Post # 1
Like many couples, my fiance and I are paying for the wedding/honeymoon on our own… and starting to feel stretched thin.
My FFIL has graciously offered to pay for our honeymoon AIRFARE for anywhere in the world. The fiance wants to do Europe, which sounds great to me. However, I’m concerned about the cost of food, drinks and hotel once we arrive… drinks and hotel being the most important : )
Any ideas on where in Europe we can honeymoon in July 2011 for $2000 or less (excluding airfare)? Is this unreasonable? A week would be nice. I have never been to Europe so I am honestly open to anything from Ireland to Croatia… I just want cheap!
Post # 3
Check out this website that Mrs. Meatball posted about awhile back
http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/09/04/broke-ass-lodging-for-bad-ass-travelers/ (here’s Mrs. Meatball’s post).
Your biggest expense is going to be a place to stay. It’s going to be hard to do that for under $100/night, especially with the exchange rate, and even that is really pushing it, but if you check out some off the beat places you probably can do it for under $150/night.
If you can get a place with a kitchenette have some romantic cooking time and only go out for 1 meal a day and that will save you some big bucks.
And the less you hop about from city to city will also save you dough. You can hop about a bit but it does cost some $ to take a train or rent a car, so try to keep travel expenses low and find a place where you can walk about or take a metro or cheap transport.
Post # 4
Also if you’re brave you might want to check rental places out on craigslist.
I’ve never gone through craigslist to actually rent a place because there’s so much sketchy stuff. But a lot of reputable and affordable places do post on there and have links to other sites where their rental is listed that I trust a bit more. Or you can google the place and it comes up on a different rental site where you can read reviews and contact people and the rental agency. So for me craigslist has been a really good search engine for finding cheap deals even though I wouldn’t just trust them to contact the people directly on there.
Post # 5
send me your email in a PM and i’ll send you an invite to GILT Groupe. It’s a private online boutique that has jetsetter specials. Right now they have some Euro vacation deals with hotels around $80 p/night. They constantly bring up new and amazing deals. I’m sad I didn’t discover this site before I booked my European honeymoon… lol. Good luck hun!
Post # 6
Have you considered a housing swap? If you have your own place, you can see if anyone from another country would like to swap houses with you for the week. There are lots of websites (most require a annual fee to join) where you can arrange it. I have always wanted to do this but the right opportunity hasn’t come along yet. But there are tons of people who have had wonderful experiences this way! One of the benefits is that you can arrange to use whatever the people have at their house (bicycle, car, canoe) to explore the area, and plus you can use thier kitchen so you don’t have to eat out for every meal.
Post # 7
Barcelona can be very affordable. What part of Europe were you hoping to go to?
Post # 8
@Bliss Honeymoons: I honestly am not drawn to one place in Europe… anywhere is fine with me! My fiance mentioned Ireland, but he’s been there twice and I’d rather go somewhere new to both of us. I’ll definitely look into Barcelona!
Post # 9
July is going to be the most expensive and crowded month, so I would go somewhere off the beaten path. What about a small romantic town in the Austrian Alps, Poland, Small German Town.
Having traveled almost all of the EU, I would suggest the small towns anyways. Many of them you could do day trips to larger cities (like Vienna or salzburg).
Post # 10
Keep in mind the exchange rate. It’s at about 1.30 right now, which takes a pretty big chunk out of what you can spend. Switzerland is close to dollar for dollar, they are on the Swiss Franc, not the Euro.
I am a member of vacationist.com/luxurylink.com if you want to PM your email I can send you an ivite and you can try to find a good deal on a hotel.
You may also be able to do a Mediterran cruise if you get a good deal.
If you calculate it out, $2000 for a week would be $285/day for everything. If you plan to go somewhere where the Euro is used, that would be $1538 or $220day. You’ll have to work out a strict budget, and see if you can do the things you want to do, see the places you want to see, stay in the places you want to stay, and eat the food you want to eat.
Post # 11
Another option to consider is that while the international airfare to Asia is quite expensive, you can easily find affordable hotels and food options there. If you have your heart set on Europe, you should go there, but if you are more flexible it will be easier to travel throughout Asia cheaply.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I hear that Prague is really cheap, once you get there. I think you can get a decent hotel room for $75 a night if you look hard enough.
Post # 13
Prague is a great idea. Eastern Europe has a better exchange rate.
Post # 14
I went to Paris and London a few months ago and booked through Air France Holidays. The hotels were really nice. Surprisingly so. Flight and hotels were about $850/pp. Food actually wasn’t terribly expensive.
Post # 15
We use expedia to book a lot of our European hotels, and have never had a bad experience. If you only have a week and don’t want to spend too much you definitely don’t want to move around – choose a town/city that won’t be too hot or crowded, and really immerse yourself in it. What a generous offer from your FILs – definitely make the most of it 🙂
Post # 16
Anywhere NOT on the euro is your best bet.
Barcelona has been suggested a few times but my FI visits once a year and the last few years it has gotten REALLY overpriced.
Go east- personally I’ve been to quite a lot of Europe (I live in the UK) so PM me if you want any more info!
Croatia is AMAZING- and mid priced. Dubrovnik has lots of beaches and little islands you can stay on or take day trips too. And it is beautiful!
Prague is alcohol wise is cheap, and food is OK. But I don’t know about hotels. I don’t think its really a honeymoon destinations, and to be honest although its lovely, I thought it was a bit of a let down after the way everyone raves about it 🙂
How about Greece?! Beautiful!! Or Italy?!
Things about Europe is that its all nice and close together., so you could easily visit Rome for 3/4 days and then relax on the Amalfi coast or in Sicily or Sardinia for the rest of your time! You could also country hop….