When it comes to honeymoons, a few classic destinations are usually the first to come to mind: Fiji, Paris, the Bahamas. But there are lots of great reasons to consider a less popular area, or one that's off the beaten path, when you're planning your big trip. Here are the top reasons why!
For many couples, privacy is a honeymoon necessity. And in super popular destinations, it can be hard to achieve. Paris is beautiful, but try getting a selfie at the Eiffel Tower without other tourists filling the background! While a less popular destination might not give you pictures and memories of the world's most iconic spots, the fact that they'll be free of other tourists and honeymooners means they'll feel like they're all yours. And on a trip that's all about celebrating your love together, that's a good thing.
At popular destinations, merchants charge more. Hotels, restaurants, gift shops, boutiques...you'll pay higher prices on just about every aspect of your honeymoon, including airfare. Dinner dates, activities, adventures, romantic outings, tours, shopping, car rentals, and fancy hotels on a lower budget for the same quality? Yes please!
With popular destinations, you get those pictures of yourselves at culturally-rich, visually striking, sought-after landmarks...you know, the ones where everyone else gets their pictures too. Go beyond the usual, think outside the box, and visit an off-the-beaten-path honeymoon destination where you can get those pictures that NOBODY else has. That shot of you "holding up" the Leaning Tower of Pisa with your hand? Sorry to break it to you, but it's been done a million times. Instead of doing what everybody else does, make new discoveries that are all your own. Which leads us to our next big benefit...
Be an Influencer
Influencers on Isntagram and other social media aren't the ones who are posting the pictures just like everybody else's, in the same settings and countries. True influencers are the ones who show how stunning those other places are, leading others to follow in their tracks to check it out for themselves. That's how influencers are born!
With the rise in environmental awareness, ecologically-friendly tourism is on the rise. This is a wonderful thing! But no matter how you slice it, some of the most popular destinations are being commercialized or just plan trampled by the meteroic boom in tourists. It can be hard to find authentic places, and ones where litter and other biproducts of foot traffic haven't affected the experience. Choosing a less popular destination means higher potential to find that magical scenery you're looking for, with none of the stains of human contact that sometime come with massive, sudden explosions in popularity.
Is your honeymoon really ALL your own if it's filled with memories that are nearly identical to those of countless other couples'? Make unique memories and have a honeymoon that's truly all yours by choosing a less-traveled destination, and yours will be a trip of a lifetime that is exclusively your own.