Post # 1
We’re trying to narrow down our honeymoon location so we can start learning more about the area, looking out for deals, and budgeting/planning. We’ll be doing our honeymoon for 10-12 days in mid to late July.
Of course getting the most bang for our buck would be great (and might help narrow down location). We can fly from cali or from ny/nj and we’d like a hot/warm, non-rainy place that has beaches for swimming, but also has non-beach activities and sightseeing.
What do you think of the south pacific islands, hawaiian islands, and greek islands- which are most expensive or which can be done cheapest? (any additional location suggestions are welcome)
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We’re looking for Greek Islands for 10-14 days, however in July it’s the high season so everything is definitely more expansive (compared to september), plus it’s an european popular destination so it’s pretty much full of people everywhere (from what I read). Since we’re getting married in January, we’ll be going in May which is still low season so cheapest.
Depending if you want to take a cruise in the Mediterranean + plane or just go freestyle (but pay every time you have to take a boat to get from one island to another), I think the travel agency will be your best guide for a start with prices.
I looked at Pacific Island and Hawaii too but definitely preferred Greek Islands because I didn’t only want to go to the beach, I wanted good food, cultural and historical visits and entertainments, sightseeing and landscapes, and I loved the possibility to drop in Italy during the same trip. While in Hawaii or Pacific Islands, I would have pretty much stayed on a resort all week.
We’re expecting this trip to be at least 6K without plane tickets. Just for cruises it’s usually arount 3K each passenger for lower cabins, for 10-16 days, without plane …
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
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I’ve never been to the Greek Islands, but Hawaii is very expensive (like traveling in the US plus some) and the South Pacific CAN be very inexpensive. I’m more of a hostel / locally-owned cabana type traveler and all of the South Pacific and Southeast Asia can be done very cheaply… a couple bucks for a meal, ten bucks for a nice place to stay, etc. Totally different if you’re a resort type of person though.
There are some awesome little islands around the Bay of Thailand that are super cool too!
Post # 5
I agree with the previous poster. Thailand will give you culture, activity, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world for a fraction of some of those other locations. The flights will cost you ~$1500 per person. But you can do two weeks for $4k-$5k total.
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@NauticalDisaster: thanks for the info/thoughts. planes & freestyle boats will be our plan, we don’t want to do a cruise. Your opinions on the differences between south pac/hawwaii and greece that mattered to you are good to know b/c we definitely would like some sightseeing, culture, and all that other stuff you mentioned.
@lolot: thanks for the heads up- I fixed the poll. we don’t need an all-inclusive or anything, but we don’t want to go the hostel route either. hotel, bungalow, or locally-owned cabana could be fine.
Post # 7
@BlushingBrideNYC: hmm july is part of thailand’s rainy season. it’s still drier on the eastern part (like koh samui), but I’m not sure we’d want to risk it.
I also went to a few other countries in southeast asia (but not thailand) not long ago, so we were thinking of going somewhere else. we’ll look into it more though- thanks for the suggestion
Post # 8
They are both expensive. I would pick the Greek islands. If you going to spend I’d spend it going there. Mykonos Santorini, you could even go to Athens. my FI and I did it, the good thing is transportation was cheap on the island and from island to island. We even took a small plane from Athens to an island and it was about 60 bucks each. You won’t regret it! Go!
Post # 9
I haven’t been to Greece, but there is no one-size-fits-all price point for the South Pacific. Tahiti and her islands are very expensive, for example, while Tonga and Sanoa are very affordable.
The same is true for Hawaii in trms of ranges of accomodations once you get here. You can find inexpensive studio condos for $75/night and of the course on the upper end there is no limit!