THIS MONTH PRINCE HARRY will marry former actress Meghan Markle in a ceremony in Britain’s Windsor Castle. Although yours might not be a royal wedding (perhaps there’s no wedding planned!), why should that stop you from enjoying the romance and wonder of the kind of holiday that might follow the royal nuptials? So skip the ceremony and head straight for the airport runway on one of these getaways fit for a royal — or a lawyer who wants to live like one.
> Roam with Elephants in Malawi Prince Harry once spent nearly three weeks in Malawi working with African Parks, a conservation NGO. During this time he helped with the NGO’s efforts to relocate more than 500 elephants from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, and in December became the NGO’s president. See the giants that stole his heart with a visit to Malawi, the quiet African nation that boasts incredible wildlife and stunning vistas. Stay at Mvuu Camp – just as Harry did – and you’ll have luxurious tented accommodations and morning views of the animals on the Shire river. www.malawianstyle.com
> Escape the Paparazzi in Alaska Harry and Ms. Markle spent an early holiday searching for the northern lights in intimate accommodations in Norway. You can find the same at Alaska’s newest secluded hideaway. The five-star Sheldon Chalet is set on the only private land in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve, and offers an opportunity for northern lights viewing as well as heli-skiing; or, simply dine with your favourite person 6,000 feet above some of the most dramatic vistas in the Alaska Range. www.sheldonchalet.com
> Hang with the High Rollers in Vegas For the new year Harry whisked his fiancée away to the gambling paradise of Monaco (and he famously partied with mates in Vegas a few years ago). You, too, can live it up in a room meant for high rollers. Spend a night in a Sky Villa at the Palms Casino Resort, or live it up in the 9,500-sq.-ft. Maximus Aurelius suite at Caesars Palace. Bengal tigers are frowned upon, but not completely out of the question if you’re prepared to pay. Anyone can be a prince in Vegas. www.lasvegas.com
Heather Greenwood Davis is a lawyer, a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler, and a columnist for The Globe and Mail. Reach her at Heather@globetrottingmama.com.