Your honeymoon will be all bedroom romps and luxurious lounge chairs on the beach with expertly crafted cocktails, right? Not necessarily. So what do people do on honeymoons? "Many couples naturally assume that their honeymoon will be something akin to a chick flick with all its romance and passion," says Laura Brotherson, marriage and sex therapist.
Winding cobblestone streets, world-class wine, impeccable seafood, the passionate sounds of Fado music, and pink-hued sunsets to die for-those are just a few reasons to consider spending your honeymoon in Lisbon. Portugal's capital is often overlooked as one of Europe's most romantic cities, but the coastal city has been attracting many visitors lately, and for good reason.
Looking for honeymoon destination inspiration? Ways to save on flights? Hotel reviews? The best honeymoon planning apps and websites will help you do all this and more. Here are the top 13 sites and apps that will help streamline your honeymoon planning. 1. Honeyfund The premise of Honeyfund is simple: the site lets your guests give monetary gifts to help fund your honeymoon.
While the West Coast might get most of the attention when it comes to honeymoon planning (after all, it's hard to say no to wine country and sandy beaches!), there are plenty of amazing locations if you head east. One such locale that's under-the-radar, but definitely packs a punch when it comes to romance, amazing food, and stunning views is Maine.
Deep breaths, Star Wars fans. The new film in the epic franchise comes out next month, and just like you, we have Star Wars and weddings on the brain. Sure we've seen our share of beyond creative, force-filled Star Wars weddings, but what about a Star Wars honeymoon? Honeymoons are no longer limited to time spent on the beach, basking in the sun, and toes in the sand.
Increasingly, more newlyweds are hopping across the pond to Portugal, realizing that the super safe coastal country of 10 million in the southeast of Europe is an incredibly attractive proposition whether they're seeking stunning sand and surf or city life with excellent cuisine. Because of its position on the Atlantic it's really a year-round destination-the summers are gorgeous, spring and fall are mild and beautiful, and even winter (though it does get a bit rainy at times) can still have its fair share of blue sky days (it's also when serious surfers want to be there).
All eyes may be on Key West when it comes to dreamy island honeymoon spots that are still on Florida soil, but half the charm of a getaway down south is the drive there. Turn your honeymoon into a three-day romantic road trip cruising down the 113-mile-long Overseas Highway-built along a former railroad and surrounded by water on both sides-where the only "tourist" attractions worth stopping for are the kind that involves both sand and sea.
Based on the catchy and upbeat songs of the iconic ABBA, Mamma Mia! had its first start as a musical in 1999. Fast forward nine years later, it was released as a major motion picture that stole the hearts (and ears) of many. Its star-studded cast includes Amanda Seyfriend, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, and Colin Firth, takes place in picturesque Greece, and it features the crazy moments and events that surround Sophie's (played by Seyfried) upcoming wedding.
Buddymoons may seem like the latest trend to make it to the honeymoon market, but what if the only other guest you want joining the romantic getaway is man (or woman's) best friend? Just as your pup served as the perfect ring bearer or escort down the aisle, your furry friend can come along for the second half of your nuptials, staying in hotels that are just as honeymoon-perfect as they are pet-friendly.
Sure, you've heard of honeymoons, buddymoons, minimoons, and even earlymoons (you can thank Pippa Middleton for that one). But now there's an even newer post-wedding travel trend popping up: вЂњmanymoons.вЂќ вЂњI've seen more and more of my couples switching up the tradition of honeymooning for two weeks right after the wedding,вЂќ says Amy Shey Jacobs, a wedding planner with Chandelier Events.
When most people think вЂњCaribbean,вЂќ they picture translucent waters of turquoise and azure, miles of soft white sand, and all the rum punches, daiquiris, and Pina Coladas you can drink. Honeymooners get all this and more on Antigua, 108 square miles' worth of tropical beauty located just a three-and-a-half-hour flight from Miami.
Many couples dream of a European adventure for their honeymoon. Cities like Paris, Venice, Barcelona, and Prague often top the list, but trying to pack in so many cities in a short amount of time can be a recipe for stress- or at least a lot of time in transit. Enter the European river cruise. River cruising allows passengers to go in-depth in a region, visiting multiple cities and towns, all with minimal stress and easy travel between destinations.
Dreaming of an exotic honeymoon packed with wine tastings, hot-air balloon rides, hiking, and spa treatments? Look no further than a Cappadocia honeymoon. Cappadocia feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, but it's only a 90-minute flight from the Turkish capital. Because of its unique and stunning rock formations, called fairy chimneys, most of the activities in the region center on the incredible landscape.
Ever wondered how the other half lives? Or more precisely, how the other half vacations? No matter how much you like to splurge and treat yourself, we all have our limits. But maybe, just once, it could be worth it to truly go all out-especially when it comes to your honeymoon resort. Their price tags match the exclusivity and VIP service.
White sand, crystalline waters, swaying palms, ocean breezes. It sounds like a fantasy, right? In fact, these postcard-perfect scenes actually exist all across the globe. And whether you're seeking inspiration for your next seaside escape or just need some coastal eye-candy to get you through the winter, you're in luck.
There's no sugar-coated way to fudge the facts: planning a wedding is expensive. And after you shell out the dough for your nuptials, the price tag of the honeymoon might seem that much more daunting. To save some money, instead of sticking to the traditional locales like Hawaii or Paris, which can be pricey year-round, consider selecting an international off-season destination that offers the same romantic luster on a smaller budget.
For those who are looking forward to changing their last name after marriage, it's tempting to get started right away. After all, it's a bit of a lengthy and often complicated process. It's easy to forget, though, that changing your last name can have immediate implications on your travel plans. To avoid any unwanted surprises at the gate or check-in, here's what you need to know about changing your name and traveling.
Fantasizing about a stress-free honeymoon? All-inclusive resorts promise food, drinks, and amenities-sans cards or cash. Basically, leave your worries and wallet at home. Not surprisingly, this type of trip can be particularly enticing post-weddingВ planning. When it comes to deciding on a destination, few places compare to Jamaica.
A little (okay, a lot) of help planning a safari goes a long, sanity-saving way. When it came time for Brides contributor Paulie Dibner to plan her honeymoon, she knew she wanted to go on an African safari. Simple, right? Not quite. The world of safari has changed over the last decade, expanding from the default trip to Kenya for the Big Five (elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards, and rhinos) to include gorilla tracking in Uganda and side trips to exotic white-sand islands.
As part of our Insiders' Guide to the Globe series, we interviewed seven fashion and travel bloggers who've turned crisscrossing continents into their (enviable) jobs. With more than 15 million combined Instagram followers, safe to say these ladies are posting from the hottest destinations. But where would they want their passports stamped when it comes time for a romantic honeymoon?
As part of our "Insiders' Guide to the Globe" series, we interviewed seven fashion and travel bloggers who've turned crisscrossing continents into their (enviable) job. With more than 15 million combined Instagram followers, safe to say these ladies are posting from the hottest destinations. But where would they stamp their passports when it's time for a romantic vacay?