ON A BREAK
The trip is meant to celebrate the gaining of freedom and the customers are mainly women in their forties or fifties
There was a time when signing of divorce papers led to a night on the white wine and some dancing to Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’.
But these days, couples are using their marriage breakdown as an excuse to go on holiday.
According to travel agents, there is a new trend for post-divorce vacations… called “start-anew-moons.”
Not content with a foreign hen or stag do, a honeymoon and a babymoon, this latest style of trip is meant to celebrate the gaining of freedom.
Christina Pedroni, senior vice president of Liberty Travel, said that they have seen huge rise in the last couple of years of people going travelling to mark the finalisation of a divorce.
According to Travel And Leisure, the trips tend to be much grander than a usual holiday – more like a honeymoon – and the husband or wife will often return to the travel agent who secured their honeymoon.
The trip will often be a solo adventure of self-discovery, like the character of Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love, but they can also be a party trip with a group of same sex friends.
While men are taking a divorce holiday though, the main customers tend to be women who are reaching middle age.
They’ll go on a girly holiday to an all-inclusive hotel in popular holiday destinations like the Caribbean or Mexico.
For example, the “Divorce Package” at Grand Velas Riviera Maya allows divorces to “restore their inner sense of harmony and rejoice in their newfound freedom.”
In the package, the divorcée and her friends can rid themselves of excess baggage with Morning Hatha Yoga lessons on the beach and a Spirit Purification Ritual with professional Mayan Shaman to rid the body of all negative energy.
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They can also take part in a Trash the Memory Ceremony, where the newly single break a piñata with the name of her former spouse.
They sound like considerably more fun than the other kind of divorce holiday – where a warring couple go to finalise their marriage split.
Costing up to a staggering £10,000, the ‘quicky-divorce’ creation at the Divroce Hotel in York allows partners to vent their arguments and views in neutral territory without hefty lawyer fees.
Couples check in, stay in separate rooms, but promise to settle their affairs and seal their divorce within two days – and be officially split three months later.