If you’re the kind of couple that enjoys long romantic backpacking trips and rafting class five rapids, there’s a strong chance that your honeymoon will be overflowing with same kind of adventure. The desire to go out and experience the world’s natural beauty brings you together and your honeymoon is the best time to celebrate that to create lifelong memories. If you’re having a tough time deciding where to go, here are some ideas to help you out:
The Galapagos Islands
This breathtaking stretch of islands is home to the largest amount of endemic species; meaning that the majority of plants and animals aren’t found anywhere else on earth. The park was opened to the public in the 1960’s and draws wildlife lovers and eco-travelers from all corners of the globe. This is truly a destination unlike any other!
As far as honeymoons go, there are endless opportunities to experience wildlife by hiking the islands or scuba diving off the coast. Some animals are more active during certain times of the year, so if you and your fiance want to see a specific critter, consult a Galapagos nature calendar before booking. Plenty of challenging hikes are also available; like the 3,600 foot Alcedo Volcano on Isabela Island where hours of hard work will be rewarded with a once in a lifetime view.
Less touristy and home to the rare Mountain Gorilla, Uganda is the perfect honeymoon destination if you want pure cultural immersion and a nonexistent tourism industry. The locals will welcome you with open arms and there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. The most popular activity is a gorilla safari, where you trek into the jungle with a small group to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. If you’re looking for an adrenaline packed day, there are opportunities to bungee jump over the Nile River and raft down its class five rapids all in the same day. Regardless of the activities you choose here, you’re guaranteed to have an adventure-filled vacation in a beautiful country with a wonderful culture.
Going South: Antarctica
If you and your loved one are up for some extreme travel and don’t mind enduring below freezing temperatures, then Antarctica could be your perfect honeymoon destination! Most tourism involves cruising the Antarctic Peninsula or the surrounding islands where you’ll have the opportunity to see penguins, seals, whales, and polar bears. Sea kayaking and land excursions that include ice camping are also available.
This is a fantastic honeymoon destination if you wish to experience a couple natural wonders of the world in one trip. Brazil is home to a portion of the spectacular Amazon Rainforest, and different hiking and boat tours are available depending on how adventurous you want to get. It’s also a must to visit Iguazu Falls, which is one of the three greatest waterfalls in the world. The coastline is lined with both famous and hidden beaches, so there are plenty of opportunities for private exploration.
Adventure in Your Own Backyard
Traveling outside of your home country isn’t cheap, and along with the wedding expenses it isn’t always financially possible to make dream honeymoons like The Galapagos Islands or Brazil happen. If you’re on a tight honeymoon budget, explore activities and attractions close to home that you haven’t seen and make a road trip out of it. If you look hard enough, you could find the perfect honeymoon adventure in your own backyard!
Bree is an aspiring travel blogger with a passion for exploring music festivals across the United States. She accepts the fact that she’s a crazy cat lady with an obsession for patterned pants, and eventually wants to run a successful sewing business making capes and ponchos. She aspires to study herbalism and incorporate it into naturopathic nutrition counseling for her long-term career.