To most couples, the honeymoon is that one vacation that forms everlasting memories in their marriages. Honeymoon is not just a trip; it’s more special, unique and meaningful. This is the first time you will be traveling with your significant other as a couple.
Though you’ll definitely go on other vacations and weekend getaways thereafter, honeymoon has significant importance to the couple. Apart from it being the first vacation, you take as husband and wife, it is also a great time to enjoy each other’s company without any disruption.
While it may seem like going on a honeymoon as just a dream considering you have a wedding to finance, the good news is that it’s possible to plan and finance your honeymoon without putting yourself in debt. With a bit of planning, a budget and some research, you are guaranteed to enjoy a vacation as newlyweds with only one goal; launching into marriage life in style.
To help you budget for your honeymoon amid preparation for the wedding ceremony, here are amazing tips for your inspiration.
Choose your destination
You can’t budget for your honeymoon if you aren’t sure about the place you’ll be travelling to. Otherwise, how will you know the much you are likely to spend on your transport if you don’t know the far you’ll be going? Besides, you need to have an idea of the place you’ll be travelling to, to know what to pack and the duration you can manage to be there without exploiting your finances.
Consult a travel agent
Working with a travel agent can see you land on a good deal which you could not have managed if you were to book your trip. That’s because travel agents are able to negotiate for deals you cannot be given as an individual. Your work should only be to inform your travel agent of the dates you are going for your honeymoon, the kind of place you want to go to, your budget and the longest you will be willing to be there. From there, your travel agent will do the rest. With the years of experience your travel agent has, it should not be difficult for the agent to link you up with a convenient destination on your budget.
Prepare your to-do list
The things you will do and the place you will visit during your honeymoon has a significant impact on the amount of money you’ll spend during your honeymoon. Knowing what you will do and the places you will visit will enable you to know the much your trip will cost you.
If everything is within your budget, you are on the right track; continue with your plans. If not, you need to make amends early enough. If the cost is the issue, you can even change the destination and settle for a cheaper destination. If it’s time, maybe both or one of you is expected to report back to work, you can reduce your to-do list.
You can also decide to use your honeymoon to relax, rest, unwind and basically have some quiet time alone. After all, you’ve had busy and rough times before jangling between work and wedding plans. Now it’s a good time for you to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Make a budget
Creating a honeymoon budget can be a lifesaver. Knowing how much your honeymoon will cost you and the much you are willing to spend is very important. Therefore, create a honeymoon budget just the same way you’ve done for your wedding ceremony. Having a budget will protect you from overspending. Knowing you are not going beyond your limits can give you a lot of peace and allow you to enjoy your honeymoon stress-free.
Among the things you should include in your honeymoon budget include:
Also, remember to set aside a certain amount for unplanned purchases and activities. But ensure you have a limit for them as well. They may look miscellaneous but if you are not careful, they can end up exceeding your budget with a blast.
Please, don’t wait until the last minute. Even if you have a wedding to plan, booking your honeymoon at the last minute can become a costly affair. If you want to get the best deal, try as much as you can to make your bookings early. The best hotel rooms and seats sell early. If you start rushing at the last minute, you’ll have to deal with what’s available even when it’s not your taste. So, if you don’t want to pay higher prices on what’s left, make your bookings early. If the wedding plans are overwhelming you, delegate that duty to someone else. Your family and friends are ready to support you, you just need to tell them what they can do for you and they will gladly do it.
Be flexible with your travel dates
If you want to enjoy your honeymoon without worrying about the cost, be flexible with your timing. For instance, don’t choose a destination that you know will be in high season during your trip there not unless you are ready to dig deeper into your pockets. The same goes for weekends. Traveling on a weekend when a majority of travelers are traveling to different destinations will cost you the most because most travel companies tend to hike their fares when there are many travelers. If you can, schedule your trip mid-week. You’ll find that the prices are fair in mid-week and there is no congestion. Meaning, you’ll travel more comfortably and save a bundle.
Set alerts for hot deals
Now that your wedding preparations are underway and it’s obvious you will be traveling for your honeymoon thereafter, don’t shy away from signing up for deals sites. There are so many tempting deals for hotels, flights, vacation packages and so much more. This can see you pay almost half the price for both your transport and accommodation costs. When you get a good deal, seal it by booking it on time. You are not the only one interested in that deal. You have to act fast.
Honeymoon on a budget
Who says you must spend all your earnings on an extravagant honeymoon vacation? You can still enjoy a memorable honeymoon without emptying your bank account. Besides, why use all your money and you’ve just started a family? It is now you need to be more careful with how you spend your money least your married life starts with financial constraints. Over the same, if you are a smart saver, nothing should stop you from enjoying your dream honeymoon.