Given the chance, absolutely!
You should take the plunge into honeyteering.
Years ago, when I first married, my ideal honeymoon was to someplace with white sand beaches, a warm tropical sun and free-flowing margaritas. Pretty much the traditional honeymoon of the time, it really was a luxury I didn’t have time for. In the rush of work and getting back to California from the Midwest, where the wedding took place, the honeymoon ended up not happening for another year and we had it in Key West, Florida. Busy and not very rich were key words in our decision to do it that way. It was nice, I suppose, but when you get right down to it, we traded one beach for another and the drinks tasted pretty much the same.
The older I get, the less I let traditional thought get in the way of me enjoying life and doing the right thing, not just for me and my family but for my community. When I can expand the concept of community, I do. If I were getting married now; I would seriously consider the concept of Honeyteering. A portmanteau of honey(moon) and (volun)teering, the concept is gaining popularity and is a welcome alternative to traditional concepts of honeymooning or anniversary trips. I have become more socially conscious and feel I haven’t given back as much as I could or should have.
Honeyteering has been around for a couple of years, but Thailand is making a big splash with its “Honeyteering – We’ve got so much love to give!” campaign. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is teaming up with Thai Airways International and 21 honeymoon hotels to give away four honeyteering trips to Thailand. Intended to make the most of a rapidly-growing trend for married couples seeking ways to add meaning to their honeymoons or anniversaries by doing some local volunteer activity, the entrants use social media to promote and judge the contest and the four couples who collect the most ‘hearts’ wins one of four trips. The choice of destinations offered includes Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Samui.
The 4 winning couples will receive:
- International air-tickets
- 6 nights stay at a luxury hotel
- All meals
- Volunteer activity
- Sightseeing tours
- Photo shoots with a professional photographer.
The contest is accepting entries until May 10th, 2014. The official site has all of the rules and guidelines for entering. For further information on the Honeyteering contest, including draft programs of the choice of winning trips, please check out www.honeyteeringthailand.com or contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.