The honeymoon is just the first of many big adventures you’ll share as Mr. and Mrs., and while there’s nothing wrong with lounging on the beach sipping frilly drinks for days, some newlyweds crave a cocktail of thrills and adventure instead.
In recent years—perhaps since the dawn of Pinterest?—it seems as though weddings have been veering from tradition in the most unique ways, especially when it comes to the ceremony. Couples are taking the destination to entirely new levels, tying the knot with a backdrop of stalactites, walking down the aisle of a Boeing 737, and exchanging rings 13 feet underwater in the South Pacific. And when it comes to where to go and what to do after saying, “I do,” there’s no shortage of ideas just as cool.
Sure, you can have the most blissful week of your lives without ever stepping foot outside of your romantic all-inclusive resort. With private beach–side butler service, who could blame you? But if you find it just as swoonworthy a prospect to hike to the top of an active volcano and roast marshmallows over lava smoke, these far-less-frequented honeymoon destinations and excursions are for you.
As a duo with a shared sense of adventure, you know by now where the two of you fall on the risk spectrum, and that can help to determine location and just how much daring you’ll do. Your romantic getaway can include a thrilling day trip to break up the R&R or be a full-on expedition, like the road trip this adorable New Zealand couple set off on in 1961, and again for their anniversary 55 years later.
From a “bait to plate” fishing experience off the coast of Barbados to a hot air balloon ride in the Italian countryside, here are 10 exciting alternatives to the average honeymoon experience.