Ok. The worst is over. You got hitched and survived an endless parade of debauchery called your wedding. So now, you can wind down and relax somewhere beautiful and exotic with your hubby. So where do you go? Well, look no further than the suggestions on these posts. I have narrowed down some choices after decades and years of searches online, movies, Facebook photos, and other travel blogs. There are categories under which each location is mentioned and I suggest you pick a location that reflects both your personalities and mood. I have also heard about keeping budgets in mind. Hmm…smart concept. Some couples choose to have an extravagant wedding and a low-key honeymoon, while others do the opposite. So consider these factors when planning: 1. Budget 2. Time-off from work 3. Your interests and personalities.
There are many guides available for beautiful locations and we hope you use this post as a starting point. Anyways here goes:
You have probably seen crisp and pristine pictures of water villas on turquoise waters with rainbows framing the shot. Well, that’s Tahiti in a nutshell. If you and your partner don’t want to travel from place to place and would like to relax in a luxurious and exotic locale, then you do not need to look further than Tahiti. Another factor to consider is the amount of water activities available. If you are a human-fish and love to snorkel, scuba dive, and do other water sports, then pick Tahiti.
Hawaii is in United States and that means you have to pay in dollars. If you are a US resident and don’t want to travel far, then Hawaii is a great pick. It’s just as exotic, fresh and tropical than a foreign locale. Each Hawaii island has something different to offer. If you like a less touristy, quiet, lush location, then look into Kauai. If you like the city life mixed with the beach life, then Waikiki or Maui may be an option. Personally, I would like to go to the Big Island. It has nature, animals, water sports, and volcanoes! It’s not cheap, but definitely cheaper than Tahiti.
I love Mexico. People are friendly, service is great, water is clear and clean and most importantly you can get luxury without paying a high price. I have only been to Puerto Vallarta, but my sister has been to Cabo as well. From what I gather Puerto Vallarta is a small scale Cabo and a little cheaper. The waters may not be as blue and clear, but you get the beachy vibe with all the Mexican culture infused in it. Cabo is more developed and touristy and you may not get as much culture. So depending on your preference, pick a location. You won’t regret it and your wallet will thank you.
Like every little girl, I dreamt of going to Paris with my first love-my father. I remember he promised me if I get into UC Berkeley, he would take me there. Well, that didn’t happen. He didn’t take me anywhere, but he was forgiven when he took me to London some eleven years later. So Paris is still an unexplored territory for me. I thought long and hard about if I want to go to Paris on my honeymoon and then I decided not to. Why? Because Paris has everything. That is a dream and a nightmare. Paris is not a location you come to relax. There is so much to see! But, if you want first-class everything from food to museums to shopping to hotels, then come here. And as you can gather, it is not cheap. So if you was to immerse yourself in some culture and the arts and not worried about splurging, then consider Paris.
This is a unique, but very interesting option. As a born-Pakistani I may never get a chance to visit this beautiful country, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamt about it. For all you others, consider India in a mix if you want a completely, and I mean completely different experience from your everyday life. There are other languages spoken, people look different, food is spicier, there are colors and festivals everywhere and the architecture and history is rich. There will be some sort of language barrier so if you are not that adventurous, I would pick a reputable travel country to book all the tours, transportation and hotels.
Peru is another location to consider. To be honest, there is not much to see here, but there is a lot of Spanish culture remnants here. If I were you, I would avoid Lima. It is dirty, crowded and polluted. The real crown jewel of Peru lies in Cuzco and Macchu Picchu. Cuzco is a cute, little Spanish town with interesting architecture and history. You can stay in a cute little boutique hotel here. If you are an active couple, I suggest hiking the Inca trail where the scenery is beautiful and worth a million pictures. Macchu Picchu is a wonder of the world. You can spend the whole day here. For a low budget, but nonetheless exotic location, I recommend Peru.
If you are like me and have been lucky enough to travel the world before marriage, then I would suggest doing something unique for your honeymoon. I have always been fascinated with Iceland. It is so far apart from the rest of the world, and there is something exotic about it, but not too exotic (if you know what I mean). What attracts me to Iceland are all the great activities. You can see the northern lights, go on a dog-pulled sleigh ride, bask in warm spring waters surrounded by ice and stay in a glass igloo! if you want to have an adventure of a lifetime then look no further than Iceland.
Ok. I admit it. This is an interesting choice, but being a Pakistani, I have to tout the beauty and uniqueness of my country-Pakistan. In the south are the beaches with huts, Punjab is where you experience village life and fields and fields of crops and the north is covered in the rugged beauty of the mountains. Each region has something to offer as it is vastly different from one another. If I was on my honeymoon and I would like to do something unique with my husband, I would go to the northern regions of Pakistan. It is absolutely beautiful! You can spend the days hiking in valleys or glaciars, driving on a few feet wide road on a mountain, escaping in the quiet and serene forests with rivers flowing, and partaking in the best Pakistani hospitality. For a unique and not too expensive experience, consider Pakistan.
