Where do you stand on the upcoming Royal Wedding? Will you be getting up at the crack of dawn to watch, or are you counting the seconds until the hype is all over? I personally can’t wait. I love that Kate Middleton could possibly be wearing a hairpiece from an Irish milliner, Philip Treacy, I love that their cake has something to do with McVitie’s biscuits, and I love that William and Kate make a most adorable couple. I mean, if he had to marry someone other than me, at least it’s someone as lovely as Kate.
But, I know there are many of you who are in the opposite camp. Many, and especially those in London, might want to get away and avoid all of the hullaballoo that comes with what is the most famous wedding of our generation. The constant coverage may even have you dreaming of a cheap holiday deal.
For a bit of fun on this Travel Tuesday, I have compiled a list of the best places to avoid the Royal Wedding. I can’t promise there won’t be live streaming coverage on the TV somewhere in the vicinity, but you will certainly be able to find something to distract you from the wedding.
1) Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health – Lenox, MA
Escape to the expansive Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts for a quiet yoga retreat. You won’t be burdened by TV here. Instead you will partake in yoga classes, meditation, healthy meals, hikes, and renewing spa treatments.
2) Goa, India
Immerse yourself in the fun and culture of “India’s coolest place”. Partying late into the night will ensure you are too tired to do more than lay on the exotic beaches by day. No royal-watching for you!
3) Serengeti National Park - Tanzania
Surround yourself with wild animals by staying in a tented camp. You might have you rough it a little, but it will be a piece of wedding cake compared to dodging media and an inbox full of Royal Wedding chatter.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump from London, Reykjavik combines nightlife with therapeutic spa treatments and immersion in hot, mineral-rich water, allowing you to rid yourself or Royal Wedding jitters. . . and any other stress you might have.
Staying in a secluded hut on the beach, sipping summery cocktails while digging your toes into warm white sand. . . Royal Wedding who?
Trekking on glaciers, penguin-spotting, and whale watching make you one with nature and about as far away from the prying paparazzi as possible. Go ahead and test your adventurous spirit!
7) New Zealand
On the globe, it is the opposite of London, as far away as you can get. My pick? Do some wine tasting in Marlborough and toast to your avoidance of the Royal Wedding with some crisp Sauvignon Blanc!
Make like Prince Harry and head to the Arctic. It will be more than a little cold, but you can snuggle up with reindeer or catch Santa during the off season. Or at the very least drink a lot of grog.
9) A volunteer vacation. . . anywhere in the world
Hop on a plane and head to a place where your time and skills are needed. Build a home for a homeless family, teach English to a group of schoolchildren, help preserve the rain forest in Costa Rica. The list is endless, and you can guarantee wherever you go you will be too busy making a difference to tune into a billion dollar day.
10) Ireland One of Great Britain’s closest neighbors, Ireland will cover the wedding with wild abandon. Head way West where the sheep population far outweighs that of humans and where you will likely be surrounded by locals who couldn’t care less about the activities of British royals.
So, tell me, are you planning on watching the wedding coverage or catching up on the news on entertainment shows after? Or will you be tuning out until it’s over?