We know that millennials are getting married less and less these days, and it’s easy to see why. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on an expensive wedding to have a great relationship with a romantic partner, and considering the consistently rising divorce rate, it’s probably financially smarter to avoid saying “I do.” Still, fewer weddings mean fewer honeymoons, and who doesn’t love an amazing getaway to a beautiful, exotic location? Well, you don’t need a husband for that—just go on a buddymoon instead.
- Buddymoons are getting increasingly popular. Mobile payment app Pingit polled 2,000 of its coupled-up users between the ages of 18-35, 47% of whom have already been on a buddymoon or would totally consider going on one. Even more telling is that 52% of respondents admitted that they have more fun with a large group of their friends than they do with their partners alone.
- They’re good for your health. As relationship expert Sam Owen told The Independent, “Positive relationships have been linked to good health, happiness and longevity, and group activities can lead to a different kind of fun and adventure that we may not get from being in a couple. Being with a large group of loved ones is another way for us to benefit from what I call ‘people power,’ namely harnessing the positive health and well-being effects of human-to-human interaction.”
- The longer you’re single, the more time you have for buddymoons. It makes sense that traveling with friends is becoming more and more appealing as millennials are staying single for longer. Who wants to wait to find a partner to get out there and see the world?
- It’s good for your wallet too. There’s also a financial advantage to arranging a group getaway since everyone can split the costs and enjoy more luxurious digs for way less money. Basically, there’s no downside to the buddymoon, so while summer’s almost over, there’s still time to plan your own. What do you have to lose?