How much did you spend on your Honeymoon/other vacations?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Show me the money!!
    under $1000 : (3 votes)
    3 %
    under $2000 : (9 votes)
    9 %
    $2000 - $3000 : (14 votes)
    15 %
    $3000 - $4000 : (20 votes)
    21 %
    $4000 - $5000 : (12 votes)
    13 %
    over $5000 : (38 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 3
    820 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

     I voted 3-4000. This is an average for the vacations we take…. some are more and some are less. However, you could lower this a bit; we like to “live it up” on vacation. We usually don’t skimp on meals, wine, accomodations, etc. We’re super tight with our money, and travel is our one *thing* we splurge on. It’s worth it to me!

    Post # 4
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @MrsTVLover:  For a domestic vacation I would expect to spend anywhere from $1000-3000 depending on whether we need airplane tickets and how long we’re staying.  For an international destination I would expect $3000+ since we would definitely be buying airplane tickets and traveling for at least a week or two.

    Post # 5
    6666 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I would say for our yearly vacation we spend maybe $3,000?  We take smaller trips during the year but usually one big one.

    Post # 6
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Mr TTR & I are semi-retired, so we are lucky to travel often.  Lol, travel is one of our major past-times.  So we have a lot of experience in this regard.

    As a general rule of thumb we budget $ 300 to $ 350 per day for a regular vacation (not including airfare)… so that money would cover our Hotel, Meals, on-the ground transportation (bus, train, taxis, or if our own car… gas, parking etc).  The daily per diem also covers Entertainment and Drinks / Cocktail Hour and a few souvenirs thrown into the mix.

    We budget $ 300 to $ 350 per day, but in reality it is an average… as there are days on vacation that we might spend just $ 200 and other days $ 400

    For our Honeymoon we didn’t do an all-inclusive in the Caribbean… like many couples do.  We did a few Days before and after a Caribbean Criuse (and we went higher end on the Cruise itself too… with a well-located prime Balcony Cabin).

    Consequently, for our Honeymoon, we spent considerably more per day than we do on an “average holiday” (but then there is nothing AVERAGE about a Honeymoon, is there).  We ended up raising the ante on everything… better Hotels / Hotel Rooms / Ship Cabins, Fancy Restaurants, More Entertainment, Drinks Out etc.  There was even some Spa Visits, and of course Souvenirs.

    I’d say that our Daily Budget was more like $ 600 per day (again not including Airfare)


    No regrets.  We knew long in advance this is what we wanted to do, so we budgeted for it.

    For most couples the Wedding is all about Family & Friends (no harm there)… and the Honeymoon is ALL ABOUT YOU TWO… so it should be a time when you can spoil yourselves.

    The Wedding is nice for sure… but a Honeymoon can set a tone for a whole Marriage… and those memories are yours alone.

    Hope this helps,

    PS… As I do my calculations by day vs vacation as a whole… I didn’t vote.  If you can be the sort of person who can do your math by the day, then you’ll always be very aware of what you need to have on hand for a getaway… be it just an overnight, a weekend, a week… or longer.

    As someone else said, if you are going outside of North America you’ll also need to increase your budget.  As other countries are a lot more expensive.

    As for Mexico, I’ve heard excellent things about the Mayan Riviera Resorts… they evidently have some very nice AIs there (we have many friends who go every winter for a couple of weeks).  You can shop around on those… and in some cases find packages that even include airfare.


    Post # 7
    497 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We went trekking throughout Thailand (with a short one full day + night stay in Dubai). We spent around $5000 for 2 weeks.

    Post # 8
    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    On BIG trips, we spend that much or more–but we usually only do trips like that every 2-3 years…and they’re major international trips…as in the other side of the world. Personally, I wouldn’t spend that much on Mexico. You could go to Thailand and have a great vacation for $3800…as long as you book in advance. 

    We’re doing Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea for our honeymoon…10 night cruise of the islands, 3-4 nights in an overwater bungalow, and 2 nights in an oceanview hotel room. Expecting to spend around $6500. We already booked the cruise, so that’s set. However, we aren’t paying for airfare–we’ve got enough frequent flyer miles to cover our trip. 

    Post # 9
    1398 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We spent about 5000 for honeymoon, but our regular vacation is anywhere from 2000 – 4000.

    Post # 10
    4729 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Our honeymoon was well over $5,000 – it pains me to write that. We went to Vail, CO during ski season for 12 days – and it’s just a really expensive place. Our accomodations alone were around $3000. 

    I don’t know that we’ll take another vacation that costs that much until we have kids and do a big trip somewhere. We most definitely will be going back to Vail, probably as a yearly trip, but from now on it’ll be shorter (probably a week) and with friends so we’ll have people to split the cost of the condo. We get lucky because DH’s job requires a lot of travel and most of the time it’s to fun places (Bahamas, Mexico, Dom. Rep., etc) so I will go whenever possible and it really doesn’t cost us anything.

    Post # 11
    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We’re doing Riveria Maya for 6 nights for our honeymoon in a rooftop pool suite and it will cost $4k. Our normal vacations are cruises and domestic trips that cost about $1-1.5k but we usually drive.

    Post # 12
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Most of our international trips have been pretty expensive, because we will normally go for two-three weeks and the plane tickets are $1,000+.  I think it would definitely pain me to spend that much money on a five day trip.  I feel like there are so many deals going to Mexico.


    Post # 13
    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @MrsTVLover:  We try to go on vacation at least once a year. WHen we do, we don’t go over $3000.

    Since it is our honeymoon we decided to splurge, we spent about $4700-$5K- we are going to Paris and Spain for our honeymoon. THis includes air fare and hotel stay. We are staying in Paris for 3 night 4 days and staying in Spain for 7 nights 8 days.

    Post # 14
    8483 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    For a domestic trip I’d probably spend between $1000-$2000 if I’m flying somewhere.  If it’s somewhere driveable I’d definitely spend under $1000.

    International obviously costs more.  I’d expect to spend $3000+ for international trips for the two of us.

    For our (mini) honeymoon we’re not spending much because I’m just too stressed out and he’s just too busy at work to take a 2 week trip after the wedding.  So we’re driving over to Colorado for the week.  Free accomodations.  So will just be paying for food, drinks, etc.

    I’d like to take a longer honeymoon either later this year or early next year to Thailand.  That reason is also why I don’t want to spend much $ on our mini-moon because I’d rather take said $ and use it for our bigger trip.

    Post # 15
    12870 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Our honeymoon was actually one of our less expensive trips at about 3k.  Anytime a vacation is less than 5k, I feel like we did pretty good.  Our last few vacations were 12k (Australia/New Zealand), 4k (Peru), 9k (Italy/Switz), 4k (Ireland), and misc domestic trips are typically about 1k.

    Post # 16
    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We did an  8 month trip through Asia, New Zealand, and Canada for our honeymoon.

    We spent around $20k. We used air miles to get to Asia/from New Zealand to the USA, which saved us almost $6k. That includes everything – food, hotels, transport, souveniers, gear, luggage, etc. We even splurged on some $500/night fancy places in the rainforest and overwater bungalows during our time in Borneo! Extended travel is way less expensive than a quick jaunt to an all-inclusive, if you do it right.

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