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50th anniversary adventure

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

If you’ve been married for 50 years, then I salute you. Five decades of marriage to your husband or wife is a significant accomplishment that deserves recognition. From your family, your friends, and especially each other. Nothing shows your appreciation to your hubby or wife better than surprising them with a special anniversary gift that’s out of this world.

But what do you give the love of your life who has stood by your side through thick and thin? Another piece of jewelry? An excellent bottle of wine?

No. You give your spouse the priceless gift of travel and adventure. How about a destination you’ve always wanted to visit or an activity you’ve both been dreaming of doing?

Choose from one of these ideas for exciting bucket list adventures for the anniversary gift of a lifetime.

Ancient Inca city

Great Ideas For 50th Anniversary Trips

Trekking the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ at Machu Picchu

This one’s for the fit married couple!

A once-in-a-lifetime, truly unforgettable experience, Machu Picchu offers a world of discovery and breathtaking views. The Incan citadel is set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2007 it was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and continued to attract thousands of intrepid travelers every year.

If you’re a pair of avid hikers, then this is the perfect way to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary. While it is one of the all-time greatest treks to one of the world’s great wonders, be warned – Machu Picchu is ridden with grueling climbs at high altitude, which reduces many visitors to cramps and nausea.

But don’t let this stop you!

Nowadays there are private tailor-made tours for seniors. From the Inca Trail to the Salkantay, Lares, and Vilcabamba, there are various hikes for varying levels of fitness. Witnessing the sunset on top of hilltop ruins of the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ with your spouse promises to be a romantic moment you won’t forget.

Sleep Under the Stars in NamibRand, Namibia

If you have a passion for stargazing and mind-blowing celestial views, then this lesser-known secret is the bucket list adventure for you.

Situated in a desert in Southwestern Namibia, NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of only 11 gold-certified Dark Sky Reserves in the world. What does that mean? It means that it is one of the least light-polluted areas in the world, making it the perfect spot for a romantic stargazing safari vacation.

The 170,000-hectare private reserve is also home to epic landscapes of massive apricot dunes and grassy plains peppered with mysterious fairy circles. Yes, fairy circles. Along the edge of the Namib Desert, there are thousands of small circles dotted around on the ground, in which nothing grows. Scientists have their theories, but no one knows for sure why they’re there.

Yet another reason to add this to your 50th wedding anniversary bucket list (as if you needed one) is the firm limit on the number of tourists in the nature reserve. Strict rules state that the total number of guest beds in the sanctuary is restricted to one bed per 1000 hectares, with a limit of only 20 beds in any one spot. You can much guarantee you won’t be bumping into hordes of tourists.

World class star gazing, mysterious natural phenomenon, and some serious privacy. Now that’s what I call an adventure.

Bagpipers in Scotland

Experience the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Visiting the beautiful city of Edinburgh is a must-do bucket list for all couples who love travel. Visiting this historic city during Festival Fringe? Now that’s a bucket list adventure for a special occasion!

The three-week spectacular event turns the Scottish capital into the single most significant celebration of arts and culture on the planet, featuring more than 55 000 performances. From world-class theatre to great music, to hilarious comedy, the 25-day festival is the world’s largest platform for creative freedom. And that’s not something to be missed.

So get your tartan on, grab a whiskey, and let the infectious pride of Scotland take over!

Aurora borealis in Alaska

Witness the Beauty of the Northern Lights

The thrill of viewing the magic of the Northern Lights is on every good bucket list out there. And for a good reason.

Nature’s most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis is visible on roughly 200 nights a year in the icy Finnish Lapland. Experience the adventure of a lifetime, cuddling up among the crisp winter air. Gaze up at the night sky to witness flickering curtains of green, red yellow and blue colors dancing on the night sky; one of nature’s most spectacular phenomenons.

While you’re there, there is plenty of other exciting bucket list type of activities to be had. Why not get the blood pumping with some cross-country skiing or a ride on a traditional dog sled. After fifty years of marriage, you deserve all the fun-filled adventure in the world!

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Travel on the Orient Express

All aboard for the experience of a lifetime!

If braving the great outdoors isn’t your idea of how to celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss, then don’t you worry – I’ve got the perfect extravagant adventure for you.

Though the Golden Age of luxurious railway travel is mostly a thing of the past, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a gleaming gem that has brought it back to life. An icon of art deco design, glamour, and not to mention murder and mystery, the luxury train promises to take you not just across Europe but to transport you back in time.

Take your pick of journeys between some of the most romantic cities in the world – Paris, London, Venice, and Verona. Celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary in style, sipping on champagne and dining on exceptional cuisine as the resident pianist fills the air with sweet melodies.

This sophisticated bucket list adventure might set you back a few pennies, but it’s perfect for your golden anniversary. It’s an experience that gives you things money cannot buy:

Adventure! Intrigue! And forever memories.

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Bio: Committed to “providing experiences, not stuff, “ Truly believes that experiences bring more happiness than material possessions. The company curates trips for adventurous people who have the same philosophy. Truly passionately scours the globe to bring you premium, authentic opportunities that go beyond ordinary.

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Former Knot Editor Jamie Miles and Sara Margulis, CEO of Honeyfund

Former Knot Editor Jamie Miles and Sara Margulis, CEO of Honeyfund

Hello from the West Village of New York City! Thanks for joining us for this special #WeddingWednesday with guest host Jamie Miles. Jamie was managing editor for The Knot for three years and brings lots of wedding expertise and advice!

Signature Cocktail

Our signature cocktails were created for us today by the talented bartenders at Frankies Sputino, a great Italian bistro with locations in the West Village and Brooklyn. Jamie enjoyed a Hudson Sting with cointreau and grenadine, a perfect light cocktail for a spring or summer wedding.  Sara drank Frankies take on the Long Island Tea — Frankie Ice Tea. Both of these drinks would be excellent for any spring or summer wedding celebration! In fact, consider holding your NY wedding or rehearsal dinner at Frankies in Brooklyn, which boasts beautiful indoor and outdoor event spaces!

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DIY: Local Favor

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Frankie’s sells their own Olive Oil — and what a great idea for a wedding favor!  If you’re having your wedding or rehearsal dinner at place like Frankies that sells their own specialty items,  it’s a great momento to include a gift from the venue! What’s the flavor of your local area?

Q&A with special guest Jamie Miles:

1.What’s the best advice for couples who want to stay sane while they plan their wedding?

  • When you first become engaged, be sure to give yourself a long enough engagement. The average engagement is fourteen months. Don’t rush, give yourself time to book your venue, invite guests and allow them time to book travel…
  • DELEGATE! DELEGATE! DELEGATE!  Find people to help you plan your big day, doing it on your own is overwhelming and just not as much fun. More partners are getting involved in the planning process, find out what your partner is interested in helping with…Music? Food? After-party? Honeymoon planning?

2. What’s the best idea you ever came across  in your three years at the Knot? 

  • Let your personality, uniqueness and style come through. A custom wedding dress, your own vows, let your colors shine through. Get creative!

3. What’s the biggest mistake wedding couples make?

  • 45% of all couples go over budget! So take the time to set a reasonable budget before spending money on wedding planning.

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Thanks for tuning in this week. Watch Wednesday May 11 and find out more about our Anniversary Giveaways. Please share with your friends (@honeyfund on Periscope and Facebook). If you missed it you can watch the replay on YouTube:

 

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Cheers!

Sara & Caitie

 

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