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Friday, May 21, 2010

Get Wild on Your Honeymoon

Words by Jennifer Stein
Words by Allyson Murphy from realhoneymoons.com

Hang on a minute, we don’t mean what goes on in the honeymoon suite. We’re talking about some amazing travels that put you in touch the Earth. Here are three couples who used their post-wedding travels to get closer to Mother Nature.

Canada in all its glory
Eric & Marissa spent part of their Pacific Northwest honeymoon road trip Oregon’s stunning Columbia River Gorge checking out waterfalls and incredible views. They also hit up gorgeous Victoria, British Columbia where they spent time whale watching off the coast. In BC they stayed at a quiet little coastal B&B called Birds of a Feather. Eric says, “there is something marvelously quiet and serene about the place.”

More than just fruity drinks
Most of of don’t think of a Caribbean honeymoon as the trip where you slap on hiking boots and go exploring. But rather than just lie around in the sun, Andy & Shaira used their Saint John honeymoon to hit the trails. They hiked to the famous Trunk Bay, saw petroglyphs along the stunning Reef Bay Trail and trekked to the appropriately named Honeymoon Beach. Andy says, “It is hard to put into words the kind of beauty these places hold”

Once-in-a-lifetime safari
Greg & Kim knew that married life would later bring big responsibility -- house, kids, the whole thing. So they wanted to use their honeymoon to take the kind of incredible trip you only do once, a safari in Tanzania with Good Earth Tours. The groom, who happens to be a professional photographer, snapped incredible photos of lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, wildebeest, gazelles and more. Greg says of Africa, “it’s the way life has been for long before we were around and will be for long after we’re gone. If that doesn’t give you a good perspective to start married life, I don’t know what will.”

Realhoneymoons.com is run by founder and editor Allyson Murphy. The site offers tips, stories and travel ideas by sharing the real-life experiences of couples who’ve honeymooned around the world. She’s currently obsessed with cooking the perfect homemade pizza.

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