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Brits delay honeymoon hols by as long as four months

Honey moon toastNewlywed couples no longer go straight on honeymoon from the church but wait as long as four months before sharing their first trip as Mr and Mrs, new research has shown.

In a survey of 2,000 men and women who got hitched last year, just 24% set off for their honeymoon in the first few days that follow their ceremony.

The remaining 76% wait an average of four months before taking their first married holiday with the majority (37%) claiming to do so in order to save up enough cash to fund their travel plans.

23% postpone their honeymoon to prevent post-wedding blues while 19% are simply too busy and 12% can’t get the time off work.

Destination matters

For those who manage to jet off straight away, nearby European destinations are the most popular places to visit with Italy the top choice.

At the other end of the scale, those who are prepared to wait for their holiday seem to be determined to make the most of it by booking longer trips to far-flung locations such as the USA – which topped the list for these travellers.

For prospective brides and grooms weighing up their honeymoon options, it’s important to consider the benefits of both.

Going on holiday immediately after getting married may be the traditional option which breeds excitement and offers a quick escape but postponing the trip also has its perks too.

Chris Clarkson, MD of sunshine.co.uk who conducted the research, explained that “it sometimes pays to wait a while” as departing straight after your wedding can mean you are “too exhausted to fully enjoy your trip”.

Mr Clarkson also highlighted the financial benefits of postponing your honeymoon – claiming it gives brides and grooms chance “to settle any wedding debt and save” for their trip.

Whether you are planning an immediate honeymoon or have a long-term travel plan with your partner, remember to invest in last minute travel insurance before you leave. 

Date Created: 14 August 2015

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