One of the most exciting and exhilarating trips taken by couples is usually on their honeymoon. A honeymoon is a time for newlyweds to just relax and enjoy the first few days, weeks or even months of marital bliss together while being away from their normal surroundings. The fact that honeymoons are away from home adds to the romance found there. You have to remember that the honeymoon is not the actual marital life. You don’t need to waste all your resources just to have a nice honeymoon. You can even defer the honeymoon to a later date if you can’t foot the bill for it immediately after the wedding event. Whichever is the case, you have to plan the honeymoon according to your finances. You want it to be memorable, even if you don’t have a lot of spare cash. Establish a budget – what can you afford? Is it $200? Is it a $1000? Once you know that, set the goals for the honeymoon trip. Do you plan to stay in the room, go to a beach, explore a national park, or take a cruise?
The good news is that your honeymoon can always be enjoyable – here are some tips for couples honeymooning on a budget.
Once you know how much you can afford to spend on the honeymoon, the next logical step is to figure out when you want to go. First, figure out how many vacation days you have, and how many of them you’ll need before the wedding for last minute planning. Than decide when you want to go. Do you want to leave the morning after your wedding? Do you want to have some time after the wedding to unwind and pack when you’ll be more focused on it, and take your honeymoon a few days or even a few weeks later? If you do not have a lot of vacation days left you can take a short trip the weekend after your wedding, and if you still want to take a longer honeymoon you can take it during your first wedding anniversary.
In any bridal registry, you can find items you and your future spouse will need to start a new life together. But if you’re a person who can’t seem to find thrill in the thought of ripping open a box of those dinner plates or hand towels you scanned, don’t worry – there’s something for you too. Honeymoon registries work just like gift registries for your wedding. It is even possible for your guests add aspects to your honeymoon like romantic dinners, outings, and excursions. There are several ones out there so do some research, especially read all the comments others have posted about the service they received.
Another way to save is to book hotels that are away from the main cities. You may find a perfect bed and breakfast, or a guitar shaped pool, something that will make it worth the extra distance. Staying in a bustling downtown in Nashville may be pricey, there are plenty of hotels within a short cab ride but are much less expensive and more accommodating.
Check out some of the all-inclusive resorts, a lot of the time they will offer a price reduction on airfare or even an extra night for free. Some people find these trips limiting, but for those on a budget, they can be an economical way of traveling to many places. You have the added benefit of knowing that the trip is paid for, and that there will not be any extra fees such as parking or room taxes. Similar to this, a cruise will have several events, dinners, and port stops to interesting places. This will help ensure you experience some stress free travel.
Meals are a huge expense when traveling. Cut the cost by booking hotels that offer a free breakfast. Also consider having one expensive meal every other day and budget meals off the beaten path. If you are planning to be out at an attraction, remember that the restaurants closest to the attraction are often the most expensive. Walk a little further away and you may get a better meal for the same budget.