Post # 1
Originally we were going to go on a honeymoon in the midwest area. However, after doing some research we changed our minds. Once we combined the prices for the hotels, the going out, the food, and any entertainment it was getting costly (especially for any hotel not a Holiday Inn..we were looking at bed and breakfasts) Plus, we are getting married in November, and quite honestly, besides shopping and skiing there isn’t too much to do within five hours driving distance of our town.
So, after some prodding I went to see a travel agent. We also looked into cruises but what looked cheap ended up being a lot more once adding alcohol, transportation all around, excursions, tips, etc.
Here is the question: The travel agent found us an ALL inclusive three day trip leaving two days after our wedding for around $1266. That includes drinks, food, hotel, transportation, etc. It’s on a resort in the Riviera Maya region I believe, however the flight leaves insanely early in the morning the first day and gets back early as well so it cuts the fourth day to nothing. This wouldn’t be a long vacation, but it would be our first one ever. So I don’t know what to do. I’ll talk to FI when I get back but we were originally going to go for 5 days, and if we have only three that leaves us half of our honeymoon back at home. Not much of a vacation, eh? Thoughts suggestions?
Post # 3
If you dont mind, I would wait till right before the wedding and see what last minute deal packages are available. There are often a lot of them! I would sign up for all the emails now so you can start to see what type of things are available. I had a friend do this and she got a great deal.
Post # 4
@lefeymw: I’m only worried that flight prices will only make that price go up
Post # 5
Check out cheapcarribean.com and luxurylink.com – both have good all-inclusive deals – you should be able to find something for 5 days for the same or cheaper.
Post # 6
I would probably hold off and save until you could go somewhere longer. I see you are in Illinois. I am not sure how far south you are, but we got married in the Wisconsin Dells and DH and I stayed there ourselves a few days after the wedding and had a blast. We went to the indoor waterparks during the day. Stayed in a suite with a hot tub, did fancy dinners and went out at night. It really was a lot of fun and dind’t really cost that much. We didn’t have to spend our vacation days really traveling.
Post # 7
We’re going to the Maya Riveria through AAA. I live in the midwest and I wouldn’t think there’s a whole lot to do as far as a honeymoon would go, especially in November. But the Maya Riveria is one of the cheapest places to go All Inclusive. I think $1200 is a great price, but if you want to go for 5 days it’s only like $500 more, so if you can afford it, it’s a great idea!
Post # 8
Honestly, that seems a bit high for only 3 days? How much of that is the flight? (I’m assuming a lot) I know my BFF went there for 7 days last Sept. for about 2-2.5K? Try different airports/days to leave. The diff between Madison/Chicago and Fri morn. vs. Sat. morning saved us about $1000 just on flights.
Post # 9
That does seem really high for 3 days. I book everything on http://www.bookit.com. I’ve seen 6-7 day all inclusive trips to Mexico in 5 star resorts for that price.
Post # 10
@SweetRose2011: They wont on the package deals. Only if you choose a location and piece together your honeymoon. The package deals are because they have lots of room on the plane/hotel and want to book it.
Check this out to get an idea of what I am talking about
From Chicago right now you could go to Miami for 665 per person or Cancun for 724 per person including flight and hotel.
The cruises are even cheaper, but dont include flights. You could do a 4 night bahama for 189 per person
Post # 11
Being from the midwest, I always hate to fly for such a short vacation since the costs are so high to fly anywhere where it is warm. I agree with PP about doing a last minute deal. Even though flights are usually more expensive last minute, the deals are generally really good if you wait last minute. I know when I was looking at all inclusives earlier, FI and I could go to Mexico with flight for around $1000 each for 7 days.
I know you said cruises might be too expensive, but if you are only doing a 3 or 4 day cruise, you aren’t going to drink that much. You will have one or two days at port and not pay the astronomical prices of drinks on the ship. We are doing a cruise, but we don’t drink that much, so it’s not going to matter.
Is that the best the travel agent can do? can you talk to another travel agent to see if they have a better deal?
Post # 12
Based on what we paid for our plane tickets, your all-inclusive trip sounds pretty good. Just make sure your passports are up-to-date.
As far as length of stay, I’ve traveled internationally and stayed for five days and for two days. Two days seems like rushing it, but it’s still a great time. Plus, you can spend part of your “honeymoon” at home just enjoying being married and relaxing after the wedding.