Advice needed – Picky honeymooner!!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@heaveninheels:  caribbean or bahamas…warm beaches.. you could do a few different islands for adventure…helicopter ride. Ziplining. Fishing. All sorts of stuff.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

We went to Paris for a week and it was well below $5000

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Go to Spain! October is still pretty warm (especially in Andalucia, which is intolerable during the summer), you get a good mix of beaches, culture, nightlife and great food, and you can eat and drink well pretty cheaply.  There is also a good mix of places to stay – paradores (old palaces), chain hotels, boutique hotels, or hostels.  If you book early, you can get really good deals on apartment hotels as well, either through booking.com (you may not have to pay up front, either) or AirB&B.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@heaveninheels:  I think Europe would be fine. There are fantastic beaches in Greece (or Spain), and it is very reasonably priced right now. We went to one of the less popular Greek islands a year or so ago and it was less than 35 Euros a night for an OK bed and breakfast. I am sure you could get something very nice for 100 Euros a night.

Once you are inside Europe, travel between countries is very reasonable with budget airlines. You could probably also stop into Paris, day trip to Versailles, Rome, Florence and Venice (or go Sorrento/Pompeii/Capri instead). if you are there for 2-3 weeks. I’d look online for specific suggested itineraries, there are plenty around. Just depends what you are most interested in!

I think people in the US often have an inflated idea of how expensive travelling in Europe is. Rome is pretty affordable, believe it or not. You can get great hotels around the central Termini area for 60-100 Euros a night, and eating out/tourist stuff is cheap. Travelling from Rome to Sorrento is maybe 20 bucks and a couple of hours on the train, and then you can stop in at Pompeii and/or Herculaneum, Naples and Capri (Naples is a hole, just saying – fantastic museums though). I’ve travelled around Europe for a month and saw over a dozen countries for around $2,000. If you plan well and don’t splurge on the most expensive hotels and restaurants you can absolutely do it for $5,000, and comfortably.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@GeekChic:  Totally agree with this.  I went to Turkey and Greece for 8 days, and spent far less than $2500.  OP, what kind of hotels/travel packages are you looking at?

Speaking of which, I would also recommend Turkey as a great honeymoon destination – lots of history, great food, and you can combine Istanbul with coastal/beach time, or exploring in the interior.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@heaveninheels:  I think Puerto Rico is kind of a road less travelled when it comes to Caribbean  honeymoon travel.  I have suggested it countless times already on the bee, I’m a broken record!  But it has EVERYTHING packed in one place that is safe to travel within (you do not have to do an all inclusive) so you can get your explorer fix, the museum/history/culture fix, your beach bum fix, your sporty fix (zip linking, surfing, hiking, etc).  You could choose 2-3 different bases to get a bit of everything depending on your time.  Do an Eco-lodge leg in the rainforest, a beachy leg in Rincon & a culture leg in San Juan or Ponce.  5k would give you a great trip to PR.

Or a totally different idea is New England.  New England in October says honeymoon to me.  And there’s plenty to do & see; except lay on a hot beach.  But there’s fishing, whale watching, hiking, museums, etc.

I’ll throw one more in the hat – New Orleans.  Can be a romantic town, has a European feel, excellent hospitality, and all the other stuff (again except the beach).

i don’t know if hurricane season is a concern of yours or not, could come into play in October.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@heaveninheels:  Thailand. We went there and had the best of both worlds – kayaking, trekking, safari, sightseeing at temples, exploring waterfalls etc… and then had the awesome resort to come home to at the end of the day/used the following day as a recovery day! Bliss.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@vess5:  Some of the beaches in PR are spectacular (especially the little islands), and Old San Juan is lovely, but I don’t think PR is good value for your money – it is VERY expensive for what you are getting, especially in San Juan (I say this as a frequent business traveler there).

I agree that New England is beautiful and romantic in October, but the beaches are definitely chilly!

OP, depending on how much time you have for your honeymoon, have you considered Asia?  Hong Kong has great culture, nightlife, food and shopping, and although you wouldn’t think it, there are amazing hiking & bike trails and beaches all within the city.  You can also do a quick trip to Macau, or if you are feeling very ambitions, Bangkok (although October is the back end of rainy season in much of Southeast Asia.  The food is INCREDIBLE, and you can go very upscale or eat on the cheap.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ksus07:  Oooh where did you go / stay in Thailand?  That’s where we’re going, but haven’t settled on hotels yet!  Sorry OP, not trying to threadjack.  I agree with others that there are a lot of places in Europe you could do within your budget!!  What about Croatia??

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@rosiedee:  I’be rented great apartments in PR for under 1k/week.  INO antine you can score good lodging for under 150 USD a night it is a good value.  And what do you think airfare from the Midwest to Hong Kong will cost them?  And Hong Kong is EXTREMELY expensive.  I don’t mean to be coming at you but your remarks of PR being cost prohibitive only to suggest Hong Kong instead made me do a double take!  

Thanks for repeating my statement that New England does not provide a sunny beach environment.  I’ll also add that I sure don’t think of Hong Kong for its beaches.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m sorry but can you all tell me where you’re getting airfare for under $2200 (for 2) to Greece & Thailand from the Midwest?  I need to learn this pronto for my own good!  Maybe I am in the minority but with 5k to spend and an interest in excursions like zip lining I wouldn’t spend half my entire budget on airfare alone.  

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@vess5:  Yes Hong Kong is expensive, like New York or London, the two other major international financial hubs.  But having traveled back and forth there from the Midwest for several years (I have family there), you can definitely do 10 days with a $5000 budget…frankly, you can do 10 days in just about any country for $5000!  And most people don’t think of HK and beaches (or hiking, or nature in general!), but some of the nicest ones, like in Stanley, are actually near great shopping as well.  HK is very near the same latitude as Hawaii, and when you are out on one of the many little islands that are a short ferry ride from the city, it really does feel like you are in the South Seas.

My comment on PR is that it isn’t good value for what you are getting, i.e. vis-a-vis other places you could go in the Caribbean basin.  For what you will pay for a mediocre hotel room in San Juan that is a half-mile from the beach, you can stay in a 5-star all inclusive with 5 pools in other parts of the Caribbean.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@heaveninheels:  Oh, I guess Asia is out then!  You can still go to Europe though, you just have to pick a place.  For example, if you went to Spain (and are leaving right after the wedding), you could fly to Madrid on Sunday night, arriving Monday morning, stay until Thursday morning, take the high speed rail to Barcelona or Valencia on the coast, and then fly back from that city on Saturday or Sunday. 

A few years ago, I did an 8-day trip tp Brazil where we flew into Manaus and spent 3 days in the Amazon, then flew to Rio and spent 3 days there.  We got a smoking deal for $1000/person for flights, hotel and food in the Amazon, but that was nine years ago. :p  But it seems like you’ve already done a lot of traveling in Latin America.

 

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