By Amanda Hevener
Traditionally, a honeymoon is a vacation taken directly after the wedding so that the newlywed bride and groom can spend a little alone time. These vacations are usually spent at beach resorts, on tropical cruises or at exotic destinations that the new husband and wife have never been to before. However, there is something to be said about a unique honeymoon, where the newlyweds can still be together without spending time lounging on a beach. These unusual trips involve doing activities that both halves of the new couple love, or taking a once in a lifetime chance to do something adventurous.
Spend time at a small fishing cabin.
A quiet, peaceful week without any interruptions, aside from fishing and hiking, of course, might be just what you need to unwind after the craziness of planning a wedding. If both you and your future spouse like the outdoors, then this might just be the right honeymoon for you. Find a quiet, somewhat isolated cabin near a freshwater lake and be prepared to spend a relaxing week boating, fishing and sitting around a campfire.
Go on an Alaskan cruise.
Many people spend their honeymoons on a cruise — only they choose to travel to warm, tropical locations, for example, Mexico, Jamaica and the Bahamas. For a change of pace, go to Alaska instead. The state is beautiful, and amazingly full of things to do. Plus, most of the cruise ships that go to Alaska are smaller, so you will not have to deal with as many crowds.
Tour historic sites, like Civil War battlefields.
If both you and your new spouse are history buffs, then spending your honeymoon traveling around to different historic sites is a great idea. Plus, if you decide to go by car, you will save money on your travel expenses! Some ideas include touring various Unites States Civil War battlefields, spending time in Washington DC taking in the many monuments and museums, and wandering the back roads along the Lincoln Highway, viewing all of the small towns along the route.
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Book a trip to Nepal and climb Mount Everest.
For a real once in a lifetime adventure, consider going mountain climbing. This is only a good idea if both of you are experienced climbers, since it can be very dangerous for everyone involved, especially those new to rock climbing. Sure, mountain climbing is not a very romantic experience, but it will leave you with memories to look back on when you are old and gray, and that is all that matters.
Go backpacking throughout Europe.
This can be interpreted in several different ways, as one person’s backpacking involves staying in hostels and following a budget, while another person’s version of backpacking might revolve around four star hotels. Either way, spending some time traveling around Europe is an excellent bonding experience. You can try new foods, see new places, and even visit some of the most romantic cities in Europe: Rome, Florence and Paris. It will be the trip of a lifetime!