Where do people go to celebrate their nuptials? Apparently, no where. Well, not no where, but they certainly are staying close to home. According to a study done by the wedding site, the Knot, the U.S. is the most popular destination for Americans last year. Of the 12,000 couples surveyed, 30% honeymooned in the continental U.S., the most popular locations were Orlando and Las Vegas. The Caribbean came in a close second with 28% venturing to the tropical islands.
Other popular destinations included Hawaii, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Italy, St. Lucia, France, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic and Greece.
So why did more couples decide to stay nearby for their honeymoons? The main reason was money. It is a lot cheaper to take a trip to Florida or Nevada than it is to go to Europe or the South Pacific. Another reason was time. Many couples had to take shorter vacations because they did not have the time off work.
If and when I get married, you can be sure I'm leaving the continental U.S. I'll make sure I save up enough money and vacation days to get a honeymoon abroad.