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Footprint chat dream honeymoon itineraries at Manchester’s Indie Wedding Fair

We were thrilled to attend our first ever wedding show on Sunday 25th Feb. And this wasn’t just any wedding show!

For all the brides that shudder at the thought of the traditional, and are looking for original, unique suppliers to bring your vision for your big day to life…the Indie Wedding Fair is the answer to your prayers. Hosted by InnerCity Events, we knew that the couples attending Manchester’s most creative wedding fair would be a bit of us!

Located at the achingly cool and minimalist venue Five Four Studios (where you can also tie the knot!), this wedding fair had been carefully curated with specially selected independent suppliers, offering the non-traditional bride-to-be bespoke and boutique wedding inspiration, to ensure your big day is anything but boring. And we were thrilled to be attending as the Travel Consultant du-jour, enjoying an exciting day discussing unique, unusual and unforgettable honeymoon itineraries with enthusiastic visitors.

Chatting to couples considering honeymoons this year, and even into 2019, 2020 and beyond, we certainly saw some key trends emerging of the hottest honeymoon destinations that many were keen to ask us about. Here are our top-picks for soon-to-be-honeymooners, and the most popular destinations we swooned about with excited brides-and-grooms to be…

Sri Lanka and Maldives

Demand for Sri Lanka is rapidly growing, and it’s really no surprise! The combination of fascinating culture, stunning sights to marvel at (Sigiriya Rock, luscious tea plantations and temples-a-plenty) along with the incredible local cuisine, gives this destination a beautiful balance of exploration and indulgence. Travel from Kandy to Ella on a scenic train ride, get close to nature on safari at Yala National Park, and even go whale watching in the south at Mirissa near the historic fortress of Galle – there is just so much to see and do.

And when it comes to relaxation, you really are spoilt for choice. Sri Lanka itself boasts its own beautiful beaches in the country’s south-western resorts of Bentota, Negombo and Kalutara (to name just a few), however, from capital Colombo you’re just an hour’s leisurely flight (followed by a quick hop on a sea plane!) away from some of the Maldives’ best world-class luxury resorts, giving you the perfect opportunity to create a unique multi-centre itinerary to end your honeymoon in the lap of luxury.

 

USA Road Trip

For those that love the open road, self-drive road trips around America are a popular and memorable honeymoon to kick-off married life in style. Whether you fancy a West Coast adventure through California (taking in the wonders of Nevada’s national parks along your way), or maybe a musical city tour from Nashville to New Orleans (with that mouth-watering Southern comfort food waiting for you at the end of your drive!), with care hire and pre-arranged honeymoon-worthy accommodation all planned for you, we can help to create your perfect route.

And, if you can’t imagine a honeymoon without a few days relaxing on a beach, why not end your road trip with a visit to the tropical islands of Hawaii, or even a stop-off in the Caribbean to break up your journey home.

 

South Africa

From Table Mountain and Boulders Beach in Cape Town, to the Winelands of Stellenbosch, all the way along the stunning garden route to Port Elizabeth, a honeymoon in South Africa provides ALL the romantic views, and a fantastic blend of cosmopolitan city coupled with endless stretches of rolling hills and coastal scenery. We are getting lots of enquiries for South Africa self-drives which incorporate a safari experience in the Eastern Cape, which brings another exciting dimension to your honeymoon. And, when you take a look at the world-class luxury offered by the safari lodges, you’ll see why they’re oh so perfect for honeymooners (…think private plunge pools and wrap-around game viewing decks!).

Alternatively, there are plenty of ways you could incorporate a luxury beach visit, either to one of Africa’s own stunning beaches, such as the powder-white coastlines of Zanzibar, or, in just a few hours you could be relaxing in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives…you can take your pick of paradise here!). We couldn’t imagine a more dreamy itinerary for newlyweds.

 

 

Whether one of the above destinations float your boat, or you have your own idea for an unforgettable honeymoon, get in touch to see how we can help create your perfect bespoke honeymoon itinerary on 0161 772 0149 or email mia@footprinttravel.co.uk

About the Author
Mia is our resident honeymoon expert. As a newly-wed herself, she loves to help brides and grooms to-be to create their dream getaway, from island hopping in Bali to African safaris, and everything in between. Favourite destination: Cambodia Next destination: Canadian Rockies