Ideas for the perfect honeymoon on a tight budget
You’ve made it down the aisle, and the hype and excitement of your wedding day is over. After months of preparation, you and your brand new husband or wife are ready to take off the fancy clothes, ditch the family and spend a week somewhere quiet and peaceful where you never have to talk about flower arrangements or matching accessories again.
But after blowing your budget on a fabulous wedding, how do you give yourselves the honeymoon you deserve without breaking the bank? Here are a few ideas for the ultimate post-wedding holiday on a budget.
Do something you both enjoy
There’s a myth that your honeymoon has to be a lavish affair, complete with daily couple’s massages and extravagant poolside spa treatments – and while everyone loves a bit of luxury, it’s easy for things to get out of control when it comes to vacation spending. So the perfect honeymoon is really about finding something that you and your partner both enjoy.
It could be hiking in the Rockies or visiting friends in a new city if you want to keep it local, or exploring ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico for something a little more exotic. By being honest about what you both want from a honeymoon, you’re sure to find a vacation that you’re both excited about.
It’s the little things
A honeymoon doesn’t have to be about luxury hotels and big extravagant gesture of love (you already had one of those – it’s called a wedding). Do nice things for your new husband or wife: order room service in bed, take them out to dinner at the best restaurant in town, or buy them a little souvenir of your trip.
A honeymoon – like a marriage – is all about doing little things that make a big difference.
Take the road less traveled
It’s often easier to find good deals on vacation places that are either off the beaten track or in an off-peak period. For example, Oahu is less expensive than Hawaii, and you can get a good deal if you go during off season.
In the Caribbean, it’s easy to get a good deal on vacation packages in Aruba and the Caribbean. Do your research and planning and check online travel sites and advice forums to get the best deals.
Remember, the most important part of the honeymoon – and the whole wedding experience – is to celebrate your love for one another and enjoy the beginning of your married life. Years from now, you won’t remember the resort or the beach or the mountains as much as you will remember what it felt like to be newly married to someone you love.
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