Sure, you’ve heard of honeymoons, buddymoons, minimoons, and even earlymoons (you can thank Pippa Middleton for that one). But now there’s an even newer post-wedding travel trend popping up: “manymoons.”
“I've seen more and more of my couples switching up the tradition of honeymooning for two weeks right after the wedding,” says Amy Shey Jacobs, a wedding planner with Chandelier Events. “Instead, they’re opting for multiple mini-vacations over the course of their first newlywed year.” Yes, instead of taking weeks off of work to go on one big trip after saying “I do,” couples are planning a series of smaller honeymoons to celebrate their new Mr. and Mrs. status.
That’s what Juliette Schwab and her husband Brett Caspi did after tying the knot in September 2017. “September was an extremely busy time for both us with work,” says Schwab. “So, rather than taking a big trip after our wedding, we decided to take a week off and go to Napa and Sonoma in California doing what we love doing: eating, drinking, and just being together.”
The quick trip inspired them to plan more of these smaller vacations so that they could enjoy the one-on-one time together more often than just a few intense weeks together. “We decided instead of limiting ourselves to one large honeymoon,” she adds. “That we would do multiple trips to keep it more fun, and also have a lot to look forward to.”
What’s on the itinerary? Well, the pair went to Cartegena, Colombia in March and just planned a getaway to London and Paris for in the spring. Later in the year, they will be attending a close friend's wedding in Barcelona, which they will tack on a few extra days too. “I figured it’s best to fit it all in and travel as much as possible before we have a family,” says Schwab.
Trying to rack up those passport stamps is one of the main reasons Jacobs believes “manymoons” are on the rise. “I like to call ‘Millennial Wanderlust,’” she says. “Today's couples don't want to sit on the same beach for 10 days straight. Often, they want to mix it up and yes, sip some cocktails in Tulum but at the same time, they want to take in the artists season in Prague. It’s easier to do that by taking shorter trips to more places.”
The other reason there’s a boom is a bit more practical: careers. “Couples can't get away from work when they want to anymore,” says Jacobs. “The pressure doesn't comport with the traditional two-weeks-off-the-grid honeymoon. So, many moons allow for multiple long weekends away that couples can take when everyone else in the world turns off, too like holiday weekends.”
So, how do you go about planning your “manymoons?” Sit down with your future spouse and think of your top five destinations each and see if any overlap, have similar vibes (i.e., food-focused) and if any spots are close to one another. Narrow it down to your top four or five and then get out a calendar.
You get at least 10 federal holidays throughout the year, so start planning around those days by adding on an extra day or two. If you get a three-day weekend, you can actually get five travel days by only taking two days off of work. This gives you time to explore a destination without feeling the guilt of missing weeks of work. Book four or five of these trips and you’re basically honeymooning every other month.
Now, that sounds like marital and wanderlust bliss.