Post # 1
I gave the FI the task of deciding on our HM location b/c I’ve been super INDECISIVE. We were trying to search for some out of the ordinary honeymoon locations and it’s been quite a challenge. Here are the criteria I gave him for our honeymoon:
- Neither of us has been there yet (which rules out most of popular European countries, Asia, Mexico, Caribbean Islands/USVI/Hawaii).
- Cannot be COLD (as in FI is a huge skier and I don’t want to HM on the slopes)
- Something kind of a splurge we wouldn’t do ourselves (HM is his parents’ gift).
That’s it. But we’re stuck. So far, our top 2 contenders were 1) Eygpt and 2) Australia/New Zealand. Now there is some concern on the Eygpt trip with political and safety issues.
Now were down to Australia/NZ or Tahiti, which we both feel is a little typical. We like SOME adventure and really wanted to do something a little more exotic or extraordinary
ANY SUGGESTIONS? WHERE ARE YOU HONEYMOONING & WHY? Maybe we’ve overlooked some places and reasons why we should go there? (Oh – we’re looking to go sometime btwn Sept. – Dec. and can spend 1-2 weeks
Post # 3
A couple friends went to Costa Rica, and from their photos it looked awesome, esp with all the trips in the rain forest. The even did a zip line through the trees.
If you have the money, a safari in Tanzania looks fun too.
I would definitely want to go to Egypt, if you’re concerned about safety, not sure but it might be safer if you go with a tour group? Plus then you could easily arrange a cruise down the nile.
Post # 4
I spent 4 months in Christchurch, NZ over the past year, and a really popular trip from there was to go to the Cook Islands, Fiji or Samoa. Any of those places are great if you want a beach holiday (although some areas of Fiji are questionnable . . . depends how risk averse you are).
That said, New Zealand can also be beautiful, depending on the time of year. I was there May-July and Oct-Nov, both times it was cold and rainy (it started to get nice in the end of November). If you like nature, we went on an awesome 3 day kayaking trip in Abel Tasman National park in mid-November.
We spent about 10 days in Sydney and the Hunter Valley, and loved it. If you’re looking for a more cosmopolitan trip, in a place that’s different but ‘not too different’ I’d highly recommend Sydney.
We’re honeymooning in Montreal and Quebec city, because we have a limited budget, a short time period, and I love Montreal (FI has never been)
Post # 5
There is a great list of destinations on the Royal Holiday site that could direct you to some neat locations –
I like looking at those for travel ideas.
Post # 6
Dubai + Maledives
Goa in India
Kenya, Tanzania or South Africa
Mauritius or Seychelles
Post # 7
oooh! ooh! We’re spending a month traveling around New Zealand. The best-kept honeymoon secret, in my opinion! We’re waiting until December to go (June wedding), it will be summer there. There is such a huge variety of activities and landscapes, and from what I can tell it’s just an all around incredibly pleasant place to be 🙂 I’ve been joking with FI that we may not want to come back!
We’re flying Air Tahiti Nui (random American Airlines freq. flier free tickets) there and stopping over in Tahiti for a night (would’ve stayed longer, but we’ve been there before and want to see new sights). My point is that it’s easy to do French Polynesia and NZ with a stopover! Check out the Cook Islands as well, I’ve heard great things about them if you want to do a tropical/beachy thing with a more touristy-type vacation in Australia or NZ.
One more thing…if you do decide to go to NZ, the Trip Advisor forums are very informative.
Post # 8
We’re going to Hawaii because neither of us has ever been there and we just want a place where we can relax. We haven’t decided on any of the details yet though…
I think Australia sounds amazing!
Post # 9
How about Madagascar? It has beautiful beaches, and it’s very "exclusive" in the sense that a lot of people don’t know about it or think of it as an island vacation. We have a couple of friends who went there for their honeymoon and absolutely loved it!
Post # 10
Wow – Madagascar – now that would be a trip! I’ve wanted to go there just for some adventure, but I guess I wouldn’t consider it a Honeymoon destination. There are some photos of the Royal Holiday destinations on Flickr if you want to see them –
Post # 11
If you like the tropics, check this out. A reasonable AI price considering you get a private chef, choice of activitiey trips, and a massuese! It is a rainforest villa in Costa Rica and we had the most romantic honeymoon ever there!!
Have fun wherever u go!
Post # 12
We did an all-inclusive in Mexico, so I’m not much help there, but my college roommate went to Australia for a few weeks after we graduated and she LOVED it!! There is a ton to do, from the opera house to the outback. Plus, you can snorkle the Great Barrier Reef and see kangaroos! Good luck deciding – my vote is for AU!
Post # 13
you mentioned most european countries…but what does that include?
Have you looked into Greek Islands or Turkey? Southern coast of Spain or Morocco? Southern Italy, Sicily, Southern France?
There are tons of places within coutnries you may have already visited that will have LOADS of romantic things to see and do!
Post # 14
Well, we’re honeymooning in the Canaries. Have you considered this destination? We basically found some photos of the islands on flickr and fell in love with the idea of spending a few weeks there. Since we’re from the US, the trip is going to cost a bit more than we’d like to spend but you only get married once (hopefully)!
Post # 15
We honeymooned in Japan. (but this would not work for you as it is Asia)
Our next couple of trips in queue are:
- Morocco & Spain
You didn’t mention anywhere in Africa or South America. I would search for interesting destinations in those places that may not be suffering from political unrest. If this is a sincere concern than checkout the Dept of State website for more guiding information: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html
Post # 16
All I can really offer up is some advice for those choosing a Hawaiian honeymoon: if you’re the type of couple that wants to sightsee and keep busy on a Hawaiian vacation, I’d recommend the big island or Oahu. There’s a lot to do on those islands. If you just want to relax on a quiet beach, I’d recommend leaning towards a smaller island like Maui or Kauai.