Planning a wedding is a real expensive affair and the honeymoon simply adds an extra to it. There are most of us who save up for years for our wedding and yet, at the end of the day we realize that whatever we have saved is just enough only for the wedding. We fall into a situation where we can’t afford to pay for our dream honeymoon. However, with a little planning and knowledge of certain things you can still have your dream vacation for the little money you are left with.
A budget honeymoon is all about knowing where to look and book your tickets just at the right time so that you have lowest rates possible. Here are a few tips that will help you make your honeymoon more budget friendly than what you have supposed-
- Look for off-season deals; they are cheap. Plan your honeymoon in locations where it is off-season at the time of your wedding. There are plenty of honeymoon travel packages to be found during this time as the influx of tourists is low in this season. Your honeymoon would be rounded up with a fraction of the price, saving you a great deal of money.
- The next thing to look for is room with lower rates. Go for basic rooms and avoid suites. Your honeymoon is just an opportunity to spend time with your partner with no one else around. A basic room will serve the same purpose that a suite will do. Your honeymoon should be more focused on the places you visit rather than concentrating on the room you say in.
- Forget agents, approach the hotel directly instead. Most hotels will offer you a discount on the room rate or throw in an extra night if you tell them that you are on a tight budget. The agent draws his commission from what you pay for your trip and hence, he won’t be helping you much. But approaching the hotel authorities directly will put you in a win-win situation.
- Book for flights and accommodation separately. It might cost you more than your budget if you book them together. Look for cheaper hotels as well as airlines that provide competitive rates. There are various websites online that have difference in rates. Compare prices and book what seem to fit within your budget.
- Consider having your honeymoon on a weekend break. This will cost you not more than $500 in total. You can then ask the guests at your wedding for travel gift certificates and plan the ultimate honeymoon due in a few months post wedding. This way you can manage to have your own sweet time with your partner right after the wedding even if the actual honeymoon takes place on a later date.
These are a few of the many budget honeymoon techniques that a high number of newlyweds are tapping into at the moment because of the rising costs of weddings.