Where are our honeymooners going vs. where did their parents go?

A few weeks ago, My Vacation Lady did a very un-scientific survey on where today’s honeymooners are going vs. where their parents went 30 + years ago.  Even though this was done on Facebook over one weekend in February, asking my colleagues, facebook friends and clients, the results were actually very interesting!

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Way in the days of old, Mr and Mrs My Vacation Lady honeymooned in Mexico City and Acapulco.  It was booked through a travel agent with a travel supplier called Carefree David (which closed down in 1986) but it was revolutionary because they coordinated a 2 stop honeymoon to Mexico before this type of vacation became popular.  I have to be honest, my sister did a similar honeymoon 2 years prior.  When it came to my sister and my children, 3 honeymooned in Hawaii (2011 and 2015) and one honeymooned in Antigua in 2016.



These are the results of my very unscientific survey:

Between 1963 and 1997, most of the honeymoons taken were relatively close to home.

  • Florida, Disney World, Niagara Falls, drive locations and the Poconos were popular.
  • Acapulco and the Caribbean was the furthest anyone went in the 1970’s.
  • In the 1980’s a few went to Hawaii and one went to England (husband’s relatives lived there).  Again, the rest were Bermuda, Acapulco and drive honeymoons.
  • In the 1990’s, Cancun and Jamaica because more popular honeymoon destinations.

Let’s fast forward to the 21st century:

  • Between 2000 and 2010, honeymooners were venturing much further from home.
  • Multi- destination honeymoons were becoming more common.
  • All inclusive resorts became very popular

Honeymooners went to:

  • Costa Rica
  • Europe
  • Riviera Maya and  Cabo San Lucas (2 newer vacation spots)
  • Thailand
  • Hawaii
  • Ireland
  • Tahiti
  • Australia
  • Caribbean islands like- St Lucia, Antigua, Nevis, Punta Cana, Aruba, Jamaica, Bahamas
  • They took cruises to Europe, Around Tahiti and in the Caribbean

In the most recent decade, our honeymooners are venturing even further and to more exotic places:

  • Hawaii was the most popular destination- multiple islands with Maui, Kauai and the Big Island being more popular than Oahu (Waikiki)
  • Asia – Japan, Bali, Thailand – all multiple destinations.
  • South Pacific was popular- Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji and combinations of a couple of different areas (like New Zealand and Fiji)
  • Europe- Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, France, Iceland and Croatia- again, multiple city honeymoons.  Combinations of Italy and Greece were popular, as well as other multi- country honeymoons
  • Mexico- adult only all inclusive resorts were top choices
  • Caribbean- some of the lesser known islands became very popular- St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, along with the favorites, Aruba, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Bermuda.

Whether you are looking for a multi country honeymoon or a relaxing all inclusive resort honeymoon, My Vacation Lady can help



About the Author:

Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.