*I know safety is a huge concern for many travelers there. That’s why I suggest going on a tour, rather than winging it. You will get lost and taken advantage of.
Low- Road Trip across US
A road trip is on my bucket list. If you want an experience that is unique, cheap, and adventurous then consider a road trip across US. You can rent an RV or a car and book hotels as you go. You can take in all the natural beauty, people, and sights as you go. I would do the south-west route so you can see the beautiful deserts and rock formations. But you can also go through Yellow Stone Park and some of the northern states. You decide.
If you are an animal lover can you think of a better place than visiting animal heaven, Africa? There are tons of activities involving animals other than going to the zoo. You can dive with the sharks, go on a safari, go trekking in Uganda for some gorillas interaction, etc. Depending on your budget you can stay in a sanctuary or a hotel where animals walk by like people. South Africa in my opinion is more developed and city-like. You need to travel a bit to see animals, but places like Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, you are interacting with them on a daily basis. Not to mention you can see Victoria Falls, and climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Middle- Costa Rica
If you love animals, you have to visit Costa Rica as a couple. I have been actually blessed to see this country at an earlier age. You won’t be disappointed. If you want to experience seeing sloths with babies on trees, raccoons and monkeys stealing your food on the beach, bird watching or even a scorpio in your room (yikes!) then go there. Costa Rica’s number one source of income is tourism so you will find an endless supply of tourist companies offering packages at competitive prices. It’s certainly not cheap, but it’s not extravagant.
My brother Ali and his new bride, Zainub, went to Bali on their honeymoon. I fell in love with Bali when I saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love. I knew I had to go there someday. I used to think Bali is great for nature and culture with their rice fields, temples, and beaches. However, after seeing their honeymoon videos, I realized it’s animal heaven as well. You can interact with elephants, hold parrots, feed monkeys, and God knows what else. They went on an elephant ride, which I personally would not do being an animal activist, but it looked cute. For animal interaction on a budget, look no further than Bali.
Extravagant- New Zealand/Australia
Okay, go to these countries if you are a serious adventurous junkie. Both these countries are close by and so isolated from the rest of the world, that I would recommend doing both of them together. New Zealand has everything. It has bustling cities, but it is its natural beauty that attracts people from all over the world. A location for numerous movies, including Lord of the Rings, it boasts volcanoes, mountains,valleys, lakes, glaciars, and islands. In terms of activities, you can do whale-watching, bungee jumping (uh no), trekking, etc. Australia is more of a rugged beauty with rock formations across the continent. There are beaches there as well, but I think scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef will be an awesome adventure.
I live in the United States so I know something about Canada’s natural beauty. The Canadian Rockies are absolutely heaven on Earth. You can go in any season and experience a new aspect and beauty of nature.
This is a bit of a controversial pick. You may be wondering that Thailand should be under the beach or culture section. I will tell you why I picked this location. Thailand is a little fast-paced than the other beachy picks. You can immerse yourself in the city-life with temples and rickshaws and a little quieter life like Phuket. Water sports are everywhere here, but is some of the beaches that offer the most unique natural beauty in the world. There are little islands that you can go on and take a cruise to. So we pick Thailand for a different beachy vibe.
Like Costa Rica, I have visited Japan. It is an absolute delight and I would love to go back there someday. It offers a glimpse of everything from modern culture to their proud heritage. Neon buildings, neon people, and interesting food is what it has to offer. Not to mention, excellent public transportation and shopping. If you want something exotic, but still city-like than cities in Japan, such as Tokyo may be your cup of green tea.
Middle- New York
I visited New York for my 16th birthday and was so thrilled by the experience that I actually dreamt of living out my twenties there. That didn’t happen, but what was left were beautiful memories of my first and only trip. New York is probably one of the biggest cities in the world and if you want to have a metropolitan feel to your honeymoon than you can’t go wrong with New York. It has high-class restaurants, shopping, history, theater, and transportation. You can have a picnic at Central Park and then go shopping on 5th Avenue all in the same day. You won’t regret it.
Low- San Francisco
I live near San Francisco and have pretty much seen every inch of it. Let me tell you, it is a beautiful little city. It is on a smaller scale than New York, and a little expensive, but not budget-blowing expensive so you can come and stay on a budget here. You can shop till you drop at the high-end brands and designer stores in Union Square, get a little spooked on Alcatraz Island, see street art on Fisherman’s Wharf, and eat in fancy restaurants in the financial district. San Francisco also has cute, little neighborhoods like Chinatown, or Little Italy where you can immerse in a little bit of culture. Don’t forget the natural beauty it as to offer. You can see beautiful vistas of the city from Coit Tower, or while hiking on Angel Island. You can walk the whole Golden Gate Bridge and see the light show of the Bay Bridge. This little city is honeymoon heaven and you won’t regret visiting.