One of the most important parts of a great wedding is a wonderful honeymoon. Anyone getting married dreams of a magical honeymoon vacation at an exotic destination. But the majority of us are also frightened by this vision because we fear the costs.
Well if you do not do a few key things regarding your honeymoon dream it can be extremely costly; in fact, it can start your marriage off in a big hole. So as a wedding gift to you, here are some tips to help get your dream honeymoon for a bargain price and how to pay for it without going into the poor house.
Saving for Your Honeymoon
You should start saving for your honeymoon long before you take it, and avoid putting the trip on your credit cards. To do this set up a savings plan with a good bank. You should have money put aside for your honeymoon as part of the spending planning of your wedding itself. Getting married is an expensive business, so ensure you are properly prepared.
Buy Flight Tickets and Book Hotels Online and Activities Online
Booking online allows you to save sometimes more than 50% on flights, hotels and activities. Online companies purchase airline seats and hotel rooms in bulk at great discounts and pass these savings on to you. They typically have flights to any destination and rooms in any city. You can purchase for much less than if you call the airlines or hotels directly. You will also get your frequent flier miles this way.
You can also book many of your activities online for big savings. Some companies negotiate with tour agencies, in-country transportation, museums, watersports companies, theatre plays, and other popular tourist activities. They get discount rates and pass these big discounts to tourists. You can book in advance online which will guarantee that you get to do the activity, and you get to participate at the lowest possible rate.
One thing with booking online, however, is that you might not be able to cancel your booking with a full refund, or changing your booking will cost you additional money. Make sure you understand the terms of your booking before you buy.
Book Everything Early
You should book your honeymoon months in advance of you going. Hotels, airlines and online providers of these services reward those who book long in advance of their trip and stay. Try and book very early for the best rates possible.
Have Several Different Options
You should have several options for your honeymoon. Your initial choice might be fully booked or still too expensive, particularly if it is a popular destination and it is in season. So have several backup options for yourself that can replace your first choice. If you are looking for an exotic island in Asia, there are dozens to choose from. Go to someplace not as well-known, and you might discover a gem at a fraction of the price.