Three Key Honeymoon Tips for an Ethical Trip
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Three Key Honeymoon Tips for an Ethical Trip

A honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to let go of all the wedding-related stressors that have been on your mind for months, and celebrate your matrimony in a beautiful setting. Honeymoon tips are everywhere nowadays, from destination suggestions to advice on timings. However, ethical honeymooners may be more interested in knowing how they can mitigate the potential effects of a lavish romantic retreat. 

Especially if you are committed to hosting a sustainable wedding, you won’t want to undo all your hard work on the post-nuptials escape. If you’re keen to plan the best honeymoon that gives back to people and the planet, here are three important things you might want to consider. 

Understand local culture and customs 

A key component of any trip abroad is respecting the local communities and their customs. To enjoy a truly ethical honeymoon trip, it’s important to keep this in mind at all times when exploring a new place. It’s always a good idea to have a thorough understanding of the key customs of the area you’re visiting before jetting off. This way you can ensure you’ve packed appropriately and don’t have to guess your way through proper local etiquette. Clothing is an important part of respecting local traditions. If in doubt, it’s always best to dress modestly, covering your knees and shoulders, and avoiding low-cut garments. 

The best honeymoon destinations on the planet often have a very different way of life from what you might be used to at home. Away from the sartorial considerations, you’ll also need to keep in mind that there may be stark differences in the way in which people communicate with each other. Hand gestures or phrases that are considered normal at home could be deemed disrespectful in other countries. For instance, pointing can be seen as a rude gesture in lots of Asian countries; understanding these key points of difference between cultures can ensure you avoid any uncomfortable situations abroad. 

Make eco-friendly choices 

Any ethical couple should carefully consider the eco credentials of their trip. A holiday abroad of any description has the potential to do significant damage to the planet, but there are lots of things you can do to limit your honeymoon’s impact, leaving you to enjoy a guilt-free break. 

First and foremost, think about the most sustainable methods of travel. Air travel is a huge eco offender when it comes to carbon emissions, so try to find alternatives where possible. If flying is the only option, look to offset your flight’s emissions, pack light, and fly direct if you can. You also might look a little closer to home; consider forgoing the long-haul flights in favor of a staycation to boost your holiday’s green credentials. 

Another key consideration is your accommodation. With some careful research, you can find more environmentally friendly options that align with your eco principles to limit the impact of your honeymoon. Look for green credentials on hotels’ websites, and check their policies on things like recycling and energy generation. 

Spend local 

Spending locally during a honeymoon trip is not only a heartfelt way to immerse yourselves in the culture of your destination, but also a powerful means of supporting the local economy. By choosing local accommodations, dining at neighborhood restaurants, and shopping at small businesses for souvenirs, you contribute directly to the community’s well-being, ensuring that your money benefits the people who call the area home. 

On top of these important advantages, it also helps to reduce the carbon footprint of your trip since local goods won’t have been transported across vast distances. This approach often leads to more authentic experiences and memorable moments that you wouldn’t find at large, international chains. Ultimately, it creates a richer, more meaningful honeymoon experience while leaving a positive impact on the places you visit.

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