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2022 HoneyTrek 12 months in Evaluate & 2023 Journey Preview – HoneyTrek

2022 was our tenth 12 months on honeymoon, Buddy the Camper’s fifth 12 months within the household, and the 12 months we reached the seventieth nation on our 7-continent journey. Hitting a decade of nomadic residing, we felt a deep sense of gratitude. Again in 2012 we began touring to rejoice our marriage, however because the years have gone on, we realized it’s the native communities and pristine environments that want celebrating. Whereas we’ve at all times been eco-conscious, we wished to be extra deliberate in our route, partnerships, and journey suggestions. As a result of with a little bit of analysis and knowledgeable decisions, having enjoyable will also be doing good. We created a brand new aim for 2022 (and past)…we weren’t simply going to journey to probably the most swoon-worthy locations, we have been occurring a quest to seek out The World’s Most Romantic and Sustainable Locations. This introduced us to French Polynesia, Costa Rica, Bhutan, Slovenia…and we’re simply getting began! And with each place we associate with, we’re volunteering when potential and giving again 5% of our earnings to the communities and environments that make every one so particular.

Listed here are our journey highlights from 2022 (together with some our households don’t even find out about) and experiences we hope will encourage your individual journey!

 

10 Years of HoneyTrek in 7 Minutes

To commemorate our decade on honeymoon and all of the unimaginable locations, folks, and experiences which have touched our lives within the course of, we took on the large activity of turning 10 years price of movies right into a 7-minute spotlight reel. It took a stable month to edit down 1000’s of movies and (with the assistance of an unimaginable editor) finesse our 300 finest clips into one thing that instructed our story. Beginning with leaving our house in New York Metropolis and flying into the wilds of the Amazon Jungle, like the 2 clueless metropolis youngsters we have been, you see our struggles and triumphs as we transfer from South America, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, The Center East, Central America, The Caribbean, Antarctica, to North America. The range of experiences made us recognize the highs and lows, and notice that there isn’t any such factor as a misadventure. Watch the video above for the perfect of HoneyTrek at a look.

 

HoneyTrek in Individuals Journal

Mike and Anne Howard featured in People MagazineOur tenth 12 months on Honeymoon bought a good quantity of media consideration, together with an interview with Mario Lopez on Entry Hollywood and a TV section on Australia’s largest morning present, however the one we have been most pleased with was this Individuals Journal characteristic. In a publication extra usually reserved for first women, olympians, and A-listers, we had the prospect to share a few of our favourite tales and tricks to make journey part of extra lives.

Extra HoneyTrek Press Highlights: Expedia’s Out Journey the System Podcast, US Information & World ReportWashington Submit’s Mansion World Journal, Mariposa Gazette, , and The Instances of India (together with this media blitz that ensued throughout our go to to Kerala).

 

Strolling Safari throughout Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Oh Osa! Holding over 2.5% of the Earth’s biodiversity (in lower than one thousandth of a p.c of its floor space), the Osa Peninsula has been dubbed “probably the most biologically intense place on earth” by Nationwide Geographic! It’s probably the most important wetland ecosystem and mangrove forests in Central America and the most important remaining tract of lowland rainforest in Pacific Mesoamerica and we had the enjoyment of spending every week right here. Above are a few of our favourite wildlife pics, from Drake Bay to Corcovado Nationwide Park, and our full weblog on glamping and adventuring in one in every of HoneyTrek’s World’s Most Romantic & Sustainable Locations.

 

