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10 Honeymoon Spots You’ve Never Considered (But Should)

Forget Hawaii! Kick-start married life with one of these 10 surprising honeymoon spots.

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Alaska

Alaska

This is probably the last place in the world anyone would associate with honeymoons, which tend to centre around sand and surf, but Alaska isn’t all glaciers and sub-zero temps. A cruise to the U.S.’s northernmost state is one of the most beautiful travel experiences out there. In the summer months, warmer weather makes sailing past some of the most stunning glaciers in the world even more enjoyable. Plus, if you’re planning a fall or winter wedding, a trip to Alaska will allow you the chance to admire the rare and majestic Northern Lights in the evenings. What more could a couple of newlyweds want?

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Mozambique

Mozambique

With several secluded beaches to visit, tucked away in a corner of paradise, this underestimated destination may be the ideal choice to make all your newlywed dreams come true. The serene, turquoise waters and enthralling culture make Mozambique a true jewel of Africa. If you’re an adventurous pair, take advantage of the African safari expeditions offered all over the country.

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Croatia

Croatia

If you’re looking for a destination with all the beauty of Europe without the pickpocketing and high cost of living, Croatia is your best bet. This beautiful Mediterranean country offers so much for so little and is probably one of the most underrated destinations in the E.U., with its beautiful beaches, jaw-dropping scenery, romantic cruises and incredible sightseeing.

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Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam is home to some of the most gorgeous luxury beach resorts the world over. Kick off married life with a sunset cruise, a lavish honeymoon suite and serene beaches, and be sure to venture out into nearby cities for a taste of Vietnamese culture and local cuisine. Bonus: Costs are extremely low in Vietnam by North American standards, so you’ll get top notch, five-star service without spending thousands.

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Uruguay

Uruguay

This South American country is equipped with everything a honeymooning couple could want: dreamy beaches, cloudless skies and  With dreamy beaches, warm weather and peaceful, quiet setting. Resort cities like Punte del Este make the perfect place for relaxation after hectic wedding day plans and preparations.

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

If a tropical paradise is on your list of honeymoon destination requirements, look no further than the magical island of Sri Lanka. White sandy beaches, an array of outdoor activities, and a laid-back vibe make this country a great pick for newlyweds. Enjoy world-class beaches one day, and lace up your shoes for a hike or hot air balloon excursion the next for a dose of adventure. Plus, you’ll get to immerse yourself in the Sri Lankan way of life and come home not only feeling relaxed, but culturally-enriched, too.

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Galapagos IslandsPhoto: Thinkstock

Galapagos Islands

If relaxing on the beach isn’t your pastime of choice, a snorkelling trip to the Galapagos Islands may be a better fit. Grab your new husband or wife by the hand and dive into crystal clear waters to take in some of the most unique marine life in the world. You won’t be at a loss for how to spend your days with activities like sailing around in a catamaran, hiking the Sierra Negra volcano, going bird watching and exploring the primitive caves around the islands. Of course, even the most intrepid of couples may need one day of rest, and the peaceful beaches will be there waiting for you.

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Quebec

Quebec

A honeymoon right here in Canada may not have crossed your mind, but in addition to being far more affordable than travelling abroad, Quebec has a lot to offer romance-seeking newlyweds. Steeped in history, the European feel of Quebec City is a sight to see on its own. According to a Wedding Bells Bridal Survey this past year, 36% of couples voted for Quebec City as their favourite Canadian honeymoon spot. If an escape from urban life is what you’re after, the honeymoon suites, spas and romantic restaurants that abound in Mont Tremblant won’t disappoint. Plus, you’ll have dozens of romantic activities to choose from, like skiing in the winter or white-water rafting in the summer.

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Nepal

Nepal

Instead of heading to the standard beach resort, why not go the alternative route and try volunteering in Nepal as a pair? Start off your new life together by giving back through volunteer programs that help provide healthcare, education and food to those in need. At the same time, you’ll get the chance to explore this majestic country, experience the culture, and leave with an overwhelming sense of humility, gratitude, and pride.

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 New Orleans

New Orleans

Looking for a lively trip with great food and friendly faces? A honeymoon in New Orleans, Louisiana may be just the thing for you. Without travelling across the globe, honeymooning couples can live it up at Mardi Gras parades, indulge in decadent sweets and delicious fare, visit the French Quarter, go sightseeing and much more. However you choose to fill your days, this is sure to be fun-filled and action-packed trip from start to finish.