1. Honeymoon in Destinations with Weaker Currencies
As one of the strongest currencies in the region, the Singapore dollar can really stretch a long way if you use it right. The trick here is to be willing to explore off the beaten path.
Take for example the 3:1 exchange rate between the ringgit and the dollar. Not only was this good for the many weekend shopping and eating binges you courted your spouse with, it is also great for affordable yet luxurious honeymoon stays at top-tier seaside resorts in East Malaysia.
Of course, only a high-end resort will do for your honeymoon. Take your pick – Westin, Shangri-la or Four Seasons? You’ll find that nightly prices here are significantly less that of an equivalent resort at the Maldives.
2. Travel During Off-Peak Season
If you really must retrace Frodo’s journey and bear the One Ring – now on your beloved’s hand – across Middle Earth, try to schedule your epic quest between June to October. That’s New Zealand’s traditional off-peak season for tourism, so you’ll likely find savings on everything from hotels to restaurants to flights.
This applies even if you aren’t traveling to visit imaginary friends. Your dream destination may be out of your budget during its most popular season, but prices could come down just enough to make it affordable during the off-peak period.
Research your intended locale to see if you can’t squeeze it into your budget, if you give up a popular attraction or festival in exchange. Another few good reasons to travel during off-peak season – fewer tourists, shorter lines and (slightly) more relaxed immigration officers!
3. Visit Your Overseas Relatives
If you or your spouse have relatives living overseas who missed your wedding, plan to pay them a visit on your honeymoon. Not only will you be reviving a 19th-century British tradition, you could also save some money at the same time.
Staying with your relatives while overseas not only helps you cut down on hotel fees, you will also get a behind-the-scenes look at life in your host destination. Think home-cooked meals, secret haunts known only to the locals and alternatives to overrated tourist traps.
Make sure to reciprocate by bringing your relatives some gifts, or buying them a meal at their favourite family restaurant. You don’t want to leave a reputation as a cheapskate!