With your wedding planning well underway, it’s time to start thinking of your honeymoon! While planning yet another thing might seem overwhelming at this point, your honeymoon doesn’t have to another intimidating event to plan! As soon as you decide on where you want to spend those first few days of marital bliss, the rest will fall into place!
To help you decide, here are five popular honeymoon destinations for 2018 that will satiate your travel bug and let you relax and rejuvenate.
This tropical paradise is a hidden Caribbean gem. 1,600 miles from Florida, St. Lucia is a small island that is the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Many of St. Lucia’s hotels and resorts offer ready-made honeymoon packages that will let you relax on arrival. St. Lucia is a great spot for sunbathing, hiking, and outdoor adventures.
U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands are a great spot for nature-loving duos. If you stay in St. John, you’ll have access to plenty of minimally populated beaches, as well as the gorgeous and sprawling Virgin Islands National Park. Hop on over to St. Croix for a tour of the Crozan Rum distillery and to do a little shopping.
Cinque Terre, Italy
This heavily photographed gem of a town sits clustered above the Ligurian Sea. Cinque Terre is a romantic hotspot with its gorgeous views and colorful homes. If you and your new spouse are fans of hiking, you will find many challenging trails nearby that open onto gorgeous views. In town, you will find small, family-run accommodations and easy transportation between the villages. Aim for a May trip is you want to avoid the crowds.
Gorgeous, sun-bleached Santorini sits high above the glistening, azure Aegean Sea. The famous white and pastel buildings of Oia are beautiful and the twisting streets just beg for romantic strolls. This small Greek isle is considered one of the top wine destinations in Europe and the local vineyards offering staggering views and delicious vinos.
The lush and fecund mountains of Maui render most first time visitors speechless. The second largest island of Hawaii, Maui has over 30 miles of pristine beaches. The sprawling Haleakala National Park is a must visit and includes the island’s highest peak, the volcanic Heleakala, as well as magnificent Ohe’o Gulch, with its deep pools and crashing waterfalls.
While you may have spent a long time dreaming about your wedding day, it’s important to have some funds set aside for your honeymoon as well. Some young couples are opting to ask for donations towards their honeymoon instead of traditional wedding gift registries. You can also look for ways to cut costs for your wedding by shortening your guest list, not getting married on a Saturday (which is the most expensive day to host a wedding) or finding a venue that doesn’t require you to use their vendors. Look for more affordable wedding dress options like those offered by JJsHouse.com, which will leave you with more budget for your honeymoon.