Every couple wants to experience a memorable honeymoon that they can appreciate forever. They want to have the intimate meals, unique accommodations, and lavish adventures. BUT most couples also want to do this on a budget. Below, we are going to show you ways that you can plan the perfect budget honeymoon for your wedding.
Use Frequent Flyer Miles
If you and your fiancé are traveling to an exotic location then it is time to cash in all of those miles that you have been racking up over the years. Free airfare is never a bad thing, especially when it’s for your honeymoon. And even if you don’t have enough miles for a free flight you may still qualify for first class seating or free drinks- exactly the way you want to start off your honeymoon.
Open a Honeymoon Registry
For those who are familiar with regular wedding registries (where people can give gifts to the couple), you can also opt to open up a honeymoon registry. This is basically the same thing except that this time guests are awarding the couple with gifts that can help cover the overall costs of the honeymoon. Even if you don’t rack up enough cash to pay for the entire thing, any amount of money sure helps and can go a long way when you are short on funds.
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Choose the Right Country
If you want to plan the perfect budget honeymoon then try to choose a country where the exchange rate isn’t going to soak up most of your funds. Although the American Dollar has become increasingly stronger against the currency of most countries, make sure that you find one where you can get the most for your money. Places like Mexico, Costa Rica, and other Latin-American countries are perfect honeymoon locations for you and your fiancé.
Basically, this means that you should follow the simple rule to fly on days that are going to be the least expensive, like Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you try to fly on peak days like Fridays or Saturdays then chances are good that you could be paying up to DOUBLE of what you normally pay. This simple, but powerful money saving rule applies regardless if you are flying to an exotic destination or if you are flying to a domestic location within the USA.
Research Tip: If you are interested in squeezing the absolute most out of your money when booking your honeymoon airfare, then these tips from Farecompare.com are an absolute must read. They break down what days are best to fly, what flight times are consistently cheapest, even when is best to BOOK your flight!
Inquire About Pickup
If you would like to save money on transportation then see whether or not your airport or hotel includes pickup and drop-off. If they do then you and your fiancé can save a lot of money but not having to hire a taxi or shuttle. If you are flying to a location that is known for having a lot of tourists then you are more likely to have access to free pick-up to and from the airport. Many major cities around Europe connect the airport to the city centers via subway/tram. Once you are settled in, you can start looking for car rentals at your convenience.
Get a “No View” Room
If you are visiting an area you have never been before, chances are good that you aren’t going to be spending a lot of time in your room. Because of this, it would be a good idea to invest in one that doesn’t have a view. They are much, much cheaper than rooms with views and you can save a lot of money because of this.
On the same note, see if where you are staying offers any packages. MANY hotels will bump you to a better room or suite if you mention that you are going to celebrate your honeymoon. If they can add free champagne and rose petals leading to the bedroom then that would sweeten the offer even more.
Talk to Locals
Last but not least, get reviews from the locals or other travelers (Tripadvisor.com is a great resource for this) and see what kind of deals there are in your particular area. Note that you can save in many areas by using this method. For example, you can find out where the cheapest places to eat are as well as where to find cost-friendly things to do.
This tip is especially useful if you are staying in a Caribbean island where locals are generally very friendly and enjoy helping tourists. As you can see, there are ways to plan the perfect budget honeymoon and both you and your fiancé can accomplish it if you follow the advice listed in this article.
Are there any money saving travel tips you would like to add to the list above, or have you saved money on your honeymoon travel by following any specific method? Share it with us by posting below!