Your Honeymoon on a Budget

Trips to Europe, Hawaii and the Caribbean have long been the gold standards of the honeymoon world. However, with the dollar at its lowest point ever against the Euro and the rising costs of air travel, the expenses associated with these dream honeymoons can get a little out of hand. If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, don’t let the cost of your honeymoon dig you into debt. Instead, consider one of the following low-cost, budget honeymoon options.

The At-Home Honeymoon

Why not stay at home for your honeymoon? Yes, I know it sounds crazy – but stick with me for a minute. First, think about how stressed out you feel after traveling. Even if you’re spending a week lying on the beach in some tropical paradise, you probably still feel tired after navigating through unfamiliar cities, waiting through long lines at the airport and then returning home and realizing that you have no time to catch-up you’re your life before you’re due back at work.

Instead of stressing yourself out with the hustle and bustle of travel, why not spend your week or two off at home? You can sleep in as late as you like in the comfort of your own home and take the time to indulge in hobbies and activities you both enjoy doing together. If you love hiking, but never have a chance to get out on the trails near your house, spend an afternoon exploring outdoors. Or maybe there’s a museum or restaurant in your hometown that you’ve always wanted to see – get out there and do it! Splurge a little on a nice dinner – or perhaps a new set of satin sheets – and try to enjoy the time you have together. At the end of your at-home honeymoon, you’ll feel more refreshed and relaxed than ever.

Non-Traditional Travel

No matter how drab or boring your hometown, you probably live within driving distance of an interesting vacation destination that you may not have considered for your honeymoon. For example, Traverse City, MI, nestled on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan boasts one of the country’s fastest growing wine regions, all within a four hour drive of Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit. In this region, you can find vacation packages including top-notch lodging and winery tours for much less than the cost of flying to and staying in an exotic resort.

If you’re looking for an exotic atmosphere, without the cost of Caribbean travel, you can check out some of the lesser-known Florida Keys, like Islamorada or Big Pine Key. Accommodations on these islands are much cheaper than what you’ll pay in the Caribbean. For example, you can rent an oceanview room with a queensize bed on Islamorada for as little as $115/night – all within a 90-minute drive to Miami. Even if you aren’t located within driving distance of Florida, you’ll likely find that airfare to Miami is much cheaper than to any other tropical destination.

Use Your Budget-Traveler Toolbox

You probably already know most of the budget-travel maxims, and you can certainly use these to reduce the cost of a honeymoon trip to Europe, the Caribbean or any other expensive destination. First, find out when the off-season is and try to schedule your honeymoon for that period. You don’t need to take your honeymoon immediately after your wedding – in fact, going later on means you won’t be stressed out from all the preparation that’s gone into your wedding. You should also take advantage of discount travel sites, like Travelocity.com and Expedia.com, to get the best deals on flights, hotels and rental cars. Depending on your preferences, you may also want to seek out a condo or house rental in your travel destination, instead of staying in a hotel. Whatever your budget, you’re sure to come up with a honeymoon plan that’s best for you by following these tips and ideas.

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Filed under: Honeymoons — vicky at 9:50 am on Wednesday, October 15, 2008