Your honeymoon vacation is one of the most anticipated and adventure-filled trips you’ll ever take. Your honeymoon will be wonderful, exciting, and full of love and passion – you won’t want it to end! But how long is the typical honeymoon and how long can you, therefore, expect yours to be? Here is everything you need to know about this particular, incredible vacation.
So, how long is a typical honeymoon? So, how long is a typical honeymoon? A typical honeymoon lasts about 7 days (or one week), including the time it takes to travel to and from your honeymoon destination. Some couples may go on shorter or longer honeymoons; the total time is influenced by factors including budget, personal/work schedules, where the honeymoon is, and what activities are planned.
Whether you and your new (or soon-to-be) spouse are planning your own honeymoon or are working with a travel agent to plan your vacation, it’s only natural to question the duration.
Besides, these trips present themselves as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
And they are expensive too!
It’s no real surprise that many couples plan for extended honeymoons (or those that are longer than 7 to 10 days) to soak up just a few more days of wedded bliss.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean yours should, or has to be, the same.
Your focus should be planning a honeymoon trip that encompasses all you and your partner want to do (like snorkeling, visiting local shops and museums, or taking a cooking class).
The emphasis should be on planning a fun, celebratory holiday for you and your new spouse; not on how long it technically ‘should be’.
You know what they say – comparison is the thief of joy.
So instead, plan a honeymoon vacation that works for your budget, your work, and your personal calendar commitments.
Keeping this in mind, let’s dive deeper into the average length of a honeymoon vacation, what is considered a long honeymoon, and some things to consider when deciding on your own honeymoon length.
What Is The Average Length Of a Honeymoon?
The average length of a honeymoon vacation is 7 days or one week. This time also includes travel time to and from the honeymoon destination. However, some couples decide to have minimoons (of 1-2 days) if their schedule cannot allow for the additional time. On the other extreme, some couples decide to go away for 2-3 weeks and make the most of the opportunity.
The length of your honeymoon will ultimately depend on individual circumstances and contexts.
This includes, but is not limited to: personal preferences, work schedules for both individuals, the intended honeymoon destination, budget, and other commitments or events that may conflict.
Nevertheless, many honeymoon packages ( that include hotel accommodations, vehicle rentals, flight bookings, etc.) are designed purposefully for a week-long trip.
This typically includes resort trips or cruise holidays and are often all-inclusive!
It may seem short, but 7 days is usually enough time to spend on honeymoon.
Particularly if your destination is paradise and you do not have much planned.
Besides, a week is a typical allotted time period to take off work, and taking any longer may possibly use too much time for any other vacation time (if applicable) you have for the rest of the year.
That being said, depending on where you are going, if a day or two (hopefully not anymore!) is spent traveling to and from your destination, you may need to consider adding more days.
Or, maximizing the time that you do have/
If you two are stuck in an airport or have to have a layover on the way, for instance, you are going to want to try and take it in your stride.
Otherwise, it will be over before it even begins!
What Is Considered A Long Honeymoon?
Any honeymoon trip that lasts between 10 and 14 days (or longer), is considered a long honeymoon. Some couples may stay on their honeymoon for up to 3 to 4 weeks (if their budget and work commitments allow them) but this is the exception rather than the norm.
There are some newlyweds that are fortunate enough to take a long honeymoon trip (probably to relax and unwind after the stress of a wedding!)
An by doing so can explore and experience tons of different attractions or local ‘hot spots’.
And depending on the honeymoon destination could even travel to other locations.
For example, a popular thing to do is to visit various parts of Italy. Starting in Rome and then flying to another close-by destination, like Athens, Greece.
But it doesn’t always have to be expensive and glamorous either.
A long honeymoon is an opportune moment for a road trip (
Renting an RV or even driving a rental vehicle cross-country are great options too.
If your budget/lifestyle, work, and personal commitments allow it, take a long honeymoon with your new spouse.
Just remember, the longer your honeymoon vacation, the more it’ll end up costing.
Things To Consider When Deciding On Honeymoon Length
There are a few things you’ll want to consider when deciding on your honeymoon length, namely: your intended travel plans, how long it will take you to get to your honeymoon destination, your honeymoon budget, and the time of year you intend on taking your honeymoon vacation.
