Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life, and that day should be special, but no bride and groom can give any less attention to their honeymoon. Whether you are planning to say “I do” in your hometown, or you are more interested in a destination wedding, you must also have a memorable vacation afterward. And, if you are a hip couple who’s not into regular romantic vacations, how about finding the perfect alternative honeymoon destination?
Continue reading this article and find out where you can have your first unconventional vacation as a married couple.
When planning a trip to Europe, most people have Paris, Rome, or other capitals known for their romantic vibe in mind. But, since you are reading this article, you are not most couples. So, how about having your honeymoon in the place made famous by the scary, mythical creature, Dracula?
Transylvania, the home of the well-known Bran Castle, where Bram Stoker based his Dracula story, is located in Romania, an eastern European country that deserves a special place on this list.
The charming countryside of Transylvania has more to offer than horror stories and fairy tales. Its breathtaking landscapes, charming villages, and colorful culture make it the perfect place for a relaxed couple, interested in a less conventional honeymoon. And, if you are foodies, your taste buds will be amazed by the hearty, traditional cuisine Transylvanians will serve you.
Romance doesn’t always have to involve champagne in an expensive restaurant. Sometimes, sleeping together under the stars, in a glass igloo is a better option. If this is something you’d love to do together, then start planning your first trip as a married couple at Kakslauttanen, a Finnish family-leased arctic resort that offers its visitors a memorable encounter with pristine nature.
Besides the chance to watch the stars together from a cozy igloo, you can also catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, as well as engage in exciting activities like husky safaris, fishing, snow safaris, skiing, and even gold panning. And, if spending your honeymoon nights in an igloo is not what you want, you can opt for an earth lodge or a Queen suite.
Patagonia, the End of the World
Giving travelers the chance to experience the natural beauty of both Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is a perfect destination for adventurous couples who want more than spending their honeymoon on a beach, sipping cocktails. In Patagonia, you will have the opportunity to get closer to the culture of the region while exploring its charming villages, as well as admire the spectacular natural wonders of the area.
Get ready for exploring imposing glaciers and the plains of Patagonia, hiking through its natural parks, watching sensational fauna, and of course, visiting Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, known as the end of the world. Trekking, bird watching, horseback riding, and food tasting are only some of the activities you can enjoy while visiting the stunning lands of Patagonia.
El Camino de Santiago, Spain
If both of you are fit enough, love hiking, and enjoy spending time in the middle of nature, walking El Camino de Santiago together is an excellent choice. Many religious pilgrims walked the El Camino routes that end at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of Saint James the Apostle are believed to be buried.
But you don’t have to be a religious couple to enjoy this experience, because now every pilgrim has a personal reason to walk El Camino. For you, this could be a fantastic way to create a more powerful connection, since you will be walking together for many days and experience the beauty of the landscapes, as well as the tiredness from so much walking. This honeymoon destination is a great idea for couples who love to challenge themselves and never miss an opportunity to grow individually and together.
For a romantic couple who wants more than dinners in high-end restaurants, Cappadocia is the answer. Located in Turkey, this place offers incredible landscapes and sights, as well as the chance to get closer to a fascinating culture. But the main reason to choose this place for your honeymoon escape is the chance to admire the landscape from an air balloon.
There is nothing more romantic than exploring a natural geological wonder, seeing ancient homes, temples, and never-ending fields of beauty from above.
Hobbit Holes, New Zealand
If you are big fans of the famous Lord of the Rings books or movies, and you enjoyed seeing that magical world as envisioned by Peter Jackson, it might be time to pack your bags and head towards New Zealand.
With rocking mountains, rolling hills, clear lakes, winding rivers, and a great climate, New Zealand is the perfect destination for nature lovers. And, to have the unconventional honeymoon of your dreams, go directly to the South Island of New Zealand, where, near Lake Wanaka, you will find the Minaret Station, a secluded place where you can only arrive with a helicopter. Also, after indulging in the tranquillity of such a place, and admiring the mesmerizing surroundings, while in New Zealand, you also have the chance to see the locations of famous Lord of the Rings scenes and get closer to your favorite character.
These are six amazing honeymoon destinations that offer any couple the chance to celebrate their love more unconventionally. However, as you can imagine, the world is filled with incredible places where you can enjoy your first vacation as a married couple, and choosing one depends only on your time, budget, and preferences.
Rebecca is a translator by day and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag – and packing in tiny suitcases. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.