and operatic performances.
  • Transport hire, to wind your way along the Amalfi coast road.
Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast
  • Picnic supplies for a day trip to the beach – Prosecco, cold meats, cheese and fresh bread, with Limoncello as an aperitif (or whatever else takes your fancy!).
  • Guided day trip around Sorrento.
Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast
  • Symphony at Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium.
  • Café breakfast - local Sfogliatella Santa Rosa pastries and coffee.
Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast
  • Windsurf hire in Cetara.
  • Accommodation in a local farmhouse.
Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast
  • Boat trip to Grotta dello Smeraldo.
  • Souvenir artwork.
Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast

... and why not send thank-you notes home on traditional hand-made Amalfi paper?

Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or click here for more info on creating your own honeymoon registry. Happy planning!

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Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast

Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is easily one of the top romantic destinations in the world - a series of picturesque historic villages perched along the Sorrento Penninsula stretching south along the Italian coastline. Encompassing towns such as Salerno, Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, and Sorrento, the area is so beautiful and infused with the culture of Italy it’s been World Heritage listed!

Registry gift ideas for this Mediterranean idyll?

  • Entry tickets and guided tours of Villas Ruffolo and Cimbrone, in Ravello, with breathtaking ocean views and romantic gardens winding around architecture dating back as far as the thirteenth century. The garden of Villa Ruffolo is also the site of the Ravello Festival, which runs throughout the year and includes orchestral and operatic performances.
  • Transport hire, to wind your way along the Amalfi coast road.
Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast
  • Picnic supplies for a day trip to the beach – Prosecco, cold meats, cheese and fresh bread, with Limoncello as an aperitif (or whatever else takes your fancy!).
  • Guided day trip around Sorrento.
Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast
  • Symphony at Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium.
  • Café breakfast - local Sfogliatella Santa Rosa pastries and coffee.
Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast
  • Windsurf hire in Cetara.
  • Accommodation in a local farmhouse.
Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast
  • Boat trip to Grotta dello Smeraldo.
  • Souvenir artwork.
Spotlight on the Amalfi Coast

... and why not send thank-you notes home on traditional hand-made Amalfi paper?

Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or click here for more info on creating your own honeymoon registry. Happy planning!

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Ice hotels and volcanic mud: The action-packed honeymoon to Scandinavia and beyond

Ice hotels and volcanic mud: The action-packed honeymoon to Scandinavia and beyond

Planning your honeymoon registry? Wish you could get some tips from others who’ve done the same? We’ve spoken to a few couples who used Our Honeymoon Registry and they’ve shared some ideas and experiences from their trips.

Nick and Viv

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Iceland and Scotland

Which honeymoon registry gift ideas worked really well on your trip?
Quite honestly, most of them. We were really appreciative of a lot of the café and restaurant meals that people got for us and it was a really nice feeling to sit down in some amazing places and say “Cheers!” to specific people.

For us, the more active gifts such as kayaking, white water rafting and bike hire worked well, as they can definitely add up quickly in price!

Ice hotels and volcanic mud: The action-packed honeymoon to Scandinavia and beyond

Favourite place to go there?
Haha, all of them. We could honestly move to most of the places we went to.

How did you decide on the gifts you put in your registry?
Some of the gifts were places that we’d been to already on a previous holiday that we wanted to return to, such as the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Other gifts were things that we had learnt about on previous holidays and didn’t get to experience as it was the wrong season. Some gifts came about from spending some time cruising on the internet, and others came from things that our friends and family said they would like to get us. For example, we had souvenir Viking helmets as a gift which a friend mentioned would be a cool idea. That was one of the first things to go, and we had a lot of people say they were disappointed they couldn’t have gotten that for us!

When picking the gifts, we also made a conscious decision to have a big price range. That way people weren’t pressured to spend more than they were comfortable with, but could still feel like they were giving us something meaningful. I hate feeling like a scrooge when the only thing I have been able to afford on people’s gift registries are the pair of kitchen tongs!

Best food experience?
Best Breakfast – Sis Café Helsinki (Finland)
Best Lunch – Restaurant on Fjaderholmarna (Stockholm, Sweden)
Best Dinner – Icelandic Fish and Chips, Reykjavik (Iceland)

Ice hotels and volcanic mud: The action-packed honeymoon to Scandinavia and beyond

Something you wish you’d done or known when you were there?
In Scotland, we spent some time around the Ben Nevis Range and found a large mountain biking hub where you could rent bikes and ride on some of the world’s best downhill tracks. Nick’s really into that thing and would have loved to have done this (whilst I sat at the café reading a book), but we were so inadequately dressed that instead we both just had to watch other people.

Best tip for travellers in that country?
In the Scandinavian countries, save up lots of money if you want to enjoy your alcohol as it’s super expensive (or list a couple of nights out as gifts!).

Best tips for newlyweds who travel?
Don’t hold back on doing anything you want to do because it may seem “un-honeymoon” like. If you both like hiking up mountains or camping, then do it. If you’re not into beaches that much, then don’t go to those beach resorts that a lot of people seem to do for their honeymoons. Get what I mean?

A few key items to pack for an awesome honeymoon in that country?
Layers. Even though we travelled in Summer, there was still snow in places and we even got a day where the maximum temp was 6 degrees, and some nights were quite cool. Also, if you’re hiring a car don’t forget a cable to connect your ipod. An 8hr drive when there’s nothing you understand on the radio may make you both go a little crazy...

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