Honeymoons create the first future memories as a married couple!
Couples today are doing very different honeymoons as compared to honeymoons 20, 40, and 60 years ago.
60 years ago, over 95% of honeymoons were domestic trips and the vast majority being within 500 miles of their residence because most couples drove to their honeymoon destination.
By contrast, today the vast majority honeymooners fly to their honeymoon destinations or take a cruise.
The traditional honeymoon destinations have remained consistent over the last 5 years. Mexico, Jamaica, Hawaii, and the Caribbean are among the most popular of the traditional destinations. Europe has seen a resurgence in recent years with Italy, Ireland and France leading the pack. While the continental United States is no longer the leading destination choice, the most popular honeymoon destinations continue to be California, Florida, Nevada, and New York.
It has been reported that destination honeymoons account for approximately 85% of all honeymoons while cruises account for approximately 15% of honeymoons.
2018 has shown some new and interesting honeymoon trends. I’m not talking about the fancy trend list you can find online, I’m talking about honeymoon couples are actually doing for their honeymoons.
Let’s take a look at 5 trends for 2018.
1. Honeymoons are getting longer.
More and more honeymoon couples want to travel for 10 days or more. It is thought that one reason for this trend is since many couples are getting married after their career is established, they have more vacation time to take their once in a lifetime honeymoon. While the majority are still in the 5 to 7-night range, more and more couples are looking at the longer honeymoon experiences.
2 & 3. Exotic destinations and cultural experiences are also increasing for honeymooners.
Two of the hottest destinations for honeymoons right now are Iceland and Thailand. Both are amazing destinations! Iceland is a unique destination experience and not one easily replicated anywhere else in the world. Iceland has everything from volcanos to geysers. Iceland is a year-round adventure destination with activities such as ice caving, viewing the northern lights, glacier hiking, or take a dip in a geothermal pool surrounded by snow. Thailand is known for its cultural experiences, beautiful beaches, and yet cosmopolitan cities. The range of activities extends well beyond the beach to include adventures such as remote jungle trekking, mountain safari, or cultural experiences visiting temples and floating markets.
4. In Europe, Italy is still the most popular honeymoon destination followed by France. A new trend for honeymooners are European River Cruises and guided vacations.
There are now options for river cruises that cater to the guests aged 21 – 45 exclusively. This is a fresh innovative approach to river cruising for the younger demographic and many honeymoon couples are taking advantage of the new experience. Guided tour experiences are also seeing increased popularity with honeymoon couples. Guided tour experiences offer tremendous value with streamlined logistics making the most of your European adventure. There are also guided tour experiences that cater to only guests between the ages of 18 – 35.
5. A new perspective on the honeymoon is the “Honeymoon with Friends” or as it is commonly referred to a “friendmoon“.
Many couples are now traveling with some of their closest friends for their honeymoon. While this concept of travel isn’t new, in the past it was usually reserved for other celebrations such as bachelorette or bachelor parties, anniversaries, birthdays, or “just because”. In 2018 we have seen honeymoon couples embrace the friendmoon as a way to create their future first married memories to include their friends.
Traditional or trendy, the honeymoon choices are vast. There is literally something for everyone, what will it be for you?