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It's no secret that planning a wedding and a honeymoon at the same time is a huge hit to your wallet. The good news is, there are ways to save your precious hard earned cash and still have a honeymoon to remember. Follow these 6 steps to save money while honeymooning, regardless of where you travel.
Make Your Own Mini Bar
It's no secret that alcohol is expensive. Avoid spending excess cash on pre-dinner drinks or nightcaps by creating your own little bar in your room. You can either pack the booze to bring yourselves, or buy it in town. Either way, it's guaranteed to be cheaper than room service or hotel bars.
By booking with the right credit card, you can rack up and redeem travel rewards that will either save you money for your current trip, or your future one. For new customers, many travel reward credit cards offer sign up bonuses good towards flights, hotels, and more. Others offer bonus reward multipliers any time the card is used while traveling. Regardless of the program, it pays (literally) to find the right card for you and utilize it.
Many honeymooners opt to use a travel agent to book their trips. Travel agents are professionals, after all. Through connections and perk programs, many agents are able to organize special "bonuses" and gifts for the newly married couple at resorts worldwide. If you opt to book on your own, be sure to price compare often, research the best dates and times to book flights and travel to your desired destination, and research travel protection/insurance and price matching options, too. The more informed you are, the more you can save.
Shop like a Local
Avoid grabbing snacks and groceries from in-hotel shops. Head in to town for some necessities, toiletries, and more. By shopping where the locals shop, you can avoid paying for price increases aimed at tourists, and get way more for your money. (Tip: Stock up on waters, granola bars/ breakfast bites and coffee as these are the most often needed and over priced.)
Skip the Souvenirs
Unless it's something you see yourself needing, using, or really, really wanting for years to come, don't buy souvenirs. Your memories and photos from the trip will be all you need for warm and fuzzy feelings, decades to come. It's too easy to spend hundreds of dollars on things that will stay in a drawer or cabinet when you return. Shop smart, not impulsively.
Use Public Transportation
Private cars and transfers are luxuries and convenient, but in most modern cities and travel destinations public transportation can save you a significant amount. Be sure to do your research and speak to resort staff for more information on safety, procedures, cost, etc. Just be smart — don't just embark on public transport like a local pro without first knowing your stuff, and if it's safe. Download Google Maps and use the offline feature so you don't get lost!