Honeymoon Trends for Newlyweds
While traditional weddings and vows are still the most popular there has been an increasing trend for something different. It may be a value for money, adventure or exotic wedding and the travel industry has certainly benefited from the change.
According to recent surveys the average cost of honeymoon is $1,402 per person. This compares to the average of $421 per person for a “normal vacation”. Those aged 18 to 24 spend the most at about nearly $2,000 per person. Over one third spend in excess of $2,500. The U.S census records state that 2.5 million people get married annually and it is easy to see why newly-weds are a force in the market.
The following gives some examples of honeymoons taking place today.
The All-Inclusive Honeymoon
Although Jamaica was responsible for starting the trend of all inclusive packages this has spread and practically every Caribbean destination offers these facilities. All-inclusive make it less stressful. Everything is taken care of from the flights, hotel, food, drinks, tips and other items.
For those that wish to get married at the resort the price of the minister or officiant’s fee, the cake and the marriage license will be included.
In many instances all the guests will also be included.
The United Kingdom is the most popular European destination followed by France and Germany according to the North American Association of Tour Agents.
Additional more honeymooners are traveling to less traditional places such as Malta, Turkey or Portugal. With the opening up of the eastern Europe places such as Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland are also seeing an increase in honeymoon couples.
Mexico and Canada
The devaluation of the currencies in Canada and Mexico has increased the popularity of these countries as honeymoon destinations.
Mexico offers sun, sand and surf with everything the Caribbean islands has to offer, but Canada is surprisingly more popular. Couples looking for a white honeymoon find it in ski areas such as Banff, Whistler, and Jasper, and those seeking big city culture seek out cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
It is considered that a persons’ money can go up to 40% further in Canada. The other interest in Canada is the fact that they can experience France without going having to take the time and spend the money necessary to actually go there.
Staying Close to Home
Despite the growing attraction of traveling abroad for a honeymoon the largest percentage still remain with the U.S. It does of course make a great deal of sense since the size of the country ensures that most types of honeymoon can be catered for.
The most popular city destinations are Las Vegas, Orlando, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco
The quick trip is also increasing in popularity. Lifestyles today are very different and peoples’ needs have changed. More and more time is spent working and in many instances couples already have children, either because of a previous marriage or started a family prior to deciding to get married. Taking a long vacation is not practical when there is a family to look after.
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