Not every newlywed couple can afford a honeymoon, but it’s an investment worth considering. Going on a honeymoon gives you the opportunity to revel in your union, build a stronger bond, create lasting memories, relax, and have fun before returning to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As you might imagine, a honeymoon is an investment you’ll be glad you made–especially after the events of the last several years!

The Pressures of Everyday Life

Modern living is challenging for the average person. You work 40 hours a week or more to sustain your basic needs and, quite possibly, the basic needs and security of others (i.e., spouse, kids, relatives, etc.). You’re also trying to manage relationships, accomplish goals, and achieve a comfortable lifestyle.

On top of these physical and emotional pressures can be underlying psychological issues, past traumas, and unhealthy habits. It can be enough to make anyone want to take a break. So why not plan a mental health honeymoon to get your marriage off to a great start?

Mental Healing Through Travel

There are multiple ways to mentally recover from the challenges you face (or will face) within and in everyday life. Some couples opt to see a therapist to heal using strategies such as cognitive-behavioral and exposure therapy. Others might heal by journaling, joining a support group, or using relaxation techniques like getting a massage or meditating.

Although these are all excellent ways to improve your mental health, romantic getaways are a therapeutic practice worth considering. It’s a chance to cast your cares, step away from the daily grind, and indulge in new experiences. If you’d like to take a mental-health break to recharge, relax, and refresh, perhaps these honeymoon destinations will appeal to you.

Savannah, Georgia

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, plan a trip to the country. Savannah, Georgia, is the perfect place to shut out all the noise and just enjoy the simplicity of life. There are plenty of scenic views, and the weather is reasonable year-round. You can find a cozy bed and breakfast and enjoy some of the best home-cooked southern cuisines around. There’s also plenty of history and culture to explore. It’s a great place to simply be in nature, unplug, and reflect with your spouse.

Napa Valley, California

Another great honeymoon destination to improve your mental health is Napa Valley, California. It’s not only one of America’s best wine-making regions; it’s a little piece of heaven. You can taste some of the finest wines as you tour some of the country’s most beautiful vineyards. If that’s not enough to lift your spirits, Napa Valley also has plenty of hot spring resorts where you and your partner can practice a little self-care.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

If the beach is your happy place, then you must visit Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Known for its beautiful shorelines and delicious seafood, Cape Cod offers a mental health boost like you never imagined. Hotels and wellness professionals put together retreats that encompass activities like spa treatments, yoga, meditation, nature walks, and even cooking classes throughout the year.

Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii, is a beautiful paradise on just about every couple’s honeymoon wishlist; and with good reason. The tropical oasis has warm weather, beaches, culture, and delicious food, which are great resources for improved mental health.

There’s no shortage of activities to keep you occupied. Whether you want to unwind and get pampered with a spa treatment or be adventurous and try things like surfing, canoeing, hiking, and scuba diving, it’s available to explore.

Prefer a quiet evening at your honeymoon suite? You can set the mood with sparklers for wedding send off, candles, flower petals, and easy listening music and have a nice meal on your balcony or patio.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

If you’re looking to unblock your mind and tap into your creativity, there’s no great place to visit than Santa Fe, New Mexico. The city is a popular destination for artists (or art lovers) with everything you need to get those juices flowing. Get inspired by visiting some of the city’s most famous museums and art galleries. You can also enjoy other mind-body healing activities at a resort where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments, take cooking classes, practice yoga, and meditation, and even play with animals.

If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, grab a few 36 inch sparklers and attend a parade or street fair. These events happen frequently throughout the year and last well into the night for a fun and exciting memory you won’t soon forget.

Barnard, Vermont

You can’t mention health and wellness destinations without adding Vermont to the list. The mountainous state and beautiful scenery are the perfect foundation for mental clarity. While there are plenty of amazing cities in Vermont, Bernard stands out. It has a five-star, all-inclusive resort where you can enjoy activities like biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, yoga, meditation, paddle boarding, fly-fishing, and more. You’ll indulge in some of the freshest cuisines as many restaurants are farm-to-table.

Everyday living has a way of weighing on your emotional well-being, especially for newlyweds. Although there are multiple methods to reducing these issues, sometimes the best remedy is a wellness honeymoon. Taking a few days away from the norm and investing that time in self-care can help you overcome some of the most difficult challenges throughout the first few years of marriage. The above destinations provide the atmosphere, resources, and experiences to help you celebrate your nuptials and improve your well-being.