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Honeymoon Around the World

Mega-moon: Honeymoon Around the World

Most couples go on their honeymoon for a week or two, or if they’re really lucky, maybe three weeks at most.  Imagine taking an entire year off to travel around the world, together. Take a honeymoon around the world trip. It’s a mega-moon!

I first heard of this concept from a German couple we met during our thresher shark dive in Malapascua, in the Philippines. After getting married, newlyweds Sandra and Chris left their home in Germany and began a honeymoon backpacking adventure around the world together. Amazing experience!

Chris and Sandra took their honeymoon around the world. It's a mega-moon!
ATW Honeymoon! Chris and Sandra after our thresher shark dive in the Philippines

Most people are surprised to learn that it really doesn’t have to cost a lot to travel, especially in places like southeast Asia.  The big savings comes from lodging – Chris and Sandra were spending less than $15/night when we met them in Malapascua, in the Philippines. Consider how much you pay in rent – and imagine how far that money would go towards travel.

How does Jordan fit into a SE Asia trip?

Wonder no longer!  I’ve been asked about it dozens of times already, so this is the story of how Jordan and Bahrain, two countries in the Middle East, made it into my southeast Asia itinerary. I might have the strangest itinerary and route of anyone I’ve met in my travels.

While I was enjoying Bali and Java, Indonesia, Fan was working on a business trip in Tel Aviv, Israel, and suggested we meet up. They’re not even remotely close, but just for fun I did a quick search, and was to surprised to find an incredible deal! For $181 USD rountrip I could fly from KL (Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia) to AMM (Amman, the capital of Jordan), with a layover in Bahrain via Gulf Air.  That’s about the same price as the short trip to the next country in the area that I was about to book before seeing this. It must have been an error in the system, or perhaps a generous promotion, but either way, after checking that Gulf Air was a reputable airline, I pounced!  Changing dates or revising the plan so I could route through Israel or Egypt would have made it cost prohibitive, but at this rate I could certainly swing it.  An hour later it was almost twice the price. Later that night the price had nearly quadrupled.

A “fancy” $29 hotel?

** Update: now that I’ve traveled around Asia, looking back I can hardly believe I spent $29 on a hotel for a single night. Eventually I’d be finding places of similar caliber for $12 in Vietnam.

My first hotel was adequate and at ~$19 USD, cost less than any hotel I’ve ever stayed in.  It was clean, safe, centrally located, had a pool, and came with free breakfast (choice of banana pancakes, eggs, or an Indonesian rice and noodle mix).

I headed to Semynak (the town on the island of Bali), where I had a reservation.  Apparently that doesn’t mean much. Despite my reservation and confirmation, they said they were full (picture Seinfeld saying “anyone can TAKE a reservation. but the key is HOLDING it…”) but suggested I “come back in a few days to see if it opens up.”  In a few days?? Yeah sure, look out for me.  I had checked out of my other hotel already, and had plans to meet up with some new friends in a town called Kuta, where I found my new hotel.