Travel has become an essential part of every individual’s life, offering a break from our everyday, fast paced routines. Nowadays, people are becoming more aware of how investing an entire lifetime worth of savings into one wedding is not the best option, but rather are looking towards spending that money on traveling on their honeymoon, visiting places they will forever remember, and building a solid foundation for the start of their marriage.
Straying away from your popular, cliché destinations like the Maldives, Paris and Greece that do offer incredible experiences, more unknown, original places are catching the interest of couples that look for a one-of-a-kind, rounded experience that is rich in culture, spectacular views and adventure.
Located in the north of Finland, Lapland is sometimes called the “winter wonderland”, reflecting the peacefulness and beauty that it portrays during snowy days. Lapland is the perfect destination for couples looking for romance, adventure and tranquility. Each season offers a completely different experience to visitors, where in the summer there are 24 hours of daylight, resulting in little sun during the winter. Not to be missed are the months between November and March, when you get to witness the most breathtaking phenomena: the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
In the area, there are hotels and igloos that offer the opportunity to watch the lights through a glass ceiling while sleeping, an experience that would be incredible to share with a spouse!
Visitors can also enjoy the Arctic Design Week in February where you get to attend a variety of events like seminars, shows and dinners that are beautifully illuminated. There are also husky-safaris, which include sledding through the landscape, as well as visiting spas and skiing at the Levi, the National Park or at Ruka, one of the best ski resorts.
Best time to visit: Late November to mid-March.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
For all the picturesque, nature lovers, this is an ideal romantic destination. Located in the Pacific Ocean, these 19 islands are off the coast of Ecuador, and are known for housing an endless variety of incredible, friendly wildlife like sea lions, pelicans, tortoises, penguins and dolphins that were all a part of the inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
This archipelago is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites that’s volcanic rocks, flora and fauna are protected and preserved. The Galapagos have it all; the crystal blue water, the beautiful greenery, the wildlife and the history.
To get the full experience, couples should also consider scuba diving and snorkeling to witness first-hand the incredible sea life, as well as leave time to explore on land.
Best time to visit: December and January are warmer but wetter months, whereas June to August are cooler but drier.
Dingle is a town on the Atlantic coast of Ireland that is the perfect destination for couples looking for a beautiful, open countryside with very little noise and population. Giving out the ideal “small town” feel, the town’s homes and buildings are cozy and colorful, making visitors feel welcome.
Not only is this town very rich in culture, letting you enjoy their food, music and traditions, but it also offers the opportunity to travel to many surrounding sites, like the ancient ruins and church at Gallarus Oratory.
Visitors can also learn more about their wildlife at the Dingle Oceanworld aquarium or take a cruise to visit the Great Blasket Island where you can go hiking and enjoy dolphin and whale watching. Renting a car and driving around the countryside is a great option, where you can stop to explore the landscape or to set up a picnic.
Best time to visit: July to August.
The town of Woodstock in Vermont, USA is a great all-year-round destination, with many activities offered throughout the different seasons. With picturesque views, this town is tailored for couples looking for a relaxing stay in a secluded area that offers several opportunities for adventure.
During winter months, common activities include skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing in places like the Killington Resort or Suicide Six where you can rent your gear and take to the slopes. Also popular during the winter is rewinding after an adrenaline-filled day by visiting one of the resorts for spa treatments and massages with your loved one.
During the summer, visitors like to go to The Billings Farm and Museum or the Sugarbush farm where you can experience cheese and maple syrup tastings, check out the farm animals and go for wagon rides. Mount Tom is also popular for hiking and enjoying spectacular views. A walk and a picnic at the Marsh-Billings National Park is always a relaxing, romantic way to spend a day there.
Best time to visit: December to February or July to August.
La Rioja and Logroño, Spain
Highly undiscovered, La Rioja is known for its endless vineyards, however, if you are not a fan of wine tasting, you could still enjoy the beauty of driving through the landscape. La Rioja is also famous for being a part of the Santiago pilgrimage route. For adrenaline-seeking couples, you could also balance out your relaxed stay by biking through its mountain trails or go white-water rafting.
