Honeymoon Around the World

Mega-moon: Honeymoon Around the World

Most couples go on their honeymoon for a week or two, or if they’re really lucky, maybe three weeks at most.  Imagine taking an entire year off to travel around the world, together. Take a honeymoon around the world trip. It’s a mega-moon!

I first heard of this concept from a German couple we met during our thresher shark dive in Malapascua, in the Philippines. After getting married, newlyweds Sandra and Chris left their home in Germany and began a honeymoon backpacking adventure around the world together. Amazing experience!

Chris and Sandra took their honeymoon around the world. It's a mega-moon!
ATW Honeymoon! Chris and Sandra after our thresher shark dive in the Philippines

Most people are surprised to learn that it really doesn’t have to cost a lot to travel, especially in places like southeast Asia.  The big savings comes from lodging – Chris and Sandra were spending less than $15/night when we met them in Malapascua, in the Philippines. Consider how much you pay in rent – and imagine how far that money would go towards travel.

Many honeymoons focus on taking a couple of romantic weeks to relax together in luxury resorts in beautiful places like Aruba, Bora Bora, or Hawaii. Those are all beautiful, but your budget goes much much farther with trips in more modest accommodations through southeast Asia. This doesn’t have to mean hostels – private 2-3 star lodging can save you quite a bit! A honeymoon around the world trip that’s packed with adventure experiences may also provide more memorable adventures as well.

3 couples that have done Honeymoon Around the World trips

I’ll be writing more about around the world trips and travel budgeting in upcoming posts, but in the meantime, here are two couples that are writing about their experiences during their honeymoon around the world trips:

  • Oh So Ready – Valerie and Chris – “We’ve been talking about doing a trip like this since we met 10 years ago and we’re finally doing it! We quit our jobs in NYC, moved all of our belongings to our hometown, Atlanta, and have embarked on what will surely be the trip of a lifetime.” 
  • Honey Trek – Mike & Anne – two American newlyweds who thought a ten-day honeymoon wasn’t nearly enough to celebrate a new life together. With a little bit of savings, no kids, and good health, we figured there was no better time to travel than now. So we quit our jobs, rented our apartment, and set out on a 675-day honeymoon around the world. Using Anne’s background as a magazine editor and Mike’s as a digital media strategist and photographer, we started HoneyTrek.com to share our journey of love, life, and adventure
    • HuffPost and DailyMail had good articles on them, which even break down the budgeting.
  • 13 Months -Susan and Grace – “Instead of taking a honeymoon, we decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and travel the world for a year (13 months, actually). We started slowly saving soon after we met, and with the proper planning, it all turned out to be more affordable than we originally anticipated”
Inspiring!
Do you know anybody that’s ever taken a Honeymoon Around The World trip? Would you exchange a standard beach trip for months or even a year together traveling?  Let me know in the comments below.

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