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Most newlyweds leave their wedding weekend with a decent hangover — sometimes a physical one, always an emotional one. The post-wedding blues are real. The best way to counteract them? Take an epic trip together. It’s called a honeymoon, ever heard of it? But in all seriousness, going on a vacation with your partner is a great way to celebrate what you’ve accomplished and what’s to come. After planning such an amazing celebration for your big day, you deserve to go to one of the very best honeymoon destinations in the world.

Whether you’re planning to go on your honeymoon right away or you’re putting it off for a few months, choosing the perfect getaway spot can be challenging. With so many pristine vacation destinations to choose from, it’s hard to pick a spot that fits both your taste and your budget. All in all, your honeymoon should be a time for you and your life partner to soak up each others’ company. You’ll want to relax after hosting your wedding, so choose a place you both love (or have never explored). Here are the top honeymoon destinations to consider as you plan your lovecation. Enjoy!

1. Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Italy is the land of romance, pasta, and wine. It’s also the land of some of the most charming beach towns in the world. The Amalfi Coast’s combination of beach towns on steep hills, striped beach umbrellas, and hidden grottos make it the perfect destination for you and bae.

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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If you’re able to take a good amount of time off to set out on an epic honeymoon, consider Thailand. There are many magical cities, beaches, and more in the country, but Chiang Mai’s mountainous locale, ancient architecture, and excellent cuisine will delight any adventurous couple who’s still looking to relax.

3. Antigua

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You know those beaches with the perfectly white sand? They’re on Antigua. In addition to beautiful beaches, the island boasts luxurious resorts, plenty of opportunities for sailing, and an ideal tropical climate.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

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If you’re looking to embark on a “mini-moon” or any other moon that requires slightly less investment of your time and money, don’t forget about New Orleans. Skip the mess of Bourbon Street for music, drinks, and crawfish over on Frenchman. The most magical city in America is perfect for the couple who wants to have a good time on their ‘moon.

5. Iceland

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If you and your partner love outdoor adventures, but don’t want to go all the way to New Zealand to see incredible terrain, consider Iceland. Start with Reykjavik, the capital city, and its food and nightlife. Then venture out to see the amazing waterfalls, glaciers, and hikes Iceland has to offer. Pro tip: don’t miss the Westman Islands!

6. Maldives

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Yes, the Maldives were the location of this season’s Bachelorette finale. No, that does not make them any less special. 26 coral atolls in the Indian Ocean make up this beautiful country, so if you’re looking to relax somewhere secluded with crystal clear water, this is your place.

7. Palm Springs, California

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If you do Palm Springs right, it’s an incredibly romantic place. Consider the Parker Palm Spring’s lush grounds and private suites if you and your honey want to hunker down somewhere with hot weather, a cool pool, and the best aesthetic in California.

8. Tokyo, Japan

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Looking for a cosmopolitan adventure post-wedding? Have you ever been to Japan? There’s no better place than Tokyo to immerse yourself in culture, food, and drink. You can explore a bustling city and eat all of the sushi you want. Check out Kyoto as well, if you have time for it.

Written by: Kimmy Foskett

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