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Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent Paperback – September 5, 2017
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"Read this book before you book your next travel adventure with your beau! Anne and Mike Howard made sure to create a product that highlighted the uniqueness of each excursion...the pair found a way to curate their exceptional journey into a 272-page tale of pure exploration." --InStyle Magazine
"You've been so great to actually document everything and compartmentalize it. So depending on what your budget is, if you want those hidden romantic spots, or if you're a foodie--you've got it all contained in this book...keep inspiring us!"--Dina Pugliese, host of Breakfast Television.
"They share the destinations that just might be the cure for what ails your romance."
--The Globe and Mail newspaper
"Ultimate Journeys for Two inspires and teaches even seasoned travelers to discover new places and experiences."--Johnny Jet, Founder of JohnnyJet.com
About the Author
MIKE AND ANNE HOWARD left for their honeymoon in January 2012 and have been exploring the globe ever since on what has become the World's Longest Honeymoon. Using Anne's background as a national magazine editor and Mike's as a digital marketing executive and photographer, they created HoneyTrek.com to chronicle their journey across 50+ countries and share tips with fellow couples looking to make their own travel dreams a reality. Having reviewed over 100 luxury hotels and excursions across all seven continents, they know the five-star side of travel, but also know how to get to the heart of local culture. The Howards' remarkable journey has been acclaimed by Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Times, Daily Mail, CBS, and more. They've lectured at the Smithsonian and major travel industry trade shows; their travel advice has been the subject of feature articles in BBC Travel, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur magazine. Most recently, they starred in a Microsoft and Dell national ad campaign.
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I grew up in a family that travels. Having spent half of my life in Hawaii, I have not done near enough of it. (Even a 15 minute fligfht to one of the out islands is expensive from here). My early travels were with my folks, who have been round the world several times, and now in their 80s are embarking on what has to be their 99th cruise. They never took tours (until recently) nor I do. We are more interested in authenticity, getting a feel for the place we are visiting, and, myself and my husband much prefer off the beaten path. This book is almost 100% off the beaten path, and it has the gorgeous photos you would expect from National Geographic.
I do not know how I missed that National Geographic had produced this guide. When I first picked it up I thought it was beautiful, but would not be very useful, all the destinations exotic, and there were so many places we had yet to set foot. The second time I picked it up, it was with a large furry beast in my lap (a Shepherd who thinks he is a lap dog) and so I struggled awkwardly to read it, casually flipping through the book from the back. I wound up marking near every page. There is a ton of useful information in this guide! Tips of how and what to pack, unique classes and other opportunities offered by NPOs and small groups, both local and International; Chefs who open their home to diners, a ride share organization, and another group focused on building trust which has listings from people who have offered a free place to stay (all over the world). Tips for "getting local" via unique experiences, local translators and b & b hosts, and more. I thought I was fairly savvy in some of these areas, having planned most of our trips online for the past 20 years. My opinion of my knowledge and skills in this regard has been much revised. There are so many organizations and opportunities I had never heard of!
I was familiar with only one of the destinations in the guide, Kauai, where I have been at least a dozen times, sometimes in hotels, sometimes camping, occasionally staying with friends or their families. I thought I knew the island pretty well. (It is a very small island) but this guide recommended a hotel in a scenic area I had visited multiple times, but was unaware (the hotel) existed. I felt like I had been gifted with secret knowledge, privileged information on dozens of hidden gems.
I think that near anyone can pick up some useful tips from this book, even if you are not looking for wild out of the way places. There is a lot of down to earth advice (like packing a surge protector and charging strip for multiple electronics). I have one but not the other, and will be adding it to my pack. If there were information on travel with canines I might be heading out the door with this book tucked under my arm (Having no immediate travel plans I have not arranged dog care ;) ).
It is a beautifully produced guide packed with useful information, basic to every adventure from the wildest to tamest. It provides a lot of interesting travel ideas on places I had never heard of and would not know how to get to if I had, as well as interesting opportunities for education, interaction and volunteerism. Budget travel and high end resorts, there is something for everyone in this guide.
The book itself could be described as a hidden gem.
* beautiful photography ~ National Geographic quality
* ideal destinations by month recommendation
* personal research by authors ~ authors explored over 500 destinations
* questionnaire on page 20 asking about individual experiences you might enjoy and directing you to that trip
* top travel hacks from other travel "power couples" ~ ex: rent a campervan, ask the locals where THEY eat, wrap 10 feet of duct tape around a pencil for gear repairs, etc.
* trips organized by geography or culture: mountains, deserts, lakes, beaches, history and architecture etc.
* map of world showing starred trips the authors recommend
* Top ten travel accessories recommended: ex: power strip, freezer bag to protect electronics, hidden travel wallet clipped to belt which goes inside pants for cash and credit cards, steripen water purifier which saves authors $1500 a year on water, collapsible canteen etc.
* websites for all places and hotels etc. mentioned in book at end of book organized by location
"Travel is the one thing you buy which makes you richer," is the authors' philosophy. They also remind readers that: "Today is the youngest you will ever be." This book will encourage you to book a trip, and consider where you want to go.
This book from the 2000 day honeymoon couple shows you not just how to travel but how to live life to the fullest. So many travel books suggest where to go and what to see - this book adds another dimension -- how to experience the destination. Anne and Mike take calligraphy lessons, dance with locals, go off the beaten path and are warmly welcomed into homes by people around the world. That says a ton about the Howard's ability to connect. Something else I loved - they also generously connected with other couples who have dedicated a year or more to traveling the globe -- and share some of their stories and recommendations. This book is also a delight for armchair travelers who will enjoy the fantasy of roving to far flung places and seeing them through stunning photographs. Mike and Anne Howard have a spirit of adventure that is downright contagious. Putting down this book, I wanted to immediately hop on a plane, trace their steps and pack in some of the joy, delight, humor, excitement and wonder Anne and Mike Howard deliver in these pages.