Anniversary Trip Ideas

Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary with a Gift of Travel

France, Brittany, Camaret-sur-Mer, couple on the beach walking on the beach
••• Travel together, through the years. Westend61/Getty Images

One of the best ways to celebrate a wedding anniversary is by taking a trip together. A romantic getaway at anniversary time gives you time to reconnect, reflect, and rekindle your passion.

The best anniversary trip is one without kids and distractions. If you can afford it, splurge - on a great resort, an ocean cruise, a place you've always dreamed of visiting.

Where to Celebrate an Anniversary in…
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December

Find anniversary trips by year based on traditional and modern anniversary gifts.

While not everyone can afford a trip to commemorate each anniversary, by putting aside some money every year you can plan to celebrate the major ones with a vacation. I know one couple who deposited $5 in a jar every time they made love, and that covered the cost of their annual trip.

1st WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Paper
Modern Anniversary Gift: Plastic/Clock
Anniversary Trip Idea: Airline Tickets

2nd WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Cotton
Modern Anniversary Gift: Cotton/China
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Beach Towels and Beach Vacation

3rd WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Leather
Modern Anniversary Gift: Crystal/Glass
Anniversary Trip Idea: Luggage

4th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Flowers
Modern Anniversary Gift: Linen/Silk
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Lingerie, Hawaiian Vacation

5th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Wood
Modern Anniversary Gift: Silverware
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Airline Tickets, Cruise

6th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Candy
Modern Anniversary Gift: Iron
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Hershey, PA, Disney World, FL

7th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Copper
Modern Anniversary Gift: Wool/Brass
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Santa Fe, NM, Canada

8th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Bronze
Modern Anniversary Gift: Appliance
Anniversary Trip Idea: Casino Visit

9th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Pottery
Modern Anniversary Gift: Leather
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Mexico

10th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Tin
Modern Anniversary Gift: Aluminum
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Mexico

11th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Steel
Modern Anniversary Gift: Jewelry
Anniversary Trip Idea: New York City

12th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Silk
Modern Anniversary Gift: Linen/Pearl
Anniversary Trip Idea: Japan

13th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Lace
Modern Anniversary Gift: Textiles
Anniversary Trip Idea: Belgium

14th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Ivory
Modern Anniversary Gift: Gold
Anniversary Trip Idea: Africa

15th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Crystal
Modern Anniversary Gift: Glass/Watches
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Switzerland, Austria

20th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: China
Modern Anniversary Gift: Platinum
Anniversary Trip Ideas: San Francisco, China

25th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Silver
Modern Anniversary Gift: Silver
Anniversary Trip Idea: Mexico

30th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Pearl
Modern Anniversary Gift: Diamond
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Hawaii, Tahiti

35th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Coral
Modern Anniversary Gift: Jade
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Australia, Cayman Islands, USVI

40th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Ruby
Modern Anniversary Gift: Garnet
Anniversary Trip Ideas: Prague, India, Russia

45th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Sapphire
Modern Anniversary Gift: Sapphire
Anniversary Trip Idea: Cruise

50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Gold
Modern Anniversary Gift: Gold
Anniversary Trip Idea: Italy

55th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Emerald
Modern Anniversary Gift: Turquoise
Anniversary Trip Idea: Ireland

60th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Diamond
Modern Anniversary Gift: Gold
Anniversary Trip Idea: Great Britain

75th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Diamond
Modern Anniversary Gift: Gold
Anniversary Trip Idea: Cruise

While an anniversary trip isn't the traditional anniversary gift, it can be the best one you agree to give yourselves. Although every anniversary deserves to be honored, the 5th, 10th, 20th, 25th, and 50th anniversaries all represent major milestones in a marriage. These are often celebrated with festivities that involve friends and family and perhaps even include a vow renewal. Regardless, some of the most romantic anniversary celebrations simply involve the two of you, acknowledging the years of love and life that you have had the good fortune to share.

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Popular Destinations:

The Caribbean | Mexico | Europe | Canada | Africa | Costa Rica | Fiji | Thailand 

By Susan Breslow Sardone