The average Australian couple spends about $5000 on their honeymoon and that doesn’t 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? Follow these top five tips:
1. Travel during off peak
School holidays and weekends are best avoided when it comes to air travel. Instead, fly during the week and use frequent flyer or credit card points if you have any. It also pays to sign up for newsletters from local airlines as they often have 24-hour sales you can take advantage of.
2. Start a honeymoon registry
“We set up a honeymoon registry through Flight Centre for our wedding,” says Nikki, 30. “It was easy for our guests who could transfer money electronically and it meant we got to go on the safari we had always dreamed of!”
3. Watch the dollar
It’s a good time to travel now because the Aussie dollar is doing well against the US, UK and most other countries. You’ll get the best bang for your buck from countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Bali, but monitor exchange rates before you leave and change a few hundred dollars every time the Aussie dollar hits a high.
4. Shop around
Travel agents will negotiate. Let’s say that again. Travel agents will negotiate. Shop around for the best price and then ask your travel agent to match it. Just make sure you read the fine print so you know exactly what is included in your deal, such as breakfast, airport transfers, taxes, etc.
5. Think outside the box
Not everyone has to touch down in Fiji to have a good time. Five-star camping honeymoons are gaining popularity. What could be more romantic than spending your first few nights as husband and wife underneath a natural canopy of stars? You can also look into social travel where you volunteer on your honeymoon to cover some of the cost. It’s rewarding and recession-friendly!