Honeymoon Season

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I'm no travel expert, but because i'm a researchaholic when it comes to all things wedding related, i know a good deal when one comes my way and this includes honeymoons! I posted a blog a little over a year ago about getting the 'most bang for your buck' regarding going to destinations where the dollar is strong and the best time to buy airfare, but i thought i'd revisit this subject again because it is always the season to $ave money and travel smart.

Not sure where to start? A honeymoon fund is an excellent registry to create, even if you haven't decided where you're going. This will definitely provide your guests a way to contribute to your first memorable vacation as a married couple. Popular sites are: TravelersJoy, Honeyfund & HoneymoonWishes. 

Here are a few questions I thought would be important to ask yourselves when getting started; this should provide you with a good blueprint to start planning:
  • What is our budget?
  • How much time do we have?
  • Do we want to bother getting our passports?
  • What type of environment do we prefer? Beach, City etc.
  • What kinds of food do we like/dislike?
  • What do each of us consider a good time? Specific activities like zip-lining or museums etc.
  • Is there an absolute NO for each of us? Safari, Cruise etc.
  • Do we want to stay in 1 town or travel to surrounding areas? If so, you'll need to allocate money and time for additional travel expenses.
Once you sit down and are clear on each other's preferences, you can start fine tuning your research. You don't have to have an itinerary that's set in stone, but once you narrow down the region, let's say Southeast Australia for example, knowing that climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visiting Ballarat Wildlife Park, Fergusson Winery, Bondi Beach and the Opera House are options, you won't have to completely wing it and can anticipate the adventures of the day according to your moods. The money may not yet be in the bank, but it's never too early to know exactly what you want. When the funds are available, you'll be ready to hit the purchase button!

If the honeymoon of your dreams isn't immediately within your grasp, you can always do a mini 'moon to a nice town within a few hours of your home for a weekend getaway and postpone the trip either after you know how much you've received in monetary gifts or when you can tap into a deeper pot of savings. Just as home is where the heart is, your honeymoon is what you make of it, whether it be at a luxury resort or a quaint bed and breakfast.

Time of the year can also play a huge part when deciding where to go and save money at the same time. According to Sardone of About.com, cheapest months to travel are as follows. I also added in a few more countries out of my own curious research:

January
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
Tahiti

February
Ireland
Netherlands
Dallas, TX
Australia

March
Los Angeles
Italy
Spain
Philippines

April
Jamaica
Asheville & Charlotte, NC
Switzerland

May
Hawaii
Washington
Atlanta

June
Phoenix, AZ
Utah
Albuquerque, NM

July
Tucson, AZ
Memphis, TN
El Paso, TX

August
Las Vegas, NV
Killington, VT
Kansas City, MO

September
Japan
New Orleans
Orlando
Thailand

October
St. Martin
Costa Rica
Breckinridge, CO

November
Reno & Lake Tahoe, NV
Dominican Republic
Canada

December
Napa-Sonoma, CA
Germany
Greece

Since the goal is to avoid peak season, these months may not be the most ideal of weather conditions in that part of the world, but if saving some cash is a priority, i'm sure you newlyweds will find a way to work it out!

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