Jane Anderson, editor of 101 Honeymoons has picked six of the best for this year’s most on-trend romantic trips.

Planning your honeymoon? The chances are you’ve got at least one Pinterest board for ideas about your dream destination – now with over four billion ideas in Pinterest’s travel category, there was a 33% increase in pins in 2017 alone.

So if you’re determined to spend your once-in-a-lifetime trip at one of 2018’s hottest hotspots, the Pinterest 100 trend predictions, based on the site’s latest figures, are the perfect place to start.

RIVER CRUISING

Travellers are turning their backs on the ocean for the chance to see the world’s great rivers, with an impressive rise of 346% in saves for ‘river cruises’.



With Vietnam, Germany and Egypt all featuring as favourites, it’s hard to beat a spectacular Mekong Cruise travelling from Saigon to Siem Reap on a Vietnam and Cambodia cruise. Choose a private sampan for a more intimate experience, or enjoy the charm of a converted rice barge as you explore this great river. Book with Audley Travel.

The Luxury Cruise company has a string of options whether you prefer to sail along the Rhine, the Danube, the Yangtze or the Nile.

DESERT ESCAPES

Whether you fancy the shifting sands of Morocco, the glitzy dunes of Dubai, or heading to the unspoiled wilds of the Atacama, saves for ‘desert travel’ are up 125%.



Best of all, there’s a desert for all travel styles, whether you want to experience living like a Bedouin or the luxury of a private infinity pool to go with your sand.

Head to Oman, where you can stay in five-star tents in the gloriously empty Wahiba Sands at the Desert Nights Camp with Turquoise Holidays before heading to the Musandam Peninsula and paragliding into the luxurious Six Senses Zighy Bay for superlative style, striking mountains and a gorgeous beach.

Discover the dramatic red dunes of Namibia with Mahlatini before heading off for some wildlife spotting and exploring the Skeleton Coast.

For sheer pampering, the United Arab Emirates ensure you’ll be indulged at every turn. In Dubai, Tropical Sky recommends a range of resorts, including Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the Palm or the more intimate The One&Only Royal Mirage Arabian Court. Mix the glamorous Le Meridien Abu Dhabi and all-inclusive Maldives on a twin-centre trip from Barefoot Traveller.

MEDITERRANEAN ISLAND HOPPING

Imagine sailing through dazzling blue water, stopping at secluded coves or stylish harbours, swimming, lazing and enjoying yourselves as you cruise from island to island. Whether you prefer classic Greece, including chic Mykonos, or the endless Croatian islands, searches for both are up 96%.



Luxury crewed yachts and catamarans from Fleewinter sail from Corfu and can be chartered exclusively, dropping anchor in deserted bays and letting you explore tiny villages.

The fairytale tall ships from Star Clippers also sail the Mediterranean, including the Greek islands, or a route that visits both Croatia and Greece, as well as Slovenia and Italy.

Completely Croatia offers a seductive island-hopping cruise visiting some of the country’s better-known destinations, including Split and Dubrovnik, Hvar and Korcula, along with the Elaphiti Islands.

GO MEXICO

Mexico’s beaches and Mayan temples have been tempting visitors for decades, but it’s the capital, Mexico City which is currently capturing people’s attention, with saves up 96% on Pinterest.



See all Mexico’s attractions with a private tour from Journey Latin America starting in Mexico City before discovering the history, culture and coast of the Yucatan peninsula.

Or if the beaches have won you over, the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels have two separate options for honeymooners. The Riviera Maya resort is adults-only and set right on the beach, while the Cancun hotel has six restaurants and a buzzing atmosphere. Book with Thomas Cook.

THE WORLD IS A CANVAS

A honeymoon themed around street art? With cities including Miami, Lisbon and Melbourne celebrating their urban art, it’s a perfect inspiration for an on-trend honeymoon with a difference – and the interest in these edgy and colourful works is growing.



Explore Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne, including its galleries as well as street art – Wexas has several itineraries featuring the city, which you can combine with a drive along the Great Ocean Road or a twin city break, stopping in Sydney as well.

Or check out the Wynwood Walls in Miami, the city’s open air gallery, along with a helping of beach and Art Deco, not to mention Cuban style. Check in beachfront to the stylish W hotel or landmark Fontainebleau Miami Beach, or add on some extra chilled-out coast with an itinerary mixing the city and the Florida Keys. Book with American Sky.

THROWBACK TRAVEL

This year the new is all about tracking down the old – “historical travel” has shot up the list of topics for travel pinners, with ancient sites across Europe and Asia tempting travellers to discover the world’s unique places as they explore.



The bucket list temples of Angkor in Cambodia are perfect for combining history with a romantic escape. Specialists Selective Asia can arrange activities including horseriding or taking a microlight flight over the temples, as well as stays in deluxe Cambodian wooden houses nearby.

You needn’t go to South East Asia for incomparable buildings and history though. Andalucia in Spain is home to the beautiful cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada, where you can stay in some of the country’s most historic boutique hotels as part of a Kirker Holidays trip, as you discover ancient palaces, unique architecture and the incomparable Alhambra.

February 2018