Many couples see their honeymoon as a chance to take a trip of a lifetime. It’s the perfect excuse to splurge on a luxurious vacation and go somewhere far, far away. Somewhere abroad and exotic. Somewhere you’ve never been before. Right?
It’s likely that a domestic honeymoon may not be at the top of your list, but there are plenty of reasons why it should be. So before you write off a staycation-style trip, consider these four reasons for booking your honeymoon close to home.
When compared to a trip abroad, a domestic honeymoon can save you a lot of money—mainly because airline tickets eat a chunk of the cost. Plus, the farther you go, the more you inherently spend. There are also other expenses that you might not think of, such as a passport or visa renewal, currency exchange rates, and travel insurance. If you’re not accustomed to foreign travel, things can add up quickly.
In addition, you’re more likely to save money on food during a domestic honeymoon as you’ll know about happy hours or meal deals if you stay within your own turf. Let’s face it—navigating a website or advertisements in a foreign language can be tough or impossible at times.
Likewise, you can utilize sites like Groupon and Travelzoo to save money on unique experiences. Although similar sites exist in other countries, they’re nearly always aimed at locals only. Not to mention, you’ll still have to call the business to book your appointment, and if you’re not fluent in the language, it will be a challenge.
A language barrier, as mentioned above, is a major source of stress when traveling abroad. The same applies when going somewhere where cultural practices are dramatically different. The crowds at “tourist traps” can easily turn your day upside down. After all the hectic wedding planning, do you really need more anxiety?
International travel isn’t for everyone and if you doubt it’s your thing, it might be better to delay it to a moment when it’s less likely to impact your relationship. For anyone who hasn’t been abroad before, going somewhere exotic may cause more trouble than it’s worth.
Calm and Comfort
Less stress also means you’ll be more comfortable. After all, a honeymoon is all about de-stressing and getting to know each other better than ever. Planning a honeymoon that will disrupt all that defeats the purpose of going on one.
It’s much easier to get to know one another in an environment where both of you are at ease. So, if either one of you feels ill at ease in a foreign country, maybe it’s best to keep things local.
A language barrier can also prevent you from trying out new experiences that can enhance a vacation together. Unless you’re a daredevil, you’re more likely to jump on a skydiving opportunity if you know exactly what you’re getting into.
Some people do opt for a domestic honeymoon as a means to save money for a more extravagant trip later on. If you’re someone whose budget or stress meter is limited, this may be the only reason you need. Not to mention, if you wait and save up funds, you can have an even better and longer vacation in the future.
Taking a mini-moon is becoming increasingly popular. This way, you have more time to plan your perfect vacation. The only thing to keep in mind is to not wait too long after the wedding. After you settle down, you might be busy decorating your new home or raising kids. So, if you do delay, do it with some thought.
Regardless of which way you choose to go, it’s important to take a honeymoon to some degree after tying the knot. Whether it’s a casual getaway or a fancy holiday, it’s one decision you’ll never regret.