Honeymoon on a budget?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Honey bee

Haruyou:  That’s a pretty good budget depending on how long you want your trip to last. We spent $3,400 on our honeymoon to go on a 10 day trip to Puerto Rico (spend 3 days there at a resort) and a 7 day Southern Carribean cruise (5 ports of call). That included our food, flights, hotels, gifts and excursions. 

You could easily go on a nice cruise (with lots of upgrades if you are near a port city and don’t have to fly). You could also go to a pretty decent all inclusive resort.

Are you looking for adventure, relaxation, tropical or something specific? More preferences would definitely help people make recommendations.

As far as historical/weird locations, maybe consider: Easter Island (weird history), Savannah, GA (lots of history, ghosts, beautiful) or one of these places:

http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2013/12/04/7-unique-honeymoon-destinations-obsessed-right-now/ (mind you some will definitely be over budget, but if you are thrify you could probably swing a few of them).

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

San Francisco.   So much to do and see.  My personal most favorite city in the whole wide world.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Have you considered Disney World? We are trying to keep our honeymoon affordable, and have found some economical ways to do it at Disney World. I don’t know what flight costs are like, but during fall they often run specials where if you purchase a vacation package (hotel and park tickets), you get a free dining plan, which would cover most if not all of your food costs. Disney World also has some less expensive on-property hotel options than Disneyland. I just did a quick search and it looks like budgeting $550 each for flights (ouch!) and $1500 total (for the two of you for ~6 nights) for a “value” tier hotel, park tickets, and then getting the meal plan tacked on for free may be do-able, if you are flexible about when you go. This is American dollars, and keep fees/ taxes in mind as well, but you may be able to find cheaper flights, tweak the length of your stay, bring inexpensive breakfast options, etc… to help out with the cost. 

I don’t have much insight into any other options, but I will say that San Francisco is an expensive city. I lived there for 5 years, and even without needing to pay for a hotel, between the extra restaurant tax and high cost of living in general, it is an expensive place to be for any length of time. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

What about Washington, DC? There are lots of museums there- e.g., Air & Space Museum, Museum of Natural History… all the Smithsonian Museums are free.  And it would be a few hours drive to Pennsylvania, which has historical stuff relating to the US Constitution in Philadelphia, as well as the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, which is interesting, or to Williamsburg, VA, which has Colonial Williamsburg.  And there are some nice bed and breakfasts in Virginia and West Virginia- for example, the Harper’s Ferry area is very pretty and has outdoorsy things to do like river rafting and hiking.  Spring is a nice time to visit DC because of the Cherry Blossoms on the National Mall, and the fall is a pretty time in Maryland/Virginia/Pennsylvania/West Virginia, with all of the leaves changing colors and such.  It’s quite hot in the summer though.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

The UK would be a good destination too… history and natural beauty!  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

kelsie5388:  Flights alone to the uk from Canada pretty much eats their entire budget 🙁

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I just did a quick look on skyscanner from Calgary to Reykjavik and it was £500 return per person ($817). That was the first date I tried (I think I did april). I live in the UK and am flying next month to Tokyo for £500 return. Flights can be really good value if your willing to shop around and change at airports (we have a 2 hour stop in Frankfurt). Toronto seems your best bet for a stop and use price comparison websites. Skyscanner, farecompare and STA travel (its not just for students). Depending how long you are looking at going for and what types of hotels you want to stay in, you still have a good amount of budget spare after flights. Iceland for a week is doable for example.

If you decide to stay in North America to make more out of your budget though, we LOVED chicago when we were there. The Museums and Aquarium were great if you love that sort of thing. Consider flyng to vegas or denver as well and renting a car to do a loop of the National Parks if you have more than a week. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Haruyou:  based on your interests I would say San Francisco or DC. But, Chicago is also a great city. I would strongly recommend against Houston for a honeymoon and for the things you are looking for. Have to add, New Orleans is my favorite North American city- so unique and has a lot of the qualities you are looking for 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  WestCoastV.
Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Haruyou:  Hmm, I would think if you love history, you’d love Charleston. Other than that, have you ever considered New England? FI and I toyed with the idea of going to New Hampshire/Vermont for our honeymoon. 

For history, there’s Charleston, New Orleans, St. Augustine, FL, New England, etc.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Haruyou:  I came here thinking you were on a budget like me.  Nah girl, you have an awesome budget!  You have tooons of options. I suggest looking at Living Social Escapes. We bought our honeymoon on there… its a 6 night all inclusive stay at a private resort on an island outside of Belize. And we got it for $750 TOTAL. 

Post # 14
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Newbee

I second New Orleans. Tons of history and stuff to do/see in a relaxed environment. Not sure where you are coming from, but flights are usually pretty cheap. 

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Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Haruyou:  Are you me?! hahah, I am also in Calgary, and have been to all those places you mentioned.  I was going to suggest Iceland, since there are amazing deals from Edmonton and it was SO amazing, but I see you’ve already been!  DH and I actually honeymooned in Savannah, GA and it was SO beautiful and full of history.  We took a separate trip to Charleston a couple years later, and again, amazing.  I would live there!

We also loved New Orleans, Austin, Chicago.  Oregon…all of Oregon!!! We did a roadtrip through NH, MA, VT, CT, RI, ME and NY last summer…Again, goregous.  I would love to do the same one in the fall!!! I can imagine how beautiful it would be!

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