The first thing you do together as a married couple should never be get yourselves into debt with an overpriced honeymoon. But with a little early planning and smart spending strategies, you can enjoy an amazing honeymoon no matter what your budget is. Here are some tips you can use to help save money and still get the trip of your dreams:
1. Start Early
As soon as you start planning your wedding, start thinking about your honeymoon. Booking flights and hotel rooms early can spell real savings. If you are thinking about taking a cruise, you can usually book a year or more before the departure and there are often deals of as much as half off for early birds.
2. Enlist a Travel Agent
You’ve got enough to worry about when planning your wedding, so let a travel agent handle the details of your honeymoon. Trained professionals often have access to vacation packages at bargain prices because they deal in high volume. Additionally, working with a travel agent allows you to benefit from their insider experience and perspective.
3. Travel Off-Season
No matter when you get married, it’s off-season somewhere. In some places you can save huge over peak rates. Before you pick an off-season destination, however, check the weather. Some places are off-season because it will be raining non-stop or frigidly cold. Other places, such as the Caribbean and Mexico, enjoy nice weather year-round but cost more in the winter because that’s when people visit to escape the cold.
4. Don’t Go Far
Although an exotic honeymoon on the beaches of Fiji would be a magical, the further you go, the higher the price tag. Look for destinations that are only a short plane ride away. Better yet, consider destinations within driving distance. There are amazing resorts all over the country, and the money you save on airfare can go toward more romantic couples activities.
5. Use Frequent Flier Miles
One perk of putting thousands of dollars of wedding expenses on your credit card is that you can use your rewards to buy your honeymoon plane tickets. If you have enough frequent flier miles or points, you may be able to pay for some or all of your accommodations as well. If you don’t have enough for a whole flight, see if you can at least get a mileage upgrade from coach.
6. Go All-Inclusive
An easy way to blow a vacation budget is with incidentals. By the time you add up the cost of meals, entertainment and activities, you may be way over what you planned to spend. The beauty of all-inclusive resorts (and cruises) is that you know exactly what your trip will cost upfront. All-inclusive rates typically include accommodations, meals, activities, entertainment and airport transfers. Some packages don’t include alcoholic drinks and certain other expenses, so be sure to read the resort policy carefully to make sure you know what you're getting.
7. Say, “It’s My Honeymoon!”
You’d be surprised how much you can get for free just by letting people know you are honeymooning. You might get a nicer hotel room or free champagne with dinner. If you’re really lucky, you might even get bumped up to first class.
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