Times are changing – and traditional honeymoons are seeing some very positive new spins! With the average age of brides and grooms now exceeding 30, typically 18-month engagement, and over 80 per cent of couples living together before marriage, many find they have already enjoyed a number of luxurious long-haul holidays well before the big day. So when planning their big trip – the most unique and memorable experience to mark tying the knot – they are looking for something a little bit more than sun loungers and sunsets.
Manchester-based, alternative travel specialists Kaya Responsible Travel have responded to this popular demand from adventure seeking and socially aware newlyweds by launching a unique concept in volunteer-based honeymoon – HoneymoonVolunteers.com.
When travelling to the far flung and exotic, from Asia, Africa to Latin America, instead of enjoying the country from your hotel resort, Honeymoon Volunteers allows you to get involved at a grass roots level and make a real difference. Kaya offers volunteer projects in 16 countries from Borneo to Brazil and Thailand to Tanzania and works with NGOs, local charities and communities who have a real need for extra help of on the ground volunteers.
Volunteering doesn’t necessarily mean “roughing it”, and Kaya’s carefully selected projects can offer you improved privacy and a touch of honeymoon luxury to give you the best of both worlds. The easy to use online star rating system shows at a glance the projects luxury, privacy and adventure ratings so you can find the ideal trip for you.
On all projects you both work hands on to learn a new skill or pass on some of your own. This is often a good bonding experience and proves to be more memorable experience than your average sunbathing get away.
From living on a private island on the Belizean marine reserves to spending your week on game drives documenting wildlife behaviours or even marvelling at the wonders of India’s palaces and forts, learning some Hindi, yoga and cooking whilst helping teach children from rural communities and orphanages in Udaipur, the projects really do provide you with a true purpose.
It’s not all hard work though, volunteering hours are assigned, but honeymooners also get spare time at evenings and weekends, leaving it wide open to explore and make use of the specialist local coordinators, who can help you find all those secret romantic spots!
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