Tennessee Music Blitz

travel to Tennessee's music citiesThe house of the blues, nation, and rock n’ roll, Tennessee has such a wealthy music historical past. However contemplating its additionally the homestate of half my household, we form of took that with no consideration…till this Could! To put a greater basis, we took Memphis’ Backbeat Excursions, the place a dwell musician and main Memphis historian tells the story of this musical metropolis by tune. We adopted that up with a visit to Graceland to take a look at Elvis’ pad, airplane, vehicles, and a museum to the King of Rock and Roll. The month of Could can also be the annual Beale Road Music Competition, the place 70+ bands from the Mississippi Delta to Ghana Africa got here to get down. Megan Thee Stallion, The Counting Crows, Grace Potter, Weezer, Shaggy, Modest Mouse and Van Morrison have been just some favorites to grace the stage. (See our Memphis Reel right here) Everybody is aware of that Nashville is the house of nation music, however few notice that neighboring Franklin & Leiper’s Fork are the place its nation royalty dwell and groom rising stars. Leiper’s Fork could also be a village of solely 650 folks, however a few of its residents embody Chris Stapleton, Keith City, Nicole Kidman, and Justin Timberlake. Music runs by the veins of this city and their previous nation retailer is a premier venue. We heard about Fox & Locke’s legendary Thursday open-mic evening, the place artists are sometimes previous or future Grammy nominees, and we have been blown away by all 20 acts—be it a teenage lady with a giant set of pipes or the author for that “Evening Shift” tune that’s everywhere in the radio. Down the street in Franklin, the FirstBank Amphitheater has turned an deserted quarry from a trash heap to one of the distinctive and sustainable music venues. We’d’ve seen any live performance simply to expertise this candy new spot, however we had the great fortune of catching the legendary Willie Nelson! Learn our weblog concerning the secret music hubs of Tennessee.

 

Canoeing America’s First Nationwide River and Celebrating its fiftieth 12 months!

Canoeing the Buffalo River ArkansasKayaking and canoeing is our completely happy place and paddling the attractive Buffalo River within the sheer canyons of Arkansas was pure bliss! The Nationwide Park System manages this 95,000 acres of Northwest Arkansas wilderness, full with verdant mountains, limestone cliffs, elk herds, historic villages, and naturally, this epic river. Paddling from Ponca, Arkansas to Kyle’s Touchdown, we plied this attractive 10-mile stretch and hopped out for hikes to a number of waterfalls–together with the tallest cascade between the Rockies and the Appalachians! To high all of it off we stayed at Buffalo Outside Middle’s most romantic mountaintop cabin with a scorching tub to soak up the valley views and numerous stars on this Worldwide Darkish Sky Park. Watch this video on our Buffalo River journey and examine our full Northwest Arkansas Journey right here.

 

Visiting India Collectively…at Final!

Earlier than we met, Mike and I every took backpacking journeys to India. Its 5,000+ years of civilization and billion folks of unimaginable variety left a deep impression on each of us and it was about time we skilled the subcontinent collectively. Our first cease was Goa, the place we stayed in an AMAZING Nineteenth-century Indo-Portuguese mansion, explored the UNESCO-protected previous city, and danced on the seashores with tens of 1000’s of Indians for his or her seventy fifth Independence Day. Then we hopped an in a single day prepare (which was its personal wild journey) to Kerala. Tucked between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Kerala is a spot so stunning it’s known as “God’s Personal Nation.” Well-known for his or her tea plantations, backwater canals, lengthy stretches of seashore, colonial structure, and harmonious mix of religions, Kerala didn’t disappoint. Watch our video about the historic port metropolis of Kochi, see our gallery from Munnar tea nation, and see our full spotlight reel from our India journey. Irrespective of how seasoned a traveler you’re, India will at all times preserve you in your toes and lightweight up your senses.

 

Nationwide Honeymoon Day

national honeymoon day with honeytrekHoneyfund, the world’s #1 honeymoon registry, had the good thought to begin this vacation and guess who they requested to be their spokespeople? They did a giant press launch on the significance of honeymoons, with some fascinating stats on how that preliminary newlywed journey makes for stronger, longer marriages with plenty of quotes from HoneyTrek. To additional the celebration and share some journey suggestions, we did an Instagram Stay with Honeyfund and a juicy Final Journeys for Two giveaway.

