Planning a wedding is hugely exciting but if you’re currently in the depths of it you’ll probably agree, that it’s also a monumental effort. After finding the perfect venue, sorting the catering, the dress, the suit, the entertainment, the flowers and invitations, it’s time to indulge in organising your ideal honeymoon.
Your honeymoon, like the big day itself, should be special, memorable and most importantly reflect both of your personalities and interests. Weddings are statistically one of the biggest life purchases you’ll make but thankfully an unforgettable honeymoon needn’t break the bank.
With wedding season right around the corner, we’ve got all you summer love birds covered with these top honeymoon ideas.
Plot a course among the Greek Islands
By some estimates, there are over 6000 Greek islands and well over 200 that are inhabited. The crystal clear waters of the Ionian, Mediterranean and Aegean seas make a picture postcard backdrop to a magical trip.
Easily the best way to experience everything Greece has to offer from the water is to charter your own boat. Companies like the trusted and reliable BorrowaBoat have a wide range of catamarans and yachts available for all tastes and sizes.
If you’ve got a burning passion for sailing and the required know-how you can choose a bareboat option but if you’d both prefer to lay back and take things easy you’ll likely want to choose a skippered or fully crewed vessel. The best thing about a sailing honeymoon, apart from it being hopelessly romantic, is you can really customise your travel plan to your needs.
If a destination truly captures your heart, drop anchor and stay put until you’re ready to move on. It’s also just as easy to plan a short sojourn as it is an extended trip of a month or more by simply adding more points along your course.
• Fly in to Athens making sure you leave yourself enough time to breathe in the sights and sounds of this historic capital.
• Meet your crew aboard your vessel and set sail to stunning Naxos, the largest island in the Cyclades – enjoy long stretches of beaches, medieval Venetian mansions and the freshest local seafood.
• Plot a course for the Santorini caldera, a small collection of mostly submerged islands, famed for its lazuli roofed, white-washed homes.
• Stop off in Kea and luxuriate in the cool springs of the capital, Ioulida before making your way back to the port of Lavrion, Athens to complete your adventure.
Other romantic sailing destinations include:
• Chesapeake Bay – some of the best sailing in the United States is nestled between Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Enjoy fine seafood and stunning beauty.
• The Bahamas – 700 islands of impossibly white sand beaches and friendly locals make up the Lucayan Archipelago of the Bahamas in the West Indies.
• The Seychelles – the 115 lush tropical islands of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean is home to nature reserves, coral reefs and fantastic diving opportunities.
When planning your honeymoon bear in mind the time of year you want to travel. You don’t need to head straight to the airport from your wedding if your dream trip is a winter wonderland or if the summer months are simply unbearably hot. Shoulder-season (the period between the peak and off season) travel tends to be the best combination of both values for money and weather.
Paris might still be known as the city of love but its crown may be toppling. In fact a term was coined in the 1990s by a psychiatrist who noted many Japanese tourists exhibited extreme disappointment when visiting the French capital for the first time. ‘Paris Syndrome’, as it was coined, describes a form of culture shock experienced as a result of the city not being what the travelers had expected.
That might offer some explanation as to how enchanting their homeland of Japan truly is. Far beyond the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, one of the planet’s most vibrant metropolises, lays a diverse country of unimaginable tranquility, beauty and tradition.
• Fly into Tokyo, and walk the Nakamise Shopping Street of Asakusa to Senso-ji temple. Take in the panoramic vistas from the observation deck at the Tokyo Skytree and sample some of the city’s best sushi.
• Take one of Japan’s famous trains to the cherry blossoms of Kyoto – best seen in mid April.
• If a honeymoon doesn’t feel complete without a beach and blue waters, tropical Okinawa has you covered.
• Spend the night in a traditional cabin at the foot of Mount Fuji just north of Suruga Bay.
For a truly unique honeymoon, why not take a guided tour through the Himalayan majesty of Nepal? With an average altitude of nearly 11,000 above sea level ‘The Land of Truth’ puts you right in the lap of mountains.
• Fly into Kathmandu and journey to Swayambhunath Stupa aka the ‘Monkey Temple’ located a short drive west of the Thamel district.
• Take a guided trek through the traditional farming Balthali villages. Witness ancient temples and lush green forests with the snow peaked the Himalayas as your backdrop. This is perfect for couples not quite ready for a full-scale mountaineering expedition.
• Notch up the adrenaline with a white water rafting experience on the Trisuli River in Pokhara.
• Sample local momo (bite size steamed Nepalese dumplings) at a riverside restaurant.
Your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime trip and should be the perfect marriage of your interests. Hopefully, the ideas on this list will have sparked some discussions for you and your partner to plan your perfect first trip away as newlyweds.