When it comes to planning a honeymoon, you may dream about the exotic escapes enjoyed by Hollywood stars and members of the Royal family. It’s been widely reported that the trip to the Seychelles islands taken earlier this year by newlyweds Prince William and Catherine Middleton cost around $700,000. Clearly, that’s out of reach for most of us. The good news is that this doesn’t mean you, too, can’t have your own memorable honeymoon.
With a little creativity and flexibility, you can put sparkle and relaxation into your honeymoon - on any budget:
If your budget is $1,000 or less…
Go local. You don’t have to travel for a honeymoon. You can honeymoon anywhere – including at home! Just be sure to tell friends and family that you’re off limits for a couple days (or a week?) so you can enjoy your stay-cation/honeymoon alone with your new spouse. After all, the point of a honeymoon is to get as much alone time as possible!
Go camping. Another option? If you’re the outdoorsy type, consider taking your love on a romantic camping trip. Spruce things up with some delicious dinners by the fire and cuddling under the stars!
Crash a friend’s pad. If you’re lucky and a friend or family member owns a vacation home, ask if you could borrow their pad for a couple days. If that’s not an option, scout out inexpensive or off-the-maps cities. Avoid popular vacation destinations and travel on non-peak days to avoid mark-ups.
If your budget is $5,000 or less…
Go for the package deal. Since many newlyweds fall into this budget range, there are a whole host of honeymoon options to choose from! And this is why the all-inclusive honeymoon is so popular – you can easily book an all-inclusive stay for a week (or even two, like my fiancé and I are doing!) within this price range. All-inclusives are popular because they often cater to honeymooners or couples and you don’t have to worry about paying for a thing once you step foot on the resort.
Do it on your own. If all-inclusive isn’t your thing, look into a little adventure! Belize is a popular honeymoon destination because if combines nature, adventure, and relaxing beaches all in one. And you don’t even have to book it to the beach for your honeymoon getaway – if you’re a biker or a climber, spend some time in Colorado or other scenic areas to enjoy both of your loves: your new husband or wife and your favorite activity!
Any budget can buy a royal honeymoon
Remember: It doesn’t matter if you have $500 or $5,000 to spend; what matters is that you plan time for just the two of you to make the first few days (or weeks!) of your wedded bliss memorable. You don’t have to be the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to have a wonderful and memorable honeymoon. And think of all the money you will save by not having to pay for security measures, such as renting out all the adjacent villas!
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Amber Nash is the founder and writer of BlondeandBalanced.com, a blog and website about striking a balance in life, health and money. She just returned from her own honeymoon!