Have you ever wondered where the word honeymoon has its origins? I have come across this word a million times, used it casually but somehow never stopped to research where or how it came to being. I assumed honeymoon was about something romantic, blissful and on a practical not the possibility of getting to know each other better, in case you still haven’t got around to do that in the hustle bustle of marriage and its many paraphernalia.
Guess what it seems I was pretty much off the mark. A widely disputed explanation but seemingly the most accepted one is that the term comes from a tradition in n ancient Babylonian where mead was drunk in great quantities at weddings and then after the ceremony nuptial couples were given a month’s supply of mead It was believed that by faithfully drinking mead for that first month, the woman would “bear fruit” and a child would be born within the year. Mead was honey beer, and Babylonians referred it to the honey month.
Modern day interpretation is something close to mine and it has been shortened and is only honeymoon and not month. That seems a practical especially if you want to make it an exotic cum unforgettable few days with your beloved and are also ready to shell out vast sums of money.
Honeymoon or honeymoon destinations these days just like marriages is getting really exotic or adventurous. Gone are the days of secluded resorts, a small hilly town or golden sandy beaches. More and more couples are looking for something unique, fun, different with the potential of an adrenaline rush to match their state of mind in this very special period of nuptial life.
Definitely the list is not exhaustive but here are 5 adventurous honeymoon destinations that will be sure to make your adrenaline run wild.
1. Queenstown, New Zealand
Known as the action capital of the world, Queenstown offers many different tummy-churning activities for couples, including white water rafting, Skiing, paragliding and their famous Nevis bungee which boasts a 134m free-fall drop. Along with its breathtakingly beautiful views, quaint cafes and friendly locals, Queenstown is the perfect place to come and face your fears in the day, and chill out by the water at night.
2. Queensland, Australia
The state of Queensland on the North east coast of Australia offers an array of different outdoor activities you will never tire of. Whether you fancy scuba-diving the Great Barrier Reef, taking a 4×4 trip on Fraser Island or exploring the Whitsunday Islands on a fabulous Yacht, there are so many activities which will guarantee to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Perfect for couples, this area also offers some amazing beaches, wildlife and nightlife giving you the honeymoon all your friends will be jealous of.
Norway Is one of Europe’s best kept secrets, with glorious mountain ranges, stunning landscape and even better hiking trails, your honeymoon will be nothing short of amazing if you choose to visit Norway. If you fancy hiking through icy mountain crevices, kayaking through crystal clear waters or taking a trip out to do some whale watching, you will be sure to get a real taste of Nordic life through this trip.
4. Cape Town
Want to experience the real Africa? Then look no further then Cape Town. Offering a cosmopolitan paradise filled with fantastic bars and restaurants, some stunning hiking trails around Table Mountain, and beautiful beaches just a stone throw away from the city, you will be spoilt for choice. If it’s a taste of African adventure your after then a safari tour would be your best bet for getting up close and personal with the wildlife and experiencing a once in a life time experience
Not keen on a tropical climate? Why not take a trip to Finland, or even better yet stay in the famous Kakslauttanen hotel in Lapland which boasts underground igloos that you can cosy up in and spend your evening gazing up at the Nordic night sky. Why not try dog sledding in the day and get a real taste of Scandinavian life.
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