Top Tips Tuesday: Alternative Honeymoon Guide – When to go Where (Part 2)
Morning lovelies, I hope you are well on this Tuesday morning? Although it is horrible out there. Summer certainly seem’s to have been and gone in a few weeks.
Today, as part of “Top Tips Tuesday” and an attempt to brighten your morning, I’m bringing you the second part of our Alternative Honeymoon Guide. Oh, and don’t worry, if you didn’t catch up on the first one – you can still read all about our favourite destinations from January to June. There’s ski slopes, sun soaked beaches and plenty of culture trips sprinkled in there too.
However, it doesn’t end there. Today, it’s all about the months from June to December. So, summer brides who are considering honeymoon destinations, listen up! We have some am-a-zing alternative destinations for you to have a read of. Of course, Autumnal and Winter brides, we have plenty in-store for you too.
Whether your idea of a romantic interlude involves lying together in the lap of beachfront luxury in the Maldives, diving hand-in-hand into an action-filled adventure in Asia, or perhaps soaking in some of history’s most extraordinary moments on a cultural tour in Italy.
Today, we aim to help a little with that. Picking out the best and most beautiful destinations for certain times of the year.
An extremely popular time for brides to get wed, and undoubtedly too, there’s a whole hand full of gorgeous destinations to choose from. America, Italy, or for cooler climes, Singapore.
July is road-trip perfect along California’s coast-hugging Highway 1 – if you’re starting up in wine country and heading for LA, don’t miss breathtaking Big Sur coastline in the middle. The vine-framed valleys along the Douro in Portugal are ideal for rustic relaxation – and plenty of wine, who could say no to that on a honeymoon? Certainly not us.
In Italy, leave Tuscany to the tourists and feel the pull of Puglia: a laid-back playground of blue sea, golden sands and olive groves. It’s got a Grecian feel to it, yet still has plenty of Italian finds in it, including roman ruins, castles and of course, foodie tours. Italy will always have a place in my heart, after touring round Venice, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Rome and Florence this year. This beachy destination in Southen Italy will sure be on my list for next year.
Brazil’s bohemian Bahia is sunny and sedate in ‘wintry’ August – it’s still hot, too, you just won’t have to jostle for space on the beach.
It might bustle in Bali but the rolling rice paddies and volcanic-sand shores of Tabanan, in the west, offer a welcoming honeymoon destination. For the water babies, try Malaysia. If you’re more than fancying some beach time on your honeymoon, but don’t fancy staying in one place, then this picturesque island is a great option. Malaysia’s beaches make for something special so head east for hot, dry beach weather.
The island of Sardinia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – and venturing inland is just as rewarding (but be warned: Ferragosto is a mid-month public holiday where lots of shops and restaurants close).
Cooler days on Italy’s Amalfi Coast mean more exploring and less queuing. Skip the bustle of the busy periods and choose to honeymoon in September instead. The temperature ranges from 15-26 degrees, making it a pleasant temperature to relax out on the beaches or take a boat trip to Capri.
Seeking something a little out the norm, or a mini-moon? September in Iceland means the days are both bright and long, meaning stunning sunrises and sun sets. There’s also a good chance you’ll catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, making your trip that little bit more special. Take a relaxing trip to the volcanic spa’s and lap up in luxurious villa’s. An intimate holiday for the two of you.
Barcelona is built for city lovers – it’s at its best once the crowds have gone but the good weather remains. If the two of you want to tango, sip on Sangria and explore stunning architecture, Barcelona is calling you.
You might not be able to make snow angels, but October in rural Sweden gives you a forest full of autumnal hues, and you won’t need so many thermals either.
For temple and tea loves, head to India. India is vast, and choosing where to visit can be overwhelming. Climate is a big factor, so October is a brilliant time to experience the mellow, mountainous northeast, from its world-famous tea plantations to the temples and valleys of the Tibetan border – it’s India at its untouched best. Another one for my top-location list (I can dream!).
Australian summer is an obvious draw – what’s not to love about beaches and barbecues? For a refreshing retreat, head inland for the cooling climate of the Blue Mountains.
The Maldives is just out of monsoon season and back to its honeymoon-perfect best. With many desirable tropical destinations around the world, the Maldives can sometimes be overlooked. Aside from staggering beauty and unparalleled tranquillity, this archipelago offers some of the finest hotels and spas in the world.
Of the 200 inhabited islands of the Maldives, nearly 90 are dedicated to luxury resorts. Limiting resort density to one per island, the Maldives offer the ultimate in secluded decadence. On-site spas offer indulgent spa treatments perfect for much-needed pampering.
Oh, and because life’s better when you’re by the sea, right?
If your ideal idea of a break is spent not travelling, surrounded by the people and places you love and if you’d rather cosy up by a roaring fire and live out your romantic-novel fantasies, the English countryside is for you. Your staycation (if you live in this delightful country) will be complete with its festive feel and possible dusting of snow – is a winter wonderland. Spend your days exploring the countryside, the coast, finding cutsey cultural spots and hiring out cottages.
However, if you are seeking to travel a little further afar (approx 12 hours on a plane) catch a culture fix in Vietnam – temple touring in cooler, drier days make rambles in the jungle more enjoyable, if a little busier. It’s a paradise for lush lagoons, Island hopping and possibly continuing your travels to Thailand and Cambodia.
I do hope you have liked our 2 part series of alternative honeymoon destinations, where to go when. Have you found any idea’s out for yourself about destinations you would love to visit? Feel free to comment below your top holiday and honeymoon locations. Whether it be action packed or a relaxing holiday, we would love to know.
Have a lovely day, we will catch up with you tomorrow.