Honeymooning on a budget?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Well, first of all, where are you from, what do you want to do, how long do you wish to travel, and what’s your budget ?

It’s true that all-inclusive vacations are unexpensive, but if I take myself as an example, I don’t like the beach, I don’t like tropical destinations, so even though going to Cuba for an all-inclusive 10 days that would probably meet my budget, I would probably not enjoy the destination (for a honeymoon). 

My initial reaction to the dates available you mentioned is that you’re in the High-Season pretty much everywhere in N. America and in Europe. There are probably no deals to be done just because rates will be at their highest at this point. If you’re willing to delay your honeymoon, you could save money. But again, it depends on your destination. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Have you looked at Groupon or Living Social? They have some pretty decent deals on hotels in Mexico and the like, and you can shop around for airfare. FI and I went to Cancun in May using a Groupon, and total we spent about $1000 for 4 nights at an all-inclusive resort. The only extra we paid for was a lobster dinner on the beach.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@laurenrenee33:  Come to Vermont! You could stay at a bed and breakfast for a long weekend and definitely stay under $1000! If you stay off the beaten path, aka not Stowe or in Burlington, there’s a ton of really lovely places. PM me if you want to talk more specifics, i have a lot of optons in mind! 

ETA: Oops, I read northeast! I stayed in Florence, OR once and had a lovely stay, horseback riding on the beach, too! 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Travel Nut here…

To be honest $ 1000 isn’t going to go very far… and less so when most people think Honeymoon and want to at least splurge a wee bit (nice Dinner, nice Hotel Room).

BUT it will all depend on your priorities.

Three Nights or so is a Mini-Moon… so you won’t be able to go far.

Upper Northeast… and I’m thinking NY City thru to Maine.  If you want beach you have options in July all the way to Canada’s Maritimes… some of which won’t be uber-costly… and quite nice.

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EDIT TO ADD

Another one who thought they read Northeast (lol, did you change it ?)

In the Northwest you’ll have options too along the Coast or in Mountains… all the way to Canada.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

i would look at vision airlines. im not sure if they have that where you liv, but they are unbelievably affordable! you could possible get 2 round trip tickets for $200 and have 800 left to think about where do stay/what to do. that would get you to a beach. if you google vision airlines they probably have a website that would show you where they fly from an to.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

ok, nevermind on vision airlines, they dont even fly from where i live anymore..

 

but you may look at a travl website because a lot of times they have specials that are just to particular locations for flight and hotel.. i have seen some VERY good deals! and since you dont have a prticular place you want to go, then that may be a good option.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

@laurenrenee33:  

ok, nevermind on vision airlines, they dont even fly from where i live anymore..

 

but you may look at a travl website because a lot of times they have specials that are just to particular locations for flight and hotel.. i have seen some VERY good deals! and since you dont have a prticular place you want to go, then that may be a good option.


Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@laurenrenee33:  Have you considered doing a home exchange? If you don’t have to pay for accomodation, your choice of destinations is expanded tenfold. You can also save money by having breakfast at home if you choose, and/ or packing a picnic lunch.

Don’t immediately think ” No one would wnat to stay at our place”. There are suitable partners  for all types of home exchanges- city people who want to be in a  rural area and vice versa.

We have done several home exchanges and had no problems with any of them.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

@laurenrenee33:  oh, also..look at groupon!! they have some great deals for jamacia and stuff..i would always recomend to look at the reviews but i almost bout one before that was a whole week at an all inclusive in jamacia with airfare for $650/person. and they had cheaper ones for shorter stay. they havelots of deals for within the US as well.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@laurenrenee33:  Is there a city within driving distance you’ve always wanted to visit? If so, you could spend a little more money on accomodations. Definitely check out AirBNB or HomeAway – sometimes you can rent a whole apartment or even a small house for less than a typical hotel.

Also, we were able to spend 5 nights in Lexington, KY touring the bourbon trail last August, and it was one of our favorite vacations ever. We also kept it below $500 (aside from another $100 on gas). If you’re able to book a SouthWest flight pretty far in advance, you might be able to find some affordable airfare.

Also, someone told me that if you open a SW credit card and spend something like $2000 over 3 months, you qualify for a free ticket through them. We’ve been thinking about throwing our utilities/monthly expenses on one and just paying off the balance every month!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@laurenrenee33:  If you are coming from Seattle, Southwest can get you to San Diego for $220 a person.  I am seeing hotels on Kayak near the water for around $115 a night and cars for $81. That gives you $130 for food, which is tight, but  doable.

 

ETA: San Diego was our first vacation and we loved it– there was plenty to do and it was totally affordable. I would be happy to give you tips!

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Are you an outdoors person at all? We are going to camp in  a gorgeous state park near wine trails. If you are near any states with wine trails, they can be very budget friendly as long as you keep track of purchases. It only costs $2-5/tasting, and it is a lot of fun to drive up and down beautiful countryside. We are also looking to spend under $1000.

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