Getting hitched in 2019? You may be a honeymoon traditionalist – if that’s the case, Hawaii and Mexico are two destinations tried and true.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more unique honeymoon spot, we’re here to help. Let us showcase some fabulous up-and-coming destinations that you both may want to consider.
Mauritius is perfect for couples that love to do it all. Maybe you want to soak in culture, lounge on a stunning beach, hike mountains steeped in history, and track exotic wildlife. Think you can’t find these all in one place? Let Mauritius prove you wrong. The culture offers an intoxicating blend of Indian, African and European influences alongside some of the world’s most amazing beaches. Le Morne Mountain is a hiker’s dream, and coral reefs that surround the island mean the diving is top notch.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
We like Slovenia for outdoorsmen and women with a romantic streak. The Julian Alps serve as backdrop to the picture-perfect town, with hiking, skiing, and backpacking all great options, depending on the season. Slovenians take their outdoor fun seriously, and its no wonder when you have such pristine mountains and lakes as a playground. Lake Bled’s secret romantic weapon is the tiny church on the island at it’s center. You can hire a pletna (gondola) to take you over. Tradition states that new grooms carry their brides up the 99 steps to the church. Are you up to the challenge?
Outer Hebrides, Scotland
The Outer Hebrides is the destination for couples who really want to feel like they are getting away from it all (but maybe enjoy some delicious dining along the way). Located off the coast of northwest Scotland, the 119 islands that make up the chain are a beautiful and desolate place to experience nature, visit ancient ruins (locals consider Callanish to be “Stonehenge without the crowds”), taste local whiskey, chocolate cake and salmon!
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
For couples who like their adventures with a side of history and science, the Galapagos is a perfect destination. These volcanic islands were mainly untouched for millions of years, and as a result the plants and animals you’ll encounter are some of the most incredible and unique! Whether you’re based on one island (there’s 20 total), or on a cruise to explore multiple ports you’ll experience the most diverse wildlife on the planet – just ask Charles Darwin!
Joshua Tree, California
On a budget? Joshua Tree in the heart of the Mojave desert has become quite a weekend destination for young Los Angelenos in recent years. And for good reason! Joshua Tree offers tons of rustic charm – close to indie music venues like Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown and upscale dining option La Copine. Try the Integratron for a soothing sonic meeting of the minds.
Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
Socially conscious adventure lovers might fall in love at first sight with a gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda. You’ll get up close and personal with gentle giants and take part in a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience alongside your life partner. As a bonus, the entire trip is responsible and sustainable with the help of tour operator, Deeper Africa.
If you’re looking for something upscale, check out this fun post that will help you plan your honeymoon like royalty.