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Honeymooners opt for adventure and cruises

Date Posted: 06 Jun 2008
Today's newlyweds are shunning traditional two-week beach holidays in favour of adventure trips and cruises, it has emerged.

A study carried out by Teletext revealed that 58 per cent of honeymooners considered traditional "couples" resorts as "old fashioned" - with 56 per cent claiming that the thought of holidaying with other newlyweds "filled them with dred".

Commenting on the findings, Teletext marketing director Ash Makkar said: "British honeymooners are breaking away from tradition and opting to take more adventurous breaks, swapping beachside meals for two for action exploits, cruises and safari trips. Our research shows that they are willing to spend more money in order to make their trip of a lifetime just that and are increasingly asking wedding guests to contribute to their holiday rather than give them household items."

It emerged that couples from Scotland were the biggest spenders when it came to honeymoons, forking out around £2,879, while newlyweds in the north-east spend a modest average of £1,297.

The most popular destinations for long-haul honeymoons include the Bahamas, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, with Spain and France topping the list of short-haul hotspots.

Those looking for a romantic break could consider a holiday with Windstar Cruises, which was recently voted as the world's "most romantic" cruise line by the readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine.

Written by Fiona Mayers

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