I am at the age where a lot of people I know are starting to get married. I was at a really nice wedding on Saturday night where the couple was to leave for South Africa for Safari, Capetown and the vineyards around Capetown and ending up in Mauritius for a few days relaxing in the sun. I was happy to contribute some ideas about where they should go and I am often asked about where I would suggest going on a honeymoon. That is always a tough question because it varies greatly depending on the people involved. Whereas I sort of know what I would want to do, it’s often more difficult to suggest a once in a lifetime trip to others especially if they really don’t know what they want to do or how they want to spend their time. I think however, that the best way to do it is to have a mix of adventure and relaxation in a land far, far away.
The trip that my friends from Saturday night are doing is a very popular trip whether it be safari in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya or Tanzania followed up by some type of mainland tour and ending up in Mauritius. This trip can be done anywhere from the very highest end with some of the worlds nicest hotels to the bare basics of sleeping in the dirt. Either way, it’s is a great way to spend a honeymoon and for most couples will be a great two or three weeks away and you will have pictures and stories forever to share with others.
Another popular honeymoon trip amongst people I know is Australia. I have helped many people plan this trip and there is so much to see. Much like Africa, you have to pick exactly what parts you would want to see. The popular east coast is always great and ending up somewhere in the Great Barrier Reef at one of the fancy resort islands is tough to beat. Another add on can be New Zealand. Of course adding on New Zealand would probably require at least three weeks of time to spend on the whole trip because if you’re going there, you want to make sure you have the time to do all there is to do.
Obviously, the Caribbean and the general South Pacific are also very popular with Tahiti, Bora Bora and Fiji being the most popular destinations for honeymoons in this area. Dubai is also becoming popular for honeymooners which seems a bit shocking to me and it wouldn’t exactly be my first recommendation, however in all of these destinations, if great resorts are what you crave then they might be right for you.
Finally, Antarctica is fast becoming a popular honeymoon destination and is a trip of a lifetime for people. I have not yet been but plan on trying to go as early as next winter. The problem for me about Antarctica being a honeymoon destination is twofold: it’s cold and it’s a lot of time on a boat. I know for some people this is a dream way to spend their honeymoon but for me I feel like 11 days straight on a boat listening to lectures in the cold wouldn’t be the most romantic way to spend a honeymoon, but again it all depends on taste.
For me, not that I am planning anything and obviously it would be a joint decision, but a land/island trip through the Indian Ocean to the South Pacific would most likely be in the cards. Whether it be the Maldives through Christmas and Cocos Islands to Bali, Papua New Guinea and Palau with some stops in between in some crazy spots along the way or Madagascar, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Comoros and wherever. There are so many options and a lot to look at when deciding where to go and people should embrace the opportunity to take as much time off as possible and do something they wouldn’t normally do, no matter how remote or normal, we all have different tastes and you should obviously make your honeymoon special.
Your honeymoon should be the time where you answer the age old question, “Where would you go if you could go anywhere?”