8 Secret Islands in Italy That are Perfect for Your Honeymoon

Hi, beautiful Lipari. iStockphoto.com/Flavio Vallenari

Hi, beautiful Lipari. iStockphoto.com/Flavio Vallenari

I’m generally one of those people who will alway prefer to travel somewhere new rather than revisit a place I’ve already been, but when it comes to Italy, I’ll gladly make an exception (I’m half Italian, after all).

At 16 years old I had the great fortune of spending over a week in the gorgeous country, frolicking from town to town with a chaperoned group of other high school students who were way too young and way too naive to truly appreciate such an incredible opportunity. Needless to say the adult version of me is due for a revisit.

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These 11 Underwater Hotels Make for the Coolest Honeymoon Accommodations

We wouldn't mind a stay in this awesome suite. Facebook.com/TheMantaResort

We wouldn’t mind a stay in this awesome suite. Facebook.com/TheMantaResort

We talk quite frequently here on the blog about the world’s most unbelievable, bucket list-worthy hotels to stay at for your honeymoon. We’ve featured tons of amazing accommodations over the yearsbut the spots we’re showing you today take the wow factor to a whole new level.

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15 Zika-Free Beach Destinations to Consider for Your Honeymoon

Australia's Whitehaven beach is a particularly gorgeous Zika-free zone.

Australia’s Whitehaven beach is a particularly gorgeous Zika-free zone.

Zika virus has been a major cause for concern for honeymooners over the past year, with many couples having to adjust their plans due to the risks involved with traveling to certain areas of the world. With so many countries affected, it definitely limits your options when it comes to choosing a destination—especially if you have your heart set on a beach honeymoon in the Caribbean or some other tropical location.

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Honeymoon Here: The World’s Top 100 Hotels

How about a trip to South Africa? Facebook.com/singita.gamereserves

How about a trip to South Africa? Facebook.com/singita.gamereserves

If you and your to-be are the kind of people who consider the quality of your hotel accommodations just as important as the destination to which you’re traveling, today’s post is all the inspiration you’ll need to get that honeymoon planned.

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9 Budget-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations For Couples Who Want to Unplug

Hello, Moorea. Facebook.com/InterContinentalMooreaResortSpa

Hello, Moorea. Facebook.com/InterContinentalMooreaResortSpa

Unplugged weddings have been a hot topic of conversation for quite some time now, and as we’ve said in the past, whether you ban social media usage during your celebration (your guests should be fully present!) or encourage it (the more photos, the better!) is completely up to you. There are advantages to both scenarios, it’s just a matter of which fits your needs and your party best.

Unplugged honeymoons, on the other hand, are a totally different story: Your ‘moon is an opportunity to relax, recharge and relish in your new status as husband and wifewithout all the interruptions of everyday life—and therefore there’s no need to have your eyes glued to a screen.

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56 Amazing Places to Honeymoon Right Now

A trip to Tuscany? Count us in. Facebook.com/RelaisBorgoSantoPietro

A trip to Tuscany? Count us in. Facebook.com/RelaisBorgoSantoPietro

Can we pause for just a minute to acknowledge the gorgeousness that is the Borgo Santo Pietro? The stunning boutique hotel pictured above is a must-see if you choose to ‘moon in Tuscany, Italy—and it’s just one of the drool-worthy accommodations in today’s roundup of honeymoon-perfect destinations and resorts.

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21 Breathtaking Caribbean Getaways You Must Consider For Your Honeymoon

One ticket to this paradise, please. Facebook.com/FourSeasonsResortNevis

One ticket to this paradise, please. Facebook.com/FourSeasonsResortNevis

The Caribbean continues to be one of the most popular destinations for couples venturing off on a tropical honeymoon in the days after their wedding—the sparkling blue waters and bright white-sand beaches are perfect complements to what is sure to be a memorable vacation. The only problem with opting for a Caribbean ‘moon: choosing an exact location from the wide variety of amazing islands that exist in that part of the world (which, we think, is a pretty good problem to have).

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15 Romantic Locations That Are Ideal for Your Mini-Moon

We wouldn't mind a stay at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico. Facebook.com/WyndhamRioMar

We wouldn’t mind a stay at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico. Facebook.com/WyndhamRioMar

We’ve touched on the topic of mini-moonsand all of the reasons why a couple might chose that route as opposed to venturing off on an extended vacation post-wedding—quite a few times here on the blog: These days, it’s a rather popular option for busy, budget-conscious newlyweds who want the feel of an elaborate getaway without the time or money that usually comes along with it.

Thanks to the 3-4 rule, that goal is extremely attainable: If you choose a not-too-far-off destination and limit the activities you do while you’re there, there’s no reason why you can’t have the trip of a lifetime—just on a shorter timeline.

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Why Science Says You Should Take a Beach Honeymoon

Yes, this is what you want. | iStockphoto/Anna Omelchenko

Yes, this is what you want. | iStockphoto/Anna Omelchenko

I have long personally believed that a honeymoon should be taken at the beach. And, since I find myself with this handy little wedding soapbox here, it’s a belief I have declared more than once.

But I’ll reiterate: Planning a wedding is crazy stressful and time-consuming. Your wedding day, while indescribably wonderful, will be incredibly mentally and physically draining. Afterwards, you will feel a tired in your bones that you may not have felt before. (If I didn’t think it’d prematurely deglamorize the whole wedding thing for you, I’d share a picture of myself sound asleep on the floor, rolled halfway under my parents’ coffee table the afternoon after my wedding, brand new husband splayed out, snoring, next to me.)

Now, feeling that way, do you want to spend the next one-to-two weeks reading maps, planning itineraries, making reservations, navigating around, managing language barriers, and essentially planning and executing another little mini event?

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