Unique Honeymoons opened the floor to all questions via our Facebook page - here's a round up of answers from editor Sarah Baxter
Q: I'm not sure where to start!
We're both adventurous and not really beach people, so instead
want to go on a tour of some sort where there's no hassle for us to
organise, and we get to enjoy ourselves. I was thinking India - do
you have any suggestions who I could go with?
Sarah Baxter: Congratulations! India is a fabulous choice for a honeymoon. So many romantic palace hotels, crazy (in a good way...) cities, exotic spices, looming mountains... Rajasthan is a great option: in a couple of weeks you can combine frenetic Delhi, the pink city of Jaipur, white Udaipur (with its lake palace hotel) and blue Jodhpur. And of course you can't miss that cheesy photo in front of the most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal.
To get the most from a trip, book with a specialist tour operator who knows the country well, and will be able to get you great deals on gorgeous hotels (the BIG bonus with India is that these places don't have to cost a fortune). They will also be able to suugest great extra actvities: maybe an Indian cooking course, a rural hike or bike ride etc. For a list of trusted companies, take a look at the Honeymoon Finder. And for great itinerary ideas, look out for issue 2 of Unique Honeymoons mag (23 Aug), which will have contain a big feature on India!
Q: We're both really well travelled and we want to keep in the same vein, but do it with a touch of luxury. We are getting married next June/July and want to go away straight after the wedding. Neither of us are beach people, but we both love mountains, wildlife and wide open spaces, and like to go to places with very little tourism. Any suggestions of destinations, or who could help us organise such a trip?
SB: If possible, go in June - prices will be much cheaper if you can avoid that Jul-Aug school hol period. How offbeat are you thinking? For real bragging rights and no tourists, how about Kyrgyzstan? Incredible mountains, blue lakes, horse-rides, treks and romantic yurt stays... You might need to develop a taste for fermented mare's milk, but that's a small price to pay! And June/July is a great time to be in Central Asia, weatherwise - sunny and blue-skied.
June/July is a good time to visit Uganda too (drier and cooler than other months) - another spot with amazing wildlife (gorillas!) and little-visited mountains (the Mountains of the Moon). There are an increasing number of fancier lodges opening too, so you don't need to sacrifice on comfort. Check out our 'Where to go when' pages for June and July for more ideas.
Q: We're on a bit of a budget for our honeymoon (we're saving up for a big year-out trip in a couple of years time) - have you got any tips for unique/romantic/different things to do in Europe late summer/autumn?
SB: Honeymoons really don't have to cost the earth. Stay in the UK (maybe we'll have an Indian summer) and try some 'glamping' - you can always make it more romantic by taking some tealights in jam jars and drinking Prosecco out of plastic wine... glasses! Or how about getting a low-cost flight to Oslo and spending a week wild camping? It's perfectly legal in much of Scandinavia and hopefully the sun will still be shining if you go in September.
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