Honeymoon calendar:

When to go where?

When it comes to planning your honeymoon, timing is everything.

Here's our honeymoon destination picks and the best time of year to visit.


Snow adds sparkle to far-north honeymoons – choose Lapland or Alaska for aurora and activities.

Around India and Southeast Asia is largely blissful – think Keralan backwaters, Sri Lanka, west coast Thailand.

Caribbean is hurricane-free, balmy and beautiful. For luxury, try St Lucia; for adventures, Costa Rica.

Cape Town is a hot city choice. Some parts of southern Africa are rainy; you’ll find cheaper, greener safaris in Botswana or Zambia – just pack an umbrella.


Europe awakes! Beautiful in Paris, Rome, Andalucia’s hills, Tuscany and Turkish coast.

India sweats (though good for tiger spotting); Indochina veers towards monsoons – pick Indonesia instead.

Autumn hits the south – good for exploring. Toast the grape harvest in Argentina’s Mendoza or Australia’s Hunter Valley.

Japan’s cherry trees bloom. China’s a delight: clear skies, pleasant climes.


European hotspots heave – sun seekers should try north Mallorca, Alpine lakes, off-beat Greek isles. Scandinavian days are long and lovely.

Peak months for Peru – it’s dry and warm, but also the chilliest (and busiest) time to do the Inca Trail; try Ecuador and Bolivia too.

Australia’s Top End is dry; Queensland’s ideal in so-called ‘winter’. New Zealand equals skiing!

North America? Time for a national parks road trip. Coast-lovers, consider Cape Cod, northern California or Nova Scotia.

African safari season – dry, good sightings; head to the Masai Mara/Serengeti to see the Great Migration.


Mellowing temperatures and kids back at school mean Europe is lovely – try Barcelona, Sicily, Umbria, the Croatian coast, Cornwall or Provence vineyards,

Fall colours inflame New England and Québec (Japan too); crowds thin at US sights after Labor Day.

South African spring – super along the Garden Route; Namibia’s wildlife is abundant.

Asian monsoons peter out in October – head to the Philippines, Vietnam or Laos.

Cooling days make Oman’s coast and Jordan’s deserts divine.

Lonely Planet’s first dedicated honeymoon guide is packed with advice for travel-lovers who want their honeymoon their way.