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Back in the day, newlyweds went to Niagara Falls for their perfect honeymoon. It managed to be romantic, with lots of natural beauty, had some small town attractions, and yet provided privacy. And it's still a great option for love birds. Or couples said "I Do" and retreated to a cabin, sunned on a beach, or toured some part of Europe to have a mini-adventure. These are the classic honeymoon plans.
Things change and they stay very much the same. We are still all in love with romance, with art, with waterfalls, with privacy, and escape in general. Romance while making memories is still key, so if you're planning your wedding and considering your options, consider these trends for 2023 and 2024.
Find Your Destination
Destination possibilities are endless if you want to travel abroad. Depending on your goals you can see and/or do NOTHING to your hearts' content. Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, New Orleans or Miami beach, Aruba, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Costa Rica and parts of Central Coast California - are all places where couples are flocking for sun and surf.
Interested in something more gothic and romantic: Try Scotland, the Isle of Skye, London, Dublin or the Lake District in England. There is enough natural beauty, history and great culture to absorb, while still feeling like you're the only two people in the world.
For honeymooners who deeply care about where- and how- they travel, this trend will resonate strike a chord. If your environmental footprint matters, you may want to consider how and where you travel, what kind of impact you make and what resources you use. Traveling responsibly may look like protecting wildlife, preserving culture and heritage, and respecting locals while you're "getting away." Or it may mean camping, driving instead of flying, choosing an AirBnB where resources aren't "one use," etc.
MiniMoons is another new trend, and it makes sense for new couples. Take a small trip now, and then bigger trip down the road. After the I Dos, run away for a long weekend. Then plan a series of getaways as a couple to destinations (waterfalls, concerts, rollercoasters, national parks, iconic spots) in thoughtful order - when you can - to make the honeymoon last.
This is a wonderful option for those who may have missed their post-wedding vacay during the pandemic or for any other reason. Maybe now you are parents. It's happened, ladies!!! And many of these same couples have missed their friends. This new type of getaway has emerged and it includes a traveling party with kids, friends, family and a devil-may-care attitude.
Visit the Past
According to The Knot, "Standing before archaeological wonders and marveling at the preservation of ancient history are trending bucket list items among 2023 honeymooners. Eager history buffs have singled out honeymoons with a focus on Cleopatra's Egypt or the trade-heavy pathways of the Silk Road. This includes seeking out trips that focus on the birthplace of civilization or other historical events that have changed the ways of mankind. From hiring local experts with a deep knowledge of local history to cultural landmarks that paint a deeper tale, the return to antiquities will be seen throughout 2023."
Volunteer honeymoons allow the newlyweds to travel the world while giving back to those in need. Such unique honeymoon trends aim at making a difference while creating lifelong memories along the way. Recommended volunteer honeymoon ideas: Organic farming, build shelter for the homeless, help endangered animals, and preserve hiking trails.