The Top 5 Most Romantic Road Trips and the new honeymoon guide you should know about | UK WEDDING BLOG

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If you’re planning your honeymoon, or even just a romantic trip away, there’s a new book you really should know about full of inspiration and handy info for travel lovers. The Honeymoon Handbook by Lonely Planet has just been released and it should form an essential planning tool for making your dream trip come true. If you’re not familiar with Lonely Planet {although I don’t think I know anybody who doesn’t own at least one of their travel guides}, they are the original travel gurus, the largest travel guide book publishers in the world that have multiple books on just about anywhere and everywhere. I’ve planned many a trip using their books and website. 

The new handbook features over twenty five of the most exciting locations for couples, from Andalucia to Zambia. It starts with a quiz to determine what kind of trip to take based on what you both love the most. I love this idea as it makes for a real adventure tailored to you as a couple. There’s everything from wildlife spotting in the Serengeti, cruising around Havana in a vintage American car or diving with turtles in Bali.

Beyond the destination sections, The Honeymoon Handbook also offers safari, luxury, island and family-themed getaway ideas, among others, as well as advice on getting married abroad and minimoons if your epic trip has to wait. Other features include a honeymoon calendar helping you decide where to go when, budget breakdowns, how to pick hotels, how to compromise with your other half and an LGBT-friendly indicator for same-sex couples.

Some examples of the lists inside the book include;

The top 10 budget honeymoons;

  1. Morocco
  2. India
  3. Vietnam
  4. Portugal
  5. Indonesia
  6. Honduras
  7. Cambodia
  8. Bulgaria
  9. South Africa
  10. Puerto Rico

And my personal favourite, the Top five Instagram-worthy honeymoons;

  1. Japan
  2. Mexico
  3. Namibia
  4. Iceland
  5. New York

One feature I wanted to look at today though are some ideas in the book for the most romantic road trips {pages 54-55}, a popular honeymoon option for those who don’t just want to flip and flop on a beach. There’s something so fun about the idea of just taking off on a road trip with as newlyweds with a killer playlist and not a care in the world, right?

  1. Pacific Coast, Highway, USA

This panoramic highway follows the Pacific coastline, its crashing surf and migrating whales, for almost the entire length of America’s western edge – but it’s the California stretch (Highway 1) that’s billed as one of the world’s best road trips. Start in San Diego and finish north of San Francisco in the cliffside town of Mendocino (or vice versa) to take in hidden sands, beach towns and rugged Big Sur. Detour inland for world-class wine tourism at Napa and giant redwood forests. {If you’re interested in California you can find more that we’ve put together on the blog here.}

Bixby Bridge, California

Bixby Bridge, California. ©Ozéias Sant’ana for 500px

2. Amalfi Coast, Italy

The spectacular coastal route south of Naples has more than a passing waft of glamour thanks to its reputation as a bolthole for writers, film stars and fashionistas. Starting at Sorrento, the 40km drive to Ravello is a winding clifftop jaunt backed by lush forests. En route you’ll pass the pretty towns of Positano and Amalfi, where pastel-hued houses stretch their toes down to the sea. {I’m actually visiting Positano this summer and I cannot wait, I’ve seen so many beautiful photos. Plus the food in Italy is oh so good.}

Rental 1973 Alpha Romeo driving on hairpin bends of Amalfi coast.

Rental 1973 Alpha Romeo driving on hairpin bends of Amalfi coast. ©Mark Read/Lonely Planet

3. Scotland’s NC500

Closer to home, this new driving route loops the North Highlands, giving access to stunning beaches, lochs and mountains. You might spot dolphins, seals and puffins – not to mention castles, a whisky distillery and remote smokehouses.

Motorbike crossing Kylesku Bridge.

Motorbike crossing Kylesku Bridge. ©Craig Easton/Lonely Planet

4. Argentina’s Ruta 40

For something more adventurous in South America. This epic 5000km highway runs from the northern tip of Argentina right down to its Antarctic extremities in Patagonia, following the backbone of the Andes. The diversity of landscapes is extraordinary, from desert lunarscapes north of Salta to fertile vineyards in Mendoza, via alpine forests in the Lakes District around Bariloche and down to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Follow this road and you have the adventure itinerary of a lifetime.

Patagonia, southern Argentina. The famous Route 40 paved road parallel to the Andes.

Patagonia, southern Argentina. The famous Route 40 paved road parallel to the Andes. ©kavram/Shutterstock

5. Icefields, Parkway, Canada

And for breathtaking scenery look to Canada. Linking two of Canada’s most jaw-dropping national parks through the Rockies in Alberta, the Icefields Parkway is 235km of heart-fluttering mountain vistas between Banff and Jasper. Valleys are splashed with turquoise lakes and waterfalls, and more than 100 glaciers dot the way; hiking trails allow further exploration. Wildlife such as moose and elk roams; pretty Lake Louise has a gondola to whisk you to one of the area’s best grizzly viewing spots.

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park. ©Alexander Howard/Lonely Planet

Doesn’t this just make you want to take off on a trip tomorrow??

You can find more in the new Honeymoon Guide by Lonely Planet here. 

Where are you thinking of honeymooning?

R <3 xx

{with thanks to Lonely Planet. Reproduced with permission from The Honeymoon Handbook, © 2017 Lonely Planet. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/”}