Honeymoons can be important start to spending the rest of your life with someone. You've just spent months stressing about the wedding day; now it's time for the relaxing honeymoon.
Of course, no one wants to start the next phase of their life with wedding debt or the honeymoon hanging over their heads. With the average wedding in the U.S. costing $35,329, the honeymoon can be where you can save money. You can make your honeymoon both affordable and memorable by visiting hidden gems and skipping the tourist traps.
Here are a few affordable honeymoon spots for 2017.
The exchange rate for Greek and U.S. money favors the United States right now. One Euro equals $1.08*. European travel is usually some of the priciest around, but with an almost even exchange rate, Crete is a beautiful destination that fits almost any budget.
Prices rise during the summer months, so if you can go in the spring or fall you'll save even more money.
Belize has done a major tourism push in the past few years, and it's working! It's a stunning Central American country where you can lay on the beach or visit ancient ruins in the jungle.
The summer months boast the cheapest prices for Belize. A meal at a nice restaurant will run about $30 for two people, and be even cheaper elsewhere. Due to the tourism push, there are multiple honeymoon resort packages that offer competitive rates.
Canada is one of the top destinations for 2017 according to Lonely Planet. This year marks the country's 150th birthday and to celebrate, it's offering free entry to all Canadian National Parks all year long!
Banff is a stunning part of the country, boasting a national park and prime access to the Canadian Rockies. The Canadian dollar is currently fairly weak against the U.S. dollar, so you can take in the natural beauty for less this year.
Cape Cod, USA
Cape Cod is renowned for its beaches and New England seaside charm. Take a trip there outside the peak summer months to catch deals on everything from seafood to lodging. Hotel prices can drop from $220* to $150* between August and September.
Hyannis is the big name on the Cape, but head to smaller towns like Brewster or Eastham for the same charm at a fraction of the price. The charm of Cape Cod is like none other- many small shops are family owned and have been for decades. You'll find an array of boutiques and art stores to spend time in, and the best seafood the East coast has to offer.
Santiago is a city on the rise. It's a hot-spot destination at the moment. There's extensive public transportation, saving you the cost of a rental car and giving you a taste of what it's like to live there. A swanky Airbnb rental can start as low as $42* a night (sometimes lower), giving you more money to explore the city and surrounding region.
Two hours south of Santiago you'll enter wine country. Drinking Chilean wines is another cost saver (as imported wines are much more expensive.) Colchagua Valley is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec wines.
Dublin is a city steeped in history, and a gateway to the rest of stunning Ireland. Fly in for as low as $326* using Skyscanner, and explore the city on foot. From Trinity College to the Jameson factory, Dublin will keep you occupied. You can also hop on a train in Dublin and ride out to more pastoral places, like County Kerry.
Bonaire and Curaçao
These islands rarely pop into your head when you think of a Caribbean vacation, but they should. Both were colonized by the Dutch and offer European and Caribbean vibes. Bonaire boasts some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean, and the 112 square mile island can be seen via a taxi ride for about $25* per person. It also has Washington Slagbaai National Park, whose views will take your breath away.
Curaçao is the place to go for beaches. Piscadera Bay and Cas Abao are particularly lovely. The island also has a UNESCO World Heritage site in in Downtown Willemstad. The European influence is strong in Willemstad, and makes for a romantic way to spend an afternoon.
Portugal is one of the cheapest Western European countries for Americans to visit. With seaside beaches, towns, and chic-sophisticated cities, your honeymoon can have a little of everything in Portugal.
Visitors rave about Portuguese food, so don't skip meals out. An upscale meal for two will cost about $40* in most of the country. Prices are cheaper outside of major cities in large part, and ATMs are available across the country.
Your honeymoon is a chance to travel the world with your best friend. You should savor your time together, and not worry that the price tag will follow you home.
*Prices will fluctuate in countries over time. This article reflects price estimates at time of publication.
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