Ambling along the powder white sands on your paradise island getaway, you gaze lovingly into your partners eyes as the crystal waters of the Caribbean lap at your feet. You are SO lucky to have married them and the honeymoon couldn’t be more perfect.
If the idea of the classic honeymoon makes your insides shudder rather than flutter, where do you go to celebrate your nuptials? From adventures holidays to wildlife safaris, we’ve put together some alternative honeymoon ideas.
For an alternative beach getaway: Morocco
Swap swaying palm trees and five-star plunge pools for the expansive wilderness of the Sahara Desert. Experience a week-long trip into this mystical wonderland where you’ll experience the impressive Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert.
On the back of a camel, you’ll pass through ancient settlements and incredible sand dunes before making like nomads, and wild camping under the stars.
Champagne, lobsters and typical honeymoon romance it isn’t – but it certainly has a magic all of its own.
For wildlife: Tanzania
Honeymoons are often about long, lazy mornings with little more to do than turn over on your sun lounger.
But wildlife-mad couples should experience the ultimate wildlife holiday by jumping into a jeep and getting out on the planes of the Serengeti.
Famous for its wildebeest ‘Great Migration,’ and holding the greatest concentration of wildlife in the world, you could be lucky enough to spot giraffes, buffalo, zebra and elephants as they prowl about in their homeland.
For walking and trekking: The Great Wall of China
Culture-mad couples should consider visiting a destination that has played a huge part in history.
Walking a section of The Great Wall of China is an incredible experience as it snakes, twists and turns over mountains and through villages.
Knowing that you have visited part of the 5,000 mile legendary passageway and retraced ancient steps is certainly an impressive way to start married life.
For adventure: Peru
Adventure holidays leave little time for hand-holding and relaxation – so for couples trying to avoid all the fluffy stuff, these types of holidays are ideal.
For example, you could head to Peru and get the pulse racing by having a go at white-water rafting.
You’ll plunge and shoot over ferocious rivers as you feel the fury and strength of the water below. One of the most famous for rafting is the Apurimac River – but only attempt it if you dare.
Mountain biking through the Sacred Valley and trekking along part of the Inca Trail, are just a couple of the other activities on offer in this incredible destination.
For unusual accommodation: Finland
Forget luxurious king-size beds with duck-down duvets and crisp cotton sheets. For truly alternative honeymoon accommodation, head to Finland where you can spend the night in an igloo.
However, all is not lost on the romance front because you are perfectly placed to view the wonderment of the Northern Lights if they show up – which even the most cynical non-romantic can’t be failed to be moved by.
Holidays in Finland also allow you to enjoy alternative honeymoon activities such as ice-fishing, husky safaris and ski trekking.
To experience another side of life: Mumbai
While it is likely to be the least romantic trip you could think of, visiting Dharavi Slum – one of Asia’s largest – may also result in being one of your most life-enhancing experiences.
This kind of trip involves visiting underprivileged areas and allows you to see a completely different – and very real – side of life that is a far cry from glitzy resorts of glamour and luxury.
You will see the sense of community that exists in the slum and the daily work undertaken such as baking, leather tanning and pottery.
An unusual honeymoon experience, yes – but also an authentic, shared experience that you will both remember forever.