Honeymoons are a great way to rest, recharge, and celebrate your new life as a married couple—but they can also get extremely expensive. Many couples may find it difficult to fit a honeymoon into their budgets after spending so much on their weddings, but with these money-saving tricks and tips you should still be able to plan a honeymoon of your dreams without putting too much of a strain on your bank account.
Decide What Type of Honeymoon You Want
First things first: what kind of honeymoon do you want? Every couple is different and has a different idea of what would be a fun vacation. Do you and your spouse envision a honeymoon of tropical drinks and reading by the ocean, or do you want to spend your honeymoon exploring art museums and trying interesting cuisine? Once you decide what kind of honeymoon you want, then you can start to think about a budget.
Start With the Budget First
Although it would be great if everyone could start off marriage with a 12-day trip to three European cities, this may not fit into everyone’s honeymoon budget. To avoid disappointing yourself by falling in love with trips you can’t afford, start off with a budget first and then choose the location. Once you determine what your budget is, then you can narrow down what city you’re going to visit, how you’ll get there, and what you’ll do once you arrive. Not having a specific destination in mind makes it easier to look at wallet-friendly travel sites, such as TravelZoo or Groupon Travel, and pick from popular deals that fit nicely within your budget. By keeping an open mind, you could travel to somewhere unexpected and have the adventure of a lifetime.
Consider a Honeymoon Registry
If you and your future spouse decide to register before your wedding, consider adding a honeymoon registry to the mix. Because many couples are getting married later in life, their households are more or less set up, and they aren’t in need of kitchen gadgets and linens. As a result, there are several websites that make it easy for your wedding guests to find your honeymoon registry and add to the fund, which could potentially pay for the entire trip or put a dream vacation within your budget. However, it’s important to remember that just because you aren’t getting physical items doesn’t mean that you don’t have to send out thank you notes!
Book Your Honeymoon Early
Just like any other travel, the earlier you book, the better the prices will be. Once you get engaged and you have discussed honeymoon plans, try to book your trip as early as you can. If you want to set up a honeymoon registry and your guests won’t be contributing until later, consider booking the travel on a credit card that gives you airline miles or cash back so that you can also try to put that toward your trip.
Know How to Scope Out the Deals
When you’re planning your honeymoon, it’s crucial to know how to find the best deals so that you don’t go over budget. If you need to book airfare, experts recommend that you save money on flights by booking them between 112 to 21 days before your departure, with a golden number of 54 days before. If you fly often, be sure to book with the same airline so that you can contribute to points and save money on travel in the future. Avoid traveling during peak season at your preferred destination (note that this may vary depending on where you are headed).
When it comes to planning lodging, look for great deals on the popular Airbnb or look for a bundled airfare and hotel deal. All-inclusive resorts are also popular for honeymooners and are ideal for those who want to take a beach vacation. As for activities, once you arrive at your destination, check out deals on Groupon or Local Flavor, which can give you great discounts on things like spas, restaurants, and more. You could also consider booking with a travel agent who has exclusive deals with hotels and tourist companies that may not be accessible to the average traveler.
Plan a Staycation
If your budget is really tight but you still want to have a chance to recharge and celebrate your new marriage, a staycation is a great compromise of budget and relaxation. Look at your town with a tourist’s eyes. Book a hotel or a bed and breakfast, or even find a good spot to unplug and go camping for a few days. Go to an art museum or a new cocktail lounge that you’ve been meaning to try. Look to sites like Groupon to see deals on couples massages or complete spa days. Whatever it is that you decide to do, the most important thing is that you’re together and you are celebrating your new life. Plus, the best part of a staycation is that you won’t have to deal with the exhaustion of airports or a long car ride. Plus, you won’t forget your favorite little black dress to wear to dinner because you can just go grab it out of your closet.