But, we reckon it’s time to change that. The honeymoon will no doubt cost a pretty penny so there’s no reason it shouldn’t get just as much time and effort into its planning as the rest of the wedding process!
A good travel consultant can help pick a post-wedding trip that feels just right for the couple, but as with everything else, the onus is on the couple themselves to be able to provide some basic information to help that happen. Having a good idea of budget, ideal weather, activities and other preferences will go a long way in helping match you with the destination of your dreams.
First though, we want to help acquaint you with 4 underrated honeymoon destinations that you need to consider. We’re hoping that this guide will jump-start your imagination towards honeymoon options that are less popular but oh-so-amazing. And hey- if you happen to fall in love with one of these four, we’ll call that a bonus!
Let’s get started.
Underrated Honeymoon Destination #1: Azores, Portugal
Choosing Azores Portugal for your honeymoon means you’re actually giving yourself a collection of 9 islands! Whether you choose to do 1, a few, or all, will probably be up to your time and budget, but know that each and every island has a unique combination of culture and nature.
In Azores, Portugal, you can find everything from volcanoes, thermal waters, forests and black sand beaches. The variety of terrain and environment will add an exhilarating, adventurous and absolutely stunning touch to your honeymoon (plus, can you imagine the photos?!).
The natural wonders that the islands boast are even more magical when combined with their diversity of wildlife and culinary options, so you’ll have plenty to explore, plenty to do and plenty to eat.
You can expect beautiful maritime climate to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable while giving you the opportunity to bask in hot springs and lagoons, trek in the forests, or dive into the Atlantic ocean. And when you’re ready to call it a day, don’t forget to taste some of that European wine.
Sounds incredible right? Check out Azore’s 10 most romantic hotels here.
Underrated Honeymoon Destination #2: Madagascar
If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘Madagascar,’ is the cartoon movie, you’re not alone! But trust us, when you discover the real Madagascar, it’s going to be a pretty great surprise.
Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, located right off the southeast coast of Africa. If you, your partner – or both of you- are animal lovers, then you need to put Madagascar at the top of your list pronto.
The natural paradise is home to an ecosystem that’s so diverse, it’s home to thousands of species who call the coral reef (which is nothing less than gorgeous by the way), the natural parks, the mountains and the forests ‘home’. And it just so happens that among those animals are the world-famous lemurs that attract tourists from around the world.
So, whether you want to spend your days walking the national parks, hiking, bumming it out on the beach or making new animal friends, Madagascar is sure to sweep you off your feet. Part of the island’s beauty is its culture that gives visitors the option to choose from top-notch luxury (just try looking up ‘Constance Tsarabanjina’), city living (like Antananarivo), or prime locations close to the animals.
Is this the one for you? Take a look at some of the safaris that you can add into your Madagascar honeymoon.
Underrated Honeymoon Destination #3: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Caribbean lovers, this one is for you. The Galapagos Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean and off of the coast of Ecuador, is the perfect destination to honeymoon-goers who want white beaches and unreal scenery- but with a twist.
Notably, Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835 and later accredited Galapagos for inspiration behind the Theory of Evolution. And still to this day the collection of islands is considered to be one of the best places worldwide to experience wildlife.
That’s because the islands are one of the few places left untainted by pollution, with sheltered habitat for native species and a feeling of isolation from the rest of the busy world. In part, that’s due to the islands’ 3% human population.
So, honeymooners get to experience a type of serenity that’s hard to find anywhere else.
Despite the low human population, and natural scenery that ranges from turquoise waters (with unreal biodiversity just under it) to wondrous active volcanoes, the islands offer nothing but the best in luxury and cuisine for their guests.
Love it? Keep reading here for more tips on making the Galapagos Islands your honeymoon destination.
Underrated Honeymoon Destination #4: Switzerland
Dreaming of central Europe? If you’ve ever thought about visiting Switzerland, we’re here to tell you that there’s no time better than your honeymoon.
Switzerland is an absolute winter wonderland with its world-famous Alps, skiing resorts, villages and lakes. The country is bustling with culture, character and of course- chocolate!
But it doesn’t just stop with the boutique chalets and romantic resorts. With an unbelievably beautiful view in almost every direction you look, you’ll feel like your relationship is back to a budding romance all over again.
Even if ski resorts and epic winter activities (like let’s say, hiking Jungfraujoch) aren’t your thing, Switzerland is the perfect honeymoon for the metropolitan couple who loves making their way around a good city:
Zurich is a cultural hub for everything from museums to unforgettable art galleries and cafes along the way. Then, you have Lake Geneva for the sophisticated honeymooners who want the decadence of a UN city with the natural allure of parks and gardens.
So, what was it? Did the snow-capped mountains close the deal? Or was it the variety from urban city to charming village and then back again?
Whatever it was, you can dive deeper into the enchanting world of Switzerland honeymoons here.
All of this to say, your honeymoon should fit you like a glove. It should feel like it’s a perfect match to who you are as a couple, your interests and your idea of a good time.
We hope that these 4 underrated honeymoon destinations were able to inspire you to think outside of the box and consider how full of amazing places our beautiful world really is.
So, go ahead- skip Jamaica, skip Italy, and swap out those conventional honeymoon options for somewhere exotic, somewhere adventurous, and most importantly- somewhere personal.
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