Post # 1
E and I are getting married in November, but planning to take our honeymoon in March 2011. I’ve started researching options, but we’re having such a hard time narrowing it down.
We definitely are not all-inclusive resort people. I think they’re a great option, but we’re looking for a more active trip with hiking and such. We’d like to go somewhere a little unusual. I’ve looked into some options in Costa Rice and Belize, and we’ve thrown around the idea of a US National Park road trip (but I don’t think we’ll have enough time).
Our budget is somewhere in the $5,000 range. Has anyone taken a fun adventurish trip that they’d recommend?
Post # 3
Have you thought about Denali National Park in Alaska? I am not sure about the weather there in March, but I had an adventure trip there in June. We flew up, took the Alaskan railroad down to Denali, stayed inside the park, went on a two day backcountry trip with a ranger and then railroaded a few more days before coming home. It was a great trip.
Post # 4
Rachel leigh’s suggestion is awesome! My fiance and I took a trip to Costa Rica in January 2006. We went hiking all over, took local buses, and backpacked around. It was super cheap. It was $5000 for the both of us, including airfare (which was $900 apiece) for a 2.5 week trip.
If you have lots of hiking/mountaineering experience, my two close friends went to Nepal. They hired sherpas and hiked many of the mountain ranges there. It was certainly not relaxing per se, but they said it was an amazing honeymoon they would never forget.
I live in British Columbia, Canada, and there are some amazing outdoor adventure opportunities to be had here as well. Lots of people honeymoon here!
Check out http://www.hellobc.com/en-CA/default.htm
Post # 5
don’t take this the wrong way, but damn, i’m jealous your even getting one, so be happy about that, haha.
Post # 6
I saw a lot of 7-10 day packages to Costa Rica when we were planning our honeymoon. I wouldn’t totally eliminate an AI resort because there are several in Costa Rica that offer reasonably priced excursions. Especially with a 5k budget, you will find somethign you will like!
Post # 7
check out http://www.travelmuse.com. Lots of options by choosing when, budget, length, and the type of trip!
Post # 8
Have you considered Hawaii? I haven’t been there, but we just booked our honeymoon to Kauai and Maui. My FI isn’t one to lay on the beach, but I still wanted to go somewhere tropical. There is a ton to do outside… hikes, camping, kayaking, water activities galore! Ziplining will be on the top of my list there.
For more adventure, you may want to look into the Big Island too – maybe as opposed to Maui.
Post # 9
We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica, you could definatley do it in your budget. I’ve always wanted to do a sailing adventure in the Carribean and was looking into it for our honeymoon but couldn’t figure it out. We also had a really nice camping trip to Puerto Rico but without the camping I think Costa Rica is cheaper. Our honeymoon was to Jamaica, which was beautiful, we went to a really rural part but since it was rural there wasn’t as many hiking trails or organized activities and it was a bit more expensive than other places. It was a great trip for us since we were looking for something a bit more relaxing than most of our trips.
Post # 10
thank you all for the suggestions! I’m going to add them all to our list of options. We just moved up our wedding by 6 weeks, so I need to concentrate on that since the honeymoon’s a year away, but I’m still so excited.
@piratejenn — Don’t I know it! We didn’t think we would be taking a honeymoon at all, and we are just so so grateful that things worked out.
Post # 11
We are looking at going to Belize or even Hawaii. My sister in law went to Hawaii last year and she totally loved it. But my FI wants Belize…I’ve been shopping around..We will wait and see………………..
Post # 12
@JennM21–thanks for the tip!!! Travelmuse is AMAZING…so fun for someone like me who still has a long time to plan 🙂