By Lauren Allvord
Newlyweds are no longer exclusively jet-setting to honeymoon destinations where the itinerary is solely sipping coconuts under palm trees. Instead, they’re doing whatever strikes their fancy, whether it’s hiking, kayaking, meditating, or, heck, even fly fishing.
Here, we’ve rounded up six nontraditional honeymoon destinations to inspire your post-“I do” travels.
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If it’s good enough for the royals—Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, that is—why not consider Namibia good enough for yourself? Wolwedans is perfect for newlyweds seeking an adventure. The camp is private, with unique nature experiences, like walking safaris, scenic drives, and hot air ballooning. Up, up, and away!
A restored colonial building, the Tcherassi Hotel + Spa is smack dab in downtown Cartagena. Founded in 1533, the city is ideal for history lovers and those craving a taste of new cultures.
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Consider it a tranquil way to celebrate your romance. Carmel-by-the-Sea sits right on the California coastline, just south of Monterey Bay, and La Playa Carmel has one of the best views of the water. The luxury mansion was built in 1905 and is known as the “Grande Dame of Carmel.”
Troll Peninsula, Iceland
Located on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland, Deplar Farm is one of the most off-the-grid destinations you can find. Honeymoon on a converted sheep farm, with access to activities like skiing, cycling, and view on views on views of the Aurora Borealis (glowing night sky).
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Joshua Tree, California
Head into the dessert at The Lautner Compound, a collection of boutique properties with architectural cred. Enjoy your own private residence while experiencing top-notch amenities, with design that evokes Instagram envy.
Located right on Yellowstone’s doorstep, the Anvil Hotel is cozy as can be. Its design beckons that of an old general store, and the property is bent on building a community through outdoor activities that rotate seasonally. Consider sleigh rides, chuckwagon dinners, golf, fly fishing, floats, and so much more.