In the 19th century, everyone knew that the place to honeymoon was Niagara Falls. Once known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” this destination has lost a bit of its luster with newlywed couples who are looking to connect in a far-away place immediately following their wedding. As time went on, couples moved on to warmer destinations filled with plentiful sunshine and oceanfront views. From the Caribbean Islands in the Atlantic Ocean to the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific, newlyweds could often be found in these tropical locales.
In 2018, the most popular honeymoon destinations are as diverse as ever. These are the latest trends that are influencing brides and grooms across the country.
Sustainable Honeymoons That Emphasize Wellness
Couples who are conscious of their ecological footprint are opting for sustainable honeymoons in destinations that offer unique eco-tourism opportunities. Costa Rica, for example, is an ideal destination for those who enjoy wellness travel. There are many amazing resorts there that prioritize sustainable practices while also offering travelers the opportunity to explore the jungle, meet local people and try the authentic cuisine. Sustainable travel is not only responsible, it also provides honeymooners with a chance to experience another culture while restoring their mental, physical and emotional health.
Adventurous Honeymoons That Prioritize Experience Over Relaxation
Many couples today are go-getters who don’t want to sit on the beach for an entire week and watch the time go by. Instead, they want to experience the destination that surrounds them. Newlyweds who want to go on a grand adventure as a way to kick-start their marriage are opting for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences, such as safaris in the wilds of Africa or jungle treks in Indonesia. These fast-paced honeymoons are often filled with plenty of thrills, but also are not lacking in the romance department.
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Educational Honeymoons That Offer Cultural Immersion Opportunities
Recognizing that travel is about more than just stopping for a quick photo at the most famous attractions in a city, today’s couples are leaning toward booking trips to places where they can learn more about the people and places around them. For example, one up-and-coming honeymoon destination is Bhutan. Here, newlywed couples can book a stay at a luxurious resort while also experiencing the ancient Buddhist traditions that anchor this culture.
Historic Honeymoons With Romantic Road Trips
Many honeymooners want to walk in the footsteps of the people who have gone before them and are opting for adventurous road trips that take them through historic sites. Italy, for instance, has winding roads that line the Amalfi Coast. On this road trip, couples can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea while stopping at ancient ruins and quaint villages. Ireland is also a popular road trip destination for newlyweds, with many travelers driving to popular spots such as Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher. Road trips provide couples with the perfect combination of privacy, romance, adventure, and experience.
Whether a couple wants to plan a beachfront getaway filled with deliciously cold drinks and plenty of lingering walks through the sand, or they want to go on the ultimate adventure together, they are sure to consider their honeymoon one of the most special trips of their lives. A honeymoon is an incredible way to begin a marriage together and allows couples to make memories that will last a lifetime.