Are you having a wintertime wedding? Are you not a beach person? Is the bikini two sizes too small, despite your best efforts? There is no rule that says a honeymoon must take place on a beach. Here are some ideas of non-beach honeymoons to fit anyone’s budget and tastes.
1. Las Vegas
Sin City is not just a wedding destination for accidental couples and those wishing to elope. It is an entertainment mecca with something for nearly everyone. There are buffets and five-star restaurants for hedonists and foodies. There is live music and theater, as well as magic shows and extravagant acts. If you will be bringing children on your honeymoon, Vegas is a surprisingly good place to bring them. Las Vegas does not exist solely on the casino floor. Casino/Hotels like the Excalibur and Circus Circus have shows that kids of all ages can enjoy. Hotels often offer childcare or activities geared toward children that will allow the adults to enjoy a more traditionally romantic vacation. Flights into and out of Las Vegas, Nevada are also usually some of the cheapest offered. There are many all-inclusive vacation packages offered for Las Vegas honeymooners, and you’re sure to find one to fit your budget.
2. The great outdoors
There is a great honeymoon to be had for nature lovers in every season. During the spring and summer months, rent an RV and travel across the United States. Visit as many tourist stops as you can or take the back roads and find out-of-the-way bed and breakfast hotels. Camp in a cabin or on primitive sites. A camping honeymoon, while not for everyone, is a great way to stretch the honeymoon dollar, and will afford some of the most spectacular scenery a honeymoon has to offer. During the winter, get a honeymoon package at a ski resort and cuddle up with your snow bunny in front of a fire after a long day of physical activity, on and off the slopes.
3. Take a cruise
A cruise or other all-inclusive package is another great way to save money on a honeymoon. You can take a theme cruise, such as the one offered through Walt Disney tours, or one that travels the Panama Canal. You can cruise up to watch whales on your way to see glaciers move in Alaska, or you can stay on the boat the whole time, enjoying the luxury of having the staff cater to your every desire.
4. Take a retreat
Use your honeymoon to take a cultural, spiritual, or educational retreat. Go to an extended spa retreat, immerse yourself in a sports adventure, or bond with your partner through a planned adventure. Retreats like this may include anything from a stay at your guru’s ashram to a vacation at Club Med.
5. Wine tasting
Travel through Northern Californian with a wine goblet and an open mind and you’ll experience one of the best honeymoons the United States has to offer. The weather is mild and balmy in any season except winter in northern California, and for wine and food lovers, there is nothing better than the drunken joy of a wine tour.
For many of us in the United States, our cultural heritage has its roots in Europe. There is something very romantic about starting your life together with your sweetheart by visiting your homeland together. Europe has something to offer everyone, from the cosmopolitan romance of Paris to the understated elegance of an Italian countryside farm stay.