You’ve finally made most of the decisions about your wedding and now it’s time to start planning your honeymoon. If you’re content with a typical honeymoon experience, there’s no shortage of tropical destinations around the world, simply pick a favorite one that falls within your budget. But if you’re determined to take the road less traveled and have a unique experience, you’ll need a bit more planning and a strict budgeting strategy to plan the perfect special trip: You know, the type of trip will make your friends say, “Ah, where did you say you’re going, again?”

To help with your travels, we’re sharing five out-of-the-ordinary ideas that will catapult you into married life in style.

Join a Leopard Safari in Rajasthan, India

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Rajasthan, India’s largest state, is located in the northwestern part of India. It is home to the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra) and the notable Taj Mahal. Adventure-seeking couples can also come to this region to indulge in a leopard safari. Sujan’s Jawai is one recommendation. Knowledgeable guides transport visitors in customized jeeps to the leopard’s stomping grounds. Back at the resort, honeymoon couples can relax in their lavish canvas tent, eat farm-to-table meals, arrange for local excursions, or indulge in an onsite spa treatment. It’s best to travel to this region between November and February.

Stay in a Glass Igloo and Gaze at Finland’s Aurora Borealis

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Couples who want to experience the grandeur of the Aurora Borealis can head to countries located in the auroral zone. While many places in this arctic region hype the prime winter and spring viewing times, Finland’s Kakslauttanen Resort stands out with a wide variety of accommodations—glass igloos, Kelo-Glass igloos, log chalets, snow igloos, earth lodges. Hearty souls will be invigorated by all of the outdoor activities— skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, reindeer or husky safaris. It’s also possible to visit the nearby Urho Kekkonen National Park.

Trek Through China’s Famed Rainbow Mountain

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The Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the western part of Gansu Province of China. This Rainbow Mountain has wowed travelers for centuries. Many consider it to be one of the world’s top ten magical geographic wonders. For optimal viewing, visitors should plan their trip between June and September and include at least one sunrise or sunset visit. Independent travelers can also see the nearby Wooden Tower of Sui Dynasty, the Giant Buddha Temple, Mati Temple Grottoes, and Binggou Danxia. A trip to the magical rainbow mountain is usually included in China Silk Road itineraries.

Embrace Chile’s Atacama Desert

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The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places in the world, but it isn’t oppressively hot. Hundreds of years have passed since some parts have had any precipitation. Vegetation is limited to cactus and hearty grasses. Animal life is scarce, but look for the vicuña, one of two wild South American camelids. Flocks of birds fly overhead. This harsh desert terrain mesmerizes travelers in the fall and spring. Visitors oftentimes use San Pedro de Atacama, Chile as a starting point and then explore Cejas and Chaxa Lagoons, El Tatio Geysers, Salar de Atacama in the Los Flamencos National Reserve, Coyote Lookout, Valle de la Muerte, and Valle de la Luna. At night, the unpolluted sky is filled with sparkling stars and planets. Local observatories offer tours.

Sleep With the Fish… in a Singapore Hotel Suite!

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The Resort World Sentosa Singapore is a mega resort that has a Universal Theme Park, the Adventure Cove Water Park, one of the world’s largest aquariums and two casinos. Couples who want an underwater experience can book one of the two-story ocean suites that have both a land and sea exposure. The lower level has an underwater view of more than 40,000 aquarium fish while the upper level has access to an outdoor patio and Jacuzzi. Singapore is an island-city in Southeast Asia that offers an eclectic cuisine that mixes Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Malaysian flavors. If couples want to leave the marine sanctuary and the resort complex, there are plenty of city attractions to explore.

Have you experienced an off-the-beaten-path honeymoon? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments!

About The Author

Sandy Bornstein

Sandy Bornstein lived as an expat in India. Her award-winning memoir, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, highlights what she learned as the only American teacher at an international Bangalore school. After living abroad, Sandy continues to explore the world and write about her travels. You can follow Sandy's adventures at www.sandrabornstein.com.

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