A plane takes off

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Thousands of couples are planning more luxurious honeymoons in 2021 after many weddings were canceled this year.

According to travel agency Kuoni, customers spend an average of £ 8,247 per booking on honeymoons over the next year, up from £ 530 over 2019.

Many couples who have an additional 12 months to save on their trip due to the pandemic are giving themselves treats like upgraded flights and rooms, helicopter transfers and hot air balloon rides, according to the company.

Kuoni is seeing strong demand for secluded hideaways, villas with private pools and tent camps in Africa.

The number of couples booking a break immediately after their wedding ceremony either within the UK or to a short haul destination is increasing, followed by long haul travel over the next year or two.

In July, the coronavirus pandemic led Kuoni to offer video appointments for customers booking honeymoons.

Stacey Owens, one of Kuoni’s honeymoon experts, described how it was “an emotional time” for many couples.

“They were very disappointed that their wedding plans would not go ahead and at times we were all in tears,” she said.

“We pulled out all the stops to help couples with their plans.”

The company’s executive director, Derek Jones, said, “We have helped change the honeymoon plans for doctors, nurses and key workers. Our flexible approach was welcomed at a very stressful time.

“A honeymoon is still the most important holiday in a couple’s life. The signs are that despite the turmoil of travel, people are still determined to adjust their wedding and honeymoon plans within the guidelines, so we’ve booked all kinds of last minute trips closer to home.

“But there is no doubt that the romance of travel is alive and well and the lure of the wonders of the world is still as strong as ever.”