With so many celebrations put on ‘hold’ over the last couple of years, we knew when people started getting together to mark life’s great milestones again, it was going to be big.
Well, according to a new survey conducted by an online travel company, destination weddings and honeymoons are going ‘mega.’
The survey of American couples found that a whopping 97% - nearly all – honeymoon plans over the last two-plus years were affected by the pandemic. Plans were either downsized, or canceled altogether.
And those couples are having a celebration comeback! Almost 5 million weddings are expected to be celebrated in 2022 -2023, and happy couples are revisiting their plans - upwards.
You may be surprised at some of the latest destination wedding / honeymoon trends shaped by two years without travel! And it’s not just newlyweds. Some of these trends spill over to couples who are already together, and looking to rekindle that spark on a romantic trip together.
Trips, Not Toasters
More than ever before, couples are prizing experiences over an excess of stuff. Now, a big majority – 65% - of couples are adding a honeymoon fund to their wedding registries. Instead of a complete table service at home, they want to dine in exotic locales together.
Why stop at one honeymoon? An incredible 83% of couples now say they are planning multiple honeymoons. That could mean a mini-escape immediately after saying ‘I do,’ followed by a longer, more lavish trip later.
Then there’s the clear pandemic trend – the do-over. Over half of couples revealed they were not completely satisfied by a honeymoon they did take during the pandemic. A lot of couples took shorter trips, closer to home, rather than their dream, celebratory trips, and now they want the chance to make their honeymoon travel dreams come true.
Go big, or stay home. Well, most couples did the ‘staying home’ part during the pandemic. Now they’re going big. Over half - 53% - of couples say they’re going to splash out on their honeymoons, spending more than they had originally budgeted. That’s because now, almost two-thirds say they now want their honeymoon to be a bucket-list trip in luxurious surroundings.
The epic honeymoon today can take different shapes for different couples. Beach and tropical destinations are no longer the first choice of today’s couples. About the same amount of couples are also interested in multi-destination trips, urban escapes or even national park trips. Less than half say they’re interested in an all-inclusive resort – but the majority are looking for ‘pampering’ and romantic activities together like hot air balloon rides, sunset boat trips, and soft adventures.
Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations for 2022 - 2023
Move over, traditional island beach destinations! Today’s couples are all over the map when it comes to planning the ultimate honeymoon.
Only one Caribbean island and one exotic tropical island destination made the top ten list of honeymoon destinations this year. St. Lucia and its twin Pitons are number 7 on the list, and the legendary coral islands of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean made the list at number 10.
Two hot-weather U.S. destinations made the list, including the tropical appeal of Florida, and the mystique of Los Angeles, at numbers 4 and 5 respectively.
The exotic, high-end urban destination of Dubai was the surprising second-most popular honeymoon destination this year.
Europe is made for romance, and honeymooning couples still favor the City of Love, Paris, the number 3 most popular honeymooning destination in the first post-pandemic travel year, as well as the Mediterranean pleasures of Spain (6) and Italy (7). But the Nordic island of Iceland, with its surreal volcanoes, glaciers, and hotsprings, is an unexpected number 9 on the top ten list.
And the English-speaking U.K. – coming off the Queen’s history-making Platinum Jubilee celebrations, full of fun pubs, castles and stately homes, picturesque tiny villages and familiar cultural appeal, tops the list of 2022-23 honeymoon destinations.
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