If the two of you don’t have much left to spend after the wedding itself, you may want to take a honeymoon that helps to save a bit of cash. Fortunately, there are a number of different options if you’re on a budget during your special trip together. Here are ten to consider.
1. Consider a Cruise:
While many think cruises to be the ultimate in luxury, the simple reality is that they’re pretty affordable. You can find cruise packages for less than you think if you shop around. Look into a cruise that isn’t quite as popular as many other options, and ask about special discount rates.
2. All Inclusive Resorts:
Again, these often seem expensive at the outset, but you can get some great packages that include absolutely everything you’ll need while you’re there, which can really cut down on the overall costs. Look for something in a destination that you’ll both enjoy, and make sure the resort has plenty for the two of you to do and see together.
3. Stay Local:
You don’t have to go far to have a good time. If you have a sister city within a few miles, consider booking a hotel room there, and see the sites as a tourist might. It could open your eyes to things around you. Log on to your state’s tourism website to see a list of places you may never have visited within a few miles of your home.
4. Change The Dates:
It’s always cheaper to travel in the off-season, and there are no rules that say a honeymoon has to take place right after the wedding. Postpone it for a few weeks (or months) if it’s going to be cheaper to do so, then take the trip of your dreams. It will give you a bit of time to save some extra cash, too.
5. Go Within Driving Distance:
If you don’t want to stay local but you feel like you can’t afford to go far, look within a two to three hour radius of where you are. What’s nearby? If you’re close to your state’s capital, you could book a quick weekend trip out there for fun. Near a major city? Consider a short excursion that way. If you’re not near any one particular place, but several little places, remember that you don’t have to stay in one location. Hop from town to town to see the interesting sites in each.
6. Go Rural:
Who said honeymoons had to be fancy hotels and white sand beaches? Honeymoons can be small cabins on a nearby lake or even camping in a tent. It will be the perfect way for the two of you to really get to know each other, and it will cost you next to nothing.
7. Consider a House Swap:
Have friends who live in a city across the country or across the globe? House swap for a week. You’ll get to visit the destination of your choice without the worry of accommodation charges, and your friends will get a great vacation at the same time.
8. Go at the Last Minute:
There are so many last minute travel deals out there because the last thing airlines and hotels want is unsold seats or rooms. If you book things at the last possible minute, you could get some pretty amazing prices to a destination you never imagined visiting.
9. Don’t Forget About Social Networking Deals:
From Facebook to Groupon, there are many ways you can save money on your travel plans. Be sure to “Like” the places you’re most interested in for your trip, and watch the savings ensue.
10. Have a Honeymoon at Home:
If you’re really not sure the two of you can afford much of anything, stay at home, but be tourists in your own town. Relive your first date together, and get lost in the area. Go to the most expensive restaurant in town, take in a play or a concert, and have dinner in the park together. Have a game tournament, make each other breakfast in bed, and dance in the living room in your socks. It could be the most romantic time the two of you have ever spent together.
Even if you don’t have a lot of cash to burn on your honeymoon, the two of you can still enjoy some quiet, romantic time together with ideas like these.
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