Your honeymoon is your first venture in your new book that you start writing as a couple so you want it to be unforgettable.
Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon that’s jam-packed with activities or a more relaxing location, here are a few guidelines.
Make a list
Talk about the big-picture honeymoon concepts and list the possible locations so you can choose which ones you want to do research on. Think of the vibe that you want.
Set your budget
Only consider locations that fit your budget. Getting into debt is not the idea here. Do not forget to factor in out-of-pocket costs such as transport and activities.
Consider all the factors
Look at weather trends as you don’t want to go to the beach during a rainy season. But, travelling off season will save you a lot of money. Keep current on happenings in the world as things change by the minute these days. Make sure you have enough time to do and see everything you like, as well as being allowed to take time off from work. It is just as important to look for hidden gems as the world is a big place so think outside the box.
It all depends on your destination and what you want to do while on your honeymoon. But the truth of the matter is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have an enjoyable time as after all, the most important thing is you are together with your loved one so almost any place can feel like a haven.
But if you are interested in statistics, the Travel Industry Association of America estimates newlyweds spend an average of $4,466 on their honeymoon. But couples who aim for a once-in-a-lifetime trip and splurge on a luxury honeymoon can easily spend $10,000 or more, depending on the destination. To give you a better idea, one week in Bora Bora would cost you $10,000 whereas a 10-day European vacation could easily go up to $15,000.
But even these scary numbers are nothing more than just- numbers. If you make a honeymoon budget, you will figure out a roadmap for it, in the same way you do for any other savings goal. For example, you can make smart upgrades to your home like installing a smart thermostat which lowers your West Penn Power energy costs that take up the biggest portion of your monthly bills. You can ask for discounts by making it known you are on your honeymoon or use a relative’s timeshare. When there is a will, there is a way.
To begin with, who said that you have to go on your honeymoon right after your wedding? Going off-season will make your honeymoon much more affordable. Many islands in the Caribbean have ideal temperatures all year-round, but rates skyrocket from January to April due to high demand from all those who want to escape winter.
Locations such as Mexico and Croatia come with a favorable exchange rate that can also do wonders in making your honeymoon more budget-friendly.
Staying within driving distance is also a great option, and you never know what gem you could end up discovering. Turn a long drive into a road-trip adventure by planning some sightseeing stops along the way. The best part is that you can use the money you saved from airfare to upgrade to a nicer hotel and bring your experience to a whole new level. A couple’s massage and pampering could never hurt anyone.
All-inclusive cruisers, tours and hotels are great money savers while helping you relax entirely. You get to be treated like royalty, there are no limits and you literally just need to focus on enjoying your trip. Just make sure that what is under the ‘all-inclusive’ package is what you want as otherwise the whole concept loses the point.
Takeaway – After months of wedding preparations, your honeymoon should provide you both with some much-needed relaxation and quality time together as your new adventure begins. While it sounds heavenly, sometimes the task of honeymoon planning can take a stressful turn, just like the wedding, if you don’t plan accordingly. Fortunately, there are many ways to plan the perfect honeymoon without getting into debt and letting stress ruin the fun. Just remember: your honeymoon, your rules.