things in terms of location, climate and
activities appeal to different people, but
with so many delightful destinations and
perfect packages to choose from - or carve
out individually yourself - the problem
is less to do with finding your very own
slice of paradise, and more to do with narrowing
down the options.
all of this with top-notch tour operators, who really know what
they're doing and how to take the hassle out of organising such
an important event, and the dreamiest imaginable start to married
life is right there at your fingertips.
exactly where are newlyweds flocking to right now this minute?
those after short haul honeymoons, Europe is an obvious choice,
and places like Italy, France and the Greek islands are all currently
hitting the top slots," observed Sean Tipton of the Association
of British Travel Agents (ABTA). "Destinations
tend to go in and out of vogue in cycles, much like fashion in general,
but honeymooners generally like the classic touch, so anywhere that
boasts beautiful beaches combined with wonderful, romantic architecture
and so on, tend to do really well."
for people not so keen on long distance travelling are places like
Tuscany, Rome, Florence, Crete, Corfu, and, of course, Paris might
tickle your fancy. Cities are a good choice if you enjoy getting
out and about for the nightlife, restaurants, shopping and culture,
while scenic retreats are just the ticket for those who love to
lie back and take things easy.
long haul destinations, the Maldives make the grade for a huge number
of honeymooners, followed by Kenya, Thailand, the USA and Dubai,"
added Sean. "However,
I think the Caribbean will be making it into the top five pretty
soon, as it has so much to offer and is gaining a much higher profile
and a safer reputation."
are plenty of ways to shop for your magical romantic experience
and people's buying habits are changing all the time, due largely
to the internet. Looking
and booking via the web is a growing trend and there are lots of
online travel companies that offer the basics.
there's also an increasing demand for expert, personal advice to
help create complicated itineraries, so that newlyweds can cram
in lots of exciting things they might never get the chance to do
operators specialise in providing honeymoons - and catering for
your every whim, no matter how obscure or out of this world - and
have loads of contacts, connections and experts on hand to offer
advice and guidance, and tailor make your trip.
lounging about beside a picturesque pool and basking beside a beautiful
beach aren't your only options. You
could go diving and make friends with exotic fishes while exploring
haunted shipwrecks, for example, or even really embrace your sense
of adventure by indulging in a spot of mountaineering. The
world is your oyster, so set your spirit free and let your imagination
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heading to Kenya tickles your fancy, take a look at the wonderful
service offered by African Safari Club (0845 345 0014 or www.africansafariclub.com),
who can also arrange for you to actually tie the knot over there
as well. Saying
'I do' atop the rocky promenade at the elegant Flamingo Beach Hotel,
overlooking the idyllic palm-fringed white sand Shanzu beach, will
truly take your breath away.
you can even pay a little extra for Masai dancing entertainment,
then be swept away to go totally wild on safari at the company's
very own Kimana Game Sanctuary, which boasts the incredible Kilimanjaro
as its backdrop.
to Sean Tipton, combining the wedding ceremony with the actual honeymoon
itself is becoming an increasingly popular option. "Getting
married abroad is very cost effective and often works out cheaper
when you consider that most couples spend around £15,000 on
the whole shebang here in the UK," he explained. "It
also means you can be more selective about who to invite, as carting
hundreds of long lost relatives off to foreign climes isn't really
certain tour operators specialise in this sort of thing and know
how to take care of all the paperwork and technicalities, to ensure
your marriage is legally binding back in the UK and that everything
booking your honeymoon, make sure you clarify exactly what's included
in the price, by asking lots of questions and getting everything
confirmed in writing. This way you'll know exactly what to expect
and won't be disappointed. "I'd
say the average couple splashes around £1,500 per person,
for a two week honeymoon," continued Sean. "It
may sound extravagant, but most honeymooners are happy to really
push the boat out and spend more than they would on a normal holiday,
as it's a once in a lifetime experience."
your budget and whatever your tastes and dreams, you're sure to
find the perfect place to whisk your soul mate off to, and are sure
to come back laden with hundreds of happy memories to cherish forever.