New Carnival Cruise Line research has revealed a nationwide desire for couples with older kids to experience more fun and live a free spirited life – relationships are likely to last longer when couples take time out from parenting to build new memories together*.
The research polled over 1,000 Australians (couples with children aged 13+), revealing more than three quarters (76%) of couples miss having fun with their partner and over one third (35%) believe a child-free holiday will help them remember why they fell in love. Carnival has christened these couples ‘Honeyboomers’ – couples enjoying a second honeymoon now that their kids are less reliant on them. The cruise line has seen an 80% increase in Honeyboomers sailing over the past four years.
Relationship expert, John Aiken, says couples should prioritise spending time with each other having fun and enjoying new experiences to ensure a healthy and happy relationship. Almost a quarter of Aussies (22%) revealed they haven’t been on a holiday alone for five years or longer and 90% said they wanted to share more travel experiences with their partner.
John Aiken’s guide to the perfect Honeyboom:
- Planning is key – The very first thing on the to do list is to ensure the children will be safe and well cared for at home. Making sure the kids are settled before you depart will ensure you can fully relax and have fun.
- On the same page – Before booking a Honeyboom, agree on what you both want. Whether it’s relaxing by the pool with a cocktail or trying a new activity together, just make sure the time away brings back the spark with shared experiences you both enjoy.
- Find the new – Don’t be afraid to try something different while on holiday – whether that’s embracing a new hobby or trying a new food.
- Embrace the fun – Make sure you put time aside for fun, just for the sake of it. That day-to-day routine can be monotonous; work, bills, errands and commitments often take away from the frivolity of everyday life.
* About the research: Commissioned by Pure Profile research on behalf of Carnival Cruise Lines Australia. Research was conducted online in April 2017, using a sample of 1,000 Australian couples with children aged 13+.