The 18 Romantic Destinations To Honeymoon In This Year

You've made it official – and now it's time to unwind. Whether you're the type of couple that wants to explore a once-in-a-lifetime destination, experience otherworldly food and architecture or simply unwind on one of the world's most beautiful beaches, we've got you covered. Wedding planning, while exciting, can be a huge source of stress – and your honeymoon is likely going to be your first real chance to enjoy some quality time with your spouse. The trip should be relaxing, first and foremost, and suit your wants, needs and style as a couple. With that said, incorporating all of your favourite things into one trip can overwhelm, or take away from your time spent simply enjoying one another's company.

When planning, consider your bucket list (a honeymoon is the ultimate excuse to invest in a trip you'd otherwise never splurge on), your getaway goals (lounging poolside? A spa? Hiking? Indulging in local cuisine after all those months on a wedding diet?) and the best times to visit your dream destinations. Keep in mind that while off-season travel can save you money, it can also be unpredictable. Decide whether you're the type of couple who can handle making the most out of your plans being derailed; the last thing you'd ever want is to spend the majority of your trip in inclement weather, or discover that most of a location's must-visits are only open in high season. We've considered the world's most romantic, untapped, exciting and visually stunning destinations when crafting this list, and have teamed up with industry experts to give you all the reasons you'll need to visit, and where and when to plan your stay. Here, the 18 ultimate honeymoons to have on your short list for 2018.

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Planning a spring wedding? We dare you to find a more ideal setting for your honeymoon photos than the cascading pink petals of Japan in cherry blossom season. And while those blushing flowers may only last for a few weeks each year, there’s never a bad time to honeymoon in Japan. For the zen side of things, make your way to Kyoto, where the city’s hundreds of shrines and temples are like taking a step back in time. Make it a spa trip by visiting one of the country’s thousands of natural volcanically-warmed hot springs known as onsen (Japan is home to nearly 10 per cent of the world’s active volcanoes), or spend your days in Tokyo, sampling some of the finest, most precisely-crafted drinks and cuisine in the world.

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