Couple watching the sunrise on a snow-capped mountain.

How to Plan an Epic Honeymoon

6 Honeymoon Ideas for Adventurous Couples

We get it, not everyone wants to lounge on the beach for a week straight, especially when there are so many other exciting honeymoon options. From glamping to an African safari, we’ve collected a few ideas for the couple that wants to do more than sunbathe.

Climb a Mountain

Calling all thrill-seeking couples out there! We’ve found your ideal honeymoon – climbing a mountain! Sure, it’s not the most relaxing way to spend your first few days of marriage, but you can keep each other motivated on the way up and support each other if one of you get a little tired. Reaching the top will make you feel like you’ve accomplished a major feat together, and the summit will no doubt provide some incredible views. Consider hiking Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest peak) in Tanzania or the Andes in Peru to experience a variety of ecosystems.

Andes, Bolivia
climb a mountain

Take a Ski Trip

For the snow bunny couples, this might be your best bet for the honeymoon of a lifetime. Go ski out west in the United States or experience the well-renowned resorts in Europe – there’s no shortage of slopes to hit. Once you’ve picked your preferred honeymoon destination, find a quaint cabin or luxury resort to stay for the duration of the trip. Select somewhere with great après ski. Choose to cozy up by the fire or experience the local bar. The post-skiing activities are just as important to consider when booking your trip. 

Couple skiing downhill
take a ski trip

Book a Safari

Many African countries form South Africa to Kenya offer spectacular accommodations and safari excursions, so consider which country you’d most like to experience. Although it may take a long flight to get there, every minute you spend traveling is worth it once you arrive. Arrange to go on multiple game drives, including during sunrise or sunset, to catch a glimpse of the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and the white and black rhino). Your lodge will likely be set in the reserve or nearby, so keep your eyes peeled for surprise sightings. 

Couple staring lovingly at one another during a safari
book a Safari

Plan a Glamp-Away

Glamping is just like camping, but with luxury amenities. If you and your new spouse love the outdoors and being pampered, you can combine the two for your first adventure as a married couple. Work with one of Vacation’s expert travel agents to help you plan an unforgettable glamping honeymoon at the eco-luxury resort Al Maha in Dubai, the ultimate outdoor retreat at the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chang Rai, Thailand, or a cozy getaway in the Alps at Whitepod in Monthey, Switzerland. Couples can enjoy spending time together and communing with nature, too! 

Couple on a porch glamping
Plan a Glamping Getaway

Visit Ancient Sites

Gain some much-needed perspective by traveling to a destination that’s loaded with ancient sites and notable landmarks. History buffs will love this idea for a honeymoon! Travel to Rome to see the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain and other epic ruins. Looking to go somewhere outside of Europe? Head to Cambodia and experience the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat and admire the temple complex that makes up the largest religious monument in the world. Alternatively, head to India and enjoy one of the most breathtaking sites in the world: the Taj Mahal. Trust us… it’s worth the long journey.

Couple kissing in front of the Colosseum in Rome
visit historical sites

Rainforest Exploration

If you’re an eco-friendly couple who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, why not consider a vacation that allows you to enjoy marital bliss tucked away in a resort amongst jungle animals while listening to the sounds of a lush, thriving rainforest? From treehouses to lodges, there are many accommodations to choose from that will set you right in the middle of the action while still enjoying luxury amenities. Brazil, Costa Rica, Madagascar and Rwanda are just a few countries that offer this one-of-a-kind experience. 

Inspired by this article and want to speak with an expert travel agent about how you can plan an unforgettable honeymoon adventure? Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts match you with an expert travel agent , who can customize the dream honeymoon itinerary you deserve.

Couple Kissing the a rainforest
Explore a rainforest together