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Wildly romantic adventurous honeymoon ideas on a shoestring

So many of the most memorable and glamorous throughout history have made journeys that shook the world without forking out a load of cash

When you hear the word 'budget', it doesn't exactly conjure images of the way you want to spend your holiday of a lifetime.

Grimy resorts? Questionable locations?

How about breathtaking adventures? Ethereal romance? Even luxury?

60 years ago people didn't jet off to Bora Bora and blow their wages for the last five years in two weeks. They took more humble trips around the UK, with Jersey being the 196s 'honeymoon island'.

These days it seems almost a rite of passage for newlyweds to jet off on honeymoons in far flung exotic locations that cost the couple an absolute fortune. With the property market at its current rate, you won't be blamed for not wanting to spend all that hard earned cash. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for two nights in a Holiday Inn down the road.

Many of the greatest adventures in history have been made with next to no money. From beat poets freight train hopping in the 50s to Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, walking 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself. Daring to do something outside the norm can mean life enriching memories and savings of thousands of pounds.

If you're desperate for a bit of serious luxury yet have a humble budget you could always consider going on a big cheap adventure with a few nights staying in a luxurious hotel or going to a fancy spa.

You're going to have to spend a lot of time with this person, a heck of a long time in fact. Spending quality hours together and making memories of a lifetime is what really matters, so if you dare to take a chance and do something unique, you'll get to know, and love, each other even more, setting you up for a lifetime of shared experiences.

In short, romance can be for poorer, as well as for richer, and some would say it's all the more special.

A slow train across America

While away the hours holding hands on a train. Feel like you're in an great American novel as the ever changing landscape transforms before your eyes across. Amtrak offers 15 day journeys with 8 stops, 30 day journeys with 12 stops and 45 day journeys with 18 stops, so you can tailor those overnight stays in new locations every night to your taste and your budget.

A stargazing retreat in the Brecon Beacons

Spend your honeymoon hidden away in your own little galaxy. Converted from one of the last existing original pony stables in the forest, this charming retreat is a paradise for star gazers - it even has its own Computerised Mead telescope and observatory. Sleeps 2. A week's stay cost from £242, and shorter breaks start from £182.

Lookout to sea at a WW2 guard tower in Devon

A previous WW2 guard house that sits on the south Devon coast. Prices start from: Monday to Friday (4 nights): £555.00 +44(0) 1637 881183

A Cambodia countryside retreat

Found on Airbnb. From just £59 per couple per week.

Animal spotting in paradise - the Galapogos Islands

From £308 per couple per week.

Romance in the Nevada wilderness

In rebellion to the glamping trend that keeps cropping up everywhere, head to Nevada and camp as rustic as you like. Couples can pitch a tent on the shores of the vast Lake Tahoe or amongst thick pine and juniper forests of Beaver Dam State Park, feast on freshly caught trout before spending a night in a yurt at Cave Lake State Park or sleep in a houseboat at Lake Mead.

The low humidity and lack of light pollution combined with high elevation makes the area one of the darkest night skies left in the United States, and on a clear moonless night gazers can see thousands of stars, five of the solar system’s eight planets, meteors, satellites, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way. Honeymooners can take part in Full Moon Hikes during the summer full moons which involve guided hikes starting as the sun sets and taking in the national park under a moonlit sky.

Hiking through the olive groves in Greece

...Before retreating back to fine food and luxury. From £62per night for two people (£434 a week, £217 each) on a B&B basis

A road trip through Cuba

Explore the romantic cobbled streets of Havana and breathaking beaches at your own pace for as little as £567 each for 11 nights including accomodation.

Gaze into the arctic night and watch the Northern lights in Norway

From as little as £420 per person for 3 days itinerary (including flights!)

Family honeymoon

We don't all get married before having children these days – far from it! And it can be seriously impractical to leave children with family for an extended amount of time. But how do you make sure a holiday is romantic whilst still being fun for the children? Efteling is a theme park set in a beautiful forest in Holland. Stay in fairytale wooden houses by the lake and have pizza delivered to your door by bicycle!

Woodland house in Bosrijk: from £577 for a 2 night stay sleeping up to 6 people. Includes 3 day 30 minutess early entry into the park.

Billionaire luxury at budget prices

If only the best will do, yet your imagination is bigger than your wallet, dream no more. You can jet off to your own bungalow on private island for less than the price of a trip to the cinema, or if you really want to push the boat out you can have your own exclusive private island complete with staff including a personal chef for a minute fraction of the price that the billionaires fork out if you know where to look.

Leaf house bungalow on a private island from £19 per night on the Soloman Islands

Found on Airbnb.

Private island retreat complete with gourmet tropical cuisine and personal staff from £243 per night in the Phillipines.

Found on Airbnb.

Check Skyscanner, the flight comparison website, for the cheapest flight deals. Bon voyage lovebirds!

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