Planning the perfect honeymoon is one of the most challenging endeavors a couple will undertake. Even seasoned travelers have been known to get anxious choosing the ideal honeymoon destination. At first glance, it may seem that some locations are more suited for the perfect honeymoon than others. However, the truth is, your honeymoon is unique and it should be perfect for you, not just chosen to conform to societal norms.
If you are looking to break the mold and do something unconventional, here are some new ideas to get your perfect honeymoon planning started.
Some couples are forgoing the expensive over-the-water bungalows and lavish beachfront resorts to experience a destination like a local. Whether it’s visiting a Maya homestayin Belize or renting a small apartment in Southeast Asia, there is an upwards trend in honeymoons that focus on local experiences versus luxury pampering.
Destination weddings are ideal for those couples looking to get married elsewhere in the world – whether it’s a tropical beach or snow-capped mountain. Many couples are ditching the traditional honeymoon and spending their post wedding time with guests and family members who might’ve flown halfway around the world to take part in their special day. You have your whole life together to vacation alone, why not share your perfect wedding destination with the people who came all the way to witness it?
Photographers aren’t just for weddings and receptions anymore. Destinations, especially those who see a large number of destination weddings, have a number of talented photographers who are intimately familiar with your honeymoon locale. Hire one to do a romantic beach session or travel with you as you climb ancient Maya ruins.
The Olympics. The World Cup. Both are extremely popular events that many travelers would give anything to see firsthand. If you can’t afford both a trip to the World Cup and an expensive honeymoon, why not combine them? There is an increasing trend in couples doing just that. If you’ve always dreamt about going to the Winter or Summer Olympics and it lines up with your wedding timeline, make it happen.
Even as recently as a few years ago, some people were still under the impression that giving traditional household gifts for weddings is the way to go. You register for everything and anything you need for a new home and your friends and family check things off the list as they purchase them. But, what if you are getting married and already have a house or, better yet, you both have fully furnished houses you need to combine? Some couples have asked their guests to skip the traditional wedding gifts and donate to the upcoming honeymoon. Most honeymoons, even small ones, can be a huge financial burden to a couple and honeymoon registry sites are continuing to gain popularity. Be cautious though and do your research as many of them tack on fees and extra charges. If you are web savvy, start your own site and give information on how guests can donate to your upcoming honeymoon.
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Erin is a travel and food writer who currently splits her time between the Netherlands and Belize. She's traveled to 60+ countries on 5 continents with a passion for culinary travel, luxury hotels, and all things Disney. Her writing has appeared in numerous online outlets including Gadling, BootsnAll, CNN, Art of Backpacking, TravBuddy, CBS, and more. She was the major author of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize 2013; wrote the official AFAR Guide to Belize; and is also AFAR Magazine's local Belize expert.. In addition to writing for other publications, Erin maintains several blogs, Our Tasty Travels, No Checked Bags, Pooh's Travels, and the brand new Caye To Belize. Follow Erin on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
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