It goes without saying that your honeymoon should be one of the most special and memorable times of your life. In keeping with honeymoon tradition most newlyweds are eager to travel somewhere that is “romantic” – a label that is most often justified by either the natural beauty or cultural significance of a place. Today, however, an increasing number of young couples who are already familiar with such holiday destinations are eager to find a place for their honeymoon that is both romantic and an altogether more unique or one-of-a-kind experience.
The Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Northern Sweden, is one such experience. The hotel was established (somewhat accidentally) in 1990 after a lack of accommodation forced two tourists to stay in an igloo intended as an art space. Today, as the winter settles in around November, architects, sculptors and artists move in to carve the 6,000 square metre hotel with ice from the Torne River – and with enough room for 100 guests. As the place is essentially rebuilt every year, the hotel (including the main hall, ice bar and church) is unique to that time and place for a few months only.
International Balloon Fiesta:
Festivals are not typically associated with the desired romance of honeymoons, yet the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, might be perfect for the couple who don’t want to hide away during such a time. The festival takes place annually during early October and since the early 1970s has grown to be the biggest balloon convention in the world. Aside from being a spectacular sight (and subsequently the most photographed yearly event), you can also take a trip yourself and explore the city of Albuquerque – a town steeped in historical and cultural significance.
Contrary to popular belief, newlyweds do not need to travel far in order in order to find a unique and romantic honeymoon destination. For a modest and cheaper option, renting a houseboat on the Kennet and Avon Canal will be unforgettable and perhaps an experience better suited to a young couple than a family. The area is home to picturesque chalk vales and rolling rural countryside, whilst a short trip up the canal will take you to beautiful city of Bath.
Geo-tourism, Waterton-Glacier Peace Park:
Tourism with the prefix “geo” or “eco” is increasing in popularity as more and more travellers are becoming aware of the carbon costs of their holidays. Despite the buzz, a geo-tourism honeymoon may well be the perfect chance to explore a part of the world that is utterly new and breathtaking, as well as ensuring that your journey is good for the environment. Waterton-Glacier Peace Park on the Canadian-US border is a prime candidate. Mountainous scenery is home to nature, history and trails to explore – and the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vale Tourism.