TRAVEL & LEISURE – Wedding season is in full swing as many lovebirds resume their wedding and honeymoon plans after two years of pandemic restrictions.

With around 4.7 million weddings expected in 2022 and 2023, according to The marriage reportnewlyweds are eager to celebrate their special nuptials with unique journeys.

Image of the Expedia logo. In fact, according to a survey of 1,500 couples by the travel giant Expedia, 53% of couples plan to spend more on their honeymoon than initially planned, and 59% want to visit a must-see destination. Additionally, 65% are more likely to add a honeymoon fund to their wedding registry, prompted by the pandemic to prioritize a once-in-a-lifetime trip over traditional registry items.

For travelers planning an unforgettable getaway, consider these popular international destinations.

dubai
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Dubai.

Straddling the beach and the big city, Dubai, located along the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Desert, offers a luxurious recipe for romance.

As the largest city in United Arab Emiratesthere is plenty to see and do including spending days at the beach, shopping, going on a camel safari in the red dune desert or exploring the surrounding area Abu Dhabi and must-haves like Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Emirates Palace.

Paris
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Paris.

Located on the River Seine, Paris is one of the most romantic places in the world for a honeymoon. If food is part of your love language, head to places where the locals eat like Bread and Ideas for bread and pastries or At Imogen’s for the pancakes.

Plus, no honeymoon is complete without a kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower – or views of the iconic monument from The hotel Meuricea hotel located in the heart of historic Paris – and a visit to one of the many museums such as Louvre Museum Where Orsay Museum.

St. LUCIA
Image of a beach in Saint Lucia.

St. LUCIA.

Spectacular volcanoes, lush jungles, pristine beaches and a wide array of boutique-style luxury hotels come together on one of the most accessible islands in the Caribbean. A nature lover’s paradise, days can be spent lounging on Sugar Beach or on the water.

On board of All Bagay cruise and catamaran excursion, you can explore the coast and the historic city of Soufrieretake a mud bath in the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano, snorkel, swim and see Margot’s Bay and the twin peaks of Small and Big Pitons.

Iceland
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Iceland.

With spectacular otherworldly landscapes filled with glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls and fjords as well as city action, outdoor activities and spa experiences, the “Land of Fire and Ice” offers a perfect assortment for a honeymoon.

Celebrate your nuptials Icelandic style with the seven-step ritual for two to sky lagoonlocated just south of the capital of Reykjavíkwhich also houses Hotel Borga 99-room hotel with a full-service spa located near other attractions.

Or maximize your time with a walk around the golden circlea 186-mile course with a view of Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and the Gullfoss Waterfallthree of the main natural wonders of southwest Iceland.

The Maldives
Image of a beach in the Maldives.

The Maldives.

With over 1,200 islands, the Maldives offers a plethora of luxurious all-inclusive properties, most of which are on their own private islands.

All resorts offer aquatic experiences ranging from beginner snorkeling and searching for sea turtles to world-class diving with hammerhead sharks.

There are also spas with everything from over-water treatment rooms with glass floors to private couples’ pavilions and romantic tubs filled with rose petals.

Image of Skogafoss, Iceland.

Skogafoss, Iceland.