What couple doesn’t dream about heading to an exotic location for an over-the-top honeymoon? And then reality strikes as you have one major factor to consider… how much will it cost? Let’s be real… trying to choose the perfect honeymoon location on a tight budget can be a daunting task. That’s why Vacation is looking out for you with this guide to help you determine how much money you’re likely to spend depending on where you want to go for your dream honeymoon.
$3,000 - $5,000: Honeymoon in Mexico, the Caribbean or a Cruise (4-7 days)
At this price point you should be able to go island hopping on a cruise or stay at an all-inclusive resort in a popular honeymoon hotspots such as Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, the Bahamas or Jamaica. What should you expect to get at this price point?
- Pricing on a cruise or all-inclusive resort includes all your food, drinks, 24-hour room service, tipping and some activities.
- Food: All-inclusive resorts and cruises offer guests a wide variety of culinary options. From gourmet restaurants to late night buffets all your food cravings will be met!
- Things to do: Non-motorized water sports, pools, beaches, exercise classes, evening entertainment and more! If you want to venture out of your resort or see more of an island on your cruise stop, plan to put aside an additional $500-$1000 to take advantage of any tours and activities.
- Room category: Many all-inclusive resorts offer large in-room soaking tubs, as well as rooms that have swim-up pools so you can wade to the nearest poolside bar and restaurant. And cruise lines offer multiple options, ranging from inside staterooms (no windows) to balconies to larger suites. Depending upon your budget, you can find a room category that fits your needs best.
- Booking timeline: Typically resorts and cruise lines will have their pricing available 12-18 months before arrival. But airlines won’t book seats till 10 months out. Check with your travel expert on timelines so you don’t miss out on the room category you are hoping for.
Vacation Expert Tip: Booking your air and hotel/cruise together often saves you money. Ask your Vacation travel agent about package options.
$5,000 - $7,000: Honeymoon in Hawaii (7-10 days)
Hawaii is the quintessential honeymoon destination for newlyweds. Postcard-perfect scenery, beautiful beaches and the palpable “Aloha culture” will quickly put a couple in “chill” mode. Just be aware that this honeymoon destination will be more expensive because this island paradise is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Here’s what you can expect to get if you spend between $5,000 and $7,000.
- At this price point you will receive airfare, hotel and car rental.
- Food: Some hotels include daily breakfast with your stay but most of the time you will be on your own for your meals. And like most things in Hawaii, dining out is expensive. Plan on at least $200 per day for a couple. Sadly, there aren’t all-inclusive resort options in Hawaii yet!
- Things to do: Hawaii offers many water activities as well as cultural programs. There is also great golfing, historical tours, volcanoes, hiking, helicopter tours and scenic drives. None of these things will be included in your stay, so plan to spend extra money depending upon your plans.
- Hawaii has six islands, each unique and beautiful in their own way, and you can fly directly to five of them. A Travel Expert can help you identify which Island is ideal for what you’d like to experience on your honeymoon. The good news is that if you have the time and budget, plan on an itinerary that allows you to visit multiple islands during your stay.
- Hotel and Room Category: There are a variety of hotel options in the Hawaiian Islands. From your basic room to luxury resorts offering poolside butler service.
- When can I book? Many hotels will allow bookings 12-18 months in advance but airfare can only be booked 10 months out.
Vacation Expert Tip: Take some extra cash for souvenirs! From pricy pearls to gourmet macadamia desserts, plan on picking up a few items to bring home to remember this special trip.
$7,000 - $15,000: Honeymoons in Europe, Asia, French Polynesia, New Zealand or Australia (10-12 days)
These are popular destinations for honeymooners looking for something exotic, out of the ordinary, and in some cases, places that offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From popular cities like Paris and Rome to laid back Thailand and the beautiful French Polynesian islands. At this price point, you have several options, and here’s what you can expect:
- Traveling to these destinations is more expensive all the way around. Your airfare can range from $1,000-$2,000 per person, and hotels vary depending upon location and time of year. Traveling to these destinations during off-peak tourist season can help stretch your travel budget.
- Food: One of the best parts of traveling overseas is sampling the local dishes and finding those hidden gems. Many honeymoon memories are made while enjoying fresh seafood and a bottle of wine while taking in the local scenery. Food costs can vary based on location but plan an average of $200-$300 per day.
- Things to do: These destinations do vary, but for many they offer a lot of different site seeing and guided tour opportunities. From historical landmarks to cultural experiences, ask your travel agent for advice on “must-see” attractions so you don’t miss out on some of the best stops.
- Hotel and Room Category: Rates depend on the room category you select as well as the time of year you visit. Staying in Rome with a view of the Coliseum will probably set you back $500+ per night. Whereas an ocean view room in Phuket may only run you $300 a night. Be sure to discuss what you are looking for in accommodations when you are booking your honeymoon, as location will factor heavily into that final cost.
- When can I book? Many hotel and tour companies allow bookings 12-18 months in advance, but airfare can only be booked 10 months in advance of your travel date. Check with a Vacation travel agent to ensure stress-free honeymoon planning, including helping you determine the best destination and hotel choices for you and your fiancé.
Vacation Expert Tip: Avoid the disappointment of sold-out tours and sightseeing activities. Let a Vacation travel agent help you book fun excursions in advance.
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