10 gung-ho honeymoon options for Girl Power gals

10 gung-ho honeymoon options for Girl Power gals

Leap Day is all about women taking control. And the ladies who've got the gumption to propose this 29 February will want a gung-ho honeymoon to match. Here are 10 honeymoon ideas for go-get-em women (and their lucky grooms, too)

1 Climb Kilimanjaro

Master Tanzania's mighty 5,895m mountain

If Cheryl Cole can climb Africa's highest peak (albeit without Ashley), you can follow in her footsteps. The challenge of climbing the world's tallest freestanding mountain on your honeymoon is a fine start to married life: if you can do this together, you can do anything. Plus the chance to sip sundowners overlooking the Rift Valley afterwards adds a bit of romance.
Tanzania travel guide

2 Blow-pipe in Borneo

Learn how to use weapons amid the Malaysian jungles

Head to Borneo in South-East Asia for a lesson in how to use a traditional blow-pipe (useful skills for later married life, perhaps…?) in lush rainforest surroundings  While you're there, visit the Orangutan Sanctuary, watch green turtles lay their eggs at Lankayan, explore historic temples and hunt for bargains in the island's markets.
Borneo travel guide

3 Clay-pigeon shoot in Scotland

Stay at remote Ardanaiseig Boathouse to fish, canoe and fire guns

On the shores of Loch Awe, Scotland's longest freshwater loch, sits Ardanaiseig Boathouse, a perfect one-bed two-person hideaway. Here, you can experience all the beauty of the Highlands, and book private lessons to learn foraging skills; you can also learn to fish, clay-pigeon shoot, canoe on the loch... or book a massage if you just want to be pampered.
Alternative things to do in Scotland

4 Canoe to 'Honeymoon Island', Canada 

Paddle to this lake retreat, which hosted Wills and Kate on their first post-wedding royal tour

Head to Blachford Lake Lodge near Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territories, to live like royals - Eagle Island is now better known as "Honeymoon" Island after the royal couple's visit in 2011. As well as canoeing, Blachford Lake offers amazing opportunities for hiking and spotting wildlife in summer and cross-country skiing, dog-sledding and skating in winter. The aurora borealis is visible in the Northwest Territories as early as late August; soak up the views from the comfort of a hot-tub.
Canada travel guide

5 Bungee-jump together, New Zealand 

Take a tandem leap while touring the adrenalin-fuelled South Island

New Zealand, the world's favourite adventure-travel destination, has plenty of opportunities for showing off your Girl Power! Take a leap together from the original bungee-jump site: Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown - 43m of pure adrenalin is bound to get married life off an exhilarating start.
New Zealand travel guide

6 Gallop across the wild Kyrgyzstan steppe

Stay in a yurt, sleep on yak-fur rugs and love being where no one else is

For a honeymoon with a difference, saddle up and step back in time as you gallop across the wild Kyrgyzstan steppe. This is romance at its wildest and quirkiest, as you stay in a traditional yurt or camp under the stars. While there, explore the alpine meadows of Jeti-Oghuz Canyon or trek through the Celestial Mountains with their glaciers, summer pastures and snowy peaks.
Kyrgyzstan travel guide

7 Dive in a submarine off Mauritius

Add some James Bond action to your paradise island retreat

Explore shipwrecks and coral reefs - and pretend you're in an action movie - deep under the Indian Ocean, all without getting your hair wet. Enjoy champagne, canapés and a panoramic view of the underwater world in Blue Safari's BS600, a private submarine that offers couples a unique view of Mauritius's underwater scenery. Once you've disembarked, the island has plenty of beautiful beaches where you can imitate Ursula Andress (or Daniel Craig), as well as lush hikes, bustling markets and sleepy fishing villages.
Mauritius travel guide

8 Paddle to Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica 

Row in to this riverside retreat in the depths of the rainforest

Hidden away in the jungle, Pacuare Lodge is the perfect retreat for newlyweds - it can only be reached by white-water raft, or overland by a combination of jeep, hanging gondola and hiking. The lodge offers opportunities to explore the rainforest, go canyoning or canyoneering (which combines hiking, climbing and rappelling) and to find out about the culture and traditions of the local Cabecar Indians. There are two secluded honeymoon lodges tucked away in the canopy for extra romance, plus romantic dinners, massages and yoga on offer too.
Costa Rica travel guide

9 Ride across Wadi Rum 

Live like Lawrence of Arabia amid the Jordanian desert

Jordan's epic desert is the place to stay in a Bedouin camp and sleep out under the stars for a timeless honeymoon in a place with adventure in its soul. Sleep under shooting stars and the Milky Way before watching the sun rise over the desert. Then cross Wadi Rum by horse or camel (or jeep) and head to Petra, Jordan's rose red city, carved into the landscape 2,000 years ago.
Jordan travel guide

10 Lend a helping hand

Join the growing number of newlyweds taking more 'meaningful-moons' - volunteering on honeymoon

There are charities worldwide offering short-term volunteering projects to support sustainable development and longterm conservation goals. Whether its conserving rainforest in Ecuador, helping to build school or hospitals in Africa, uncovering archaeology in Mongolia or working with elephants in Jaipur, there'll be something to suit your interests and timescale. Do your research about the charity beforehand, and if possible talk to previous volunteers.
Guide to Volunteering

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