Working with a honeymoon planner means that everything from the destination, itinerary, dinner reservations, and self-guided walks are extensively researched and customly curated for your trip. Or at least, that’s how I do things.
So when The Zoe Report asked me for my top honeymoon destinations, I jumped at the chance to talk about the trends I’ve been seeing and those unexpected places that couples are seeking to leave their footprints around the world.
For Liz Norment, wedding officiant and honeymoon planner at Have Lover, Will Travel, those suggestions are rooted in what her clients are currently seeking: energy, solitude, and compassion.
According to the planner, many are looking to experience the true culture and beauty of places at the moment, rather than the traditional “all-inclusive” resort — they want to learn and explore and feel. “We want to have a hands-on experience; we’re looking for a destination that is dynamic,” she explains.
That said, she maintains that “solitude is sexy” at the moment. “Sure, experiencing a foreign city still has its appeal, but as the ability to travel to ‘hubs’ changes almost daily, finding places that are off the beaten path becomes more appealing,” explains Norment. Thus, she continues, couples are planning vacations by first choosing a hub, and then planning day or road trips from those locations. “They are looking for freedom and the ability to either walk around and explore a destination all day or drive for a few hours and be transported to a completely different place, culture, feeling, and experience.”
As for the compassion aspect of travel? Norment explains that in the past two years, “We have felt more connected to humanity as we are all experiencing, suffering from, and fearful of the exact same yet formerly unknown enemy… So now, travelers are seeking to give more than simply take from a destination. We want to give back by wandering around farmers’ markets, experiencing local fare, sharing in those experiences locals are proud of, and hear and share stories. We want to be mindful tourists. We want to feel connected.”