Let's face it, after you say ‘I do’ things tend to get expensive- there is the lavish wedding that is just as stressful as it is special. You can't seem to escape the exorbitant cost of catering, a venue, photographer and even a dress so by the time your honeymoon rolls around the last thing you want to talk about is how much it's going to cost. However, a honeymoon can, with the right amount of planning and preparation, be both affordable as well as memorable.
Your honeymoon is not the pinnacle of your time together as a couple but rather the start of many beautiful memories and adventures to come. It's just the beginning, and it's important to remember this when planning so you don't put too many unrealistic expectations on yourself or your partner. Remember that your honeymoon is a time to connect, reflect and relax after stressful wedding planning and the events that come with it. When it's all over and suddenly everything comes to a screaming halt, you're going to need some downtime to rejuvenate and celebrate your love in your own unique way – one that reflects you, your partner and your unique love for one another. Don't let the thought of picking a honeymoon destination make you feel overwhelmed. There is no need for heart palpitations or light sweats – a honeymoon is a cherry on top of the celebration of your love. Spending time together is the real gift, the real reason to celebrate. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where you are as long as you are together. There is a way in which you can have the honeymoon of your dreams. With our off the beaten track honeymoon destinations, we have the scoop on the five best honeymoon destinations, each romantic in their own way, destinations that will make the start of your lives together one to remember.
Off-the-beaten-track Honeymoon Destinations to Consider
Montego Bay | Jamaica
Colonized in by the Spanish shortly after Christopher Columbus discovered the exotic and tropical island in 1492 and later snatched by the British, Jamaica is a hot pot of melting cultures and traditions that gave way to the world of reggae, Rasta and Red Stripe. The perfect blend of romance and adventure, with its warm weather, local cuisine and its friendly hospitable people Jamaica is one of the most ideal places to honeymoon. Jamaica is home to some of the Caribbean's most impressive beaches, especially Montego Bay. With its vast expanse of white sand and crystal blue seas, it is perfect for long romantic walks on the beach hand-in-hand with the person you love most. Quiet and tranquil enough for you to connect with each other, making you feel as if you are the only ones on the beach but busy enough to give you a sense of adventure and excitement, if you're seeking a thrill. A smorgasbord of activities embracing both land and sea from watersports, adventure trails and tropical exotic markets and events, in Jamaica you'll never be short of things to do or see. Start your adventures together in this tropical paradise of adventure and romance today.
Botswana | Africa
Explore the majestic primordial land of Botswana which offers a vast variety of game-activities and luxury safari lodges. Take a ride in a traditional canoe through the wetlands of the Okavango Delta, visit the rock art of the ancient San people, marvel at the infamous animals both big and small who inhabit the grassy plains, picnic under the world's greatest aphrodisiac the African Sky. The jewel of Southern Africa’s crown Botswana boasts extraordinary wildlife, diverse ecosystems, breathtaking backdrops and a pulsating energy that can't help but get your heart racing and your endorphins flowing. Botswana is everything you want your honeymoon to be and more, private, tender, full of adrenaline and excitement. In a setting like no other watch your love for each other flourish as you glimpse into the intimate lifestyle of the wild. The natural environment will help give insight to the real importance of life and love. As you disconnect from the outside world watch your nomadic roots grow as you sink your soul into each other.
Honolulu | Hawaii
Shake hands with the real Hawaii in the island city of Honolulu, which provides you and your partner with an abundance of activities, from spying on sea creatures, sipping on Mai Tai’s, surfing infamous waves, visiting working Buddhist temples in bustling China town, marvel at contemporary and traditional Asian Art, climb volcanos, or take yourself to the primordial world of Jurassic Park. Whether you're a city slicker or a bush baby Honolulu has what you're looking for, presenting everything with an eerie mystical flare, surf the wave of love to your ultimate honeymoon destination. The boisterous Polynesian capital delivers island style where 19th-century whalers once brawled, and immigrant trading thrived. Experience a relaxing and exhilarating honeymoon like no other.
Heidelberg | South Africa
The tranquil and picturesque Heidelberg town is perfect for those introvert couples who enjoy spending time together reading, writing, painting and strolling through quaint and quirky villages and markets hand in hand. Halfway between Cape Town and Knysna Heidelberg is the perfect way to enjoy the Famous Garden route and to unwind amongst the backdrop of magnificent mountains. Guest are spoilt for choice as activities are abundant from hiking, mountain biking, poetry classes, spoken words even, four-wheel trips, water rafting, horse riding with numerous romantic cottages spotted around the town. This is the perfect place to switch off from the outside world and spend together quality time exploring the rich and diverse town of Heidelberg. Drink red wine by warm fireplaces, lie under the stars, swim in the seas or adventure up a mountain. Get away from the hustle and bustle and take advantage of what a honeymoon is really about spending time with the person you love most in this world, without distractions, and without interruptions.
Istanbul | Turkey
Like two people coming together turkey encapsulates a mixed marriage of traditions, religions, and cultures, it is a magical meeting place straddled between two continents of East meets West. This dream city hides layers of history, culture, colors, and scents floating around it streets that make even the most mundane activities interesting. Explore and discover the treasures of Istanbul as you roam the busy city streets, which are fast and never sleeps – with every detail relieving a story of magic, wonder, and love. Add your own love story to the many ones that came before you!
Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.