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X of the Best Honeymoon Destinations Right Now

So you’re starting to dream about your Honeymoon, and looking for a comprehensive list of the Best Honeymoon Destinations in the world?  Well, you’re in the right place. Plus, we’ve got some ways to travel affordably, and places in the US that are honeymoon worthy, because we’re always here for extra credit.

I’m a deep down die hard fan of weddings (obviously). But there is nothing in this world I love more than a honeymoon. Maybe it’s because my honeymoon was two of the best weeks of my life. Or maybe it’s because I’m always looking for an excuse to dream about travel, or maybe it’s because I love pushing people to book that plane ticket already, and find an affordable way to see the world. That said, a honeymoon might not be your jam. Or you might not opt to take your honeymoon right after your wedding. Or maybe you decide that what you really want to do is a staycation. All of those things are excellent choices. But today, we’re going

Most online lists of best honeymoon Destinations seem to assume that if you’re thinking of traveling for your honeymoon, you have some sort of money tree in your backyard. (One popular list I found started by recommending a $900 night hotel room. When I got married, $900 was more than my share of our rent, so please.) But I’ve a firm believer in the fact that it is possible to have amazing travels without breaking the bank. If you’re just starting to figure out your honeymoon, consider using some of these resources:

Trip Advisor gives you a great way to find the mostly highly reviewed hotels in an area. Skip past the ones that cost a zillion dollars, and try to focus in on well reviewed hotels in a price range that feels reasonable. I’ve used this strategy for traveling all over the world, and have experienced amazing customer service, great views, and not-super-fancy-but-totally-perfect-for-us hotel rooms in many countries.
Air BNB. If you’re planning to stay in one place for more than a few days, Air BNB can be a great way to get an affordable apartment, or even a room share. That lets you cook some of your own food, and just blend into the neighborhood a bit more like a native. Air BNB also has great collection of guidebooks compiled by hosts, which can be a great way to research how to explore a location like a local.
Chow Hound. Digging around in Chow Hound’s boards can be time consuming, but if you’re really into good food, it is the single best way to find off the beaten path recommendations. Some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life has come from a Chow Hound rec, and a drive down a long dirt road to a secluded beach…. or a ferry ride to a less tourist-y location.
Frequent Flyer Miles. If we have a big trip that we’re dreaming of, I’m not above putting a whole lot of expenses (wedding expenses anyone) on a British Airways card, paying it off every month, and racking up the miles. We often wait till we’re offered a free companion fare, and then build our trip around that.
Hostels can really vary in quality, so make sure you read reviews (nothing like settling in for a long nights sleep and realizing you crashed in a party hostel), but there are really amazing hostels out there that allow for experiences you’d never otherwise be able to have (sleep in a lighthouse anyone?). You can find great hostels in the US using XXX, and research hostels in Europe with XXXX.

Now that we’ve gotten the practical details out of the way, let’s get daydreaming…
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Paris, France: There’s a reason that Paris is celebrated as one of the most romantic cities on the planet.. because it is. Stephanie and her family spent a week in a tiny studio on Airbnb ($50/night! Guys!), while getting around exclusively by bus and metro (and it rained heavily on them for half the week)… and it was 100% glorious. If you’re looking for inexpensive ways to get by you can totally pull it off, and if money is no object (we can dream, right?), Paris is filled with options. Paris is, essentially, the best.

Santorini, Greece: If you’re into sweeping views of the Caldera (the beautiful body of water formed by a sunken volcano), white buildings stacked into cliffs, sitting at the edge of the sea watching the sunset with new friends, and black sand beaches, Santorini might be the place for you. That said, its charms are not exactly a secret, and you’ll fight cruise boat crowds in high season with 1.5 million tourists visiting the island every year. Consider staying in Fira or Firostefani for a less crowded and more affordable Caldera view. Perissa or Kamari are the more affordable options, and great for hitting the (black and red and white) sand volcanic beaches on the back of the island.

Venice, Italy: In a world where so many things are overhyped, Venice is one of those places that will always be underhyped, because until you get off at the train station and walk out to the grand canal, there is just no way to wrap your head about what Venice really… is… which is pure romantic magic. That said, the greatest hits, including, St. Mark’s Square, everything around The Bridge of Sighs, and Gondola rides tend to be mobbed with tourists, and overpriced. If you want to save some cash (or just don’t like crowds), consider not staying on the Island of San Marco (the other islands feel similar, but with less crowds, and more empty winding streets to explore), and skip the Gondola’s for a pass on the Water Taxi. Also the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is to die for, so make time of it.

