With so many options available nowadays, planning a honeymoon can feel like an exhausting task for many couples. Many couples decide to pay for their weddings themselves, which means finding affordable honeymoon options is not a choice: it is a necessity. Here are some of our suggestions and tips, that will come in handy when you are planning a honeymoon that is both awesome and affordable!
HOW TO PLAN A HONEYMOON
- Register portions of your honeymoon. Unless you’re really dying for a new set of silverware or towels, forget the usual registry stuff and instead, register portions of your honeymoon to up your funds for your trip. What’s great is there are many, many options: Honeyfund, Wanderable, Traveler’s Joy, and Zola are just some of our favorites, but you should do your own research.
- Try not to travel more than 13 hours for a 7-day honeymoon. Keep in mind the proportion of time you spend on the road and in the air vs. time actually enjoying your honeymoon. Your honeymoon is an opportunity to go on a trip that you wouldn’t otherwise, but it’s always a good idea to be realistic with traveling too far in too short period. For some people, taking a week off of work is the most they can get and in this case, don’t choose to honeymoon somewhere that is a 32-hour flight + 3-hour ferry ride away. Sure, that destination could be magical, but keep in mind that no matter what kind of a paradise you’re in, it won’t be worth it if you’re exhausted and tired.
A good rule of thumb for planning a honeymoon is that if you have 7 days or less, don’t even think about traveling further than 13 hours for a honeymoon.
- Travel during your destination’s shoulder season to beat the crowds. Pro honeymoon planning tip: arriving when it’s not quite packed peak season, and not yet off season (with bad weather), makes shoulder season the perfect in-between. For example, say you want to go to Croatia, don’t go in August. Instead, go in September or early October, you’ll still have great weather and the extensive crowds are gone. Also, it is so much cheaper!