So, let’s quickly summarise: you’ve just spent all of your savings to pay for the wedding of your dreams, and although it was magical, you can’t help but stress about the budget remaining for your honeymoon.
But worry not newlywed, the world is your oyster. There is still a huge selection of cheap honeymoon destinations for you to explore without having to forgo romance, relaxation, or adventure!
And you don’t even have to worry about having to do spend days on end doing all of the research, because we’ve done it for you! Here are the top 5 budget-friendly honeymoon locations 2019.
1. Positano, Italy.
Positano is a lovely quaint town situated in the very popular tourist destination, Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. Known by Italians as the ‘Costiera Alalfitana’ this picturesque village is known for its beautiful beaches, heavenly cuisine, and luxury feel.
Although you will not be able to fly directly into Positano, you can get a cheap return flights for £100 per person to Naples, and then a 40-minute ferry from Naples to Sorrento for around €10. After you have arrived at Sorrento, you can purchase a €1.80 bus ticket which should only take another 40 minutes to arrive in Positano!
You also have the advantage of being a short distance to the surrounding towns such as Capri that is approximately 30 minutes away by ferry. You can go on the cable cars that take you to the highest point of the island. Up here you can experience a panoramic view of the gorgeous island and its surrounding highlands. If it is aesthetics you are looking for, then the Gardens of Augustus, and the Hermitage of Cetrella are also great spots to check out whilst you are there.
2. Hvar, Croatia.
Hvar is known as the sunniest island in Croatia, and it’s old Europe and traditional Mediterranean charms blend to make a stunning country. Since Hvar doesn’t have its own airport, however, you will have to fly to Split and then get a short ferry ride to Hvar. This may sound like the costs are starting to add up, but this actually still makes for a very affordable trip! There are bargain flights available from various different UK airports, and you can grab yourself a return ticket for as little as £150 per person! Ferries are also quite frequent from Split to Hvar, particularly in the summer, and are usually very affordable, costing around only £25 for a return journey!
Whilst Hvar has an abundance of aesthetic qualities and plentiful romantic sights, this cheap honeymoon destination is a great match with newlyweds who want the best of both worlds. You can explore and admire in the day and enjoy the hedonistic culture of the island and party in the evenings.
If you are also looking for affordable accommodation, then you can always check out Airbnb for some great deals. Airbnb is an online marketplace that offers accommodation the same way a hotel does, but, instead, promote holiday homes and apartment rentals that other people have chosen to rent out. Airbnb tend to work out a lot cheaper in comparison to hotel bookings, so it is worth checking what it available on there before you make any commitments.
3. Paris, France.
Paris isn’t known as the most romantic city in the world for no reason. And what’s more fitting for a honeymoon than to venture off to the professed city of love? This isn’t even the best part. It definitely helps that Paris is a quick, easy, and cheap train ride away. You can catch the Eurostar from St Pancras station in London and arrive in Paris within as little as 2 hours and 16 minutes! What’s more, Eurostar fares usually start from as little as £58 per person for 2nd class and only £112 for 1st class tickets. What a steal! Because the travel costs are so reasonable, you can afford to splash out a little on accommodation without feeling restricted. Check out Expedia to find some of the best deals for hotels. You should also make sure that you book early, at least a few months before your departure date, to grab the best deals on your honeymoon. After you have enjoyed some down time and have settled into your hotel, take some time to admire Paris’s elusive charms and visit some of the city’s most romantic attractions. Hidden away in Montmartre’s petit Jehan Rictus garden square, is Le Mur Des Je t’aime, the wall of love. This is the perfect place to start. After that, why not enjoy a picnic at Luxembourg Palace and Gardens before taking a stroll and admiring the stunning sunset along the river Seine?
And last but most definitely not least, the breath-taking Eiffel tower. You can climb to the top of the tower and enjoy a panoramic view of the city of light and love with your partner. There are also a couple of restaurants in the tower where you can enjoy a candle-lit dinner– and nothing exudes romance more than wining and dining with your loved one in the Eiffel tower in Paris. Tres romantique!
4. Sao Miguel Island, Portugal.
Sao Miguel is also given the name ’Ilha Verde’, translated as “The Green Island”. It is also the biggest and most populated island situated in Azores, an archipelago that has 9 volcanic islands.
Sao Miguel is the ultimate backdrop for nature lovers and is perfect for couples who enjoy getting thrown into nature’s splendour. The list of things to see and experience are endless. You can create memorable experiences by witnessing hot springs, beautiful cliffs, stunning crater lakes, and even by going dolphin and whale watching!
You can catch a quick flight to Ponta Delgada, which is the capital of the Azores archipelago and pay under £150 for a return ticket per person!
5. Santorini, Greece.
Santorini has consistently been a popular holiday destination for couples and has been acclaimed as one of the most romantic islands in the world. With beautiful sunsets, stunning scenery, and captivating landscapes on its side, this is not the only reason that close to 2 million holidaymakers flock to Santorini every year.
Direct flights to Santorini can sometimes work out quite expensive at around £300, but if you are trying to save some money and are open to connecting flights, you can receive deals for half the price from £150 per person for a return flight!
What’s more, in a place so beautiful there are several things you can do without needing to spend any money. Plenty of couples choose to take a romantic hike from Fira to Oia and bask in the sunset views at the edge of the breath-taking Caldera, while others venture out to the hot springs and enjoy the volcano mud baths! But who says you can’t do both?
And if you really want to make it special then you can always go on a sunset cruise or, if you’re a wine enthusiast, partake in a Santorini winery tour?
6. Marrakesh, Morocco.
Marrakesh is a vibrant North-african city location in Morocco. It is often referred to as the ‘Red City’ because of the colours of its walls situated in its old district. It is also a really popular tourist destination, with people from all over the world visiting the city all year round. It is also one of the top cheap honeymoon destinations for someone in the UK, as you would only have to pay around £100 or less for a return ticket!
But this is not the only reason that honeymooners opt for Morocco, there are several activities, resorts, and sights that just scream romance. A honeymooner’s favourite has to be the ‘Cascades d’Ouzoud’, which are the highest waterfalls in Morocco. A lot of holidaymakers have described the waterfalls as breath-taking, and an absolute must-see. Apart from this, you can enjoy camel trekking in the Sahara, explore the traditional markets, visit the Atlas Mountains, and a personal favourite of mine – experience a hot air balloon.
Love is in the air
Romance isn’t dependant on how much you spend and what fancy destinations you go to, it just matters that you and your loved one are together. But now that you see that it is possible to go on your honeymoon on a budget, there is no need to stress. You can take control of your holiday finance, grab your partner, and fly off into the sunset!