It’s no secret that weddings are EXPENSIVE. And if coughing up for the venue, caterers, live band and florist weren’t enough. Now you have a honeymoon to finance too.
But planning the trip of your dreams needn’t cost the earth.
There are plenty of beautiful honeymoon destinations on a budget that deliver maximum romance with minimum expense.
Thrifty newlyweds look no further than our list of oh-so-romantic honeymoon hotspots that won’t break the bank.
But first thing’s first…
Opening your honeymoon fund early is a great way to maximise your budget and allow friends and family to contribute towards your trip of a lifetime.
Prezola is the UK’s best-value honeymoon registry. And with just a 2% charge - you won't find a cheaper option anywhere else on the market.
Cheap honeymoon destinations: Our expert pick
Did you know that the average honeymoon cost for a UK-based couple is approximately £4,500?
Blimey! With the cost of living at an all-time high, it’s no surprise that so many newlyweds are looking to make their money stretch further.
That’s why we’ve searched high and low for the best bargain honeymoons across the globe. Super savers will be spoiled for choice with our list of budget-friendly trips.
A bucket-list destination without the hefty price tag. Bali offers one of the best honeymoons on a budget that will guarantee memories that last a lifetime.
De-stress after endless wedding prep with a blissful, beachside escape in
Uluwatu. Explore the breathtaking coast of Nusa Penida with a romantic sunrise hike with your love. Or soak up the vibrant nightlife on the Gili Islands – perfect for all you party animals out there.
As well as being an incredibly diverse destination, you’ll find your money goes a long way. Accommodation is far more affordable than in many European or North American destinations – so, that luxury, private villa is well within reach!
Plus, if you book ahead of schedule, it’s easy to snag a cheap deal on airfare too.
What’s the catch? There isn’t one.
Add a poolside cocktails contribution to your gift registry.
Awe-inspiring coastlines, beautiful beachside resorts and cities submerged in history. Portugal is a great option for those looking for unrivalled romance and plenty of excitement.
Stroll hand in hand through the culture-soaked streets of stunning Lisbon. Take a day trip to the majestic paradise of Sintra, simply bursting with fairytale charm and insta-worthy sights. Or savour the taste of world-class wines in the magnificent Douro Valley.
As one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations in Europe, Portugal is bound to steal your hearts.
Fund city excursions with guest contributions.
If you’re looking for cheap honeymoon ideas, then staying in the U.K is definitely one way to save a pretty penny.
And Scotland’s magical blend of mystical moors and quaint, cobblestone cities is the perfect setting for a romcom-style getaway. Definitely not one to overlook!
Adventure seekers should head to the Scottish Highlands for wildly handsome scenery, rugged coastal hikes and abundant outdoor activities. After a high-end honeymoon without the luxury price tag? Head to the capital city of Edinburgh for quirky boutique hotels, vibrant nightlife and streets steeped in history.
Did we mention Scotland makes a perfect minimoon spot too? Save a small fortune on long-haul flights and stay local.
World-class beaches, inspiring ancient history and lush, tropical rainforests. Cambodia has a lot to offer newlyweds looking for a more varied honeymoon.
It’s also fantastic value compared to many destinations in Europe and North America. Not to mention a much cheaper alternative to its East Asian neighbour, Thailand.
And there’s plenty of opportunity to fuse relaxation with adventure in this honeymoon hotspot. Spend mornings exploring enchanting temples and trekking tropical trails. And lazy afternoons soaking up the sunshine on picture-perfect beaches.
A little goes a long way here. So, check out AirbnB for a range of amazing yet affordable accommodations.
To cut costs even further you may consider heading during Cambodia’s monsoon season between May and October.
For a multi-sensory experience, head to this glamorous gem in the heart of the Mediterranean.
See the old-world wonders of historical cities like Dubrovnik. Feast on fresh seafood plucked straight from the Adriatic Sea. Sip and savour fine Dalmatian wine on the balcony of your private pool terrace in Hvar. And inhale the sweet ocean breeze as you wander love-struck across one of Croatia’s many pebblestone beaches.
Regularly ranked as one of the best honeymoon destinations on a budget, Croatia is perfect for those looking for a luxurious European honeymoon at a slashed-down price.
After all the saving you’ll do choosing this cheap honeymoon destination, why not treat yourself to flight upgrades to start a dazzling getaway with a touch of class? First class!
Fund flight upgrades through your wedding registry.
Thirsty thrifters will bag a bargain in Bolivia.
And what better way to celebrate the start of married life than with an exotic, colourful South American adventure?
Disconnect from the digital world with a dreamy boat ride across the divine Lake Titicaca. Explore the fascinating salt flats in Uyuni for brag-worthy holiday snaps. And marvel at Bolivia’s magnificent wildlife in Santa Cruz.
