Like with everything to do with wedding planning, you’ll need to work out your budget for your honeymoon. If you tot up the cost and you’re finding your finances squeezed and wondering how to honeymoon on a budget, consider these ways to cut costs so you can make your dream destination happen!
Consider low season or shoulder season
You want pleasant weather in your dream destination, but the weather can never be 100% guaranteed. Tropical destinations usually have a wet/rainy/monsoon/hurricane season and also a dry season. However, the riskiest weather is often concentrated over a couple of months.
While we don’t recommend travelling at the very riskiest times for adverse weather, consider travelling in shoulder season. Prices are much cheaper and there are sometimes fewer crowds, too. Unless you work in the education sector, always aim to travel outside of school breaks, as these are usually the most expensive time to travel. Knowing the cheaper times to travel can really help you be savvy and honeymoon on a budget.
Choose an affordable honeymoon destination
Many destinations around the world have lower living costs, ideal if you’re planning a honeymoon on a budget. You’ll find your €/£/$ go a lot further in many destinations across Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America and Africa. Think Thailand, Indonesia/Bali, Croatia, Colombia, Guatemala, Morocco, and South Africa, to name a few. There are so many fabulous, affordable honeymoon destinations. If you’re choosing to visit a city in your dream destination, think about skipping the capital. Visiting the second largest city instead, which is often cheaper.
Even if you’re not trying to honeymoon on a budget, from being able to set your budget to get the best deal, there are so many benefits to planning and booking early. It’s never too early to get planning! Airlines release many flight schedules around 11 months before departure (and some low-cost airlines even earlier). If you’re travelling during school holidays, book as early as possible as airline fares swing upwards. 10 to 11 months before is a good rule of thumb. For those more flexible with dates, at least 6 months before is ideal, but the earlier the better. Grab those early bird discounts!
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Mix up your accommodation
Mixing your accommodation is a great way to make your honeymoon more affordable. If you’re heading to a city where you won’t spend much time in your room, then this is a great place to cut back. Or, if you’re on a road trip where you’re just checking in for one night along the way, a comfy clean bed may be all that matters. Planning to travel to a beautiful tropical island like the Maldives or Santorini? Is your dream is to stay in a room with a pool? Consider staying in a cheaper room type and then switching to your dream room for a few nights. We always recommend saving the best for last!
Consider a group tour for your adventure
Thinking about an adventure honeymoon? Tour companies that run small adventure group trips can be extremely good value. Not only do you save time with all the travel organised, but you will also pack more in than if doing things D-I-Y.
You’ll have a guide with the inside track on where to eat and how to get around. Booking a small group tour leaves more funds for the luxury beach part of your honeymoon. Think of an adventure tour in Sri Lanka with a luxury add-on in the Maldives. A safari with a small group in Tanzania or Kenya with a luxury add-on in Zanzibar, Mauritius or Seychelles. A budget tour of Vietnam & Cambodia with a luxury beach add on in Thailand. Think about a tour of Mexico or another Central America honeymoon destination with a luxury resort in Cancun. You get the idea!
This can really make a difference in planning a honeymoon on a budget. There is a misconception that you’re herded around on buses in enormous groups, but it does not have to be like that! Many companies give you lots of free time to explore on your own. One of our favourite companies for this kind of trip is G Adventures. They have a wide range of adventure tours to some incredibly exciting destinations.
Research dining options
Is there anything worse in travel than being in a beautiful destination and finding yourself in a substandard over-priced restaurant because it was the nearest place to you? Spending an evening looking up the best places to eat and drink before you travel will save you time and ensure you have memorable dining experiences that suit your budget. Use a website/app like OpenTable.
Use a travel agency
There is sometimes a misconception that booking through a travel agent will mean things are more expensive and this is not true. A great travel agent will know the most convenient routes, the cheapest dates, and special offers. They’ll have contacts that have all the inside information. You can discuss that you need an affordable honeymoon and get the best advice. You can often pay a deposit and in recent years this has become more and more important as you need flexibility if your plans change.
Consider a honeymoon registry
Although less fashionable in Europe, you may already have your home and everything you need in it. If so, consider a honeymoon registry with your favourite travel company where your loved ones can contribute to your honeymoon instead of buying you a frame or a kettle!
Also known as travel hacking! Airline and hotel loyalty programmes, along with credit card reward systems and bank cashback schemes, can be worth exploring. If you’re savvy, you knock a few quid from your honeymoon bill.
Let us know if you are planning a honeymoon on a budget or have any affordable honeymoon ideas in the comments. We’d love to hear them!