No Clue About Honeymoon?

posted 6 months ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Green Bay, WI

I was totally in your shoes about a month ago. We’re getting married at the end of May. We don’t have our passports and leaving the country was too expensive anyway. We also wanted to stay under $3k. My fiancé isn’t huge on just “laying around and relaxing” either.

We debated a cruise for a LONG time and ultimately decided against it just because we’d feel trapped on the boat and if either of us got seasick it’d be not ideal.

Then we debated Hawaii, but since we live in Wisconsin the flights there were SUPER long IMO and crazy expensive.

So, we actually booked our trip this weekend. We’re flying from WI to Orlando and staying onsite at Universal’s newest hotel, Aventura. It’s within Universal by the parks and City Walk so there’s TONS to do. There’s 3 bars in the hotel; main floor I think, a poolside bar, and a rooftop bar. We were upgraded to a skyline view room which sounds super cool. Oh, and you control most things in the room using a tablet! It’s super techy and modern. I’ve read a ton of great, positive reviews. The hotel just opened in August. The only negative things I’ve read have been about how it’s “not kid friendly” or “not as kid friendly as other Universal resorts” which honestly was perfect for us then—cuz honeymoon, lol. With our booking (we booked straight through Universal) we also got 4-day, 3-park (park-to-park hopper) passes for Universal, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay (waterpark). Universal also gives you “Just Married” buttons if you ask for them and say you’re on your honeymoon. Couples have been getting free meals, drinks, or been able to skip the lines at certain rides just by wearing their buttons.

Even with our flight (which I did find a decent deal on for $316 per person roundtrip) our total trip will be under $3k and we’re staying 10 days. That also includes the park tickets. It does not include food yet though. But, booking through Universal allows you to pay in monthly installments which is what we’re doing. $200/month for the next year roughly. But, that works better for us because hey, we got a wedding to pay off too! 🙂

 

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

What airport would you be flying from? Europe would be a great time of year and if you transfer you can get flights surprisingly cheap from hub airports. South east asia is another great option, and cheap when you arrive although August is wet season in a lot of places. Otherwise you could consider the west coast of Mexico or central america. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018 - City Hall

misstomorris :  Have you checked flights to Spain from Boston in August, they are quite cheap ($500US per person for direct flights to Barcelona). 

Otherwise I highly recommend Costa Rica!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Look at Expedia! We’re currently scoping out flight and hotel packages to Paris in October, and there are TONS of options for $2200-$2500 total (and many hotels include breakfast). 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018 - City Hall

It’s even cheaper to fly to Paris, closer to $450 pp

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

We’re in the same boat! Getting married in August, not sure where we want to go, and our budget is also around $3k. Originally we were planning on going to France, but then we decided since we’re spending so much on the wedding this year (and the budget keeps getting bigger and bigger), it’ll be better to delay our trip to France to next year so we can go all out then, and have a less expensive honeymoon this year.

We were thinking of possibly doing a cruise out of NYC/NJ to Canada, but haven’t looked into it much yet so not sure how much it’ll cost. Also thinking of possibly going to Prince Edward Island in Canada. My Fiance suggested a road trip going to some of the coastal cities in New England, but I’m not sure I want to spend so much time in the car. I’m still looking into other places to visit in Canada too, since I feel like August is a good place to visit a lot of places in Canada, and the only place we’ve visited in Canada so far is Toronto (we live in Western New York, so that’s not much of a feat lol).

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

misstomorris :  I don’t think you’ve said what type of trip you want?  What kind of setting?  Beach? City?  As others have already said, there are very affordable flights to Europe out of Logan.  Flights to Quebec City are even more affordable.  If a city trip is up for consideration you could fly to Quebec City, stay a few days, train to Montreal, stay for a few days, train to Toronto, stay a few days and then fly back to Logan from there.  Skipping Toronto & flying home from Montreal is even cheaper, just over $200.  All lovely places.  You could rent a car at some point & get out of the city if you wanted to include some downtime in a cabin or something.  

There are Caribbean destinations off the hurricane map if that is more what you have in mind.  An inland Mexico trip could easily be done for under 3k, Mexico is a great bargain destination. And if you want to include the beach, the pacific coast is a fairly low risk for hurricanes.   

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I agree with wildflowerz regarding certain Caribbean destinations – Trinidad and Tobago are so close to South America that the chance of a hurricane hitting them is very low. (I’m a meteorologist, so I pay attention to these things, haha!) The same goes for Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire. So check out those locations. 

I don’t know if you have any interest in the Pacific Northwest, but it’s really nice at that time of year. Oregon coast, wine tasting in OR/WA, Portland, Seattle. Mount Rainier National Park is amazing and my favorite national park, if you’re into the outdoors. You could do Vancouver or other parts of British Columbia as well.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I’ve found Boston to Milan, Rome, Dublin and Croatia for $650 in August on the first search I did so with tweaking of dates you may be able to find cheaper. I found Boston to London for $401 (with virgin atlantic and delta) and from London you could fly anywhere within Europe on a cheap flight (or stay in the UK) so Europe could be an option. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

misstomorris :  I think the first thing to do then to get the ball rolling is choose the type of honeymoon you want.  Busy or relaxing?  City?  Beach?  Rustic?  Cultural? Remote?  Pampered?  DIY?  Food/wine focused or not so much?

And sometimes a combination of 2 or 3 different styles is the best. Especially when you’re kinda all over the map & everything sounds/looks good.  My favorite trips are combination trips.  

Once you pick a theme or type of trip it will be easier to start zeroing in on destinations that offer it within your budget.

You can also let weather be your guide somewhat.  

Have you considered Bermuda?  Easy & affordable leaving from Logan. 

 

Post # 15
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Wannabee

What about México? Puerto Vallarta or Cancun sounds like you could easily pay. And it’s really really beautiful, tons to do.

 

We spent a month in Europe and only spent 4 grand total. Went to Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Paris and London. You’d really just have to find the best deals you can. 

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