A couples’ retreat with strangers is nothing new. Couples have been vacationing with other couples since vacation was invented. However, according to group trip organizers, there’s a whole new type of couple choosing to travel with strangers: honeymooners.
In an effort to save money and time, some newlyweds are looking to group travel. “For couples, it’s a great way to focus less on logistics and more on spending quality time with each other, hassle-free,” says Sarah Clark, global general manager for Topdeck Travel.
But this isn’t the group travel of your high school days. “Topdeck allows for privacy with our hotel-style trip options and free time, so couples can enjoy days to themselves but also have the built-in knowledge of a trip leader and social aspect of the group when they want,” Clark said.
If jetting off with your new spouse and dozens of strangers piques your interest, here’s all you need to know about planning a group honeymoon.
Honeymooners who elect to take a group trip are most often social butterflies with a sense of adventure. A spokesperson for G Adventures, another group travel company, says that the honeymooning couples who choose their trips are “a special type of couple, who enjoys active vacations that create bonding experiences while making new friends.” They’re probably also looking to save a bit of cash — whether that’s because the guest list at their wedding grew larger than expected or they’re saving up for their next trip.
Most couples tend to choose lengthy cross-European trips and elect to stay in hotels, according to Topdeck. However, couples who choose to travel with G Adventures tend to pick destinations in Southeast Asia, including Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
Traveling in a group allows couples to see each other in a new light — not only are the two of you in a new setting, but you’re surrounded by completely new people.
“Trying new experiences together often stretches you beyond your comfort zone and can allow you to learn new skills,” said Kara Lucchesi, a G Adventures global purpose specialist. “This can help a couple bond over the shared experiment, discoveries and laughs. You may also learn new things about your partner that you wouldn’t discover sitting on a beach or cruise ship: Perhaps he’s got a talent for rolling tortillas, or she’s a natural on a traditional weaving loom. Seeing each other in a new light can spark even greater attraction for a partner.”
Megan Goldberg, who honeymooned with her husband on a group trip through Japan, advised couples looking into a group honeymoon to arrive with open hearts and minds. You’ll be active with a new social group, yet there will be plenty of time for seclusion. “In my opinion, you have your entire lives together, just you two,” Goldberg said. “To experience other countries and cultures with a group of unique and inspiring people is priceless.”
Plus: There’s always someone around to take honeymoon pictures of you.
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