When it comes to honeymoons, luxury is always nice. But affordable honeymoons can still give you unforgettable experiences without breaking the bank. When it comes to having the romantic trip of your lives together, these date ideas are low-cost ways to make sure your trip is unforgettable while spending less. And hey, us Millennials are known for being a bit strapped for cash (I know I am)!
Better yet, services like the Zola honeymoon registry allow you to start cash funds for honeymoon experiences that you've always dreamed of doing together, so you can get more honeymoon action on a much lower budget. Combined with a low-cost activity or two, the savings start adding up fast.
Here are a few affordable honeymoon date ideas we love:
All you need is a cozy blanket and a place where the night is dark enough to see the stars. For the most breathtaking night skies, the further you are from a city, the better. Places like Moab, Utah are so remote that you'll see stars like you've never seen them before. You might even see a shooting star (or three).
Tour a Brewery or Cidery
A Sunset Picnic
Why not pack a picnic basket and blanket and have champagnge while you watch the sunset? You can pack up a wine and cheese plate, some tasty sandwiches, and a delectable dessert, find an amazing spot to lay your blanket down, and take your time munching and romancing as the sun goes down. Imagine a sunset picnic during summer in the mountains of Colorado, on a warm, sunny, beach on quaint Cape Cod or tropical Florida, or in a rolling field of wildflowers in Vermont.
A Gorgeous Hike
Other than potential parking or entry fees, a gorgeous hike is a great way to get to know a destination -- and see some romantic vistas in the process. Whether you want a strenuous all-day hike or just a stroll through the woods, tons of honeymoon destinations in the USA have hikes where you can enjoy the fresh air and the great outdoors. From New York to California and everywhere in between, there's almost always some kind of hike nearby. Even honeymooners in New York City can hop on a train and be at a densely-wooded trail in under an hour.
Roller Blading or Ice Skating
A Museum Day
Whether you fancy art, history, or something else entirely, museums are a great date idea for curious couples who don't want to spend a ton of money. Some museums even have discount days, or special free exhibitions or performances. A little research beforehand can reveal all kinds of low-cost or free ways to enjoy museums local to your honeymoon destination.
Sure, it's not a typical date idea. But volunteering together is a great way to feel good about yourselves and feel closer to one another at the same time. That warm feeling you get from volunteering to make a difference in other's lives is going to spill over into your honeymoon (and relationship), and lots of warm feelings are exactly what honeymooners should be going for.
Free Concerts & Festivals
In cities all over America, free concerts and festivals are becoming increasingly common. From rock and bluegrass concerts to art fairs, the summer is generally when most places start hosting these types of free events, often on a weekly or monthly basis. The autumn is also a great time to find local fall-themed harvest festivals.
Self-Guided Bike Tours
With the rise of urban bike sharing programs, couples who like spending time on two wheels can now do their own city tours by bike for a fraction of the cost of a guided tour or conventional bicycle rental. Whether you meticulously plan each stop or just ride the day away, slowing down whenever you see something interesting, couples can do it all on their own and hardly spend any money in the process.
Go Apple or Berry Picking
It won't quite be free -- but it will be affordable, carefree, fun, and romantic. Apple or berry picking is a fun way to enjoy some time together outside, doing an activity as charming as apple pie. You might even make an apple pie when you're back from the orchard!
Paddle it Up
Renting a kayak, canoe, or inflatable tube is a very affordable way to spend an extremely pleasant couple of hours. Whether you want to paddle hard and fast through rapids or just chill out and enjoy each other's company while you dreamily float along calm water, this activity gets you a lot of honeymoon goodness for a price that won't make your jaws drop.
Explore a Labyrinth
More common at museums and at rural honeymoon destinations like Vermont, labyrinths made out of corn fields, hedges, or other plants are a great way to get into a mirthful, childlike mood. Best yet, they're often free or only charge a very small fee. You can't go wrong holding hands on a sunny day and getting lost in a hedgemaze together for an hour or so.