Is a June anniversary on your calendar? If your wedding took place in June, then once a year you get to celebrate your anniversary this month. Why not do it with the gift of travel?
While it's lovely to exchange cards and presents, many couples consider a vacation the greatest gift they can give and get. Below find ideas for planning a June anniversary getaway that both of you will love.
Smooth Sailing in June
June -- the entire summer, in fact -- is prime time for cruising. It's when couples have the widest selection of itineraries. Whether you want to explore the islands of the Caribbean and enjoy time on their sun-drenched beaches, visit the great cities of Europe, or even sail to even more exotic ports, you have a wide selection of cruises and itineraries to choose from.
In addition to the fun and romance of cruising, you can also celebrate your June anniversary onboard by arranging special perks (flowers, Champagne, hors d'oeuvres delivered to your cabin) or even a vow renewal ceremony on the high seas. Hint: Tell the restaurant maitre'd the exact date of your anniversary, and he may surprise you with something special at dinner.
Retie the Knot
There are many reasons to combine a June vacation with a vow renewal; perhaps your wedding wasn't exactly what you'd dreamed about. Or you're about to mark a major marriage milestone and want to affirm your love in front of friends and family. Or you want to have your second honeymoon in an incredibly romantic destination with a ceremony for just the two of you that underscores your relationship endures.
If You Want a First-Class Anniversary
Part of the pleasure of traveling to a special place is savoring a fine meal. Inns and hotels that belong to the Relais & Chateaux group adhere to the highest standards of hospitality. Each of the properties -- which are located all over the world -- is unique and charming in its own way. In addition to top-notch service, guests can expect meals that are exceptional in both taste and presentation. It's no wonder that many couples choose a Relais & Chateaux to celebrate a honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion.
Keep in Mind
School's out in the month of June, and that's when families start their summer vacation travel. So many of the most popular destinations and resorts will be teeming with kids, many of whom haven't yet learned to use their inside voice. If your idea of a romantic anniversary is serene, peaceful and does not include children, you'll be happiest at adult-only hotels, all-inclusives for grownups, and casino resorts.
And Now for Somewhere Completely Different...
Africa. Yes, Africa. Going on safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that changes people. Come June, it's "winter" in Africa, since the seasons are reversed south of the Equator. In most African countries, it doesn't get very cold; it gets comfortable and the rainy season is over. So June — in fact all the summer months — are the ideal time to visit.
If you decide to go, you can choose city or safari or both. In Cape Town, South Africa you'll find a city comparable to the world's most sophisticated ones, with the addition of magnificent Table Mountain from every viewing angle. Nearby is Franschhoek, one of the world's most renowned wine regions, and filled with sumptuous hotels to host oenophiles.
Yet it would be a shame to visit Africa without going on safari. Richard Branson's Ulusaba brings you safely close to nature and offers dawn and dusk expeditions into places where you may sight The Big Five. And since making travel arrangements to this continent can get complicated, consider using a travel agent such as Extraordinary Journeys, which has recommended nine of the most romantic places in Africa for a honeymoon, romantic getaway or wedding anniversary trip.