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A dream getaway means different things to different couples. Do you want to relax in pure luxury in Tahiti, or get lost in a big city like Tokyo? Eat your way through Italy or savor some alone time in the California desert? There are endless ways to honeymoon—but only one way that's perfect for you. Get inspired by these incredible honeymoon photos, and get ready to book your trip of a lifetime!
Hot Air Balloon Ride in Turkey
There are certain experience that make a 4 a.m. wake-up call worth it—and a hot-air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey is one. "We were among the first to lift into the air, and as we drifted west we watched another 100 balloons come up between us and the sunrise," says a newlywed couple who quit their jobs to travel around the world pre-wedding.
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The Himalayas, India
During their year long travel, the couple stopped in India for a month, where they spent 10 days touring the Himalayas on a customized itinerary through Incredible Spiti. "Our driver was phenomenal," said the groom-to-be. You're going along gravel roads with sheer cliffs next to you, so looking out the window is nerve-racking."
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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Ha Long Bay boasts thousands of limestone karsts and islets in different shapes and sizes, like the one pictured here. Plus with tons of explorable caves and swimming inlets, you'll never be bored on a trip through one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
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Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Bali
Fun fact: the Balinese people have been using the same irrigation technique on their famed rice terraces since the eighth century. According to history, the irrigation system was passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya and has been used by farmers ever since. The dramatic views of the rice terraces and valleys provide a perfect photo op for tourists.
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Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, best known for its iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), pictured here, that was built by the Ottoman Empire back in the 16th century. If old cities with a ton of history sounds right up your alley, Moster is a can't-miss.
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Known for its beautiful Buddhist temples, including this one, The Haw Pha Bang, Luang Prabang is a nature lover's dream with gorgeous waterfalls and hiking trails throughout the small country.
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This tropical Indian beach town on the Malabar Coast not only boasts gorgeous beaches, but also incredible backwaters and a canal network, making it a popular cruise stop. But if you're not of the seafaring ways, the area has a ton of luxury seaside resorts and hotels. And if you're not the type who can just sit on the beach all day, you can venture inland to check out the tea, coffee, and spice plantations and maybe even get a glimpse of the native wildlife.
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St. Regis Bora Bora
There's a reason these floating villas in Bora Bora are a classic and extremely popular honeymoon destination. Just look at that gorgeous blue water! It's the perfect destination for a couple that wants remote beaches and the full-on luxury island treatment.
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Lake Como, Italy
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Hiking in the California Desert
This newlywed couple spent their honeymoon hiking the Joshua Tree National Park. While a perfect getaway for an active couple, who wouldn't want to enjoy some serene alone time together in the vast California desert?
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Airbnb in Joshua Tree
During their stay in the national park, they rented two different Airbnbs. "We picked them because we loved the architecture and their privacy," said the groom. As it turned out, one of the rentals—called the Boulder House—has been featured on architectural websites.
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Romantic Retreat in Palm Springs
While in Palm Springs, this couple stayed at the gorgeous Korakia Pensione, surrounded by palm trees and perfect weather. "It felt like a retreat in the middle of nowhere," said the bride. Among the amenities: a fire pit next to the pool, where they sat together as newlyweds, "letting it all sink in," she said.
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Outdoor Courtyard in Palm Springs
This outdoor courtyard at Korakia Pensione gave the couple relaxing down time in the beautiful outdoors.
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Looking for some serious adventure? A honeymoon to New Zealand and Australia will provide just that. Check out the Blue Pools Track, an easy hike through gorgeous scenery, namely these beautiful blue pools.
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Great Barrier Reef, Australia
It's pretty much a given that if you're in Austrialia, the Great Barrier Reef is an absolute must-see. You can snorkle or scuba-dive; just make sure you get in that water and check out the 600+ types of colorful coral, plus thousands of species of fish, molluscs, starfish, turtles, dolphins, and sharks.
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Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Located in New Zealand's South Island, this stunning river is one of the country's top tourist spots. The towering cliffs above the river will give you some perspective on the wonder of nature. You can tramp, canoe, kayak, or cruise through the area—there's an activity for every type of traveler.
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Looking for a city getaway? Tokyo is the perfect mix of traditional and modern, with insanely tall skyscrapers and beautiful old temples and gardens. Plus the trendy food scene will have you trying dishes you never even knew existed before.
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Zell am See, Austria
Looking for a European adventure? Explore the Austrian Alps and take a ski lift to the area's highest highest peak in Salzburg. "At one point you're in the clouds, then you're suddenly above it all and can see the mountain tops," said a couple who took a three-week honeymoon around Europe.
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Boat Ride in Capri, Italy
Capri is easily one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. Cruise around the coast in an Italian motor boat, and don't forget to drive through the famed Tunnel of Love!
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Cinque Terre, Italy
Known for its colorful hillside buildings and houses, the coastal region of Cinque Terre looks like something out of a fairy tale. With beautiful hiking trails and incredible coastal Italian food, it's easily one of our favorite honeymoon destinations.
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Aerial Tour of the Big Island, Hawaii
With towering sea cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and active volcanoes spewing red-hot lava, the Big Island is spectacular seen from above. These newlyweds circumnavigated the the entire island in the sky tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. "It was amazing—we never would have seen any of that on foot or by car," said the bride.
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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
While on their honeymoon in Hawaii, this couple had to stop at Pearl Harbor for its historic sights and sentimental value, as the groom used to be a Navy corpsman and the bride's grandfather served at Pearl Harbor.