Babymoon’s? Divorce Parties? Mini-Moons? Voluntourism?
Travel for destination weddings, engagements, birthdays and other celebrations is reported to be increasing in popularity. We’ll toast to that trend!
This trend and multi-generational travel are so intertwined it’s hard to separate. Families and multi-generational groups are increasingly traveling together to celebrate milestone events. Almost 70% of U.S. leisure travelers took a celebration vacation together. Among multi-generational travelers, the number climbs to as high as 80%.
A babymoon is a newly coined term for a period of time both parents take to relax and spend quality time together before the baby is born. It is one of the biggest travel trends on the charts right now and can provide a solid foundation for the changes that are about to happen in both your lives. Planned to allow you to catch up on your rest, relax in your favorite environment, and give you time to reconnect and renew the romance, a babymoon can be anywhere from a tropical beach to a romantic country inn. Consider a babymoon the perfect getaway for you both!
Despite the name, a Divorce Party is not promoting the celebration of the failed marriage. The purpose of these fun-filled vacations for the newly single is to commemorate the end of the lengthy and trying divorce process, and the beginning of their new independence. It’s more about self-care, and taking a therapeutic time out for yourself, to reflect, and relax.
A divorce party typically involves traveling somewhere and enjoying activities they were unable to do while they were married. For him, that may mean and extended fishing or hunting trip to an exotic location, or a sport stadium tour across the U.S. For her, maybe it’s a shopping trip, or girl’s spa get away. Many clients are used to compromising on the destination or vacation activities while they are married, that now they have the freedom to choose. Whether you want to blow off steam, enjoy exciting nightlife (hey, you never know who you might meet, right?) or just relax and pamper yourself, there are lots of great options.
While leaving your wedding reception in a limo that takes you straight to the airport to jet off to your honeymoon sounds romantic in theory, in reality it just isn’t practical anymore. There are many reasons couples choose to go on a mini-moon after their weddings.
First of all, these days few people have the luxury of unlimited vacation days, and if you’ve taken days off for during the planning stages (for appointments and tastings, e.g.) or in the days prior to the wedding for travel and pre-wedding activities, taking another week or more for a honeymoon may just not be feasible.
Secondly, after months (sometimes years) of planning, deliberating, and countless decisions over the most minute details—anyone who’s been through it will tell you—you will be exhausted. Do you want to spend thousands of dollars and hours of stressful travel on top of that, only to get to your dream destination and be too drained to fully enjoy it? The delayed honeymoon is something we see more often than not these days.
Lastly, the financial aspect. You’ve just spent so much money on the wedding and maybe it is a better option for you financially to put off the honeymoon for a year. By taking a mini-moon for a few days to a stateside or Caribbean location may be just what you need to relax and not break the bank in the meantime. Also, depending on what season your wedding takes place in, waiting a few months may make it a better time to travel to your desired destination.
Gap Year Travel and “Voluntourism”
Whether it’s a year after high school graduation, or college young travelers are looking for the experience of a lifetime. Aside from the “feel-good” aspect, there are also prudent reasons for taking a gap year, like boosting your resume. Using the time to volunteer or opt for an internship is a smart way to spend that off time.