Planning a honeymoon can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is finding the perfect spot that incorporates things you both love to do! A honeymoon is meant to be for the both of you so don’t let one person do all the planning. Work together to find a trip that is filled with places and activities you will both enjoy. You want it to be your first trip together as a married couple, not your last! Since weddings are expensive enough already, we’ve teamed up with the help of Hotels.com to share their easy tips to planning the perfect honeymoon without breaking the bank.
1. Be flexible on your timing
The best way to save money on your honeymoon is to travel during the off-season or shoulder season when prices are lower. For Canadians travelling to Europe or the Caribbean, shoulder season is typically in the spring and fall when kids are still in school, but watch out for holidays and school breaks when prices can spike. Off-season is usually the cheapest time to travel, but you can’t always count on the weather being co-operative.
2. Shop early for deals
Don’t leave your trip planning to the last minute because you’ll pay more that way. Hotels and tour operators like to fill rooms and sell seats as far in advance as possible so they entice customers early on with special deals. Shop six to eight months in advance of your honeymoon to snag the best bargains. But, if you’re a last-minute planner or have a short engagement, don’t fret, last-minute deals are often most plentiful in large resort areas like Cancun, Riviera Maya, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
3. Travel registry
Travel can be expensive, but you can get your wedding guests to help pay for your trip. Instead of a traditional wedding registry with kitchen gadgets, sign up for a travel registry where guests can pay for one of your meals or part of your airplane tickets. You can even get travel gift cards to sites like Hotels.com.
4. Rewards programs
Take advantage of rewards programs to save money when you travel. You can collect loyalty points on your credit card when you book your flights or sign up for a program like Hotels.com Rewards that gets you a free hotel night for every 10 nights you stay. Take inventory of any credits you have from your business or leisure travel prior to booking your honeymoon and book early for the best availability.
WHERE TO GO
For the pair looking for an all-inclusive escape…
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort – Los Cabos, Mexico
Find an all-inclusive destination that incorporates things you both like to do. The Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort is a great option because while he’s out golfing, you can be relaxing by the pool or the spa. Or, take advantage of the wide range of activities this resort has to offer by trying something new with someone you love. This resort was selected by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the most romantic hotel in the world as it provides luxury and intimacy that is perfect for this getaway. Make your honeymoon extra special by enjoying a romantic dinner for two on the beach or lounging in one of their private cabana’s by day. Or, add some adventure into you vacation by visiting one of their neigbouring properties or planning a sailing trip around the famous archway in downtown Los Cabos. Take advantage of the Hotels.com Rewards program or gift card registry to help you afford this luxurious getaway.
For the couple looking for the best of both worlds…
The Hall – South Beach, Miami
For the couple who is looking for a little bit of both worlds, the city and the beach, look no further than Miami. Miami is a dynamic city with arts, entertainment and a multi-cultural restaurant scene to enjoy.According to Hotels.com one of the biggest trends these days is experiential travel. People don’t want to just sit on the beach. They want to try new things. Book a tour of the Everglades or take an art walk through the Wynwood district to see more of the city and surrounding area. But remember that it is important to still save some time to enjoy with just you two.Stay in South Beach among the action on Collins Ave, just steps away from the beach and Ocean Drive, but pick a hotel that is a quiet oasis in the big city. The Hall is a trendy boutique hotel also has a delicious onsite restaurant and bar, Sunny’s, that is the perfect spot for you two to enjoy when you need some downtime.
For the jet-setters looking for a Euro-trip without the crowds…
Pousada de Lisboa, Praca do Comercio – Lisbon, Portugal
For the pair that is looking to see the sights and culture of Europe, without getting swept away in the hustle and bustle of these big cities, picking a place in Portugal is the perfect solution. According to Hotels.com, travel demand for a city like Portugal has increased by 75% since 2014. However, Lisbon still remains to be a vibrant city full of history but is not as busy as it’s capital counterparts of London, Paris and Rome. While the city itself is quite affordable, splurge a little on a hotel rooms that will give you with a little peace, quiet and solitude in the big city. This Small Luxury Hotel is centrally located in the main square and looks out onto the beautiful Tagus River making it the perfect hub for your trip. When visiting a busy city, be sure to make a list of your sightseeing plans and activities before so while you’re there, you can focus on enjoying it together instead of being stressed out by planning.