What factors should couples consider when choosing their honeymoon destination?
“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace,” bestselling author and travel writer Paul Theroux once observed. For Affluent investors, it is also the ideal honeymoon destination, according to a new survey conducted by Millionaire Corner. Nowhere else even comes close.
More than one-fourth (27 percent) of Affluent investors surveyed said they consider Hawaii to be their ideal honeymoon destination. This is three times as high as the next most popular honeymoon dream destination, the United States or Canada, followed by:
· Europe (8 percent)
· Caribbean (7 percent)
· Beach or tropical location (7 percent)
· Italy (6 percent)
· France (4 percent)
· Fiji or Tahiti (3 percent)
· Cruise, New Zealand, Bali, Australia, Mexico/Central/South America, or Bora Bora (2 percent)
Among Affluent investors we surveyed, Hawaii was especially with married respondents (30 percent) compared with singles (17 percent), who were more likely to identify more exotic locales such as New Zealand, Bali and Australia as their ideal honeymoon destination. Older Affluent investors, too, consider Hawaii to be the honeymoon destination of their dreams, while younger honeymooners are the most likely to identify Fiji, Tahiti and Bora Bora as their honeymoon ideal.
Hawaii is most popular among Affluent investors with between $100,000 and $1 million, while the wealthiest (with a net worth of more than $5 million, not including primary residence) were the most likely to make honeymoon plans to France.
What factors should couples consider when choosing their honeymoon location? Experts offer the following:
· Travel personality: Some couples have different definitions of the ideal holiday. One person may be outdoorsy, the other a museum buff. One may like to lounge on the beach or by the pool, while the other prefers to hit the shopping markets. It is advised to map out a destination that offers a little bit of everything to keep both parties engaged.
· Budget: “Make a realistic plan of how much you can spend, not just on major expenses such as airfare and accommodation, but also on things like meals,souvenirs, and sightseeing,” GetGoing, a travel blog, advises. “Then prioritize. If you envision spending the majority of your honeymoon relaxing indoors, then a five-star resort with round-the-clock room service and an expansive pool may well be worth the expense. However, if you plan to spend most of your honeymoon exploring and sightseeing, you may want to cut costs by staying in more modest digs.
· Time: Make the most of the time allotted for your honeymoon. If you only have a week, it is advisable to keep within a few hours by plane, train or automobile rather than a far-flung locale that will eat up previous hours in travel time.
· Safety: This is especially important for more adventurous couples who like to get out and explore. To get information on the crime situation in any country, visit the U.S. travel website (http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html)
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.