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It’s almost the end of the year and if you’re planning a honeymoon, then these are our top picks for 2020. Not only are they affordable destinations, but something a little bit off-the-beaten track will make your experience totally unique... 
 
 
 

Namibia 

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The sweeping Namibian desert is one of the most starkly beautiful places on earth. Here, the desert meets the Atlantic in a dramatic swirl of unbelievable geology. To the south is the winding Orange River, perfect for white river rafting and camping under the stars. To the north is the Caprivi Strip, bordering Botswana, Angola and Zambia. Fishing and game viewing is popular here. To the west is the Skeleton Coast, a remote stretch of beach that hides shipwrecks, forgotten diamond mining towns and one of the largest seal colonies in Africa. The photographer’s paradise of Sossusvlei in the Namib desert is another highlight, where an ancient and cracked salt pan offers exceptional beauty that can never be replicated. To the north-west is the famous Etosha National Park, a haven for the Big Five, as well as the largest concentration of the endangered Black rhino on earth. 
 
The German-influenced capital of Windhoek is known for their award-winning beers and old-world feel. The rich cultural heritage of Namibia mirrors the changeable landscapes perfectly. 

Costa Rica 

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This South American paradise is a biodiversity capital. It is home to 5% of the world’s species! Rainforests filled with squawking macaws, towering volcanoes that are so high, you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans from its summit, a Pacific teeming with fish, visiting whales, turtle treks and coral reefs. Beaches are wonderful, with powder sand and ombre water stretching endlessly. The indigenous and mysterious stone spheres littered through the country are perfect circles, ranging from two centimetres to two metres. To this day, the secrets of these relics have never been discovered. 
 
Stable political and economic conditions makes Costa Rica a preferred Latin American country for tourists. 

Bulgaria 

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Bulgaria isn’t your typical honeymoon destination, but is definitely worth a visit. This underestimated country borders the incredible Black Sea, littered with top-class and affordable resorts, turquoise waters and golden beaches. Then there is the robust history, architecture and Neolithic ruins. Towering mountains covered in mist hide castles, glaciers and deep lakes. This is the perfect escape for bikers, hikers and wildlife lovers; the forests are home to lynx, wolves and bears. 
 
Bulgaria’s towns are also popular, for their history and diverse culture. Marvel at architectural wonders, quaint villages and warm, friendly hospitality. 

Turkey 

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Needing no introduction, Turkey is the meeting point between East and West, reflected in its history and culture. The bustling capital of Istanbul is a symbol of this tussle between identities. Architectural wonders like the domed Hagia Sophia offers amazing insight into the turbulent history of the land. 
 
The Bosphorus strait is simply beautiful, and acts as a continental boundary, perfect for romantic cruises. The Black Sea is also accessible, as exotic as the country itself. And then there are the Blue Flag beaches dotting the entire coastline. 
 
One of the highlights of Turkey must be its cuisine. Jewelled turkish delight, flavoured with subtle rose water and pistachios, succulent lamb koftas, smokey aubergine and the famous shawarma makes Turkey a food-lovers dream. 

Malta 

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Within close proximity of Italy, and set in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta is a unique destination that offers something a little different. Its history is deeply interesting. As the Neolithic period ebbed away, the Phoenicians conquered the island, followed hot on their heels by the Carthaginians. Not too long later, the Romans made their appearance, destroying almost everything and renaming it Melite. Still a prized island and military base, Arabs, Normans, Ottomans and the British each had brief control over this strategically situated Mediterranean island. 
 
Since then, the picturesque island has become a modern city with beautiful architecture, 300 days of sunshine a year, and a mixture of rustic landscapes, stoney beaches and bays, as well as nightlife on the mainland for socialites. 

Zambia 

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Zambia is Southern Africa’s darling, with a peaceful and stable socio-political climate. Bordering Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia and the Congo, it’s easy to see why the land-locked country offers so many experiences for travellers. 
 
Known for its game reserves and national parks, including Luangwa and Kafue National Parks, preferred among photographers and filmmakers due to its untouched wilderness and plethora of Big Five animals. Considered the birthplace of the walking safari, Zambia’s trackers and guides are of the best in Africa, due to their knowledge and passion for wildlife. Luxury lodges are plentiful here, known for their warm hospitality and service excellence. 
 
On the border of Zimbabwe is Victoria Falls, one of the mightiest waterfalls on the planet. The Zambian side is much less busy that the Zimbabwe side, yet the twisting Zambezi River offers the same adrenaline-pumping activities such as rafting and canoeing. Lake Kariba is another highlight, where placid waters shimmer in the setting pinky sun. Enjoy a cruise or house-boat for a more affordable experience, among snorting hippos. 
 
 
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