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Honeymoon Hacks

There is absolutely no doubt about it, planning a wedding is stressful but when the big day finally arrives and the celebrations are over you most definitely deserve some relaxation time with your partner – or – maybe you prefer some excitement with your partner?

However you decide to spend your honeymoon you want to make sure everything is ‘just right’. I know people who decided to have a lovely romantic and relaxing cruise, only to have their dream honeymoon dashed by screaming and wild children on all decks of the ship, the so called ‘adult only’ section being inundated with said children, hordes of loud and pushy people lining up (and pushing in) at the food buffet, the list goes on…

I also know a gay couple who went to a (not to be named) country to have a quiet getaway together, only to find out that they weren’t allowed entry to the resort they had booked because of their sexual preferences.

When it comes down to taking a break with your loved one, you really want everything to be perfect and simply booking what sounds like the right place, or the right ship, might not always get you the holiday you were looking for.

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Lonely Planet’s, The Honeymoon Handbook is the essential planning tool for newlyweds to choose and create their perfect ‘just married’ holiday.

The Honeymoon Handbook features more than 25 of the most exciting locations for couples from Andalucia to Zambia. It starts with a quiz to determine what kind of trip to take based on what you both love the most, whether It’s climbing the Canadian Rockies, touring Tuscany or cruising around Cuba.

Take a boat for a leisurely day on the water at Admiralty Bay, St Vincent & The Grenadines - ©Justin Foulkes/Lonely Planet

Take a boat for a leisurely day on the water at Admiralty Bay, St Vincent & The Grenadines – ©Justin Foulkes/Lonely Planet

Search for treasured memory makers in the markets of Djemaa el-Fna in Morocco - ©Michael Heffernan/Lonely Planet

Search for treasured memory makers in the markets of Djemaa el-Fna in Morocco – ©Michael Heffernan/Lonely Planet

Beyond the destination sections, The Honeymoon Handbook also offers safari-, luxury-, island- and family-themed getaway ideas – even “how-to’s” on so-called “minimoons” and getting married overseas. Additional features include budget breakdowns and an LGBT – friendly indicator for same-sex couples, rating each location from 1 to 5. Other featured lists include:

Top Five Familymoons –

  1. Reunion
  2. Montana, USA
  3. New Zealand
  4. Cuba
  5. Spain
Tackle the snowy slopes in Bulgaria - ©LuckyBusiness/Getty Images

Tackle the snowy slopes in Bulgaria – ©LuckyBusiness/Getty Images

Top 10 Honeymoon Islands-

  1. Corsica, France
  2. Qurimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
  3. Huahine, French Polynesia
  4. Algonquin Island, Canada
  5. Nevis, Caribbean
  6. Tasmania
  7. Praslin & La Digue, Seychelles
  8. Santorini, Greece
  9. Tioman, Malaysia
  10. St Vincent & the Grenadines
Rent a 1973 Alpha Romeo and discover the hairpin bends of Amalfi Coast - ©Mark Read/Lonely Planet

Rent a 1973 Alpha Romeo and discover the hairpin bends of Amalfi Coast – ©Mark Read/Lonely Planet

Top Five Foodie Honeymoons –

  1. Vietnam
  2. Southern Australia
  3. San Sebastian, Spain
  4. Japan
  5. Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Stroll hand in hand through the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico - ©mikolajn/Getty Images

Stroll hand in hand through the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico – ©mikolajn/Getty Images

Top LGTB Honeymoons –

  1. Berlin
  2. Iceland
  3. New Zealand
  4. Cape Town
  5. Argentina

From budgeting, to the art of compromise, The Honeymoon Handbook provides couples with everything they need to plan their ideal, personalised trip to start their life together on the right foot. But fear not, you don’t need to be a honeymooner to enjoy and take many hints from this book.

Lonely Planet: The Honeymoon Handbook

RRP: AU$29.99 / NZ$32.99

www.lonelyplanet.com

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by Carol Sheridan