While beachy getaways in the Caribbean and Mexico are still popular honeymoon spots, there seems to be a shift in where newlyweds are choosing to spend their first vacation as husband and wife—at least, that's what data from a recent survey by Westin Hotels & Resorts is indicating. Below, a few highlights from the study, which included 4,060 respondents.
Couples are staying closer to home
75% of couples honeymooned in the U.S. and Canada in the last five years—while travel to Europe has dropped by nearly half. We agree there's plenty of honeymoon fun to be had closer to home.
Newylweds are thinking beyond the beach
Couples are 1.5 times more likely to seek the outdoors and two times more likely to go skiing.
They're making the most of their getaway
70% of couples pack additional destinations into less time, visiting more than one destination in less than 10 days. (But don't try to cram too much in, as I myself did! Head here for my other honeymoon dos and don'ts.)
Couples are turning to Instagram for inspiration
80% of respondents who honeymooned in the last five years used social media to research their destinations. Instagram is a great place to start. A few of our personal favorite travel accounts include @beautifuldestinations, @passionpassport, and @travelnoire. Warning: wanderlust will ensue.
This study is based on a survey conducted by STUDYLOGIC LLC via telephone of 4,060 (non-single) respondents with household incomes of $50,000-$500,000 from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Each country represents approximately one-third of respondents. The survey consisted of 27 questions including identifiers. Interviewers were conducted between April 7 and April 14, 2016. The survey averaged 25 minutes in length and contains a margin of error of +/-3%.