Alternative Ideas for a Unique Honeymoon

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The sta­ple beach hon­ey­moon is out and alter­na­tive hon­ey­moons are in! We’re fans of the beach vaca­tion as much as any­one, but the world is real­ly our oys­ter. And as such, there are so many oth­er great options for hon­ey­moons. You can take a beach vaca­tion almost any­time, but there are unique hon­ey­moon ideas that go beyond the every­day.

MINI-MOON

Con­trary to tra­di­tion­al wed­ding pat­terns, you don’t have to take a hon­ey­moon imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing your wed­ding. Per­haps you want to wait until you have more time off from work or trav­el dur­ing the off-peak sea­son when you can save some mon­ey and trav­el for longer. What­ev­er the case may be, con­sid­er a mini-moon (not a “stay­ca­tion”), which may just be a long week­end or a short­ened ver­sion of a hon­ey­moon to one of your favorite des­ti­na­tions or some­where new in your region. Then do a longer, more planned out hon­ey­moon months lat­er or for your one-year anniver­sary when you don’t have the stress of your wed­ding.

ROUND-THE-WORLD TRIP

What bet­ter excuse for tak­ing some addi­tion­al time to trav­el than get­ting hitched. You could cre­ate a round-the-world itin­er­ary with as lit­tle time as a cou­ple of weeks, vis­it­ing numer­ous places in West­ern Europe or Latin Amer­i­ca, for exam­ple, or some­thing that’s sev­er­al weeks (or months) and lit­er­al­ly takes you around the world. It’ll require a lot of time, flex­i­bil­i­ty, and the bud­get to exe­cute it, but an RTW hon­ey­moon allows for a trip you’ll real­ly remem­ber. It lets you and your part­ner see some of those des­ti­na­tions that are at the top of both of your lists, but that you don’t have to wait to see until you’re retired.

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VOLUNTEER HONEYMOON

If you want a trip in which you can both give and receive, then this is for you. What makes this type of trip great (besides giv­ing back), is that you can use an orga­ni­za­tion like GoAbroad to find vol­un­teer pro­grams abroad that take out all of the stress of plan­ning. Con­verse­ly, you may con­sid­er com­bin­ing a vol­un­teer trip abroad with a lit­tle R&R at a hotel in that des­ti­na­tion.

EXTREME ADVENTURE

“Extreme” as in sum­mit­ing a high-ele­va­tion peak, for exam­ple, and not “extreme” as in eat­ing for­eign foods. Hon­ey­moons for many peo­ple calls for some well-deserved relax­ation. How­ev­er, for oth­ers, it’s a chance to do once-in-a-life­time adven­tures, such as hik­ing the Inca Trail in Peru to Machu Pic­chu, or climb­ing atop the 19,000-foot Mt. Kil­i­man­jaro in Africa, which a cou­ple of my friends recent­ly did.

THEMED Vacation

By themed, I mean a hon­ey­moon that com­bines your inter­ests. For food lovers, per­haps a tour around Tus­cany, Italy, or for winos, a self-guid­ed trip through Argenti­na wine coun­try. For the sports cou­ple, per­haps some­thing like plan­ning a trip around the World Series, Olympics, World Cup or Super Bowl. Or, for some­thing more hands-on, a hon­ey­moon itin­er­ary with tee times at some of Great Britain’s best golf cours­es.

ECO-HONEYMOON

You can give back to the world with­out giv­ing up your entire hon­ey­moon to vol­un­teer. Some of the most beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tions in the world are also home to some of the most envi­ron­men­tal-friend­ly resorts. Such places include Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana’s Chobe Nation­al Park, which is one of the most eco-friend­ly resorts in Africa, and just so hap­pened to be where Eliz­a­beth Tay­lor and Richard Bur­ton mar­ried (the sec­ond time that is). Oth­er des­ti­na­tions include one of the green­est coun­tries in the world, Cos­ta Rica, where at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, guests can take part in plant­i­ng trees.

EVENT(FUL) HONEYMOON

This is less about dra­ma and more about expe­ri­enc­ing one of the world’s best events as a cou­ple. A hon­ey­moon is a great excuse to splurge on that fes­ti­val or inter­na­tion­al event you’ve always talked about, such as the New Orleans Jazz and Her­itage Fes­ti­val, Glas­ton­bury, Car­ni­val or Belgium’s Tomor­row­land. Bonus points for these fes­ti­vals occur­ring in places that are great hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions in their own right.

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