Your first getaway with your spouse is as much a milestone as your wedding. Will you spend it at the tried and tested choices to escape to, like Paris, Venice or the Maldives? Yes, they’re phenomenal, no doubt, but so are these places that are under the radar. Here’s a list of honeymoon destinations guaranteed to set off your marriage on a winning note. These trips won’t drain your married couple funds, too (find out what awesome discounts you can get on these trips by downloading Piggy):
1. Islamorada, Florida.
Where: On the islands of Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key, and Plantation Key in the Florida Keys.
Why it’s a must-visit: The Sport-Fishing Capital of the World has a wide array of activities for couples — snorkeling, pampering, art festivals, and even camping under the stars — all set against a stunning beach background. This place is as romantic as how its name sweetly rolls off your tongue.
Book: Tickets to dolphin and sea lion live shows at Theater of the Sea, the second oldest marine mammal facility in the world. You can then turn up the couple fun by hopping in the water with these cute sea creatures!
2. Reykjavik, Iceland
Where: Iceland is very near the US— just a little more than four hours away from the East Coast, and seven hours away from the West Coast, with direct flights from New York, Denver, Seattle, DC, and Boston.
Why it’s a must-visit: This is the place to be for adventurous couples! Not only is it a great spot to chase the Northern Lights, there are also extreme sporting activities you’ll surely enjoy (like ice climbing). This place looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale.
Book: Room with a View accommodations, located in the old city center of Reykjavik, surrounded by restaurants, museums, theaters, and music clubs, You’re guaranteed a beautiful view over the city.
3. Cappadocia, Turkey
Where: It’s an hour by plane from Istanbul, which is approximately 13 hours away from the US if you take a direct flight.
Why it’s a must-visit: How can you miss the chance to hop on a hot air balloon and see the spellbinding beauty of this city? The craters, valleys, and rock formations literally glow under the first rays of light!
Book: A hot air balloon ride, of course (try Sultan Balloons, one of the oldest operators in town)! Make sure to get up before the sun rises to see the charming spectacle that is Cappadocia at its finest.
4. Ushuaia, Argentina
Where: It’s located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, and the “’End of the World.”
Why it’s a must-visit: Who better to see the end of the world with than your new better half? Marvel together at the snowcapped Andean peaks, the colorful architecture, and the bustling ports and dynamic marine life.
Book: A ride on the “End of the World Train” which will take you inside the Tierra del Fuego National Park, “famous for its dramatically beautiful scenes of nature, with everything from southern Argentina’s glaciers to forests, waterfalls, lakes, and mountain peaks.”
Where: It’s in the southern Caribbean Sea and the Dutch Caribbean region, approximately 65 kilometres (40 miles) north of the Venezuelan coast.
Why it’s a must-visit: The Caribbean is one of the most romantic places in the world, and a trip to Curacao is a refreshing choice over the usual ones like St. Barts. It’s got just as awesome weather and beaches, but a more intimate feel.
Book: A climb up Curacao’s highest peak, Mount Christoffel (it’s just 1,240 ft high, manageable for you and your beau). You’ll have an unparalleled view of the island once you reach the summit.
If you can’t pick one, why not put them all on your couple travel bucket list? After all, nothing compares to seeing the world hand in hand with your great love. And don’t forget: You can make the experience even more amazing by getting as many discounts as you can through Piggy.