 

Masking the Re-opening of Bhutan for Journey & Leisure Journal

Bhutan travel guideA Himalayan Kingdom that has solely been open to the surface world since 1974, and a rustic that measures success by Gross Nationwide Happiness, Bhutan has at all times intrigued us. Including to the thriller of “The Land of the Thunder Dragon,” they took pandemic precautions to a brand new stage and closed their borders for the final 2.5 years. The nation lastly opened to guests on September twenty third of 2022…however by a collection of governmental hoops and a stroke of magic, we have been invited in early to point out that Bhutan is again and higher than ever. It was an unimaginable honor to be among the many first vacationers to expertise the “New Bhutan” and cowl the nation’s grand reopening for Journey & Leisure. It was tough unraveling the slew of recent tourism insurance policies (particularly when half the conferences have been held within the Dzongkha language!) however it was price all the hassle to spotlight this particular place. For a deep dive into the magic of this nation, learn the HoneyTrek weblog on trekking to the well-known Tiger’s Nest, flying within the cockpit over Mount Everest, attending a masks dance pageant, glamping at 12,000 ft, river rafting previous Seventeenth-century fortresses, sleeping in Buddhist temples, planting timber, sharing tea with nomadic cow herders, and discovering pleasure in one of many world’s happiest nations.

 

Croatia Energy {Couples} Boat Journey

boat charter on the Dalmatian coast of croatia As a pair who gave up just about every thing (home, automobile, job, group, most possessions, and so on.) to observe a dream, we’re at all times looking out for our tribe. Pairs like this may be laborious to come back by, so after we bought invited to a week-long “Energy {Couples}” boat journey in Croatia, we didn’t assume twice. Crusing from Cut up to the distant islands of Kornati Nationwide Park and lesser-known seaside villages of the Adriatic, we bought to bond and study from fellow {couples} working their very own companies, residing nomadic existence, and charting their very own path. To not point out, {that a} non-public boat journey alongside the Dalmatian coast is the easiest way to shake the vacationers and see the serene aspect of Croatia.

 

Bosnia & Herzegovina Street Journey

what to do in BosniaWhen our Croatia boat journey ended, we continued our energy {couples} journey with our long-time journey blogger buddies Max and Oksana of Drink Tea & Journey. Certain we might have explored extra of Croatia by land, however we determined to dig right into a lesser-known area of former Yugoslavia…Bosnia & Herzegovina. Flashbacks of the Nineties Bosnian Warfare preserve many vacationers away, however allow us to inform you, this nation is a gem! Clifftop castles, craggy mountains, East-meets-West structure, and locals who’re genuinely completely happy to see you, B & H had us extending our journey for extra. Rethink this vacation spot and add these locations to your itinerary: The open-air museum of Počitelj village, Kravica Waterfall, Fortress of Herzog, the UNESCO bridge and metropolis of Mostar, Blagaj Dervish Monestary, Aleksin Han lookout & the cliffs alongside the Neretva River, and the fascinating capital of Sarajevo. Bosnia & Herzegovina should have its battle scars, however vacationers who give the nation an opportunity assist them heal.

 

Crusing from Citadel to Citadel in Trieste, Italy

sailing between miramare castle and duino castle italyAfter we spent every week crewing a yacht in French Polynesia in fall 2021, Captain Jasna Tuta stated to us “In case you are ever in Italy, you’re at all times welcome on my boat.” We had a lot enjoyable attending to know this fellow world traveler and studying from a grasp sailor that we couldn’t go up that invite! After our former-Yugoslavia journey, we took a particular detour to Trieste to sail from fortress to fortress on her signature tour with an in a single day extension. Identical to previous instances, she had us hoisting sails, setting anchors, even giving us turns on the helm. Jasna spent 9 years crusing world wide however her hometown of Trieste is the place she docks a bit of her coronary heart. When she’s not instructing the blind to sail or writing bestselling books, she’s main journeys between the gorgeous Duino and Miramare castles. We watched sundown hit the ocean cliffs, cooked hip-to-hip within the hull, and swapped nomad tales like previous instances, to culminate one in every of our favourite weekends of the 12 months.
 

New Public Talking Gigs: Sustainable Journey

Travel and Adventure Show New YorkWe spoke at 5 journey tradeshows this 12 months, giving talks from “Succeeding as a Digital Nomad” at The Journey Summit in Canada to “Rising Your Enterprise with Influencer Advertising” on the Glamping Present USA. Although we’re most pleased with the first-ever sustainability panel at The Journey & Journey Present. We spoke at this multi-city present in San Francisco again in 2021 and after we didn’t see the subject of sustainability being lined in a serious method, we requested if we might be a part of forces with different green-minded journey professionals for a panel dialogue and Q&A. Our aim was to tell vacationers’ journey planning and decision-making to decrease their carbon footprint, help native communities, and have a optimistic impression wherever they go. It was such successful that we’ll be bringing the panel to extra Journey & Journey Exhibits in 2023.

