How One Couple Took the World’s Longest Honeymoon

Sep 17, 2017

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Most honeymoons last a week or two — maybe a month if the couple is fortunate enough to have the time and resources. In the case of Mike and Anne Howard, the newlyweds left for their honeymoon in early 2012 and have been exploring the globe ever since, launching a blog, HoneyTrek.com, to chronicle their journey across more than 50 countries and seven continents. Aside from sharing useful travel hacks to take you off the tourist track, the two also found ways to earn free flights and lodging, which earned them a loyal following of couples and non-couples alike, who gleaned their knowledge of where to hike, dive, sail and explore in over 75 destinations.

This September, Mike and Anne turned their trove of tips into a book, Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent. Packed with tested-and-approved recommendations for traveling couples that any vacationer could benefit from, proving the pair really knows their stuff. Since 2012, they’ve taken 116 free flights out of 150 flights thanks to points and miles, saving them $26,889. Here’s a look at some of the beautiful images they shot in this exclusive excerpt from their brand-new title.

"Ultimate Journeys for Two" by Mike & Anne Howard is out now. Images by HoneyTrek.com.
“Ultimate Journeys for Two” by Mike & Anne Howard is out now.
An artsy interpretation of Mike and Anne's initial around-the-world-honeymoon route.
An artsy interpretation of Mike and Anne’s initial around-the-world-honeymoon route.
Mike's micro-flight over Victoria Falls in southern Africa.
Mike’s micro-flight over Victoria Falls in southern Africa.
The couple found paradise at Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
The couple found paradise at Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
Mike and Anne tandem ziplining Samaná, Dominican Republic.
Mike and Anne tandem zip-lining in Samaná, Dominican Republic.
Mike and Anne celebrating at the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand. 
Mike and Anne celebrating at the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand.
Anne and Mike holding the flag of Antarctica with pride.
Anne and Mike holding the flag of Antarctica with pride.

Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent, by Mike and Anne Howard, published by National Geographic, is now available on Amazon.com from $21. All images by HoneyTrek.com.

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