Brides and grooms are planning increasingly unusual honeymoons these days. More and more, couples have done some traveling together before they get married. And, while honeymoons used to involve a traditional beach vacation –it isn’t as an exciting an option in 2017. So, for the more adventurous in spirit – here are some out of the ordinary honeymoon choices to consider – all will provide memories of a lifetime!
This island nation in the North Atlantic has a deceiving name – only a small percentage of it is covered in ice and it is a surprisingly romantic destination. It has a little of everything – incredible landscapes, steamy hot springs, beaches, mountains and a hip and vibrant capital city of Reykjavik. Tourism in Iceland is booming and honeymooners that are looking for something a little different will not be disappointed.
The recent news that allows more Americans to travel to Cuba makes it a possible honeymoon destination. There is lots of fascination with Cuba and the sense that time has stood still in the small Caribbean nation. Combine that with the food, culture, and art and there is great demand to visit. Visiting Cuba still requires a Visa, health insurance and a State Department approved reason to visit so its recommended you make your plans through a reputable travel agent if you want to avoid any issues.
Couples who want a warm vacation, but searching for something different than a Caribbean beach can look toward this country’s SouthWest. Arizona has lots of gorgeous resorts and spas to enjoy. There is horseback riding, Jeep tours, hiking and biking, etc for the active honeymooners. In addition, a visit to the Grand Canyon or other nearby tourist attractions can round out a wonderful honeymoon week.
If renting a little convertible and taking to the open road is your idea of a romantic journey- nothing is a better road trip than the California Coast. From beautiful Santa Barbara all the way up through scenic Big Sur the views are breathtaking. There is the opportunity to stop at the historic Hearst Castle, the art colony of Carmel and the beautiful hotels and resort options are plentiful. If you are still in the driving mood…continue up through Portland and Vancouver for more great experiences.
One of the hottest trends in travel, river cruises are a wonderful and relaxing way to visit European cities. Unlike an ocean cruise, river cruises give visitors an up close look at the villages, castles and historic sites that dot the coast line. The chore of packing and unpacking is eliminated as you cruise the majestic waterways of the European continent – the Rhine, the Danube, the Douro and others. Meals and accommodations are all included in one price. Sometimes excursions and other amenities are also complimentary making it a stress-free experience.
Over the Water Bungalows
Once only available in far-away exotic locations, over-the-water-bungalows are now popping up at a handful of Caribbean resorts much closer to home. These ultra-luxurious romantic getaways are the ultimate for honeymooners looking for a special getaway. However, their availability is currently limited so plan ahead.
Food and Wine
The growing interest in culinary experiences has also hit the honeymoon market. The popularity of cooking shows and celebrity chefs is now integrated into the travel arena making cooking classes, winery visits, farm-to-table restaurant experiences and street food exploration part of some travelers wish list. Foodies everywhere are celebrating!
Wellness travel has grown as a vacation sector over the last few years, so it is no surprise it is also a big interest for newlyweds. More than 80% of the couple surveyed in a recent study note they were more active on their honeymoon than they are at home. The trend can include biking and hiking along with more adventurous activities such as mountain climbing, white water rafting and even sky diving….talk about making the sky the limit!
In all situations, travel experts advise using travel professionals to help plan and book your honeymoon. Your time, vacation dollar and experience are too valuable to trust to just anyone. Make sure they have experience, expertise and your back!