Some couples put much more thought into the honeymoon than the wedding. I have to admit: that was me! I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to see a good portion of the world on a relatively tight budget. In fact, there are a lot of honeymoon destinations that are a bit more budget-friendly, you you can stretch your funds. Whether you’re a little more beachy or a cultural couple, there are great destinations that don’t require great big budgets.
Going to the beaches of Thailand may seem a bit cliched, but there is a good reason for it: you can find four-star amenities for two-star prices. Now, the plane tickets will probably be the most expensive part of the trip, but if you look around and plan in advance, you can find reasonably priced tickets that cost about as much as a cross-country domestic flight. And yes, the flight to Bangkok is long, but if you have a while to spend there, it is well worth the trip. You can spend time exploring the hustle and bustle of the city, or you can head to one of the many nearby(ish) islands or “Kos,” such as Ko Samui, Ko Toa, and Ko Pagnan. You can take a short flight from Bangkok, or there are also buses and ferries. Once on the islands, you can hide away in your beachfront cabana or partake in some of the ample leisure activities and parties that are in the area.
2. Puerto Rico
It’s becoming easier and easier (and cheaper and cheaper) to get to Puerto Rico now that Jet Blue and other major airlines are flying there more frequently. It’s not unheard of to find round-trip tickets for a few hundred dollars each, depending on where you are coming from. While Puerto Rico is technically part of the United States, it has its own unique culture and landscapes that make it feel like you are far away, but you only have to pay the cost of domestic airfare to get there. Plus, they use the U.S. dollar, so you won’t have to worry about changing money or calculating exchange rates.
Eastern Europe may seem like a strange honeymoon choice, but not everyone wants to spend the whole vacation at the beach (though you could do that here). Whether you are more interested in soaking up culture or soaking up sun, Croatia has you covered. It has gorgeous natural landscape and coastal villages, including Dubrovnik, whose Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Croatia has it all, and it is generally less expensive than the U.S., so you can get it all while spending less.
So, even if you don’t necessarily think of yourself as a “cruise person,” it doesn’t mean that you should forget about cruises. Now there are all kinds of cruises, including those for foodies, music fans, comedy, and drag queens. So you can likely find some kind of cruise that interests you. Even better, cruises tend to be a great value when you consider all the food, lodging, and amenities that you would have to pay somewhere else. Of course, cruises are not known for their spacious bedrooms, but if you want to spend a little more, you can upgrade to a stateroom for a little more space, and you still may end up paying less than you would if you went on a vacation somewhere else. You also get to discover port cities and even exciting off-board adventures.
It’s your honeymoon, and you may be planning to spend most of your time together in the room and only venture out a little. If this is your plan, you don’t need to worry as much about your destination, but you will want to choose a nice place to stay, perhaps with some good nearby restaurants or nightlife if that is what you like to do. With Airbnb and other hospitality sites, as well as discount hotel websites, you can find a nice hotel, home, cottage, or castle, to spend a few days in. You can go somewhere nearby to save on transportation costs, or find a smaller city where you may be able to get an especially good deal. I recently had a friend who rent a mansion for $90 dollars a night in a small rustbelt city. By staying in a not-so popular destination on weeknights, he got an amazing (giant) house for the price of a discount room. In fact, there may even be somewhere in your town that you have always wanted to stay, and a honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to do that since you will be too busy recovering from the wedding to want to do any sightseeing anyway, right?