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Alright, I feel like a big lame-o. I’ve been reading everyone’s honeymoon plans and we definitely won’t be hitting up Bora Bora or Europe… that’s just not in the cards! I really wanted to go to Disney World (yes, we’re just big kids haha), but we’re going to put that off until we can better afford it. Now that leaves us looking at maybe a beach (it won’t be crowded in November), or Gatlinburg, TN. I can’t think of anywhere else along those lines… somewhere nice and inexpensive that we can just go relax after the wedding. If anyone has any suggestions that won’t cost a fortune, please send them my way!
*Oh, also preferably somewhere in the southeast area. It doesn’t HAVE to be though. Thanks!
Post # 3
everyone has different ideas of what counts as affordable or expensive, so what is your budget?
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@beeanon97: I’m just going out on a whim here by have you checked Groupon for any vacation deals? I get emails about them a lot and I know some of them have been reall great. Look for all inclusive deals online. My dad was able to find a two-way ticket for two, 5 day/4 night, car included deal to Oahu in late August and everything altogether costs less than $2,000. It should be cheaper for you to stay at a resort basically anywhere since Novemeber is considered the off-season. I hope you find something really great.
Post # 5
Groupon Getaways or Jetsetter are great ideas to watch for something fun. I’ve had really great, fairly inexpensive getaways to mom-n-pop B&Bs and vacation rentals in the past. You can find places way cheaper and more unique/intimate than a hotel if you dig. All my best places are in the Pacific Northwest, but Google “[Nearbytown] vacation rental” and see what looks good.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Baby #2 due Sep 2017
@beeanon97: There’s no shame in ‘not hitting up Bora Bora’, don’t feel depressed after seeing everyone else’s extravagant honeymoon plans. I’m glad you’re happy to settle for something small for now.. perhaps you can look forward to going to Disneyland for your 1st anniversary 🙂
Sadly I don’t know America and can’t help, but Fiance and I will be going camping for our mini-moon 🙂 Is that an option in November for your area? Eventually we’d like to go travelling in the US when we can get such time off work and save up enough!
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I agree with rosworms: having a ballpark budget and timeframe (how many days) would be helpful.
As well as a general idea of where you live (even just a State name) … as we assume you’ll be travelling by car.
Post # 8
Sorry guys! I guess I should’ve included more info. We’re from Alabama, and will probably be traveling by car. If we can catch a deal, planes aren’t totally out of the question. If we could keep things around or less than $1,000 that would be wonderful. I think $2,000 is pushing it. As for the time frame, we would be able to get off work for as long as 10 days. I’d like to at least be gone 4 so maybe 4 to 7?
Post # 9
@MrsYoshida: We’re really hoping to go to Disney World for our 1st anniversary! 🙂 It probably won’t be too terribly cold here in November, but it makes me nervous to plan a camping trip. My luck, we’d have a blizzard haha. That’s a great idea though! I hope you both have a fantastic time!!
And I never would’ve thought to check Groupon. I’m looking now! 🙂
Post # 10
@beeanon97: We’re doing Gatlinburg! One of my friends recently went there for her honeymoon and they had a blast. There seems to be tons of things to do. I also wanted to go to Disneyland, but Fiance wasnt having it. Boo.
Post # 11
@beeanon97: Definitely check out Groupon! I’m overseas but check it out all the time and there are tons of trips on there!
Some of them are JUST a few nights hotel, some include hotel/flight from nearby hotels (Atlanta is a big one.) There was a groupon a while ago that was for RT air, 7 nights hotel, car rental in Ireland for $1k per person. I know that’s at the top end of your budget but just wanting to give you an idea.
Also since you are going to be traveling in November, it will be much cheaper b/c of the fact that it’s off-season for most places.
Just checked and there is a trip for 4 nights, all inclusive with airfare to Jamaica for $799 each….not your dates but there are these deals all the time!!!! Make sure if you find one, that you ask any questions before purchasing the deal so you know if there are “hidden charges” i.e., room cleanings, RT transport from airport to hotel, etc.
Looking at the current deals, I’m soooo excited for you! You’ll have a much a better Honeymoon than you thought!!!
Post # 12
I loveeee Disney, hope you do get to go for your anniversary trip! But you could make it work for your anniversary trip as long as you stayed at a Value Resort. If you guys stayed at Pop Century for 5 nights/6 days with Park Hopper tickets it comes out to $1300.
If you wanted to go to a warm beach, Puerto Rico is usually a pretty good choice as far as airfare goes. An airfar/hotel package on priceline runs about $1700 for their best rated hotels, but if you stayed somewhere a bit more moderately priced, but still on the beach, it can cost as little as $1150. Not sure where in Alabama you’d be flying out of, for example pricing purposes I pretended you’d be flying out of Birmingham and staying for 6 nights.
Post # 13
I’d definitley check out groupon and livingsocial. I’ve done quite a few trips through them and they’ve all been great. In fact we’re doing one this weekend to Weston, FL!
Have you looked at any of the state parks? It’ll be getting cool/cold, but a few days visiting different state parks might be fun!
You can always drive down to south florida and enjoy whats left of the warm weather. Maybe the keys.
Hope you find domething!
Post # 14
Definately GROUPON!!! I found a deal this morning not too far away of a drive for me and Darling Husband. They have GREAT deals and you can find them close too!
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- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Check out Priceline and Hotwire for hotel deals.
We really enjoyed Savannah, GA. The hotels in the Historic District can be a bit expensive (no more than $100 a night in early November) but the city is super romantic for strolling and the bar district gets busy.
New Orleans is another good romantic city that is best to visit during the fall to avoid the heat. From spooky ghost tours to Bourbon Street there is plenty to keep busy.
Gatlinburg is cute and definitely a honeymoon spot but I always found it find kitchy touristy place because of the t-shirt shops. There is a lot to do there and I really did like the aquarium. I know there are really nice honeymoon hotels and B&Bs too.
You could totally do Orlando and November is a slow season so prices should be good. We Priceline nice rooms for less than $50 a night close to Universal and Disney all the time. Groupon and Living Social run deals all of the time as well. Tickets to the parks can be expensive but if you save on the hotel and food, it is definitely doable with your budget.