Happily Ever After
Article by | Kelley Austin, Cruise Planners
Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding!
As you plan for the big day, don’t forget about the once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon that follows. While the wedding is mainly for your family and friends, the honeymoon is a private getaway for you and your new spouse to celebrate your marriage.
Your honeymoon should be all about you. While it’s fun to get ideas and inspiration from friends and social media, remember that there is no one-size-fits-all honeymoon. Honeymoons come in all shapes and sizes, with a wide variety of travel styles and destinations. This is where working with a romance travel specialist can make all the difference, they can add that special touch to your honeymoon.
While traditional honeymoon destinations like Mexico, the Caribbean, Italy, France, and Hawaii are popular choices, there are ways to make your experience truly personalized. You can visit the same resort or go on the same cruise as your friends, but with the help of a romance travel specialist, you can add VIP arrival and departure services, candlelight dinners on the beach, private destination experiences, and more to make it your own.
While you can create a “uniquely yours” honeymoon experience in any of those popular destinations, the world is a big place waiting to be explored. If you’re the type of person who wants to do something different, there are some amazing honeymoon opportunities in unique, non-traditional destinations.
Iceland is a country with rugged, yet breathtaking scenery year-round. From geothermal spas to waterfalls and glaciers, there is so much to explore. If you love the outdoors and nature, Iceland is a great choice. And if you’re willing to tolerate cold weather, witnessing the northern lights is a spectacular experience you won’t want to miss.
Portugal, one of the oldest countries in Europe, offers a diverse range of experiences. Known for its wine, food, and culture, Portugal is a country that will captivate you. From the oldest functioning bookstore in the world in Lisbon to the warm and friendly Portuguese people, there is so much to discover. Plus, Portugal boasts some of Europe’s best beaches and incredible weather.
Thailand may not be a typical honeymoon destination, but it is one of the most visited countries in the world for a reason. With its amazing beaches, stunning temples, and flavorful foods, Thailand offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation. And if you’re looking for some nightlife, Thailand has it all, from eclectic beach bars to sophisticated rooftop bars.
If you prefer something closer to home or don’t have a passport, fear not! There are great options in the United States as well.
Santa Barbara, California is a fantastic, yet often overlooked, destination for an amazing honeymoon. With its amazing hotels and resorts, stunning natural landscapes, delicious food, locally produced wines, and a wide variety of activities, Santa Barbara has it all. Fun fact: Did you know that JFK and Jackie O chose Santa Barbara for their honeymoon?
Savannah, Georgia is another closer-to-home destination that can make for a fun and unique honeymoon experience. This beautiful city is lined with picturesque live oak trees and offers a charming atmosphere. Explore the historic district, indulge in delicious Southern cuisine, and take in the beauty of this romantic city.
Your honeymoon should be uniquely yours.