Honeymoons


Overview

Honeymoons travel guide, including ideas for alternative honeymoons, safaris, walking and trekking honeymoons and volunteer honeymoons

Congratulations! You’re getting spliced, and the best part is you get to go on a trip of a lifetime straight afterwards.

Given all the planning that goes into a wedding, it’s tempting to think of the honeymoon as a chance to ‘do nothing’. But before you book yourself into an Indian Ocean all-inclusive, think what you’re missing.

The only definition of a honeymoon is that you take it (and hopefully finish it) as a couple. So instead of lounging by a pool, you could tick off a world icon together: swoon at the Taj Mahal, tackle Peru’s Inca Trail, wax nostalgic on a felucca down the Nile, or cosy up beneath the Northern Lights at Sweden’s Ice Hotel, perhaps.

Alternatively, you could bond (even more) over a journey: hire a camper van and trundle round New Zealand or Canada; link up Europe’s great cities by train; go island-hopping by sail in the Adriatic or the Caribbean; hike Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit or Spain’s Camino de Santiago.

Or you could learn a new life skill together: pick up salsa in Latin America, cookery in Morocco or Thailand, or painting in Malawi. Or simply pick a destination neither have you have ever visited – discover Mongolia or Paraguay together and you'll have a lifetime of "You went where?" party anecdotes.

You could even do some short-term volunteering in the developing world: after all the attention and razzmatazz of a wedding, it can be a relief to do something that’s not ‘all about you’ – several tour operators now offer ‘meaningful honeymoons’ in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

Wherever you choose to go, though, remember to build in some time for just the two of you. A honeymoon can be a thrill-a-minute, action-packed adventure, but even the most rugged explorers should slow down for a night or two á deux, under the stars, in the middle of nowhere…

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Further Reading

10 best alternative honeymoons

  1. Take a self-drive safari – the bush camps of Kenya and Tanzania are chock-a-block with honeymooners, but how much more romantic to be trundling past the giant dunes and big beasts of Namibia in a 4WD, with only each other for protection…
  2. Delve into the heart of Borneo – Sabah in Malaysian Borneo is a great indulge/explore destination: pristine beaches, world class reefs and swanky hotels along the coast; primary rainforest, orang-utan reserves and tough-but-trekkable Mt Kinabalu nearby
  3. Combine beach and bush in Mozambique – the Maldives and Mauritius may hog the wedding magazines, but you’ll find equally spellbinding Indian Ocean sands on Mozambique’s Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos, plus Swahili culture and top-tier game viewing on the East African mainland.
  4. Love in a cold climate, Antarctica – Travel experiences don’t come more personal and poignant than exploring the White Continent. Pick a small ship, cosy up in your cabin, and prepare to hug each other in wonderment.
  5. Go island-hopping, Croatia – By sail or ferry, there are more than enough quiet coves in the Adriatic to find your own romantic bolt-hole. The perfectly heart-shaped island of Galesnjak is an obligatory lovers’ pilgrimage.
  6. Explore serendipitous Sri Lanka – Wildlife, temples, trekking, beaches, sumptuous food: Sri Lanka really does have something for everyone. Choose from one of the historic hotels in Galle or Kandy, then go exploring with a driver-guide.
  7. Stargaze, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya – sleeping out under a star-speckled night sky is the stuff honeymoons are made of. The experience has been perfected at Loisaba Lodge in northern Kenya, where you can walk or ride to four-poster ‘star beds’ looking out over the surrounding kopje

Fancy a unique honeymoon?

Want more alternative trips, advice and inspiration to help you plan your honeymoon? Then check out Wanderlust's new magazine Unique Honeymoons – for your ultimate guide to the trip of a lifetime. Pick up a copy in the online Wanderlust shop

Check out our new website www.UniqueHoneymoonIdeas.com.