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A honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – so what better time to take that trip you’ve always dreamed of? From adventurous expeditions to paradise beaches, you can hit the road and feel like a film star on the honeymoon of your dreams – with a set of stylish wheels to match. Read on for ten of our top honeymoon road-trip ideas.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
Australia is full to bursting with great road trip opportunities, but one of the must-see routes is the Great Ocean Road, running for 285km between Torquay and Warrnambool in Victoria (or drive from Melbourne to Adelaide to take it in on the way.) The route passes by rugged coastline and sandy beaches and takes in the famous Twelve Apostles and the ShipwreckCoast, providing views of the Bass Straight and Southern Ocean. If you fancy a longer Aussie road-trip, head over to Sydney and straight up the east coast for stunning stretches of sun, sea and sand – and take all your camping gear in a van to really get the full hippy experience.
Where better in the world to toast your honeymoon? Mark the occasion with a drive through northeast France into sparkling Champagne country and celebrate your nuptials in the home of the world’s best bubbles. Resist the temptation to have too many glasses by getting yourself there in a smart and sleek set of wheels and continue exploring the stunning countryside with a stop off in the town of Troyes. With its ancient traditional timbered houses, cobbled alleyways, leaning buildings and flowering courtyards, you’ll feel like you’re in a fairy-tale fit for any prince or princess.
If you’re the adventurous type, there’s nothing better than a robust set of wheels and the long open road. And it doesn’t get much longer than the Trans-Canada Highway, which stretches over 8000 kilometres from coast to coast. Load up the luggage in a spacious set of wheels and hit the road to take some of Canada’s most stunning scenery, including the majestic Rockies, the lonely prairies, Old Quebec City, the Bay of Funday and the red sands of Prince Edward Island.
California‘s Pacific Coast Highway
The Californian Pacific coast Highway is one of the world’s most famous drives, skirting around jaw-dropping vistas of the ocean and passing through Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea and the fabled Big Sur. From sandy beaches to rocky coastline, the power of the Pacific will capture your heart on this unforgettable drive. Let the top down in an iconic convertible and keep the wind in your hair all the way through Santa Cruz and up to San Francisco.
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia.
Get yourself a 4×4 and drive across the world’s largest salt lake, for a truly breathtaking experience. This flat white expanse stretches as far as the eye can see, with the sparkling blue sky contrasting with the ice-white landscape, which looks more like the surface of another planet than a part of South America. At night, the landscape becomes illuminated as the light of the moon bounces off the salt – some say it’s romantic, some say it’s eerie, but you’ll never know until you see it for yourself.
Leave Athens on Highway E94 and travel west on the ancient winding roads of central Greece. Follow in the footsteps of warriors, taking in breathtaking temples, hair-raising gorges and stunning landscapes, interjected by snapshot views of turquoise water. Surround yourself with centuries of history before setting off on your own journey together – all under the blue skies of sunny Greece.
New Zealand South Island
You may only go to New Zealand once in your life – so what better time than your honeymoon? This little land packs in everything the heart could wish for – from wineries and paradise beaches to rugged isolation, cosmopolitan cities and majestic mountains. Pack up the camper and make your way around the South Island to have your breath taken away by the Southern Alps and the fiordland between Te Anau and Milford Sound. And if that’s still not exciting enough for you, adrenaline junkies can bungee jump, skydive and glacier walk to their heart’s content in this home of extreme sports.
Wherever you go in Italy, you’ll be able to indulge in some of the world’s best food, drink and scenery – three very important facets of the perfect honeymoon. Hire a nippy little compact and zoom around the sights of Rome like a local or head down south to the turquoise waters of the Amalifi Coast, one of the country’s most scenic stretches of coastline.
Also known at the “Main Street of America”, Route 66 is perhaps the world’s most iconic road trip, having become immortalised in films and songs throughout the decades. Feel like a rockstar on your honeymoon and hire a classy and comfortable car to get you across the most famous route in America. Although the road from Chicago to Los Angeles has now officially been replaced by the Interstate Highway system, parts of the road through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona can still be seen under the name of “Historic Route 66”.
When you have great stretches of country like Cornwall on your doorstep, it makes sense to honeymoon at home. Get yourself set up with a stylish and comfortable set of wheels or even let the roof down in an iconic Porsche Boxter Roadster and head off for a head-turning ramble around Cornwall’s seaside villages and rolling countryside. History and nature abound in one of the warmest corners of Blighty, with tiny villages and isolated coves aplenty for newlyweds to explore.
What’s your honeymoon road-trip of choice?