Travel Trend: The Buddymoon

4 November 2015
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These days, that romantic rite of passage following the 'I dos' has taken on a whole new meaning. Betrothed pairs have already had plenty of opportunities to get loved-up before the Big Day so a honeymoon isn't necessarily about 'just-the-two-of-us' anymore.

Newly hitched couples are shunning tradition and inviting along their nearest and dearest for a week or more of rest, relaxation, togetherness and good times.

'Buddymoon' is the newest buzzword joining the likes of mini-moons, maxi-moons and babymoons. The term gives a whole new meaning to the 'all-inclusive' holiday.

 Extend your wedding celebrations with your mates (image: Shutterstock)

After all, it's likely that many people on your guest list have travelled far and wide to attend your special day. The last thing you'd want to do, just as they've arrived to town, is leave. So why not extend the catch-ups beyond the reception?

Though it may not sound like the most intimate foray into married life, a buddymoon offers a multitude of benefits. Anyone who's tied-the-knot will likely feel the financial strain of a wedding; an all-inclusive trip with your loved ones can ease the cost of your dream holiday.

Group discounts and self-contained properties can mean you can upgrade your experience and afford to do and see more. And if you're considering a destination wedding, you're already halfway there!

Stretch out wedding celebrations with your loved ones with these buddymoon ideas.

Villa In Bali

 See? Plenty of space for everyone to spread out!

If your dream wedding has blown the budget, a villa in Bali is the perfect post-wedding getaway option. From the sultry shores of Seminyak to the idyllic surrounds of tranquil Ubud, there's a property to suit all groups and budgets. Ultra luxe villas with all the trimmings – we're talking private pools, on-call chefs and butler service – won't break the bank and afford you more freedom, privacy and memory-making moments than a hotel.

Ski Trip

 Apres ski, anyone? (image: Shutterstock)

Whether you're an adrenalin junkie or prefer the cosy ambience in front of a crackling fireplace, there's nothing like crisp alpine air and blankets of that fluffy white stuff. A ski holiday offers something for everyone. Resorts such as Perisher or the slopes of Queenstown are easy close-to-home escapes, while glamorous Aspen and Canada's favourite winter playground, Whistler beckon further afield. A rambling ski chalet will give everyone space to spread out, hot tubs up the romance for the bride and groom and when it comes to late-night libations, who can resist an après-ski session?

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Wine Country

 Escape to wine country with your nearest and dearest (image: Shuttershock)

The ultimate in buddymoon bliss is an escape to wine country. The Barossa Valley is the obvious choice (take your pick from 170 vineyards) or for something a little more special, Tasmania's Tamar Valley produces some stellar drops. Its rolling landscape and culinary spoils aren't half bad either. Foodies will love touring the area's best wineries and restaurants, while newlyweds can enjoy some time out with a romantic picnic among the grapevines or indulging at a day spa.

Unpack Once On A Cruise

 Do as little or as much as you like on a cruise (image: Shuttershock)

Looking for a buddymoon where no one has to lift a finger? From budget ships through the South Pacific to luxurious vessels that cross oceans, cruising ticks all the right boxes. You can do as little or as much as you please, with a broad selection of included activities on and sometimes off the ship. Hang out with your group by the pool or over a few drinks and Las Vegas-style theatre productions, and when you need some alone time, Zen out with a couples massage at the onboard spa or over a candlelit meal in one of the ship's premium restaurants.

Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest honeymoon deals.

Anna Howard

Give me street food over Michelin stars, cellar doors over wine bars and small towns and wide open spaces over big cities any day. Travel for me means ticking off the 'to eat and drink' list one regional flavour and wine bottle at a time.