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Edinburgh, Scotland: Do you like magical castles, a chill in the air you just can’t shake, and whisky? If so, Edinburgh might be your jam. J. K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in a cafe in Edinburgh with a huge window overlooking the castle, and once you arrive, it’s hard to shake the fact that she just took the old town and put it on paper. Keep in mind that Edinburgh is basically always some level of cold, and that the summer substitutes slightly warmer rain for snow. So bring sweaters, and a abiding love of magic… and find yourself a whisky bar with a castle view.

Bali, Indonesia: When people call it paradise, they aren’t wrong. Inland towards Ubud you’ll find infinity pools, water temples, and lush rice paddies, as well as jungleside eating and a hot springs in a (non-active) volcanic mountain. Along the coast, there’s hip surfer towns with cafes, black sand beaches and dolphins. You can even hop a ferry to a surrounding island (Nusa Lembogan still feels slightly out of the reach of mass tourism) and spend a day snorkeling with Manta Rays.
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Big Island, Hawai’i: Hawai’i and “beach” are two words that go inherently hand-in-hand, but for some reason, not everyone thinks of the Big Island when they think of surf and fun. It’s a shame, because the Big Island is truly where it’s at. Split into seven districts (Kona, Hilo, Kohala Coast, North Kohala, the Hamakua Coast, Puna, and Kau), there’s something for everyone. Want to check out restaurants and tour a chocolate factory? Go to Kona. Looking for a little bit of a mountain escape? North Kohala is you dream! Hilo is perfect for anyone looking for a little bit of a low-key adventure, and the Puna district (south of Hilo) is extremely lush.

Florida Keys: The Keys are a 100+ mile long chain of islands, so there’s an awful lot to do on a honeymoon, no matter how long (or short) your stay is. You can take snorkel cruises (I know, right?), stroll around Mallory Square at sunset an enjoy artists and performers, and dig into all the nightlife the islands have to offer. Pro tip: rent bicycles!

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The Amalfi Coast: Amalfi is one of those rare places that will make you gasp when your boat pulls up to the dock. The cities are built into the cliffs, the mediterranean ocean just will not stop being blue, and you can bury your face in pasta every night of the week? Add in scooters racing around hairpin turns (or buses slowly lumbering around hairpin turns, for the more safety minded among us), and you just can’t get more romantic… or beachy. There are a million ways to vacation on the Amalfi coast. You can stay in a tiny BNB up a thousand stars carved into the cliff (literally), rest your head on a trendy pillow at a hip hotel, or rent an Air BNB near a secluded beach. The good news is, there is basically no way to do it wrong. (And if you happen to have one of those yachts that anchor off the coast, give us a call, mkay?)

Aruba: Aruba is one of those places where you can have pretty much any kind of lodging experience you want. All-inclusive? They’ve got it. Standard hotel? Yep. Adult-only resorts? Of course. The island is known for being quite safe, and since it’s only 19 miles long, you can definitely see it all.

boulders beach, south africa: Boulders Beach is known for its delightful beach-going companions: penguins! The beach is just outside Cape Town, making it a pretty easy trek for all who want to look at and enjoy (but obviously not touch) these guys. Bonus points: by visiting the beach, you’ll be helping boost conservation efforts for the penguins.

Tulum, Mexico: If you’ve ever been stuck between wanting white sand and absurdly blue waters versus a wild jungle getaway, Tulum is for you. A 1.5-2 hour drive from highly developed Cancun, Tulum is a whole other world. The beach portion of Tulum is bikable strip full of boutique eco-hotels with waterside beds and fancy cocktail bars. History buffs can visit the ancient Mayan ruins overlooking the water (or some in the jungle!), while others can juant up to Akumal to swim with sea turtles or venture to a Dos Ochos cenote for a tour of unbelievable underground caves. Foodies have to hit up Tulum town, where there’s endless tacos (try breakfast at taqueria Honario), vegan food, and even a hidden pozoleria run by the sweetest older ladies.

san juan del sur, Nicaragua: If you’ve been looking for an excuse to finally learn how to surf, take yourself and your partner to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The beaches are gorgeous and the waves are not too scary for beginners. Treat yourself to a private treehouse in Playa Maderas, and when you’re all beached out, head to Granada for city exploring, dancing, and cheap beer.
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Savannah, GA: If there is one US city that is at (or very near) the top of every “affordable US honeymoons” list, it’s Savannah, Georgia. And guys, the reasons why are legit: Savannah is gorgeous. Overflowing with Spanish moss and soul food, exploding with art and craft beer, and adjacent to the Atlantic, the city is the perfect get-away for two who are looking to keep it light, romantic, and relatively inexpensive.

