More and more, people are looking for adventure holidays and to travel off-the-beaten-path. These offer the chance not only to explore a new destination, but to continue to learn about each other. But that doesn’t have to mean leaving the land of luxury behind – this is your honeymoon after all. There are numerous holiday destinations that combine the thrill of outdoor adventures with the peace and tranquillity of stunning resort accommodation.
You’ve taken a big step. Be bold, and go where few travellers have gone before. Challenge yourself to take the road less travelled. You never know what you might find along the way…
Here're some of our honeymoon ideas:
Machu Picchu tops many a bucket list around the world. But would you really want to spend your honeymoon joining the masses on your climb? What if you could fulfil your wildest dreams away from large groups?
East of Assam is home to one of India’s smallest and most diverse states. A member of the Seven Sisters region situated on the Burmese border, what was once a volatile area rife with conflict has now made way for a stable, burgeoning agricultural economy. Nagaland is India like you’ve never seen it before.
Safaris are big business for honeymoon holiday providers. But when holidays are organised en masse, it can be difficult to cater to the interests of individual couples. Instead of opting for a trip to the big named parks in South Africa, such as Kruger National Park, head further inland to the smaller-scale, boutique safari lodges and camps of Botswana.
There are few experiences more breathtaking than the ethereal performance of the Aurora Borealis. But the magic of Iceland holds even more than that. Not only do the far-reaching points of the island offer some of the best views of the Northern Lights; it boasts a landscape like no other. If you opted out of a big white wedding, don’t fret; honeymooning in a winter wonderland will have you feeling like Cinderella, with the photos to match.
If you’ve been inspired to take a walk on the wild side and book your unconventional honeymoon at one of these destinations, we’ve got a few tips to help you get the most from your experience, and to craft memories that last a lifetime.
- Botswana – Botswana’s safaris offer the unique opportunity to engage with animals on land as well as along the famed Okovango Delta. The best way to do this is by mokoro, a traditional handcrafted canoe. Our top tip? Make the moment special and learn how to craft one yourself, spending time with a local artisan.
- Peru & Bolivia – The otherworldly landscape of Uyuni is unlike any other on the planet. But to get the most out of your experience, we recommend reversing the standard itinerary and finishing at the salt flats. If you travel to Bolivia in the early months of the year, the seasonal rain leaves puddles of water on top of the flats, which reflect the moonlight in a magical way.
- Nagaland – The far-eastern Indian state holds secrets beyond your wildest imagination. But to truly unlock them, you can’t do it alone. Opt for a guided hike with a local tribesman ahead of the Hornbill Festival, and enlist their help in identifying the area’s spectacular wildlife and vegetation.
- Northern Lights – Lighting up the night sky takes on a whole new meaning in Scandinavia, but not all experiences are born equal. To see the Northern Lights in all their glory, you need to put your night in the hands of a seasoned expert. There happens to be one such man, and they don’t call him the Light Guru for nothing…