After months of stressful wedding planning, it makes sense that many newlyweds want to head off on a tropical honeymoon and relax for a week or two. But not everyone craves surf, sand, and sunshine. If you’re not a beach bum, consider a cold-weather honeymoon destination instead. You may trade sand for snow, but you’ll find plenty of perks too. Here are six reasons to skip the beach and head to a cold-weather honeymoon destination instead.
It’s often cheaper
Visiting a destination in its winter off season can save you big bucks. Lower demand equals lower prices, and often fewer crowds. What’s better than strolling the streets of a quaint French village or marveling at the neon sprawl of Japan without the crowds? Doing it without the crowds and for 50% less.
If you’re into skiing or snowboarding, honeymooning in a mountain town may be a no-brainer. But there’s also snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, ice-skating, tubing, sledding, lugeing, dog-sledding, ice-climbing, snowmobiling, and horse-drawn sleigh rides to keep you busy. If you’re looking for an active honeymoon, don’t discount winter adventures to get your heart pumping.
Warming food and drink
When it’s time to refuel from your outdoor adventures, a wintry destination offers plenty of rich, hearty foods to warm you up, including cold-weather classics like fondue and hot chocolate, as well as regional specialities. And since you’re showing less skin on the trip, you may feel a little less guilt at indulging.
You might see the Northern Lights
If you choose a location close to the Arctic Circle (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, and some parts of the US and Canada) between September and March, you have a decent chance of seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. While there’s never a guarantee (you need solar activity and a clear sky) seeing the lights dancing across the sky is an experience you won’t ever forget.
Sweat, humidity, mosquitos, sunburn, hurricanes — nothing to worry about
The annoyances of a tropical honeymoon are nowhere to be found in a wintry destination. There are no bugs to bite you, no humidity to set your hair into a ball of frizz, and no chance of a hurricane to ruin your plans. Sure, you could argue that the chance of a hurricane is replaced by the possibility of a snowstorm, but a blizzard is a great excuse to cuddle up by the fire….
Finally, a wintry destination is just as romantic — some might argue more so — than a tropical locale. Whether you’re snuggled up by the fire sipping hot chocolate, soaking in a steaming hot spring as snowflakes fall in your hair, riding in a horse-drawn sleigh, gazing up at the northern lights, or listening to the crunch of fresh snow in a quiet forest, a winter destination provides endless opportunities for romance.