Considering the many expenses a couple faces—mortgage payments, childcare, leaky roofs, and retirement funds—a second honeymoon can seem like an impossible dream. But a second honeymoon can be a wonderful way to rekindle the romance and help you remember why you fell in love with each other. As for whether or not you can afford that great big romantic get away, read these great money saving tips.
Think out of the box
When most people think ‘romance’ they often imagine Paris and Hawaii. But these are quite expensive, even during the off-season. Why not look at alternative destinations? The sunny beaches of California, a discounted Carribean cruise, or a trip to another European city that has an equal amount of Old World charm and cultural heritage. Ask your travel agent about the different packages and you’ll be surprised at what you can find, for half the price of a trip to traditional honeymoon destinations.
Set a clear budget
You’ll actually enjoy the vacation more if you’re not worried about the financial aftermath. Calculate how much you have to spend and discuss this with your partner. It’ll help you narrow down your search, and will also help your travel agent customize an itinerary around your budget.
Book way ahead of time.
Many airlines offer discounted rates for travelers who purchase their tickets way in advance. You’ll also have time to compare hotel packages, or to read up on an area to find the hidden, non-tourist spots. For example, avoid the overpriced restaurants and research where the locals love to eat.
Ask about an upgrade
While sourcing for travel packages and hotels, ask about any complimentary services. You may just be able to get free breakfasts or massages, or even passes or discounts at partner establishments. Tell them straight off that you’re on your honeymoon—many will be happy to include a special promo for a special occasion.
Consider getting a complete travel package
One of the advantages of getting a complete travel package is that you have a fixed cost, and can take advantage of little bonuses (like salsa lessons or tickets to an evening show) that you would’ve ended up paying extra for. The bundled rates are often cheaper than what you would’ve gotten if you had bought the airline ticket and made the hotel reservation on your own.
Consider currency exchange rates
One way to stretch your dollar is to take advantage of your exchange rate. Your dollar may be worth a lot more in Asia than in Europe. And some cities have very high cost of living. For example, a meal in Tokyo, Japan would be much more expensive than a meal in the beaches of Boracay, Philippines.
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