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If a traditional newlywed getaway isn’t your scene, these alternative honeymoon ideas are sure to set your heart racing

You’ve seen the honeymoon brochures; white sand and turquoise seas, couples holding hands at sunset. All absolutely stunning of course, but maybe you feel like you want something different, something original. If you find romance in adventure and fun in stepping out of your comfort zone, these alternative honeymoon ideas will certainly inspire you.

Cruise the canals of Holland

Holland

What if instead of a honeymoon suite, you and your new husband board a cute and quirky narrow boat for a week of cruising the famous canals of Holland? Sunny days spent drifting through the lush countryside, enjoying picnics on the canal banks. Then, moor up for the evening to enjoy romantic, candlelit nights on board your own cosy little home. What better way to escape day-to-day life and enjoy some quality time together?

READ MORE: 4 nature-inspired honeymoon destinations

Take a luxury boat tour in Indonesia

Indonesia

If you crave more adventure, choose a live-aboard trip in tropical Flores, Indonesia. These luxury boats will have you touring the mystical national park, where you can see the endemic Komodo dragons up close, as well as diving with some of the oceans most rare and beautiful creatures. After watching the sun set over these magical islands, your boat will cast anchor and you’ll dine under the stars before retiring to your cabin to let the gentle rocking of the boat lull you off to sleep.

Road trip through southern American

New Orleans

For those who love music, a rock’n’roll road trip of the Deep South, USA is the ideal honeymoon adventure. Start your trip in New Orleans, listening to the world’s best jazz musicians whilst sampling delicious Creole food. When you’ve had your fill, rent a beautiful vintage car and head north into Tennessee to visit the home of the King himself, Elvis Presley. Finish your trip in Nashville, home to all things country, where you can swing your partner round at hip hangout, the 5 Spot.

Experience a safari in Tanzania

Tanzania

Tanzania is a destination that is sure to intrigue the adventurous honeymooner. A romantic tailor-made safari package will have you spotting amazing animals from day one. Sleep under the stars in your own luxury tent, before heading further into the Serengeti to encounter elephants, lions and gorillas. With the option to climb Kilimanjaro for the brave at heart, this trip is bound to be unforgettable.

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Rent a castle in Ireland

Irish Coast

To continue the fairytale after your wedding day is over, you could rent a castle in Ireland for you and your hubby to luxuriate in the first days of married life. Spend your time walking the grounds, swimming in your private pool, enjoying candlelit meals and sampling the local ales in the village pubs. Castle life is sure to suit you if you love elegance, luxury and solitude. If you really love castles, you could even have your wedding in one!

Explore India’s capital city

India

For something really different you might also consider India’s Golden Triangle for a honeymoon with a difference. Throw yourself into the bustle of Delhi, India’s capital city, for a real taste of authentic street life. Jaipur; also known as the Pink City, is famed for its bazaars so prepare to indulge in some serious retail therapy. Finish your trip in romantic Agra, where the most famous totem of love, the Taj Mahal will provide the perfect backdrop to the end of your honeymoon. Here are some other ideas of great things to do in India.

Don’t be fooled by the cookie cutter brochures, your honeymoon can be as unusual as you want it to be, it just takes a little thought and a sense of adventure.


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