Try these off-beat honeymoons

Wanting something different then your typical Mexican beach resort honeymoon but too stressed with wedding planning to plan more? Check out these off-beat alternatives.

Your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to travel. It's a great excuse to splurge on one (or more!) of your bucket list destinations and experience a new place for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. So often do I see couples opting for the standard Mexican beach vacation and I can see why. It's a reasonable price, most options are all-inclusive, and it's a great way to kick back after a year of stressful wedding planning. Though it's a great option, I wanted to explore some other options for every kind of couple out there, that could compare with the standard Cancun post-nuptial getaway. I did a little research and on average a week long Cancun honeymoon will run you about $4,500 together. Broken down, that's about $450 a night for accommodations that include food and drink, around $600 each person for roundtrip flights, and I tacked on an extra $150 for various other expenses like shopping and excursions. Here's how my alternative options compare:

Adventure Aficionados

For the couple that loves to be outdoors and to adventure, I recommend Iceland. Because wedding season and their light season line up, it's a perfect getaway for exploring around the clock (seriously, when I was there I barely slept).

There are plenty of cool places to stay in Iceland, but for an adventurous trip with the flexibility to see the most of the country you can, opt for a camper. When I was there at every major national park, I saw so many campers parked. Turns out, that's the way to do Iceland. Though one company seems to have a monopoly on the rentals due to their clever branding and user friendliness, I discovered another company that has better pricing. From Northbound you can rent a Dacia Duster Camper that sleeps two complete with a mattress, pillows, bedding, sleeping bags, storage, camping chairs, a camping table, cutlery and dinnerware, a gas stove, pots and pans, an aux port, usb connection, bluetooth, a radio and a CD player for around $1,100 for the week. Compare that with a nightly all inclusive resort and that's less than half the nightly price. Of course, that adds food and drink as an expense.

For this kind of trip, I would recommend doing a $100 grocery shop at the beginning of the trip and stocking up on a cooler along with your essentials for an active trip: granola bars, peanut butter, bread, hamburgers, etc. You and your new spouse will have a ton of fun cooking and enjoying the great outdoors.

There are endless things to see in Iceland and this Dacia Duster Camper can go on F-roads which other vehicles are warned to avoid, which means you can experience the most secluded and unique parts of the Icelandic highlands. Some of my favorite spots to visit were: Mount Esja just outside of Reykjavik for stunning hiking and views, Jökulsárlón which is the glacier lagoon on the opposite side of the country, Gamla Laugin which is a secret hot spring in Fludir, Iceland, and Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland's most majestic waterfalls. Most of these natural wonders are free to see, but I would budget about $300 for excursions, like if you want to take a boat ride in the Glacier Lagoon or a dip in the hot springs. I would also budget $100 for one or two really nice meals! With airfare, I'd estimate this trip costing about $2,600 for both you and your spouse!

Culture Cravers

If you and your honey are craving some culture on your honeymoon, opt for the surprisingly affordable Prague, Czech Republic. We're often scared away from vacation in Europe because it sounds expensive, but round trip airfare to Prague is only about $500 each person. Accommodations are even cheaper. Save some money and gain comfort by staying in an AirBnB private home. Apartments seem to go for between $30 and $100 a night. I found this amazing steal that's right near town center for only $30 a night. This apartment includes wifi, a fully equip kitchen, and TV. There is an additional $22 cleaning cost, but the reservation is 100% refundable if you need to cancel within 24 hours.

There is a ton to do in Prague, most notably the archaic architecture. Be sure to check out Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, Tyn Church, and Palace Kinský. Step inside Palac Kinský to view paintings and drawings a part of their National Collection and head over to The National Museum for more stunning artwork. There are also an abundance of gardens to see in Prague such as the Wallenstein Palace Garden, Franciscan Garden, and more. I'd budget about $200 for attractions because some museums and historic sites may require a fee.

I would do a little grocery shop at the top of the week, so you could retreat to your accommodation for a few meals throughout the week and get some rest from all of the walking. Expect to spend about $75. Other than that, I would budget $500 since Prague is definitely the kind of place you'd want to indulge in the food, wine, and beer. After all, food is a huge part of culture! Even while majorly splurging on food, this trip will only set you back about $2,007.

Beach Bums

Still want to bum it on the beach for a week, but wanting to go somewhere unique? Cuba is a great alternative to Mexico! Flights are only about $200 round trip each and accommodations are quite inexpensive as well! Though there are plenty of resorts to stay at, those who have traveled to Cuba recommend staying in a casita. Their casitas range from $25 to $35 a night and most serve you an authentic Cuban breakfast in the morning. Between accommodations and authentic Cuban food every day, you can expect to spend around $40 a day per person.

Don't miss Havana when you visit Cuba as it is thought to be the heart and soul of the country. In Havana, be sure to visit the San Jose Market, the National Capitol Building, and The Cathedral Havana. You can't miss Trinidad either. Their Playa Ancon is one of the loveliest beaches in the country and the city boasts a nightclub in a cave called Disco Ayala. I would budget an extra $300 for local travel and excursions setting the total cost for this honeymoon alternative at only around $950.

Want a different kind of honeymoon but drowning in wedding planning? I planned it for you! If you try one, tell me how it goes @anie_delgado

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Best Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

If you want to travel but have a job that is currently holding you back, here are a few of our suggestions for the best jobs for people who love to travel.

For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.

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Translator

A translator is a wonderful job for those who want to travel. It will bring you to many places as you work, so long as those places speak the language you can translate. The great thing about translating is the variety of work you can get by translating for specific clients or just translating for tourists in the area. You can choose what type of scene you wish to work in very easily.

Pilot

A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

This may not sound like a job that allows you to travel, but schools all around the world are always looking for more people to teach English.

In this career, you would move near the school that you would teach at and live there over the course of your time there. The interesting thing about this job is that it does not necessarily require a teaching degree, depending on the school and country in question. You also get to live in a new country for an extended period.

When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

The Big Stops: Tourist Seattle

If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.

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For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

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And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.

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Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

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For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

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For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.

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You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

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You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.

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Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

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Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.


What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!

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Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

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An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.