You’ve got the wedding all planned, flowers picked out and your dress bought. You and your partner are finally ready to walk down the aisle and say, “I do.” But what about the honeymoon? For some, planning the honeymoon is a month-long event that requires research, price-checking and to-do lists. But if you don’t have the energy for more planning — or simply waited until the last minute — there are plenty of honeymoon ideas you can book ASAP. From lounging on the beach to sailing across the Atlantic, you are sure to find a last-minute honeymoon idea that works for you.
1. A Discount Cruise
If you want a last-minute honeymoon, look no further than a discount cruise. The best time to search for a cruise and save money is in the month or two before departure, referred to as last call. At this point, canceled reservations go back on sale, with cruise lines heavily reducing fares to sell out the ship. Cruises sporting odd itineraries — such as repositioning cruises, when vessels change regions for the season and tend to spend several days out at sea — typically come at a reasonable price due to the variety of regions and ports crossed.
2. An All-Inclusive Resort
Much like cruises, an all-inclusive resort means paying one price for your room, food, drinks, activities and more. Some airlines even offer packages combining all-inclusive stays with airfare, which is cheaper than booking everything separately. There are so many types of all-inclusive resorts, but they’re often found beach-side in countries like the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica. As a newly married couple seeking romance and privacy, you may want to opt for an adults-only resort or one that caters to couples.
3. A Trip to Niagara Falls
If you have a passport, pack your bags and head across the Canadian border to take in the sights of Niagara Falls. If you don’t have a passport, don’t fret — the U.S. side of Niagara Falls is easily accessible from New York. The vast waterfall was formed more than 12,000 years ago after an ice age, when rising temps meant torrents of water plunging over the Niagara Escarpment. Take the Cave of Winds tour for a behind-the-scenes look at the falls. Or ride the Maid of the Mist to get up close and personal.
4. A Last-Minute Hotel
What’s more relaxing than leaving home and staying in a hotel? There are no chores, no responsibilities. Your room is cleaned daily and there are endless options for in-room dining. Not to mention you can find a hotel room in almost any city around the world, including hot spots like Aspen, Berlin, London and Los Angeles. Whether it’s the day before the wedding or you’re already hitting the reception bar, decide where you and your partner want to go and reserve a room in a matter of seconds.
5. A Rendezvous in Antigua
Antigua is a sun-soaked paradise perfect for a last-minute honeymoon. Located in the Caribbean, this tiny island is home to more than 300 beaches, all featuring powder-white sand, crystal blue water and rustling palm fronds. You and your partner can relax on the sand and de-stress after the wedding planning. Or get in the water and try out activities like surfing, sailing and kayaking. Everyone speaks English on the island so it’s extremely easy to get around and ask for recommendations.
6. Stay on Emerald Isle
Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Emerald Isle is known as a beautifully manicured and picturesque beach town. This beach is hotel-free for the most part, but it’s easy to find a private rental or reservation through sites like Airbnb. The isle is very quiet during the off-season, home to less than 4,000 people year-round — perfect for a romantic and secluded getaway. Fish for dinner off the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. Or have a blast racing tubes at Salty Pirate Waterpark, the only water amusement park in the area.
Don’t let the party end after the reception. Instead, extend the celebration with a romantic honeymoon for you and your partner. Whether you’re tired of planning or you’ve waited until the last minute, there are plenty of trip ideas you can book ASAP. Take a cruise along the coast of Alaska. Surf the clear Caribbean waves of Antigua. Or pamper yourself in style at an all-inclusive resort.
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Guides for Brides, Hotel Online and more! Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!