So you’re getting married -- first, of all: congratulations! Second, what are you doing for your honeymoon? Whether it’s a stay-cation or a weeklong European getaway, your honeymoon should be the ultimate celebration of your love.
Of course, you already spent so much money on the ceremony and reception -- after all, the national average is over $35,000. So you don’t want to skimp on the good life for your honeymoon, it never hurts to know a few money-saving hacks to use along the way. With that in mind, let’s look at some ways to keep those costs down. That way, you and your loved one can focus on having the romantic getaway of a lifetime instead of worrying about checking your bank balance throughout the trip!
When it comes to saving money, start at the very beginning: with your flight. One way to get cheaper flights is joining an airline's frequent flyer program, or booking with the airline’s credit card to nab a seat upgrade. But if you haven’t already signed up for any of these, there are other hacks you can take advantage of.
Business Insider lays out a few different ways to lower air fare. Timing of the fight and purchase can be important. Earlier flights tend to be cheaper, as do flights that leave on Wednesday. If you’re okay with waiting until last minute then you could get lucky with airlines that couldn’t fill up planes and have cut fare prices. But if you like to plan ahead, which you probably will for your honeymoon, then six weeks before the trip is also known as a good time for prices.
Also make sure to search multiple sites and check for budget airlines like JetBlue or Spirit. In addition, eat before you leave so you don’t spend extra on overpriced airline food. On a related note, eating on the plane or right beforehand will make you feel tired when you land. That’s because your digestive system kick-starts once you’re back on the ground.
You’ve landed in your personal paradise, now where are you going to stay? If you’re not a member of a hotel chain, there are some other ways to get a good night's rest at an even better price. Some of the secrets to finding a cheap hotel are the same as finding a cheap flight, like booking midweek, but there are some other hotel-focused tools to consider.
A mobile app like HotelTonight finds unsold hotel rooms, which are usually at a cheaper rate because hotels are extra eager to get the rooms filled. There is also AirBnB, which has been used by tens of thousands of people to book millions of rooms, apartments and even entire houses at a better rate than comparable accommodations at a hotel. Both apps make it easy to search by city and filter based on your personal preferences. Lastly, booking an all-inclusive resort is a great way to worry less about pesky budgeting details, and get more for honeymoon your buck.
The key to affordable honeymoon food is going off the beaten track. Restaurants in touristy areas are always pricier, so try to find out where the locals like to eat by asking your cab driver, hotel concierge, or a tour operator service. Even fancier restaurants will be more affordable in areas that are lesser-known to tourists, so you can still save money without compromising on those fancy, dressed-up dinner dates.
There are always hotels, resorts, tour operators, and other slices of honeymoon heaven that offer discounts, deals, and honeymoon packages. Always be on the lookout for deals! As an example, the honeymoon package at The Venetian in Las Vegas is $249 a night and includes breakfast, dinner for two with wine pairings at db Brasserie, and one private gondola ride for two.
As you can see, the cost of your honeymoon depends largely on what you decide to do, but also how you do it. A romantic getaway can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on where you go, but the most important thing to remember is, it isn’t about the destination – it’s about the love of your life you shared it with.
This is a guest post from writer Jayson Goetz. Jayson is a strong believer that you don't have to be wealthy to live a rich and full life and wants to share tips on how to do exactly this. Whether its saving money tips, smart everyday hacks, or budget travel, he hopes to inspire others to do more with less.