There are so many destination options for an affordable or not so affordable destination wedding; but sometimes a destination wedding simply isn’t viable as all the people you want there wouldn’t be able to make it out to some faraway exotic shore. If that’s the case, then the good news is there’s still the honeymoon to consider.
Here are two dream destinations that are ideal for the perfect honeymoon getaway, and totally on my bucket list.
Known as the “land of smiles”, Thailand is a magical kingdom that has something to offer everyone – whether you’re looking for a laid back beach vibe… swinging in a hammock on a deserted island… the hustle and bustle of city life… the culture of temples and hill tribes… or even the adventure of swinging through the jungle or racing down white water rapids.
Thailand remains a firm favourite for honeymooners, as whilst it’s become very developed there is still much unspoilt beauty left to discover, particularly in the region of Krabi and Koh Lanta, yet the undeveloped and rustic image that was so prevalent twenty years ago has unfortunately been somewhat replaced with neon lights, massage parlours, non-stop parties, and gridlocked congestion.
There are a number of five star hotels that are ideal for honeymoons in the regions of Krabi, Phuket and Koh Samui, at a reasonable price… but a more authentic experience can be found by taking in more remote parts of Thailand such as Pai and Udon Thani, in the North.
Something to bear in mind, particularly if you visit the North is that you may want to head into Laos where life has a much slower pace – the cost of living is significantly cheaper too… but don’t expect to find the same standard of home comforts you can expect to find in tourist resorts within Thailand.
Another firm favourite, on everyone’s bucket list is Italy.
Beyond the obvious cities of Rome and Venice, which in reality, whilst very beautiful and certainly worth visiting, are touristy to the point of being a little abrasive on both the soul and the wallet. There are many regions within Italy that are perfect for honeymoons.
Lake Garda, for instance, offers refined luxury whilst retaining a comfortable, authentic and accommodating vibe that is the antithesis of the fashionista fueled narcissism found in cities such as Milan and Rome. Here, you can take scenic boat rides, go horse riding, climbing, walking and try out activities such as paragliding. The Italian Lakes are therefore a fantastic spot for those that love nature, good food, fine wine, and a warm welcome… just be sure to bring your wedding photographer along, as there will be some amazing shots to capture in this region of the world.
A honeymoon can make up for the lack of a destination wedding, and of course there are many more options than Thailand and Italy – but these are two firm favorites that offer something for all budgets and tastes… after all, your honeymoon shouldn’t be somewhere that “everyone” goes to – it should be personal to you and tailored to your interests… which is why Thailand and Italy are both such good bets.
(Pssst this is a collab post!)