Article by Holiday Horizon
After the expense of a wedding, many couples are keen to find the best honeymoon package they can; both in terms of `once in a lifetime` experience and also value for money. With the cost of the average wedding now reaching into the `many thousands` mark and in a difficult economic climate, finding good deals has never been more important.
A honeymoon often accounts for around 20% of the overall wedding cost – yet many couples forget to save for it and find they have less money to spend on their holiday to remember. At the other end of the scale, those who have found themselves short can end up borrowing to finance their honeymoon, which isn`t a great way to start married life; taking on debt which may result in an extended and expensive period of repayments, long after the holiday memories have faded.
The good news however is that planning goes a long way. There are a great deal of deals! It just means seeking them out, doing some research and spending time picking the right holiday for you and your partner. The internet is a great place to start doing your research, although word of mouth and recommendations can also bring up some surprising leads. Don`t overly rely on travel recommendation and review websites, as some have proven themselves to be less than reliable – go further in your research to find out the facts and speak to other couples who have had successful and enjoyable honeymoons.
Cruise packages are popular with couples and can actually be quite good value. All inclusive packages mean that no hidden extras will spoil the holiday and it offers a great chance to relax and take part in activities both on deck and during on shore excursions. The food is often excellent and drinks will be included, making it a luxurious and low stress option. Good prices are usually available to those who book in advance and take advantage of other little extras like cash-back booking sites, cash-back credit cards and special booking offers.
Often the cost of travel is the most expensive part of a honeymoon to distant shores, so again, seeking out the best flight costs using an online flight screenscraper is a good way to ensure the best prices. Look for offers, then book into an all inclusive resort on a gorgeous beach somewhere quiet! Popular destinations include Thailand, India, The Bahamas and Hawaii. Lovely destinations abound too closer to home in Greece and the Mediterranean. City breaks such as New York appeal to others, while road trips, `staycations` and even wild camping work for the more adventurous!
Remember to factor in money if you are likely to leave the comfort of your luxury villa and hotel complex- whether that`s the cost of a rainforest excursion in Costa Rica, a spa visit in France or car hire Marrakech to see the gorgeous souks – budgeting in advance will make your honeymoon as wonderful and relaxing an experience as you hoped it would be. Remember too, costs such as travel insurance, vaccinations and airport transfers – no one wants to be arguing over money on their holiday – let alone their honeymoon!