Honeymoon must obviously be your best vacation ever. But after a fancy and costly wedding, a honeymoon of a dream may be difficult to afford. Don’t freak out, we’re here to share top honeymoon ideas on a budget with you!
Having a budget honeymoon doesn’t mean you should stay in shacks without any comfort, choose from a small number of budget honeymoon packages that your travel company offers or hitchhike with a backpack all the way. It just requires smart planning and some traveling life-hacks. And we have them aplenty!
So here’s your ultimate guide to having the budget honeymoon that will save you a lot of money and at the same time will blow your romantic mind.
1. Save the airline miles and other loyalty program points
The most advantageous honeymoon ideas on a budget is when you pick up one airline and keep an eye on its loyalty program. In most cases, they are tricky, but it will be worth it.
Do some online research on what airline would work best for you and spend some time (a year or maybe two) flying only this airline. Yes, it sounds overwhelming, but it will let you bank enough miles to get free tickets for your future honeymoon.
Also, make a habit of staying at one chain hotel wherever you’re traveling over the world and look forward to staying for free thanks to points you’ve saved!
2. Use your credit card to earn miles
Find a co-branded airline credit card and make it work for you. You can use its points to pay for hotels and flights, so it may become one of the most efficient saving tricks for your honeymoon.
In addition to helping you save money with points and miles, most of these credit cards also offer trip insurance and baggage delay reimbursement.
Credit cards usually require an annual fee, but a few free tickets or nights at hotels can easily outweigh it.
3. Use travel websites and apps to find the best places and deals
In today’s world of open information, you can easily find great local cuisine stops, little independent shops, best hotel and guesthouse deals and low-cost flights. Have smartphone and internet? Go travel!
To help you save time and money while having the best and low-budget honeymoon in your life (it’s supposed to be the only one, isn’t it?), we recommend you to take a look at these websites:
TripAdvisor is a go-to place for any adventurer. You just can’t find anything more useful when it comes to planning your trip. The content is user-generated, so you can be sure all the reviews and recommendations are genuine.
Use TripAdvisor to find local restaurants, museums, souvenir shops, guesthouses and more places of interest, check their reviews and choose only the best of the best to include in your itinerary.
Hotels.com offers a wide range of accommodation, including small budget hotels that won’t appear on larger websites. Their prices are usually surprisingly low all over the world, but you’ll find the best deals with European hotels.
And here’s another great benefit of booking with Hotels.com: you mostly don’t have to pay a deposit.
This site will help you choose the most affordable budget flight for your honeymoon. CheapoAir also offers discount coupons that can save you about $15 and inconvenience coupon in case the flight is delayed or your baggage is lost.
Momondo provides the quickest and, almost always, the cheapest airfares in pair with the calendar that shows if another date will cost less. It also has a smart user interface with different filters, including filter by an airport in neighboring cities.
Using travel search engines is a good idea, but it’s better to compare prices to the hotels’ official sites. You never know where the best deal is hidden.
Keep in mind that you can’t save hotel points or participate in its loyalty program while booking through the aggregators. TripAdvisor we mentioned above will help you find the best deal while comparing prices and reading reviews from real traveler.
4. Create a honeymoon registry
A wedding registry is a good old tradition, and young couples usually load it up with home goods. It’s a good idea if you’ve just bought a house or want to move in together only after the wedding.
In all other cases you should think of a honeymoon registry.
With Honeyfund all well-wishers can pay for different aspects of your honeymoon, such as whale watching in Kaikoura or diving at the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s most popular cash wedding registry, Honeyfund allows putting anything to your registry – car rentals, flights, hotels or sightseeing.
5. Surf travel blogs for research and planning
Travel blogs are useful for those who need an inspiring story or some smart advice. You can also count on unique useful information about travel deals and various ways to save on vacation.
Here are top 5 travel blogs we recommend you to read before planning your budget honeymoon:
6. Use the airline of the country you’re going to
The native airline will obviously offer lower prices. You can turn to Virgin Australia if you’re going to travel within Australia or use easyJet site to find a european airline for traveling within Europe.
7. Rent houses instead of hotel rooms with Airbnb and such
Honeymoon must feel like the most romantic time of your life. Don’t miss a chance to rent a beautiful house on the shore that will let you spend your precious time together with your loved one and enjoy the sunset every night.
With Airbnb, it’s fairly easy. The prices are usually lower than in hotels, and you won’t have to meet hotel staff and other people when you don’t want to.
There are other popular sites for renting a house or an apartment abroad, like VRBO and BedandBreakfast.com. So don’t worry, nowadays there are always plenty of choices for you to find the most suitable accommodation for your budget honeymoon.
8. Skip the high season
Travel to Australia in August and to Costa Rica in May. The off season is much cheaper and you won’t stumble over crowds of tourists wherever you go.
By the way, the rainy season in a tropical climate does not literally mean that it rains all day long for weeks. It usually stays sunny during the day and rains at night, so you won’t feel uncomfortable.
These were 8 ways to honeymoon for less. Our tips can help you spend a honeymoon of your dream on a budget and enjoy yourself together with your spouse in some of the most beautiful places on Earth. And yes, you don’t have to sell your kidney, rob a bank or take a plain old loan.
On the one hand, we don’t recommend you staying in hostels, or couch-surfing, or traveling within your own country. Of course, if it really suits you, you can always save much more choosing to travel cheaper.
On the other hand though, the honeymoon is one of the most important journeys of your life, together with another person, so don’t make it look like one of the routine trips. Live your life to the fullest!
Do you have your favorite honeymoon ideas on a budget? Feel free to share them in the comments below. Also, check out 5 must-check online aggregators for a smart traveler.