New Orleans, LA: Do you need an excuse to go to NOLA? Never ever. Given that it combines all the best things in life: great food, great music, great people, and beautiful old world architecture, you can’t go wrong. Actually, JK, you totally can. No matter what anyone tells you, Bourbon street is not what dreams are made of (unless they are the dreams of puking frat boys). Try staying near Frenchmen Street, if you’re looking for good music and artistic crowds, or in the Garden District if you’re looking for the picturesque south, and Magazine Street if you’re wanting a more contemporary hip scene. Make sure you hit up Preservation Hall for the best music in the world, and Jacques Imo’s for Creole Soul Food.

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Nashville, TN: Long ago, Nashville was a janglin’ town filled with country music and honky-tonks. It’s still got those, but the city has boomed (and boomed, and boomed) and is now one of the top affordable US honeymoon destinations, period. Music fans can hit up tours galore (puh-leeeeze go check out the Ryman, home of the Grand Ole Opry and legends ten-fold), and anyone looking for a good time can have a field day down Broadway (Robert’s Western Wear is a personal fave). FYI: you can’t actually go into the Batman building. Someone on staff tried.

Cocoa Beach, FL: The questions is not, “What can I do in Cocoa Beach?”. The question is, “What can I not  do in Cocoa Beach?”. Because I’m pretty sure Cocoa Beach has it all if you are fond of water activities: kayaking, surfing, great food, mini golf (don’t even play like it’s not fabulous), affordable lodging (heyoooo), and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean. Bonus: if you’re a space nerd, you can geek out hard at the Kennedy Space Center (and maybe even see a launch!).
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Panama: Hooooo Panama! Everyone’s always all about Costa Rica (for good reason), but Panama is equally fun and gorgeous. Sure, it can be tricky to navigate (fun fact: street addresses just don’t exist), but the country is filled with lush jungles, unique urban cities, and framed by both the Pacific and the Atlantic (in fact, you can drive from one ocean to the other in about 45 minutes). Definitely take the day trip to Isla Grande in Colon (and spend the night if you have time).

Quebec, Canada: You get to experience a European inspired city without leaving North America. The cobblestone streets, historical and beautiful castle-like architecture, and artistic prosperity make Quebec City a unique and romantic experience, plus it is so much cheaper and less of a trek than going across the Atlantic!

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Peru: Peru is an amazing adventure, especially if you love living history. The Incan ruins are breathtaking, and each one has its own story (a good tour guide can really make your trip come alive). Machu Picchu is obviously not to be missed, but Pisac is equally enchanting. A word of caution: Peru can be a challenge if you have a fear of heights. (All the good stuff is up windy scary roads.) Another hot tip: May to September are the best times to travel to Peru if you’re looking for good weather (our winter is their rainy season.)

Romania: Romania is the perfect country for those who love road tripping to their next adventures; some of the most beautiful and historical places are just a few hours by car or train. There are many quaint, historic villages that epitomise Romanian culture which can turn your romantic getaway into a full on cultural experience.

Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia is the perfect romantic getaway for those who love to cuddle up by the fire or embrace the great outdoors. From hiking to whale watching, Nova Scotia is an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

Marrakech, Morocco: Marrakech is a place where time doesn’t exist. (Seriously. You can spend half a day waiting for food or a massage.) The colors are overwhelming. And you will not be able to stop shopping for carpets. And lamps. And wall hangings. And…. ok, everything. Don’t honeymoon in Morocco uless you’re up for a serious dose of adventure and cultural overwhelm, but for the brave among you, it is truly unforgettable. (And the food is just beyond.)
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Blue ridge parkway, USA: If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed planning the journey, suggested itineraries are available for you. There are also a host of lodging options, and you be it via hotels, luxury cabins, or Airbnb, you can find something for every budget.

The trans-canada highway (newfoundland to british columbia): This roadway is one of the world’s longest roads (8,030 km) and you’ll traverse all 10 Canadian provinces, touch ground at both the Atlantic and the Pacific, and cross four islands. Want more info? You’ve got it.

Yellowstone National Park: Adventures in Yellowstone are true marvels. The national park holds treasures such as the Prismatic Springs, geysers, and America’s largest buffalo herd. Yellowstone is a perfect honeymoon for those who treasure the mysteries of the earth and exploring the great outdoors.

Yosemite National Park: Similar to Yellowstone, Yosemite is a national park with a plethora of outdoor adventures such as hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and much more. Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan are just a few of the attractions that make Yosemite a unique experience. Lodging and camping make the trip extremely romantic and intimate for newlyweds with a bit of adventure.
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