One of the reasons why a couple might look for cheap honeymoons is because weddings can cost a lot of money – an estimated average of over $30,000!
Planning an affordable honeymoon is actually not a very difficult thing to do. In fact, many newlyweds are opting for less elaborate honeymoons and saving their money for things like putting a down payment on a house, paying off their education or savings for projects in their future.
One way of planning cheap honeymoons is to stay closer to home. This can be a practical alternative to spending too much.
The main thing to consider when planning your honeymoon is to spend quality time together and find activities you can enjoy together on your first vacation as a married couple.
There are several ways to be creative when planning your affordable honeymoon. The first thing to do is to decide what your honeymoon budget is and then consider the kind of honeymoon that you can achieve on your budget.
You probably don’t have to look too far from home to find great places for a honeymoon. Local resorts – whether it is a beach or in the mountains can be quite affordable, especially if you have minimal travel involved. Book in the off season to get an even better rate. Most resorts will also have a newlywed package so be sure to inquire about any special rates that might apply when you book.
Another idea that is really gaining in popularity is adventure travel honeymoons – renting a travel trailer and touring your own province or state. Or for the more rugged experience, camping in a tent at one of those destinations you always wanted to get to such as the Pacific Rim National Park in Canada or Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Even if you have never camped before, you can outfit yourself with everything you could need for a fraction of what it would cost to fly to a Caribbean resort.
Another idea for cheap honeymoons is a home exchange. The basic concept of these exchanges is that you "swap homes" for an agreed upon period of time. According to HomeExchange.com, "getting away doesn't have to cost any more than staying at home!"
For a twist on this idea, stay at the home of family member or friend while they are on vacation or out of town on business. Of course, you could always stay with a family member who doesn't mind having visitors – but if could be more difficult to enjoy the privacy you may prefer.
If you are really on a tight budget, then staying home and getting settled into your new married life together is an option. This is a great time for bonding if you have never lived together previously.
But rather than just carrying on as usual, it is important to get out enjoying activities that you may not have experienced before such as visiting a local museum or taking in live theater.
Cheap honeymoons means being creative and enjoying your time together, rather than just fancy, expensive things to do. You won't be disappointed in choosing quality time over expense!
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