 

Oktoberfest Snowbird Type

snowbird oktoberfestWe didn’t count on fall to be soooo spectacular in Utah. In lower than half-hour from downtown Salt Lake Metropolis we have been surrounded by craggy mountains underneath a blanket of purple and gold. A number of curves later we pulled into Snowbird, one of many nation’s premier ski resorts and legendary Oktoberfests. Began in 1972 by a yodeling tram-operator and some of Salt Lake’s German immigrants, this pageant of beer and mountain merriment simply celebrated its fiftieth 12 months. We joined the Bavarian-style social gathering with 1000’s twirling about of their lederhosen, then rode the chair raise to 11,000 ft for hefeweizens overlooking the Wasatch Vary. Salt Lake Metropolis is so near the mountains, we might have made this a day journey, however as an alternative we checked into the ultra-fabulous Alta Chalets to take pleasure in sundown from our scorching tub and a dawn hike from our entrance door. Watch our reel for this scenic fall drive, must-do beer pageant, one in every of our new favourite climbing trails, and an unforgettable weekend getaway.

 

Skydiving over Yosemite

I used to be at all times on the fence about skydiving, however a scenic flight round Yosemite Nationwide Park that culminates with free-falling over this iconic swath of terrain made me take the leap! Watch us fly previous Half Dome, then backflip from 14,000 ft. For our favourite issues to do round Yosemtie and the inspiring folks behind them, see this weblog.

 

Glamping Consulting Workshops

Glamping consulting by honeytrekAfter reviewing 200+ boutique resorts and glamping camps world wide, we determined to share what we’ve discovered with rising glampgrounds and assist them create an unforgettable visitor expertise. We began our HoneyTrek Glamping Consulting & Artistic Companies again in 2020 and this fall it turned a correct side-hustle, conducting 10 programs within the month of November alone with extra to come back within the new 12 months! From present glam camps like Basecamp Resort to an superior regenerative resort that’s brewing exterior of DC, these aren’t simply properties, these are desires that we’re so proud to assist deliver to fruition!

 

England Housesit & Ladies Journey

🥳 For my candy sixteen, my mother gave me journey to London and it opened up my view of the world. So for her milestone…

Posted by HoneyTrek on Saturday, December 3, 2022

After we take a trans-Atlantic flight, we wanna take advantage of it (for ourselves and the planet)! So for our current journey to London for World Journey Market, we determined to show a three-day tradeshow right into a five-week keep in Europe…beginning with a housesit within the English countryside! Caring for a 400-year-old thatched cottage and 17-year-old Jack Russell was a bit intimidating at first, however the owners and group of Winslow made us really feel like household! We adored our time on this historic city…strolling the Excessive Road, buying the farmer’s markets, and supporting our native pub (the owners left us pint cash to verify did 🙂 Once they requested if we might additionally care for his or her daughter’s canine, we bartered it for 2 houseguests! It was a daring ask, however my mother was having a milestone birthday and my sister had by no means traveled overseas with HoneyTrek…so a women’ journey was meant to occur! They joined us for a couple of days within the cottage, then we went on a street journey by the picture-perfect Cotswold countryside (video right here), a day journey to the hallowed college city of Oxford, and three days in London for theater, museums, wonderful meals, and mother-daughter-sister-time. With all of the love and household enjoyable, this may increasingly have been our greatest housesit but.

