• Beth Winkle

High Adventure Honeymoons

By: Kari Solum

Are you and your future spouse the kind of people who prefer action over idleness? Who would rather be out exploring than sitting at home? Or maybe you’re just looking to create new memories during the start of your new life together? Then planning a high adventure honeymoon may be for you!

Some people are content to relax at a hotel, or book a leisurely cruise, but for others the idea of fun and personal bonding comes with once in a lifetime experiences. With the last year providing little opportunity for travel, you may be itching for a true change of scenery and to challenge yourself to expand your horizons.

A high adventure honeymoon doesn’t have to be just intensive athletics or thrill-seeking activities. They can also be about stepping outside of your comfort zone and learning something new! My own parents spent their honeymoon on a road trip up the pacific coast to visit historic towns, satisfying their desire for both travel and adventure, but also being able to slow down and discover new things. The opportunities are endless! Even if you or your partner have any health or mobility limitations, you should know that there is still an adventure out there waiting for you!

Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or just considering it for the first time, there are plenty of options for couples to create a trip that is both romantic and exciting! There’s room for spontaneity and careful planning at any destination, so no matter what kind of vacationer you are, you can tailor it into the honeymoon of your dreams!

Here are some of Nuovo Bride’s top picks for adventure focused honeymoons:

Glamping in Iceland

If you’ve been craving a true change of scenery, a trip to Iceland might be your ideal adventure! Schedule an overnight hiking trip to make sure you see all that Icelandic nature has to offer, and spend quality time with your partner. For example, the Laugavegur Trail is a guided 4-day hike that was chosen as one of the “20 Best Hikes in the World” by National Geographic. Highlights on that hike include hot springs, glaciers and active volcanoes, obsidian rock fields, and breathtaking multicolored rhyolite mountains. Spend the night in either a rustic cabin or comfortable tent, so it still feels like a luxurious vacation! You’re sure to return with stunning photographs and memories to last a lifetime!

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands

Interested in a more tropical setting? Perhaps escaping to the paradise of the British Virgin Islands is for you! With crystal blue waters and long stretches of white sand beaches, consider chartering a yacht to get the most out of your trip! Enjoy sun soaked afternoons on the deck then pull into one of the many ports and villages for dining in the evening. There are also plenty of opportunities for snorkeling offshore with the turtles, or diving to see the coral reefs or even a sunken ship or two. The Rhone National Marine Park hosts the wreckage of the RMS Rhone and is a must-see for diving enthusiasts. While it’s primarily appropriate for intermediate to advanced divers, there are also sections that beginners can enjoy as well. You can toss out the planner for this trip and just relax on island time, or take the adventure into your own hands and sail, kayak, and paddleboard to your heart’s content!

Hiking and White Water Rafting in North Carolina

If you’re looking to stay a little closer to home without sacrificing the thrill-seeking activities, look no farther than all the outdoor activities available in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina! With plenty of trails of various difficulties within driving distance, there’s no end to the sights you can see! Dramatic waterfalls, crystal caves, and captivating mountain top views are all available in any of the several areas of Smoky Mountain National Park. For those who want more relaxed or accessible hiking trails without sacrificing experiencing the beauty of nature, there’s a charming riverside trail at the park in Cherokee, with a beautiful drive there and back. There’s also a paved trail at Anna Ruby Falls in nearby Georgia. For the adrenaline junkies there’s also white water rafting, kayaking and zip lining! Stay in a cabin in the mountains in order to enjoy the full allure of the Smoky’s, like enjoying evenings by the fireside and mornings waking up in the clouds!

Cooking and Exploring in Tuscany

If you want enrichment and education as well as the allure of an international locale, your final destination might be exploring the Tuscan countryside! We recommend residing at a local farmstay, such as the Tenuta di Spannocchia; a historic italian estate that’s devoted to preserving the nature and original building as well as promoting organic and sustainable farming practices. There are a number of activities that the estate provides, such as a traditional cooking class with Tuscan locals, a tour of the olive groves where they produce their own olive oil, or simply hiking the expansive gardens and farm. They are also a short drive away from classic tourist destinations like Florence and Siena, or even the hilltop villages along the gorgeous Tuscan coast. If you want to spend time with your partner in an idyllic setting and be able to return home with a wealth of recipes, knowledge, and priceless experiences, then you should book a Tuscany honeymoon!

No matter where you end up, of course the most important part of a honeymoon is spending time with the person you love. However, if you can create your own adventure, that just makes it all the more special.

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