THE HONEYMOON –TRIP OF THE LIFETIME – THE START INTO A NEW STAGE OF LIFE

When talking about Honeymoons, most couples still dream about French Polynesia, Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius – all tranquil places with white beaches and blue water. In this edition, Virtuoso Travel Designer Guido Graf explains why this is changing.

In the past five years, we realised that this age-old dream is dramatically changing. There are still couples looking for a timeout together on a remote beach, but more and more couples are looking for unique experiences.

In many cases, the honeymoon is the most expensive trip someone will ever take in their life. It’s absolutely understandable, as this trip should be something should be the first page of the story that a couple will write together throughout the rest of their lives.

It is always vital to talk with the couple in order to get a real idea about their dreams and wishes and to understand the passions they share.

Topping the list for honeymoons is the Safari, as this is an experience about which both sides can be enthusiastic. The ladies always love seeing the animals (specially the baby lions) and the men love being out in the nature and exploring. Safari Lodges are a perfect place for romantic dinners and while having the last drink before going to sleep, the stars in the desert always shine more brightly than one can ever see in the city.

Cruising is also becoming more and more popular. The fact of having to unpack just once and explore a lot of different cities and harbours is a very relaxing experience – and at the same time, cruise lines have special Honeymoon packages, providing special surprises for the newlyweds, such as a romantic dinner on a remote deck or even a visit with the captain on the bridge, or dinner with him/ her.

IT IS ALWAYS VITAL TO TALK WITH THE COUPLE IN ORDER TO GET A REAL IDEA ABOUT THEIR DREAMS AND WISHES AND TO UNDERSTAND THE PASSIONS THEY SHARE.

Otherwise, exploring the world is a dream we often hear from honeymooners. There are no particular countries to point out here, as the interests of couples vary greatly. Asia is always popular and there also experiences like staying and working for a couple of days in a monastery, or it may be a road trip across the USA that gives the feeling of freedom.

There are so many kinds of perfect honeymoon, it is important to sound out the couple, understand their needs and be creative enough to find the suitable experience which will create lasting memories. Honeymoons are often a great start for the travel planner to become friends with the couple, following which they will become regular clients.