Try these edgy ways of spending a honeymoon without the clichés
We have all seen the romantic packaged holidays with sugary sweet marketing especially for couples. However, there are lots of people out there who are looking for something really adventurous and very different for that special time just after getting married. Amongst the holiday brochures aimed at newly-weds there are alternatives which promise an experience unlike any other. Why not look beyond the pictures of couples to some alternative ways of getting to know each other. Who knows, it could significantly change your outlook on life and be a really enriching honeymoon experience.
Get up close to some cuddly creatures
Being able to touch some of the endangered species on the planet is a dream experience for many people. There are opportunities to work on conservation projects all over the world from orangutans in Malaysia to meeting pandas in China. For those who enjoy the non-cuddly species a honeymoon can also be spent working with great white sharks in South Africa. A cuddle will never be the same again once you have met some of these exquisite creatures for real.
Give something back
Instead of lying on a beach for a fortnight why not think about doing something very different such as reading to children or even helping to build clinic facilities in a developing country. Being a volunteer abroad opens up a whole new world of experiences and can be very enlightening. This is a very different way to spend the first new weeks of marriage but one that will bring lasting memories and even friends for life. From Indian villages to new projects in Central Africa there is something adventurous for everyone and for most abilities.
There are lots of sponsored treks which are done for charities and take people to several destinations including Patagonia and the Himalayas. For an alternative wedding gift list the charity could receive donations in lieu of presents as there is usually a minimum sponsorship fee to raise for these treks. This is another alternative way of spending a honeymoon whilst giving something back. As there is a training programme involved, couples should be in peak fitness before going which is another way of starting a marriage on a positive footing.
Learn a new skill
There is nothing quite like doing something different to start a conversation or to get people out of their comfort zones. With lots of places to go and learn something completely new such as a language, scuba diving and even a new style of dance, there is an endless choice of destination. A honeymoon could feature any of these and be great fun. It might even be the start of a whole new hobby for years to come.
Have a staycation
Staying at home is another way of spending a honeymoon in a less traditional way and probably less expensive. Getting to know the area you actually live in is enlightening as there are always corners and attractions that you never knew existed. Unless you are planning lots of DIY a staycation is an opportune time for a rest and some relaxation. Although honeymoons are badged as a time of celebration there are no rules about when to take it. This could be the perfect solution if you are cash strapped after a wedding.
Rachael Rowe is a freelance travel writer who also likes to volunteer abroad from time to time.