Alternative Honeymoon Ideas

Alternative Honeymoon Ideas

You’ve cascaded across the dance floor for your first dance, your last dance, and shaken many a leg in between.  You’ve cut the cake and politely—or not—fed some to your new hubby and raised a glass with your attendees.  Now what?  Now it’s time to spend a little well-earned one-on-one time with your new partner.

Like your wedding, how you choose to spend your honeymoon is a completely personal celebration.  Whether you want to spend some snuggly time snowed in at a mountaintop cabin or brave some new heart-stopping adventures together, celebrate your honeymoon in a way that speaks distinctly to you.

The Honey Weekend

If you find your schedule or your budget to be a little restrictive, consider celebrating a honey weekend.  Honey weekends are a fun way to treat yourselves to a much-needed break before you have to get back to the “real world” and can be a great way to rediscover familiar areas, or even explore new territory.

Keep it local by booking a nice hotel room in a part of town you don’t normally spend a lot of time in or haven’t readily explored and experience your everyday locale through the eyes of a tourist.  (Complete with Hawaiian shirt, khaki shorts, and a camera around your neck if you’d like to dress the part.)  Try new restaurants, take in the sites, and schedule a few tours around town—history or ghost tours are always fun—but most importantly, keep your eyes and ears open.  No matter how much you think you know about your slice of the world, chances are, there’s still a lot more to learn.

If you live in a particularly small town, and have truly seen and done it all, hop in the car or keep your eye out for discount flight deals and check out a city nearby.

Road Trip!

Especially geared towards those who don’t get carsick easily, overly flustered on unfamiliar roads, and don’t mind a meal of Cheetos and Bugles here and there, a road trip could be a great way to spend your honeymoon.  Experience your county, state, or even the entire country from the front seat of anything from a posh rental to a veggie oil powered RV.

There’s something special about being behind the wheel when you’re not in a rush to get somewhere and the open road and a flexible schedule can make for quite the adventure.  Spot a dime store housed in a run-down looking shack in the middle of what could possibly be the land of nowhere?  Pull over.  See a fruit stand and get the sudden urge for a basket of strawberries and a slice of watermelon?  Don’t mind if you do.  Just finished your fourth consecutive game of 20 Questions?  Move on to Name That Tune.  Road trips can be a fun, unexpected, and intimate way to kick off your new lives together and a great way to sneak in some detours like Carhenge or Escape from Dinosaur Kingdom.

If you’re not particularly smart phone savvy or find yourself unwilling to stop and ask for directions under any circumstance, make sure to grab as many maps as you can get your hands on and motor on!

Party On

Have you and your hubby always wanted to experience jazz in the city of its birth?  Enjoy a whole Maine lobster in, well, Maine, or watch unlikely contestants scarf down hot dogs in Coney Island?  Food, music, and street festivals are a great way to spend your honeymoon.  These are an even better option if you’ve never been to your chosen festival’s locale before.  Not only can you spend your honeymoon eating, drinking, and celebrating, but you can appeal to your adventurous side by trying every local delicacy available and exploring every nook and cranny of the city.

Face Your Fears

Whether it’s the dark, spiders, or dogs that really get you, everyone has at least one fear that can be positively debilitating.  Use your honeymoon to face your fears together.

For those with a fear of flying, why not schedule a lesson with a flight instructor.  Take the wheel—or yoke, in this case—and soar your way to overcoming your anxiety.

Yes, they live in the ocean; no, you do not.  But somehow your fear of sharks is enough to get you stuttering.  Talk to professional operators about booking a little cage time on a shark dive to help you take a bite out of fear.

A fear of heights is relatively common.  Consider taking a leap of faith—out of an airplane to help you overcome your phobia.  Skydiving and bungee jumping are exhilarating but nerve-racking, so you may want to skip lunch before either one.

Whatever your fear, knowing that you have someone right beside you, ready to support and encourage you no matter what, can fill you with the confidence you need to do the outrageous. 

Tour de Force

Consider hosting your own customized tour of some of your favorite sites.  From theme parks to historic sites, develop a travel plan and site selections around some of your favorite things.  For example, embrace your mutual love of baseball with a ballpark tour.  Whether you follow your own team around the country, or simply take in a random game, grab yourself a box of cracker jacks and let the nostalgia and excitement take your honeymoon to the next level.

Foodies may find a cuisine-inspired tour to be a perfect fit.  Want to sample some of the country’s regional barbecue techniques, organize a West Coast wine tasting tour, or enjoy a New England clam chowder spree?  Culinary themed honeymoon celebrations may be just the thing.

No matter how you decide to spend this wonderful post-wedding celebration, make it true to you.  From poolside to beachfront, down country roads or city streets, your honeymoon is a great way to usher you into married life; so enjoy!