The All-Out Honeymoon

Seeing Design joins At a fateful happy hour almost two years ago, friends of Mike and mine told us they were taking a honeymoon around the world. Our jaws dropped to the floor then stuttered out, “What do you mean? Is that even possible?” They were just going to quit their jobs and go. The concept seemed unfathomable but yet affixed itself to our brains from that moment on.

Mike and my love for travel runs deep. With a mother who was a flight attendant all through her 20s and Mike’s parents who were known for their spontaneous ski trips to the Alps, we were taught traveling is an essential part of living. In our five years of dating, we’ve been to nine countries and have constantly been thinking, where next? So when it came to picking a place for our honeymoon, we knew one exotic beach wasn’t going to satisfy this case of wanderlust.

So as of January 2012, Mike and I are starting our one and half year honeymoon around the globe. It’s crazy, we know -but if not now, when?

Around the World Honeymoon itinerary
We’ve since updated this map and extended our trip by six months. The world is a big place!

The Honeymoon Itinerary
The plan is to go the places too far to visit while we have a job and too rugged to do when we’re old. That means neighboring Central America and cushy Europe, we’ll see you at a later date. South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand—here we come!

To be honest, our itinerary right now is very rough, though this is what we know: The first leg starts in Brazil for Carnival, then loops down to Uraguay, around Argentina, up Chile and ending in Peru to hike Machu Pichu in May. Then my sister is having her first baby and my best friend is getting married so we’ll be returning to the U.S.  for a couple weeks. By June we are off to South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Madagascar, followed by a slow tour through Asia to Tibet, Nepal, China, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and ending in the South Pacific with Australia, New Zealand, then home by May of 2013.

Though we’ll be tightening up our plan over the next 40 days, we don’t want to let any one route bog us down. You never know what you’ll find out there so you need to keep a little wiggle room for spontaneous inspiration.

Around the World Honeymoon, switzerland SeeingDesign Abroad
When choosing names for this blog, SeeingDesign struck me for its global possibilities. The prospect of actually seeing and chronicling design around the world gave it potential that, when the time was right, I knew I would seize it. So akin to my past coverage of boutique hotels, design shops, architecture, chic finds around the U.S., it’s about to get a whole lot more interesting abroad.

A few SeeingDesign column ideas I’m scheming..
Design in Five: A round up of each country’s most unique, exquisite, exotic, bizarre, and charming products.
Architecture Tours: From huts to high-rises, a visual review of what’s home in farflung places.
Artisan Spotlight: Interviews with different local artisans about their lives and crafts.
Hotel Envy: The review of the best design hotels we stay in and the ones we would die to check-in to.
Market of the Month: A close look at the some of the coolest bazaars and flea markets around the world.

Luxury Hotels on
And for all non-design related adventures —hiking, beaching, dining, volunteering, etc.—Mike and I will be keeping a joint blog called Travel ideas, advice, mishaps, and musings will abound here. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, please head over to our blog and subscribe to the newsletter:

It is going to be one heck of a journey—one of which we’d love you to participate in, from observing, commenting, to offering your suggestions, even requests!

We hope you can join us for the ride…


  1. Anonymous said:

    This sounds amazing, ridiculous amazing.

    December 9, 2011
  2. Elana Friedland said:


    December 10, 2011
  3. Mike Howard said:

    I really love the Design in Five, and the Hotel Envy features. I think those have some great potential.

    December 12, 2011
  4. matthew howard said:

    Love it.  Did you know that people get paid to take vacations?  You guys are overqualified for that job.

    December 12, 2011
    • Mike Howard said:

      Who gets paid to take vacations? Meaning travel bloggers? or Bear Grylls? Hhaahah

      December 12, 2011
  5. Rachel Smith said:

    Hi Anne!
    I’m super excited for you guys.  Would love to also see you post about really  well designed products that made your trip even better…

    December 12, 2011
  6. Sarah Stanton said:

    I am so envious an cannot wait to read your blog posts!!!

    December 12, 2011
  7. Shannon said:

    Mike & Anne –
    I’m so happy that you both are doing this! As you probably already know – it will change your life in ways I can’t even begin to explain. You said it best with “It’s crazy, we know -but if not now, when?”…..
    but get ready – it will only increase your passion for travel! I’m willing to bet that you will begin planning HoneyTrek#2 while on Trek#1 😉
    Just ask Andreas – we have already compiled a list of MUST SEE PLACES and MUST RETURN TOO LOCATIONS – for WHEN, no if, we take our Heid-ingTrek#2 someday! 😉
    Good luck and have a BLAST!
    All the best,

    December 12, 2011
  8. how about table and food design ? Best of luck and hope to see you in Asia soon !!

    December 13, 2011
    • Any design savvy restaurants or unique approaches to dining will definitely be documented here and overwhelmingly delicious or exotic encounters with cuisine can be found on Can’t wait to hear some of your recommendations after a few months in Hong Kong!

      Twitter: SocialMPH: Good afternoon @FoxNews regarding this error, have you published the corrected graph & explained what happened, on air?

      December 13, 2011
  9. Anonymous said:

    Test #1.

    December 14, 2011
  10. […] insurance—check. Rent apartment? This remains the one major missing piece before we take our honeymoon around the world. The hope is to rent our apartment fully furnished because 1. Putting stuff in storage is a pain. […]

    January 2, 2012

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