Post # 1
So I’ve tried to look online for information on this, and I’ve been having trouble finding it, so I thought I’d post here! My FH and I have narrowed it down to three options for our honeymoon: Hawaii (short stop in CA), Australia (Sydney plus Port Douglas/Cairns), or Greek island hopping. I know that all of these locations are pretty far away from the East Coast, but I was wondering if anyone knew which would be most affordable/doable on a roughly $7k budget. Which would give the most bang for our buck, so to speak? Thanks!!
Post # 2
I can’t recommend Greece or Australia because I have not been there but I think hawaii is very overpriced in peak season. It is stunning but you would probably need to do bed and breakfasts or a VRBO to get a real “deal”.
Post # 3
Greek islands by far. Australia would be the most expensive
Post # 4
I would think Hawaii if you’re already in the US. Flights alone to Australia will eat a large part of your budget. Greece can also be pricey but depending on where you want to stay that may be an option.
Post # 5
I agree that the flights alone to Australia will use up most of your budget. Also the exchange rate is bad, so everything is very expensive.
Post # 6
I would pick Greece! I don’t think you would be able to do Australia with that budget. Hawaii is also super expensive. We just did Thailand for 2 weeks well within that budget including flights. We were glad we chose a place where things were less expensive because we got to do lots of awesome outings and “splurge” on some nice hotels and dinners without breaking the budget.
Post # 7
Delphine12: I think there are too many variables to say for sure which would be cheapest…season, length of trip, type of accommodations/activities you are interested in, etc. I do agree with others, that coming from the east coast Australia will probably be your most expensive option. If I were you, I’d start by pricing flights, during the time of year you want to go, and take it from there. With Hawaii, the cost will vary tremendously, depending upon the time of year and which islands you travel to.
Post # 8
I’d say Greece for a completely different experience.
I live in NZ and think Australia would be gorgeous, but an expensive flight for you. Hawaii, surely is somewhere fairly easy to get to in the future – maybe leave that for an anniversarry or family holiday in a few years?
hollyberry4: Can you tell me a little more about your Thailand trip? It sounds amazing! We are cconsidering there for our HM next year 🙂
Post # 9
We did Greece and spent close to 8k from the east coast without picking 5 star hotels and really doing a lot of research. It is expensive once you get there (you will be spending between 30-70 euro for each meal). I will say it was beautiful and we had a blast but don’t go thinking you will get a bargin.
Post # 10
Delphine12: Airfare alone will be a ton for Australia, and a lot for Greece. Plus Greece is expensive when you get there. I would go to Hawaii because it is the cheapest plane ticket by far giving you more money to spend for your trip. If you stay at a vacation rental or B&B it will be WAY cheaper than a huge fancy hotel. My friend went to a B&B on Kauai and they had an affordable and gorgeous honeymoon.
Post # 11
emerald_halo: sure! I just posted a recap this morning actually. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions! I highly recommend it! http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/thailand-honeymoon-recap-pic-heavy/#axzz37OFGjBJl
Post # 12
hollyberry4: Ooh I can’t wait to read it. Thanks 🙂
Post # 13
Delphine12: Do you already have a time of year/month picked? Things can sometimes be cheaper in the greek islands based on season, but that also means that many areas/businesses are basically closed, the weather isn’t as good, etc.
when we were considering going around labor day, the greek islands looked like they had more bang for the buck over hawaii. but that might’ve been also because my FI really wanted an international trip and isn’t as sure abt spending over $8k on a trip that’s still in the US (I know many disagree- that’s just his thinking).
you could do turkey for under $5 or 6k. I loved a trip I took there and there are definitely beaches that are wonderful depending on the time of year. there are also some trips that combine Turkey with a cruise around the Greek islands and some stops – they run about $6-7k total. I recommend GateOne, they have stuff that’s fully booked tours and all, or you can just sign up w/them for flights and hotel only.
Post # 14
Definitely not Aus, since I think flights alone will run about 2k per person which basically eats up the entire budget. Food and housing is not cheap there either.
I think Greece would be more expensive than Hawaii during peak, so it depends on when you want to go. I think a lot of things shut down on the greek islands off peak, so it may not be as good to go off peak, though it’d be cheaper.
Post # 15
Yes, sorry I forgot to mention–we will be going at the end of July. Thanks for all the advice!