While the traditional image of a honeymoon is a luxurious fortnight under the palm trees, sipping fancy cocktails and splurging on five-star rooms and hotels, this does not always have to be the case. With the restrictions of careers and children, or simply those of your bank account, it is possible to have a once in a lifetime trip before married life on every budget.
The first thing you should think about is what season you intend to travel in. While you may want to ensure that your wedding is sun-soaked, this will drastically increase the price of your honeymoon. With most weddings happening during the summer months, you should consider having a winter wedding if you are thinking of jetting off straight after the big day. Off-peak months range from September to March, with the exception of Christmas and New Year, and can provide you with cheaper deals on both flights and accommodation, as well as fewer crowds when you arrive. However, if you are set on a summer wedding, you should consider going on your honeymoon a few months after you tie the knot when prices are cheaper and daily life has kicked in again.
Take Advantage of Deals
Many all-inclusive resorts and hotels have year-round deals; for the same price of that of booking separately, and sometimes considerably cheaper, you can drink, eat and relax by the pool to your heart’s content. You should also think about looking at packages as these often give you extra treats for a discounted rate, such as spa days or champagne for your room, and some are even catered towards honeymoons.
You should also try looking at deals. The best deals websites such as LivingSocial can often provide you with discounted stays and even flights, and airline websites sometimes offer deals, although third party websites are the best option to find discounted flights. Use a flight comparison website such as Skyscanner to find the best flights for you. If you are planning to rent a car, car rental websites also sometimes provide rental car coupons to help you make the most out of your stay and enable you to get around your chosen location easily, without the stress of using public transport.
Consider a Stay-cation
Although they might not be as exotic or as warm as traveling abroad, stay-cations allow you to visit the wonderful parts of your country for half the price that you would spend going abroad. Staycations allow you to see areas that you would not normally visit while also reducing the potential stresses that come from booking vacations abroad, such as passport loss, canceled flights and coordinating accommodation.
Although you might think that you have to splash out to have a memorable honeymoon, this is simply not true. There are hundreds of options to reduce the cost of your stay while ensuring that you still have an enjoyable time with your partner. After all, spending time as a married couple is the most important part of your honeymoon, not where you go or how much it cost you.
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