Whether you're getting hitched this summer or delayed your honeymoon in favor of a vacation during the warmest season of the year, you're in luck. There are tons of reasons why honeymooning in the summer is a great idea. Depending on where you're going, you may find that your destination counts summer as their peak of tourism season. Don't let thoughts of crowds dissuade you, travel experts swear. There are tons of reasons why it's actually better to enjoy your post-nuptial vacation during June, July, and August. Here, our experts share why they love planning summer honeymoons.
The weather is great almost anywhere.
The summer season generally allows for warmer weather even in destinations that tend to be cold during other times of the year. One in particular is Europe, which is why it tends to be more crowded during the summer season. Hoping to avoid crowds of tourists? Consider off-the-beaten-path locations, such as Corsica or Puglia. "Corsica is a small island off the coast of France in the Tyrrhenian Sea with secluded fishing villages, rugged coasts, and beautiful sandy beaches," says Kate Johnson, leisure travel planner and honeymoon specialist. "Puglia, located in the heel of Italy, is a slow and quiet part of Italy, rarely visited by holiday-goers and is a go-to for locals to getaway."
Another weather perk is that you don't have to fear a cancellation due to a major nor'easter! "Snow storms are not likely to shut down the airports for days dealing with travel delays," says Teresa Belcher, travel expert and founder of Honeymoon Islands, Inc.
The experience tends to be better.
According to Johnson, certain countries tend to offer different experiences in the summer than in the winter months. "For example, a more adventurous honeymoon couple may want a trip to Africa and the summer is one of the best times to visit this diverse and exotic continent. The days are dry, mild and sunny and the nights are cool with clear skies," she says. "In many African countries the animals flock to rivers and waterholes to quench their thirst in the heat, so your chances of seeing the 'the big five' are much better than at other times of the year."
Another example is traveling to Iceland. While a visit during winter will give you a chance to see the Northern Lights, it's also extremely cold and less manageable that time of year. "In the summer, the nights are long, the weather is perfect for exploring and it's easy to camp and discover the island," says Johnson. "You can dive between the Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National Park and touch both the North American and European Continents without suffering frostbite, too!"
You can score off-season savings.
Especially if you're planning on honeymooning north of the equator in the tropics, you're likely to snatch a deal since it is considered low- or off-season for this region. "The islands are less crowded at that time so the hotels find themselves forced to be creative in filling their hotel rooms," says Belcher. This is particularly true for destinations such as the Caribbean or Mexico. Shannon LeBlanc, destination wedding and honeymoon expert, says that rates in these tropical areas tend to be lower because of hurricane season. "This can be scary for some couples, however, in most cases, all goes well and just be safe always purchase travel insurance to protect your investment," she adds.
If you just got married in the spring or summer, but want to go skiing for your honeymoon, you can still do so by traveling to destinations such as New Zealand or Chile. "North America's summer is the southern hemisphere's winter," says Belcher.
You can sneak in a few extra days.
Depending on your job, you might have more flexibility to take additional time off during the summer season. "For example, if you plan your honeymoon around a holiday, like July 4th or Labor Day, chances are you can sneak in an extra day or two," says Stephanie Goldberg Glazer, honeymoon planner. "Use it to add to your actual vacation, or come home and decompress for a day before resuming normal life." Some jobs even offer summer Fridays, so your boss may let you add these half-days together to create additional vacation days.