Honeymoon Money Saving Tips
After the costs of a wedding and reception or open house, no matter how modest, your finances are probably pretty depleted. If you’re looking for ways to save money on a honeymoon and still have a fabulous time, read on for some of the best tips and tricks of honeymooning on a budget.
Start planning early
Planning your honeymoon early means you have time to shop around for the best deals on airfare and accommodations, sign up for travel alerts and exclusive deals, and look for specials on the Internet.
Choose your location wisely
You can probably have just as great a time in your nearest metropolitan city as you can halfway across the country, or visit a domestic location instead of overseas. Consider non-traditional honeymoon locations, and remember that exotic locations are less expensive (and less crowded) during their off-peak tourist seasons.
Have flexible travel dates
If you’re able to be flexible on when you leave and return, even by a day or two, you can save a substantial amount of money on airfare, hotels, and tourist attractions. Flights are generally cheaper during the week than on the weekend or during holidays. Inn-and-Suites-type hotels that cater to businesspeople are generally cheaper during the weekends, but budget family hotels are usually cheaper on weekdays.
Visit a travel website
Sites like Travelocity and Orbitz are very popular for helping people plan their honeymoons. You can use them to shop for airfare, car rental, and lodging bundled in a package, which may (but doesn’t always) end up being cheaper than buying each separately. You can also use the “name your price” option, where you make a bid to a hotel or airline to see if they will accept your offer.
Many hotels, theme parks, museums, and other attractions offer special discounts for booking online. Even if they don’t, you might be able to find coupon codes for that vendor on the Internet.
Bring necessities instead of buying them
Once you reach a tourist destination, buying sunscreen, a bottle of painkiller, or a pair of sunglasses is likely going to be double or even triple the price you would pay at home. Avoid buying these items from tourist traps and bring them from home instead.
Having a honeymoon on a budget is not only possible, it’s easy. The key is to start planning as early as possible to give yourself time to scout out the best deals and make the best decisions you can. Being stressed and pressed for time will cause you to make hasty decisions that could cost you – literally.
♥ Jenny Evans
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