Weddings are expensive. So expensive in fact, many brides and grooms don’t have the cash to do anything nice for themselves after the wedding. In our case, due to work constraints we did not have time (or energy) for a full out vacation after our big day. Still, better later than never right? One year after our wedding with the help of travelzoo.com and delta skymiles, my husband and I spent less than $1600.00 on the Hawaii honeymoon of our dreams.
- Sign Up, Look Early and Look Often– I get weekly emails from travelzoo.com that are full of awesome deals to destinations all over the world. One day in July 2012, I came across an air and flight package to Oahu, Hawaii for $600.00 per person! My husband and I immediately booked the package with a flight leaving from San Diego, CA.
- This Is When The Frequent Flier Miles Kick In- We had to get from New York to San Diego, which would’ve cost us an additional $1000.00 at least. Lucky for us, I had earned tons of frequent flier miles from spending money on our wedding! We were able to book free coach tickets to San Diego and just pay $50.00 in taxes.
- Keeping in Contact With Friends is Great– and even better when they are only too happy to let you crash on their couch. A nursing school buddy of mine, lives in San Diego and offered to have us stay with her on our one day layover, before heading to the islands. We got to see a bit of San Diego and hang out with an awesome friend. We also saved another $300.00 right there.
- Rent a Car – because tours can get expensive. We wanted to do more than just sit on the beach, so we rented a car through hotwire.com for $10.00 per day and explored the island. We made it to the Dole Plantation, to a Hula Show at the Polynesian Center and drove all the way around the very beautiful island.
- Staying at a Condo Hotel is the Best – and is like staying in your own home. We were delighted when we walked into the Aston Waikiki Banyan Hotel. Our room was about 600 sq. feet, included a full kitchen, balcony and a wonderful view of Waikiki beach. We were even upgraded when I mentioned we were newlyweds, free of charge!
- There’s a Supermarket Right Near By – as well as a farmer’s market on Waikiki Beach a few days a week. We went to both, stocked up our fridge and ate very well during our stay. We also saved tons of money by not dining out every night.
- Bring What You Can From Home– and that mean’s hats, sunblock and even paper plates. Why you ask? Because Hawaii is pretty expensive. To keep on budget, a little planning can take you a long way!
Head on over to travelzoo.com to find your dream vacation. Whether it’s Ireland, the Bahamas, or a castle in Prague, I’m sure you’ll find a honeymoon deal that suits your timeline and budget!