Wildlife-friendly Wedding Guide

Honeymoon

Exotic doesn’t mean you have to go far. You don’t have to travel to some far-flung, remote island to celebrate newlywed life. Remember it’s about you and your partner, not the place.

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Where the wild things are. Chances are if you’re this far in our wildlife-friendly wedding guide, you’re a fan of wildlife. Consider a trip to a national park to see some of our native species in their natural splendor.

Travel light. If you’re planning on renting a car, see what your alternative options are as far as hybrid or electric vehicles. Even better, use bikes and public transportation to get around and to see more of the area.

Photographed by Sarah Baillie

Stay small. Find small-scale hotels in the local community you’re staying in. Their impact is usually less than the larger chain hotels.

Ethical ecotourism. If you are looking into any kind of ecotourism activity, do your research and make sure it’s responsible. This means putting animal safety and welfare ahead of guest experience, with limits on how close you can get and limiting the amount of people on tours each day.

Be sun safe and sea safe. Check the ingredients on your sunscreen and opt for types with natural barriers rather than chemical ones. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic to corals and cause them to bleach and die. We've already lost half of our coral reefs due to climate change, and the added stress of chemical contamination deepens the crisis.

Safe sex saves wildlife. No matter where you go, honeymoons are notorious for one particular activity. Make sure the right contraceptive for you and your partner is at the top of both of your packing lists, so you don’t add to your family before you’re ready. Almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and the demands of our growing human population mean less resources and space for wildlife.

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