Picking a honeymoon destination can and should be a big decision.
When Kim and I were planning to get married, the more exciting and enjoyable part was planning the honeymoon! We came to a decision rather fast, deciding that we had to visit Australia.
It was a great trip and a country that I’d love to visit again in the future.
So where are couples going on their honeymoon these days?
If I had to guess, I’d assume Hawaii. It seems as though just about anyone I ask has gone there. (I’ve yet to visit the island and I can’t say that it ranks high on my list at the moment.)
Travel + Leisure had an article recently about “The Unexpected Place Couples Are Heading For Their Honeymoons“.
I expected to read about a bunch of different exotic destinations but boy was I wrong.
T+L mentions, based on a “survey from Westin Hotels & Resorts, 75 percent of couples that took a honeymoon in the last five years traveled to (or stayed in) the United States and Canada“.
While the US and Canada do have a lot to offer, I wouldn’t consider them (besides Hawaii) to be exciting honeymoon destinations. The survey reports that trips to Canada have tripled in the past 5 years while European destinations have gone down almost 50%.
The survey included couples from the US, Canada and Mexico.
So why are couples choosing more local destinations? The Westin survey says couples want active, adventurous honeymoons. Travelers also wanted more time on vacation, taking less time to get to the destination.
I don’t know about you, but there’s a lot of adventure to be had all around the world. I was definitely a bit surprised to see this uptick in the US and Canada be selected for honeymoons. What do you think?
Find out more from T+L here.