(Closed) If you had to choose…House or Honeymoon?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: If you had to choose between buying a house and having the honeymoon you want...

    I'd buy a house and settle for a smaller/not-ideal honeymoon

    I'd have the honeymoon we really want and wait an extra year or 2 to buy a house

    Other (explain below)

  • Post # 92
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    Newbee

    I would say honeymoon.  Travel is a very important part of our lives and as other posters have mentioned life can sometimes get in the way.  The best way to ensure you take your dream trip or honeymoon is to book it and go.  WHo knows what is in store down the road to prohibit you from going on that trip.  In my experience, you will never regret your travels.

    Post # 93
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We have already traveled quite a bit and we are having a destination wedding so don’t feel like   we need to take a “dream” honeymoon. We live in the SF Bay Area so housing prices are RIDICULOUS and we would want to save every little bit for a down payment. Although, I would guess from some of these replies that one person’s “dream” vacation is probably not the same as another persons! For example, we’re on the adventurous side rather than the relax at a resort type of couple.

    Post # 94
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We rent in one of the most expensive cities in the world where renting is common. Our 5K honeymoon won’t even come slightly close to make a difference in the downpayment we’d need for an apartment (not a house!!!) we’d want. ha… so we’ll take honeymoon. But I should mention that our honeymoon is not a super luxury vacation. It’s a little better and a little more expensive choice for our regular vacation… We are a couple who loves value for money, we don’t need super luxury.

    By the way, I don’t think you need 6K per person for the france vacation…unless you want to stay in a luxury hotel. You could do it 3K per person I think.

    Post # 94
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017 - Northern Territory, Australia

    This is our exact scenario. I voted house and postpone the honeymoon. That’s what we are looking into. 

    Post # 95
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    We decided to have a longer engagement (2 and a half years), save & buy a house, then save & pay for our wedding & honeymoon. 

     

    I love owning our own home, but couldn’t ever pass up the chance to go on a nice trip overseas! 

    Post # 96
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    old thread I know but interesting topic for me definately a house, my house is my security and inheritance to my kids, to make sure they have a safety net when im gone and thats a MILLION times more important than a fancy holiday

    Post # 97
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I’m amazed your fiancé thinks a trip to France costs 6K each. Are you looking to say for three weeks or more? 

    If you are ok with not having a fancy trip, France is doable in 5K total for at least ten days. I’ve been there a few times, and spent five weeks traveling around Spain for about $2500. Granted I was EXTREMELY frugal, but there are ways to have both. I would look into using Airbnb for accommodation. There are many gems in Europe through that site (very nice, clean places). Make sure you use public transportation in Paris, not taxis; the city’s very easy to get around. I’d also consider traveling outside of Paris, where it’s less expensive. Use the wonderful train system which isn’t cheap but won’t gouge you. If you rent an Airbnb apartment you can go to the wonderful markets France has and many of your meals can be a loaf of fresh bread and some lovely cheese, or roast potatoes and fresh roasted chicken. That’s how many French people eat normally. If 5K is in your budget for a honeymoon I’d definitely recommend looking around for ideas before nixing the idea of a honeymoon altogether.

    Another option, if you like a lot of guided tours, is to look into package deals. Costco actually has several that are very affordable. For last minute deals you might find something on Travel Zoo. Also a good idea to look at Trip Advisor. Don’t give up just yet!

    Post # 98
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    Blushing bee
    Post # 99
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    Bumble bee

    If my SO told me we could choose between a house and a honeymoon right after we were married, I would vote house is a big way. There is always time to save for a trip later and trips cost so much less than a downpayment. Furthermore, having jumped between rental/living situations 10+ times for the last decade, I am more than ready to live somewhere for more than a year. Plus, I really have an issue with the layout of our current place and would love to spend the majority of my time in someplace more functional and attractive.

    Post # 100
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    Blushing bee

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    inky_1 :  house and do a delayed honeymoon a few months post wedding. This is the scenario we will prob be In as I’m constantly looking ag listings. We also go on a few trips a year so the whole “honeymoon- Once in a lifetime trip” thing doesn’t fully apply. We’ve done mainly 3-5 days someone in the US but have done a few week + trips abroad already 

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