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Some people have their hearts set on a particular honeymoon destination the moment they get engaged. Other couples want to explore a bit and find the option that best suits their budget and passions.
If you haven’t decided where you want to spend your first week together after getting hitched, here are some of the best suggestions fueled by travel experts. There’s something for everyone on this list of romantic, magical vacation spots.
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For the Adventurers: Costa Rica
Whether you’re dreaming of snorkel expeditions or intense zip lines through thick rainforests, this country has everything you need to plan a packed trip full of exciting experiences. Spend your mornings surfing and your evenings luxuriating on the beautiful beaches. There are also volcanoes, wild animals, and big cities to satisfy your craving for adventure. You can bet your honeymoon won’t have a dull moment here.
For the History Lovers: Germany
Although you’ll certainly want to spend much of your honeymoon doting on your new spouse, there’s no reason you shouldn’t see a few historical sights while you’re at it. Germany is peppered with big historical features, from castles to the Berlin Wall. Take a few days to make your way around the country, exploring small villages and big cities. You’ll also want to visit the various museums scattered throughout the country. Be prepared for lots of walking and schnitzel.
For the Foodies: Italy
Three words: pasta, pizza, and wine. This place is absolute heaven for couples who appreciate exquisite cuisine, and after months of pre-wedding diets and workouts, you deserve to indulge. Enjoy the beauty this country has to offer, from natural wonders to museums and stunning architecture. While you’re at it, chow down on authentic Italian food. Be warned: Olive Garden will never seem the same again after tasting the real thing.
For the Inexperienced Travelers: The Bahamas
Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful, time-consuming processes you’ll go through as a couple. Therefore, you might not want to put much amount of effort into planning a honeymoon, especially if you’re not comfortable traveling abroad or doing hours of research.
Why not make things simple and go with an all-inclusive resort in the Bahamas? You’ll still get out of the United States, but you’ll barely have to lift a finger to experience a week full of pampering, good food, adventures, and more.
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For the Romantics: Bali
One look at all the Instagram photos taken in Bali and you’ll be convinced it’s paradise on earth. Breakfast served in the pool, long walks on the beach, visits with majestic elephants; this place has it all. You’re even encouraged to go chasing the many waterfalls in this region of Indonesia. Everything is laid back, which makes enjoying your new spouse especially easy.
For the Budget-Savvy: Canada
Because the U.S. dollar is currently strong in Canada, visiting the Banff region or spending a few days in Quebec might not be as expensive as you think. Plus, flights aren’t too expensive from most major cities in America, so you can fly out for a week without feeling guilty about your bank account. Spend some days skiing, hiking in the Canadian wilderness, or taking a road trip through several national parks.
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For the Wildlife Enthusiasts: Australia
Although you’ll probably have to travel for two days straight to reach this exotic location, Australia is hands-down one of the best places for nature lovers. Snorkel at the Barrier Reef, see wild kangaroos, and watch out for all sorts of crazy creatures that could kill you. It’ll certainly be a trip you remember for the rest of your years together. If you have the time, you can even skip over to the neighboring country of New Zealand for a little extra excitement.
For the Partiers: Spain
This is a country that loves its siestas, but also its wild nightlife scene. Head to some of the crazy parties in Marbella for a night you probably won’t remember. By the end of the week, you and your spouse’s memories of the various clubs will be clouded with the haze of sangria and sunny beach days. Also, make sure to stop by Barcelona and indulge in some sweet treats while meandering around Las Ramblas.
For the Beach Bums: Hawaii
This has been a classic honeymoon destination for decades, and yet it still hasn’t lost its popularity in 2019. With several islands to explore and countless beautiful sights to see, there’s no shortage of romantic adventures in this beloved state. Plus, you don’t even need a passport, so there’s one less thing to achieve on your pre-wedding to-do list. Just book the flight, board, and get ready to embrace the aloha spirit.
When it comes to honeymoons, more and more people are finding unique experiences to share together. Getting “off the beaten path” is becoming increasingly common, so don’t feel like you need to do whatever else does for their honeymoon. Talk to your spouse and think about what trip would mean the most to you, then begin the exciting planning process.