We love talking weddings, honeymoons and helping to make these events as easy and affordable as possible for you. On average, the Australian couple spends around $5000 on their honeymoon, which does not include spending money. That’s a hefty bill to rack up before you have barely started your life as husband and wife.
So, how can you keep the cost down without scrimping on style?
Here is Escape Travel's list of top 5 tips for booking a dream honeymoon, without blowing your budget.
1. Travel during off-peak and look out for deals
School holidays and weekends are best avoided when it comes to air travel. These are typically the busiest times to fly. If you are flexible with your travel dates, fly during the week and use frequent flyer points to upgrade if you have any. It also pays to sign up for newsletters from your local travel agent and keep an eye out for deals to take advantage of.
2. Ask guests for the gift of a honeymoon
The growing trend for newlyweds is to set up a honeymoon registry for their wedding. Couples simply create the registry at their nearest Escape Travel store and wedding guests transfer their desired gift electronically. It is a fantastic way to pool money together to put towards the overall cost of a honeymoon, instead of accumulating plates, cups and cutlery, which are often not required.
3. Think outside the box
Five-star camping honeymoons are gaining popularity, especially in Africa where you can sleep under the star in a luxury tent. More couples are joining group tours too, for the ease of an organised itinerary and the social aspect of travelling with like-minded people. Also look into parts of Asia and the South Pacific that are lesser known and not likely to be populated by tourists, such Palau or Boracay in the Philippines, Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and the beaches of Sri Lanka.
4. Get advice
Travel agents have a wealth of travel knowledge. Speak to them about where to go, when to go and tips on places to stay. They have access to all the cheap travel deals, news on exclusive resorts and more. Packages are great value, with inclusions such as breakfast, airport transfers, taxes and activities. Be sure you take out travel insurance and read the fine print so you know exactly what you are covered for.
5. Watch the dollar
Monitor exchange rates before you leave and change a few hundred dollars every time the Aussie dollar hits a high. It is a good time to travel now because the Aussie dollar is doing well against the US, UK and most other countries. All inclusive packages through hotels that know what they are doing when it comes to weddings means you know how much you are spending before the day.
For more honeymoon ideas or to set up a honeymoon registry, contact a consultant at Escape Travel.