Would you go on a honeymoon without your spouse?
A rising number of people is doing exactly that, in an emerging travel trend called “unimoon”.
The New York Times reports that couples are now booking separate, solo holidays, referred to as “unimoons”.
The travel trend is particularly suited for couples who just cannot agree on where to go.
Despite agreeing to spend the rest of their lives together, the reality, according to the NYT article, is that some couples can’t even agree on where to go on holiday.
The lead couple in the article couldn’t agree on a honeymoon so decided to take separate “unimoons”. She went to Toronto to see friends, he headed to France to watch football with friends. Not exactly the most romantic of plans but sure did keep matrimonial harmony, according to them.
“Neither of us wanted to be where the other one was,” she said. “We each came back to Dublin full of stories, buzzing of our trips and truly delighted to see each other again to share the memories: It was the perfect, imperfect honeymoon.”
An online dating expert told the NYT that the idea of separate honeymoons “may signal the continued evolution of marriage”.
“Given the recognition that for most couples today, marriage and partnership is considered all-consuming, with the partner needing to fulfill every role — physical, spiritual, emotional and sexual — perhaps separate vacations is a recognition among some couples that all expectations cannot be met by a single person,” Jessica Carbino, who’s also a sociologist for Bumble, said.
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