With my wedding coming up in almost six weeks time, there’s one question I keep getting asked – where are you going for your honeymoon? It’s a big question for any couple getting married, but even more so when one of them is a travel blogger and self-confessed travel obsessive, so I’m putting the pressure on myself to come up with the perfect destination. Other than a short break in Cornwall after the wedding, we’re saving the big trip until the New Year and will have two weeks to spare. There’s got to be sun, which means Europe and North America at this time of year are out, as are south-east Asia and Australasia as we want to go somewhere neither of us has been before. So where does that leave us? Here are the destinations taking the top spots on my honeymoon shortlist so far.
Belize was an early front-runner when we started thinking about honeymoons. It’s got the right combination of gorgeous Caribbean beaches to laze on as well as rainforests full of wildlife and Mayan temples to explore, all without too much travelling between them. But it’s not the easiest place to fly from the UK to – flights can be expensive and most need an overnight in Miami each way. It’s also a fairly easy place to find accommodation on a backpacker budget or on an ultra-luxe one, but there’s not so much in the middle. Belize is definitely somewhere I’d like to visit soon, but it might be as part of a longer backpacking trip around the region instead, incorporating southern Mexico and Guatemala too.
A safari is one of my dream trips and being a huge wine fan too means that South Africa is top of my African wishlist. With two weeks we could spend a few days in Cape Town, taste our way around the winelands, drive some of the Garden Route and then spot the big five in Kruger National Park. The weather should be perfect in the New Year, there are plenty of flights and no jetlag coming from the UK. It’s a trip I’d love to do – but maybe not for a honeymoon. There’s so much I’d like to see in South Africa that we’d be moving around a lot to fit it all in and those pre-dawn starts and long days of game drives don’t quite fit my idea of honeymoon relaxation.
So if a safari is a bit too active, how about the ultimate beach destination – the Maldives? I used to think I would get bored spending too much time on the beach, but the idea is starting to get a lot more appealing – lazy days reading and swimming, cocktails and candlelit dinners on the beach. But in the end I think that the Maldives might be a step too far, especially for two whole weeks. There’s only so much lazing I can do and I’d rather be somewhere with more to see and not be completely surrounded by other honeymooners. One option might be to combine the Maldives with somewhere else for a few days though – maybe flying via Dubai for a dose of bling and city life en route?
Then there’s Sri Lanka – another destination which seems to have the right combination of exploration and relaxation. It mixes up bit of everything in a fairly small area, with golden beaches, tea plantations up in the hills, ancient cities, temples and even a bit of wildlife spotting in the National Parks. It also looks like there’s a good selection of places to stay, with lots of historic colonial buildings that have been converted into hotels. With two different monsoons hitting the island we might come across some rain on one side and it can be energy-sappingly humid, but the highlands are usually a lot cooler if it gets too much.
So that’s my honeymoon shortlist – which destination do you think I should go for, or is there somewhere else I haven’t thought of?