Alternative honeymoon ideas
With many couples living and travelling together before getting married, the ‘brief’ for a honeymoon has changed over the years, and, without compromising on luxury and romance, honeymooners can now consider undertaking a volunteering activity, putting something back into local communities.
Suggested destinations include Thailand, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, Vanuatu, Fiji, Ecuador/Galapagos, India, Australia and New Zealand.
For honeymooners who wish to help out at orphanages, painting, cleaning, washing, preparing meals and generally relieving the burden of the primary care givers, this is possible in Thailand, South Africa, Kenya and Fiji.
Alternatively, helping build a playground for a local school is possible in Mozambique, whilst helping at a school teaching English or doing repair and renovation work is available in India and Vanuatu.
For more of an eco focus, honeymooners to Ecuador/Galapagos Islands can work alongside local fishermen as they visit local islands collecting debris from coastal areas and beaches. In Australia the theme is turtle conservation working alongside Aboriginal rangers in Queensland, whilst planting native trees in untouched parts of the Marlborough Sounds is available in New Zealand.
WHAT THESE TRIPS HAVE IN COMMON:
• Helping local communities with long term problems
• Luxurious, romantic accommodation available throughout
• Itineraries created on either a bespoke basis or undertaken on set departure dates
• Volunteering activities are bookended by the holiday experience
SUGGESTED DESTINATIONS, RECOMMENDED LENGTH OF STAY & PRICE:
THAILAND - Bangkok, River Kwai, Ayutthaya, Khao Lak, Elephant Hills. 9 days. £1,400
SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town, Winelands, Luxury game lodge. 9 days. £2,900
KENYA - Nairobi, Lamu and Amboseli, Samburu and Masai Mara National Parks.14 days. £4,350
MOZAMBIQUE - Guludo Lodge with excursions to local villages/islands. 12 days. £2,200
VANUATU - Efate Island throughout, based in Port Vila. 8 days. £1,050
FIJI - Suva, Yasawa Islands. 8 days. £1,600
ECUADOR/GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - Quito, Riobamba, Otavalo. 15 days. £2,400
INDIA - Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur. 12 days. £1,490
AUSTRALIA - Cairns/Port Douglas, Atherton Tablelands, Great Barrier Reef, Aurukun Wetland, Cape York Turtle Rescue, Haggerstone Island. 16 days. £5,950
NEW ZEALAND - Auckland, Waiheke Island, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Marlborough Sounds, Queenstown, Wanaka, Fox Glacier, Milford Sound. 16 days. £11,500
All prices are per person and include domestic transfers, accommodation and most meals but exclude international flights.
For further information on these trips or any of the other featured destinations worldwide visit Handsupholidays.com.