Your Travel Plans
You and your new spouse should sit down together and get a better idea of what you’d like to do while on your honeymoon (besides the obvious time spent in your room together!).
Perhaps you want to go ziplining and your spouse wants to go parasailing; whatever activities, excursions, or other local attractions you both want to experience, be sure to plan out your travel itinerary so you have a better idea of how much time you’ll need to do and see everything you’d like.
Be sure to reserve a block of time in your personal schedules for your honeymoon (ensure you don’t have a big work presentation or a specialist’s appointment that you can’t miss, planned for when you’d like to take your honeymoon).
Your travel plans may also be affected by your work schedule(s), personal commitments, or other events, so you also need to take these factors into consideration when deciding on your honeymoon length.
How Long It Takes You To Get To Your Destination
An important thing to factor in to your decision on your honeymoon length is where you intend on going for your vacation.
Destinations in Europe, Asia, or Australia, for example, usually require at least 1 day/24 hours (if not more) of travel time, including stops or layovers (from North America).
Depending on where you and your spouse want to go on your honeymoon vacation, you may lose a day or two (possibly more) in travel time.
It’s best to find out ahead of time what the travel time looks like to your intended honeymoon destination.
When deciding on your honeymoon length, be sure to research how long it will take you to travel to your destination, so you’re able to account for travel time when you’re deciding on your honeymoon length.
Your overall budget will play a significant role in determining the length of your honeymoon.
The longer a honeymoon vacation is, the higher the cost; you’ll incur additional accommodation fees, food and drink expenses, and additional costs for transportation and activities.
It would be a good idea for you and your spouse to sit down together and price out what kind of honeymoon you can comfortably afford (trust me, there’s nothing worse than starting your marriage off in a ton of debt!).
The average cost of a honeymoon (in 2019) is $5000 US; this figure may be slightly higher now.
If you and your partner budget carefully, you’ll be able to have a beautiful honeymoon.
Of course, it goes without saying, the higher your honeymoon budget, the longer you can stay on your honeymoon vacation.
Time of Year
The time of year is also another important factor that you should consider when deciding on your honeymoon length.
If you and your partner are taking your honeymoon vacation on or around other holidays (like Christmas or Thanksgiving), you may be able to take a few extra days on your honeymoon.
Many couples try to plan their honeymoon around holidays or long weekends; by including either of these days during your honeymoon, it’s one (or more) days that you would’ve gotten off from work anyways (of course, pending you and your spouse are employed in a standard, 9 to 5 type of job).
So, for example, if you intend on taking your honeymoon during the 4th of July weekend (and the 4th happens to be on a Monday), instead of your honeymoon lasting from Sunday to Sunday, you could make travel arrangements to return on the 4th/Monday, or possibly Tuesday (because you would have gotten the 4th off from work anyway).
In a similar vein, if you and your spouse plan on taking your honeymoon trip during the holidays, you likely would have other personal commitments/get-togethers to attend, which could affect your honeymoon duration.
Your job(s) may affect your honeymoon length; certain jobs and occupations see an uptick in business during certain times of the year; for example, if you were a teacher, you likely wouldn’t want to plan your honeymoon around the first day of school.
No matter where, when, and how long your honeymoon is, you and your new spouse are going to have the best time.
At least if that’s the mindset and attitude you head into it with.
And in doing so, any honeymoon, regardless of how long it actually is, will seem to come to an end much too quickly.
You’ll certainly be busy (with each other, activities, sightseeing, you get the idea) and before you know it, it’ll be time to pack up and go home.
If you’re able to spend a week (or more or less) on your honeymoon vacation, be sure to pencil in everything you want to see and do with your partner.
Your honeymoon is all about enjoying each other’s company and experiencing your honeymoon destination together.
Enjoy each and every moment of your honeymoon trip and bask in your newlywed bliss.
Researching for your honeymoon? Then my following guides may be of help:
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Hey, I’m Allison – a bride-to-be and the chief editor here at Everlasting Occasion. Here I document all the knowledge and experience I have accumulated since researching for my wedding over two years ago. I try to answer those many questions couples have when planning their dream wedding.