So, you’ve decided to get married. Big congratulations! It’s a major step and one that involves a huge amount of planning. In the months and weeks leading up to the big day, there’ll be all sorts of decisions to make, on everything from desserts and flowers to locations and seating arrangements. But one of the best parts of getting married is that you get to have an awesome vacation afterward in the form of a honeymoon.
Now, traditionally, you’re only supposed to get one of these in your life, so you better make it good. The problem is, with all the madness in the run-up to the actual wedding, honeymoons don’t always get the attention they deserve, and if you’re an adventurous sort of couple, a couple of weeks meandering around Paris simply won’t get the fires burning. Luckily, with a little thinking outside the box, you and your partner can have the honeymoon of your dreams. Log on to BUCKiTDREAM to get inspired by others who’ve documented their first vacations as married couples, then keep that BUCKiTDREAM planner handy as we take you through five unique destinations for adventurous honeymooners!
Machu Picchu, Peru The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu are a verifiable hiker’s dream. The ascent to this unique city is not for the faint of heart, but the stunning views you’re rewarded with at the top are more than worth the effort. It’s possible to visit the lost city of the Incas by booking an all-inclusive trip with a tour company, or if you want to mix and match, you’re able to compile all the different components by yourself. Just make sure you book well in advance, as there are a limited number of visitors per day. Accommodation can easily be found nearby.
Cappadocia, Turkey At Cappadocia, you can literally spend the night in a cave – what could be more unique than that? Of course, they’re not just any old caves; they’re incredibly fancy affairs, little nooks of comfort hollowed out into the rock face. There’s nothing more romantic (or primitive) than being holed up in a cave with your loved one, and the atmosphere can set the mood for some unique intimacy. Hot-air ballooning at sunrise is a common expedition at Cappadocia, as is horseback riding through the surrounding beauty of the local vineyards.
Park City, Utah Park City is the premier ski resort destination in the U.S. If you and your new husband or wife like the sound of a snow-covered frolic among the picturesque mountaintops, then Utah might just be the place for you. There are ski lodges a-plenty in Park City, as well as a large number of ski trails, accommodating all manner of skiers, from beginners to pros. And if you’re not mad about skiing, you can try your hand (or feet) at snowboarding, or even careen across the mountains in a snowmobile. There are plenty of cozy lodges available near all the main slopes; part of the fun of skiing is returning to your very own lodge and stoking up the fire.
Iceland It has become one of the premier vacation destinations in recent times, and with a quick Google search, it’s easy to see why. Stunning scenery abounds, with a wide range of activities and excursions on offer across the land of fire and ice. If you fancy bathing in a natural hot spring, scuba diving between two tectonic plates, hiking up a volcano, or exploring ice caves, Iceland just might be the ultimate honeymoon destination for you. And to top it all off, you’ll have the opportunity to hold your new spouse tight under one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the aurora borealis.
Hayman Island, Australia If you’ve had enough of land and prefer the life aquatic, then Hayman Island in Australia has you covered. Situated in the majestic surrounds of the Great Barrier Reef, this shimmering locale offers up a spectacular array of water-based expeditions. You can practically spend the whole vacation in your bathing suit, as you embark on snorkeling, diving, kayaking, sailing or just straight-up swimming through the transparent waters. There are beautiful beaches to lounge on, divine weather to enjoy and to cap it all off, a must-see helicopter ride above the island paradise that’ll take your breath away.
A honeymoon is meant to be your first proper experience as a married couple, so don’t go for something generic, and don’t settle for anything less than your dream trip. The wedding itself is important of course, but make sure to give as much care and attention to your vacation plans; after running the gauntlet of wedding planning, you deserve it! Keep your fellow BUCKiTDREAM users updated as you enjoy your first vacation together as a married couple, and remember to enjoy every single second!