For the adventurous couple, a traditional honeymoon just won’t do the trick. Marriage is your new adventure, and you should start it off with an exotic and unique honeymoon experience.
Explore Biodiversity in the Galapagos
The fascinating Galapagos Islands attract everyone from scientists to retirees. A small group of islands off the shore of Ecuador situated at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos are home to a melting pot of marine life. UNESCO calls the islands a “living museum and showcase of evolution.” There is life on this archipelago unlike anywhere else in the world. What makes this a great honeymoon destination is the variety. There is something for everyone, no matter what the two of you want to do. There are breath-taking hiking trails, wildlife viewing tours, water sports and many other activities.
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GalapagosIslands.com recommends adding some time in Ecuador to your trip. From the Andes mountains to the colonial city of Quito, what could be more romantic?
Embrace the Cultural Blend in Morocco
The old-world feel and exotic culture of Morocco blends European, African and Middle Eastern influence. Whether you are in the history-filled labyrinth city of Marrakech or the romantic coastal city of Casablanca, you are sure to have a cultural adventure you will never forget. No matter what terrain you prefer, Morocco has beautiful coast lines, the scenic Atlas Mountains and long stretches of desert. For a glimpse of the “real Morocco,” Lonely Planet recommends making your way through the bazaars and souks of Fes, while sipping mint tea and sampling local fare. Morocco is the perfect destination for intrepid newlyweds.
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Take an Off-Road Adventure to British Columbia
For the truly outdoorsy couple, the lush landscape of British Columbia is like a dream come true. British Columbia is the westernmost of Canada’s 10 provinces. B.C. is home to two mountain systems, one along the west coast that includes the Coast Mountain Range and the Insular Mountains that form Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island, and an eastern system that includes the Rocky and Columbia ranges. There is also an abundance of wildlife.
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Fourteen percent of B.C.’s land base is protected, according to HelloBC.com. The expanse of untouched wilderness leaves plenty to be explored during off-road vehicle and ATV tours. HelloBC recommends tours through the Blackcomb mountains or Callaghan Valley.
After your off-roading excursion, explore British Columbia’s metropolitan culture in Vancouver, ski in Whistler, take a whale watching trip on Vancouver Island or relax with high tea at the Butchart Gardens just outside of Victoria.
Discover the Mystery and History of Cambodia
Off the traditional Southeast Asia tourist trail, Cambodia is home to ancient temples, dense jungles and friendly laid-back people. A country with a complicated past, the spiritual and inspirational culture of Cambodia will leave you with a deeper understanding of the divine. The archaic and venerable temples of Angkor are an experience unlike any on Earth. The temples are part of Cambodia’s pride and a point of pilgrimage for all of its people, according to Lonely Planet.
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While most tourists come simply for a quick view of the Angkor Wat, you won’t want to miss exploring the rest of the country deeper. The gorgeous capital of Phnom Penh is a hub of cultural renaissance. The city is situated at the confluence of the Mekong, the Bassac and the Tonle Sap rivers and is what Tourism Cambodia calls a blend of “Asian exotica and Cambodian hospitality.” Even further off the beaten path, the countryside of Cambodia is full of small villages, farms, elusive biodiversity and tropical wilderness.
Safari and More in Tanzania
If wildlife viewing is at the top of your list, few places best Tanzania. According to SafariBookings.com, there are three safari circuits in Tanzania that include the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, both of which are ideal for spotting wildebeest migrations. Any safari in Tanzania will guarantee you maximum wildlife viewing. The only problem is there is too much to see in just one safari. Common animals spotted include, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, lions, cheetahs, hyena, more than 400 bird species and, if you’re lucky, a rhino or two.
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If you are feeling up to the task, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is an unforgettable experience. There are many trails for any skill level, so anyone can enjoy the unique ecosystem of Kili, from tropical flora to arctic snow-capped peaks. While there, take a day trip through Zanzibar, a historical island town once occupied by slave traders and missionaries, says Fodor’s. Today, white sandy beaches, rain forest preserves and a cultural melting pot. Don’t miss the Daranjani market and the Forodhani gardens.
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