Logroño, the capital of the La Rioja province, is a historical destination known for its colorful, narrow streets that perfectly reflect Spain’s culture. For couples that are food-oriented, this is the perfect place to go, as you can get a taste of traditional Spanish tapas and dishes at very cheap prices all around the area. You could also visit more historical monuments like churches, palaces and the stone bridges that carry a large part of Spain’s history.
During the months of June to September, you can take a trip to Haro to experience the energy-packed Spanish festivals like the Batalla del Vino accompanied with singing, dancing and marching bands.
Best time to visit: June to September.
A city at the very south of Portugal, Algarve is the perfect balance for a couple looking for relaxing mornings, but a buzzing nightlife. Popular for its beautiful mix of blue waters and green cliffs, honeymooners can head down to one of its many sandy, secluded beaches, rent a yacht for the day, or enjoy a meal at some of their oceanfront restaurants. This city is also known for its incredible Mediterranean cuisine at great prices.
While a beach day is a common choice, couples could also spend their mornings exploring the countryside filled with olive trees and vineyards, visit the spa town Caldas de Monchique or play golf at their well-known courses.
Algarve also offers stunning shops where you can buy hand-painted pottery and ceramic souvenirs, or even attend a pottery workshop.
Best time to visit: June to August.
Commonly visited in the winter, which in Argentina is from June to August, the city of Bariloche overlooks the Nahuel Huapi Lake, and is the perfect winter sports destination as it is surrounded by the Andes Mountains. Though most of its ski slopes target intermediate levels, there is still the Punta Princesa slope for beginners.
In order to take a day’s rest in between hiking or skiing, you could always visit the Museo de la Patagonia museum that portrays the local history. You could also visit its many chocolate shops and rustic cafes and restaurants, or go fishing or bird watching at the lake.
Best time to visit: July to August.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Visiting the Serengeti National Park is definitely considered as a once in a lifetime experience, placing you in the middle of adventure and nature. Not only does this park offer wonderful scenery, but it is also home to some of the most incredible wildlife species like cheetahs, lions, elephants, rhinoceroses and the ever-popular wildebeests that have migrated to the area.
Activities at the park include safaris, of course, or visiting the Olduvai Gorge, a natural rock formation that reflects the region’s natural history. Also, if you manage to book at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, you will be enjoying more luxurious features like the spa or enjoying a romantic, candlelit dinner. This lodge also allows couples to wake up to breathtaking views of elephants at the watering hole or other animals passing by.
Best time to visit: January to October.
Capetown, South Africa
Capetown is the mesmerizing city that balances well between modernity and culture, city life and country life, and offers an endless amount of diverse activities to satisfy the different tastes.
South Africa’s beaches are one of the most popular around the world, gathering together surfers and water sport enthusiasts, ocean wildlife lovers and swimmers. Not only is it known for having some of the best weather conditions for surfers, but visitors can also enjoy the breathtaking activity of whale watching. At night, couples can enjoy the vibrant nightlife, seasonal festivals and colorful markets where they can buy their souvenirs.
For hikers and adrenaline-fueled couples, Table Mountain is a famous destination, where you get to climb to the top and enjoy restaurants overlooking the entire city, or visit the gift shops along the way. Couples can also enjoy the view from inside a cable car.
For more relaxed honeymooners, you can visit the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to do some shopping and take a look at the aquarium.
Best time to visit: January to May.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
One of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA proves to be a visit you will always remember. Made up of the South Rim, North Rim and West Rim, each of these destinations provide a different experience to the visitors.
In the South Rim, you can find the Grand Canyon Village, which is home to most of the accommodation facilities and services, as well as restaurants. The North Rim is a more secluded, highly elevated area of the canyon that offers spectacular views, and finally, the West Rim is where most people do their hiking, and is popular for its glass floored Skywalk. You can also do white-water rafting down the river. Most special of all are the Havasu Falls where water flows from a cliff into magnificent pools, providing a very romantic and breathtaking view.
Other activities include watersports, camping, horseback riding, fishing and hunting.
Best time to visit: May to October.