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Ask any couple in the throes of wedding planning and they will most likely tell you the thing they’re looking forward to the most (an eternity of marital bliss aside) is the honeymoon.
According to a 2013 study by wedding and lifestyle website TheKnot.com, couples are spending more time researching, planning, and actually traveling for their honeymoons than ever before.
“There are a couple factors contributing to this,” Executive Editor of XO Group Kristen Maxwell Cooper told T+L. “But this is especially true of the new crop of millennials getting married a bit later in life.”
Comprising part of a nearly $12 billion a year industry, Cooper described the shift from the standard “surf, sand and sun,” honeymoons to more exotic and elaborate locations including Asia, Africa, and even Antarctica.
Antarctica doesn’t come cheap, though. For couples looking to collect experiences and not casserole dishes, one trend that’s been picking up traction recently is incorporating a honeymoon fund into their wedding registry.
“As couples are getting married later, many times they’re already living together, so the things that they would traditionally register for they already have. The value of gaining an enriching experience over material things is far more prevalent.”
Offering some of the most unique tailor-made travel experiences around the world, London based luxury travel company Black Tomato is an expert when it comes to planning the perfect honeymoon.
“Our first recommendation is to drop every preconceived notion of what a honeymoon should be,” Black Tomato co-founder Tom Marchant wrote in an email to T+L. “We recommend couples to think first and foremost about what they want to get out of this experience to really reflect and look at the emotional side of an experience before picking the destination.”
With so many bucket-list worthy places to choose from around the world, narrowing a list down is no easy task—but that’s exactly what we did here. From a luxury safari lodge to a 15th-century peninsula to a bungalow on your own private Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, there’s something for everyone—and every kind of honeymoon.
Check out T+L’s complete guide to the honeymoon experience of a lifetime.
Michelle Gross is an Editorial Producer and Contributing Writer at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @mtothegnyc