Bolivia has much lower living costs than its next-door neighbours, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. That means knock-down dinners while you’re there, cheaper travel across the country and luxury accommodation at affordable prices. Result!
Save for your South American adventure.
Journey South to the UK’s most dramatic coastline and enjoy a picturesque honeymoon in Devon.
A stark contrast to the madness of pre-wedding preparations, Devon promises a peaceful getaway where you can truly focus on just the two of you.
Fuel long walks along the Jurassic Coast with a Full English brekkie at your cute, Cornish hotel. Fall hook, line and sinker for the charming coastal town of Padstow and its harbourside restaurants and independent boutiques. Or, enjoy a more remote escape in your very own beachside bolthole in St Ives.
Because you’ll be sticking to the UK, your travel costs will be much lower, especially if you’re travelling by car. If you’re taking the train, book in advance and avoid peak times to get the cheapest deal.
Add a Mr & Mrs Smith voucher to your list for a guaranteed stunning bolthole.
For a hot and steamy week of passion and adventure, head to Egypt for an enticing escape.
Connect with your inner history buff and wander through ancient pyramids in Cairo. Snake down the River Nile on a romantic boat trip for two. And journey deep into Egypt’s magical marine world with a scuba-diving excursion in the Red Sea.
Bargain hunters will love Egypt’s offering of cheap honeymoon packages in the resort towns of Sharm El Sheik and Hurghada too. Spend a week topping up the tan, for a fraction of the price of European destinations, like Greece and Cyprus.
Oh, and if you don’t mind the heat, travel during the off-season months of July and August, for reasonable rates on air travel.
Fund cultural experiences with your honeymoon fund.
For an idyllic honeymoon close to home, look no further than the chocolate-box villages of The Cotswolds.
Proving that you don’t have to go far for stunning scenery, this popular honeymooners’ heaven makes an ideal minimoon destination too.
Wander hand in hand through quaint, quirky villages straight out of a Jane Austen novel. Disconnect from it all with long countryside walks and champagne picnics with your love. And toast to married life ‘neath a star-speckled sky as you enjoy an evening soak in your wood-fired hot tub.
For an inexpensive post-wedding getaway, consider staying in one of the region’s many Air BnB rentals. This stunning island lodge comes complete with its own private lake for a truly tranquil, countryside escape.
Add an AirBnB voucher to your registry.
Honeymoon saving: Our top tips
So, you’ve set your sights on one of our best honeymoon destinations on a budget. And now you’re looking for even more cost-cutting cleverness. We salute you!
Well, here’s our rundown of extra-savvy ways to slash your spending…
- Check the season: Are you travelling within peak tourism months? If so, you might be adding a few hundred quid to your total honeymoon price. To keep costs down, consider booking in low or shoulder tourism periods. And wait ‘til the kids are back at school, of course!
- Swap hotel resorts for an Air BnB: Not only are Air BnBs often a cheaper choice, but you’ll also find tons of unique stays that offer that once-in-a-lifetime look and feel.
- Stop-over flights: Don’t mind a few spare hours at duty-free? Swap direct flights for those with one or two connections and have extra bucks to spend on adventures.
- Take advantage of holiday sales: Okay, so this might require a little forethought, but it’s no secret many airlines and holiday agents offer radically reduced rates at Christmas and New Year. Keep organised and bag a bargain!
- Don’t forget your honeymoon fund: If you ask, you shall receive it. The best way to ask for contributions from your wedding guests is to set up a honeymoon registry with Prezola. Share your travel plans with friends and family and make that bucket-list trip a reality.
Honeymoon destinations on a budget: Your questions answered
Which place is cheapest for honeymoon?
Honeymooners looking for more bang for their buck should consider the likes of Portugal and Croatia for European elegance without the luxury price tag.
For culture-thirsty couples, look to diverse and beautiful destinations like Egypt, Bali and Cambodia for truly thrilling adventures.
Or save money (and the planet) and skip the airfare. Instead try one of the UK’s many incredible honeymoon destinations such as the Scottish Highlands, The Cotswolds and Devon.
What is the average amount of money for a honeymoon?
For UK-based couples, the average spend on a honeymoon is roughly £4,500.
What is the most beautiful place for honeymoon?
There’s a hell of a lot to see out there and so many beautiful places to visit.
For supreme, white sand beaches and world-class resorts, jet off to the Maldives for the picture-perfect honeymoon of your dreams.
For unrivalled mountain landscapes and epic outdoor adventures, consider a trip to South Africa, Mexico or Australia.
Or, cosy up in Iceland for winter wonderland-style magic and your chance to catch the incredible Northern Lights.
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