 

Michelin-Star Eating Throughout Slovenia

Our ongoing quest for The World’s Most Romantic & Sustainable Locations introduced us to Slovenia…and it didn’t disappoint! The primary nation to be declared a “inexperienced vacation spot” and the one one with “love” in its title, we knew it was a shoo-in for our HoneyTrek listing however what stunned us was the meals! And whereas many areas of the world dazzle with a melange of spices, Slovenia’s strategy is much easier…keep contemporary. Eating places from the alps to the coast take nice satisfaction in sourcing domestically, usually rising or foraging for his or her produce. They perceive how interconnected good meals is with a wholesome surroundings, they usually work in the direction of its preservation with natural farming, beekeeping, and viticulture. They’ve been making wine because the 4th century BCE and have stayed true to their biodynamic traditions and are profitable droves of awards for it. Slovenia is house to 6 Michelin Inexperienced Star eating places, the very best ranking for sustainable delicacies, and it was their eco-conscious practices that helped earn them the “2021 European Area of Gastronomy.” And we’ll give Slovenian cooks an additional level as a result of they cooked us their most interesting with out meat or dairy. See how stunning plant-based consuming might be on this gallery of our favourite eating experiences–from harvesting olives earlier than our oil tasting to hand-making plum dumplings with a Michelin-star chef. And for all our Slovenia adventures, take a look at our Instagram Spotlight Reel.

 

HoneyTrek Cares

giving back while you travelTo point out our love and help for the fantastic communities and ecosystems we explored this 12 months, we’re proud to have donated to OsaConservation.org, ASCONA’s group library, Buffalo River Basis, Mariposa Trails, the Yosemite Climbing Affiliation, The Mariposa Group Basis, Equality Utah, Cottonwood Canyons, The Bhutan Basis and the Harpeth River Conservancy, plus volunteered with The Bhutan Ecological Society, Mariposa Trails, and The Franklin Giving Backyard. Thanks to all these organizations for his or her significant work and for sharing a bit of your world with us!

What do you assume was the spotlight of the 12 months?

 

HoneyTrek 2023 Journey Preview

Around the World TravelsTo point out our love and help for the fantastic communities and ecosystems we explored this 12 months, we’re proud to have donated to OsaConservation.org, ASCONA’s group library, Buffalo River Basis, Mariposa Trails, the Yosemite Climbing Affiliation, The Mariposa Group Basis, Equality Utah, Cottonwood Canyons, The Bhutan Basis and the Harpeth River Conservancy, plus volunteered with The Bhutan Ecological Society, Mariposa Trails, and The Franklin Giving Backyard. Thanks to all these organizations for his or her significant work and for sharing a bit of your world with us!

What do you assume was the spotlight of the 12 months?

  • Event of Roses. We’re kicking off 2023 with a correct New 12 months’s custom, the Rose Parade & Rose Bowl soccer sport! This 12 months it’s Penn State vs Utah and Buddy the Camper will likely be there tailgating with bells on.
  • Xscapers Bash. Annually this group of younger RVers will get collectively for every week of music, video games, community-building, and data sharing (together with a chat by HoneyTrek!).
  • Sonoma County for Valentine’s Day! Sonoma is a robust candidate to affix our listing of The World’s Most Romantic and Sustainable Locations so we’re excited to see the inexperienced aspect of California wine nation.
  • ITB Berlin. The biggest journey tradeshow on the planet occurs each March in Germany and we’re lastly gonna test it out then see what sort of enjoyable we are able to stand up to in Germany and Switzerland.
  • Bulgaria Ski Journey. Who’s been snowboarding in Bulgaria? Nobody we all know…however that’s why we’re checking it out. Mates of ours are contemplating main winter journey excursions there and we’re completely happy to be there guinea pigs, alongside 20 snow-bunny buddies!
  • Greece. There are a pair island teams that are main the cost for sustainable journey within the Mediterranean so we’ll be contemplating these for the listing too, and consuming a variety of vegan gyros within the course of!
  • Montana Marriage ceremony. Expensive mates of ours are getting married at Bridger Bowl exterior Bozeman so we’ll take this chance to street journey the Rockies whereas we’re within the neighborhood.
    Africa. Nothing is formally on the docket but however we’re placing it out to the universe…we’re going again and exploring new nations like Rwanda, Botswana, and Namibia! We would like our listing of the World’s Most Romantic & Sustainable Locations to cowl all of the continents, so Africa is a should and an utter delight.


The place do you assume we must always go in 2023? We at all times love listening to your suggestions!



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