Let’s be honest: the honeymoon tends to be the most fun part of wedding planning. After all, you’re planning a vacation with your favorite person in the world—what could be better? Speaking of better, when it comes to honeymoons, why see the the tried-and-true destinations when you can jet off somewhere unique? Unlike our parents, millennials are more likely to be adventurous and break from traditional norms. Think less “all-inclusive resorts” and more “all-access safaris.” If you’re looking to explore your options for an unexpected honeymoon choice, here is a list of unique honeymoon destination ideas that you might want to check out.
1. Safari Time
Looking for something totally exotic and adventurous? Then going on a safari might be the perfect choice for you and your partner. Some of the most popular destinations for safaris, especially for beginners, include Masai Mara in Kenya, the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, and Etosha National Park in Namibia.
2. Hit the Road!
Why stay in one destination when you can hit up a slew of Instagram-worthy locales on a road trip? You can take the famous Route 66 road trip that starts off in Michigan and ends up in Los Angeles. Speaking of L.A., the Pacific Coast Highway is a visually stunning trek along the Pacific Ocean that you might want to check out. Either start in San Fran and end up in San Diego, or vice versa. On the east coast? Drive from Boston to Miami, and admire the rich (and different) scenery. Road trips are not only a great way to save some money and make some memories, but who doesn’t like a road trip?
3. Go off the Beaten Path
While the majority of honeymooners might flock to popular destinations like Hawaii or Italy, you can dare to be different by visiting a more unexpected and exotic locale. If you’re looking for some sand and surf, try Indonesia or Capetown, South Africa where there are plenty of picturesque beaches. If you still would like the thrill of a big city but crave something different, then you might want to check out Tokyo, Mexico City, or Singapore.
4. Get Chilly
When we think honeymoon, we often think warm and sunny. But what if you went for the opposite and checked out some chilly, winter-y destinations instead? Check out Reykjavik, Iceland for northern lights, hot springs, and glaciers. If you enjoy skiing, then you’ll want to hit the slopes in Aspen, Colorado or Whistler, British Columbia (during the ski season, of course). Looking for something a little magical? Maybe rent a cabin near the snowy Alps in Switzerland or Germany. If you want to stay stateside, then venture to a lodge in Montana or Wyoming where you can still take in stellar mountain views.
5. Go North
If you want to stay close to home, but don’t really want to honeymoon at home in the USA, then look no further than you northern neighbors in Canada. Canada is home to a slew of various cities that all offer something unique. Crave some European romance? Then head to Montreal and Quebec City in Quebec. If you’re outdoorsy, then you’ll love the mountainous scenery in Banff and Jasper, Alberta. Dream of a quiet seaside vacation? Then visit the tranquil Prince Edward Island. And, let’s not forget, Canada is home to the honeymoon destination of the world: Niagara Falls.
6. Get Camping
If you and your sweetie are adventurous and don’t mind roughing it a little, then you might want to consider sleeping underneath the stars for your honeymoon. America is home to some of the greatest camping spots in the world, especially at its national parks. Whether you choose to pitch a tent at Yellowstone in Wyoming, Yosemite in California, or Biscayne in Florida, you can’t go wrong.
7. The Wellness Factor
Since millennials are all about self-care, it makes sense that you might want to go somewhere that’s all about that wellness life. For example, you might want to try a yoga retreat in Costa Rica or the Bahamas where you can surf and get your Namaste on. There are also a slew of wellness and health resorts in the U.S., like the popular Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California as well as international ones, like the Aqua Wellness Resort in Nicaragua.
No matter where you choose, it’s important to know that you and your partner are on the same page in terms of what you want to do and where you want to stay. After all, this is a vacation you won’t soon forget. But knowing that you don’t have to settle for an all-inclusive hotel stay and that your honeymoon can be anything you want it to be means you are more likely to have an adventure that will last a lifetime (other than your marriage, of course).