In the perfect world of wedding planning, shortly following your unforgettable wedding day, you and your new spouse escape away to a movie-worthy location for two weeks of sightseeing, beach bumming and cuddling.

But, for many couples, the reality of planning a fairytale (i.e. bank-breaking) honeymoon just isn’t in the cards. So what to do when you want to get away without starting your marriage off in debt? Here are five ideas for planning a budget-friendly vacay.


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1. Stash some cash
Although the majority of your money will go toward paying for the honeymoon, you can still set some funds aside strictly for spending on your honeymoon. It doesn’t have to be a large amount, but before you know it saving a few dollars here and there will begin to add up!

2. Unplug
If you can’t go on vacation, bring the vacation to you. Enjoy your time together without technology and any visitors. Connect with your new spouse with little distractions from the outside world. So even if you’re not soaking up the sun in Hawaii or setting sail across the seas, a few days of uninterrupted time can be quite gratifying.

3. Road trip
Save on airfare by driving to your honeymoon destination . . . which, of course, presents many opportunities for you to stop along the way . There are plenty of great beaches, mountainsides and impressive landmarks to visit.

4. Consider a mid-week vacation
Airfare and hotel prices are typically less during the middle of the week. For a quick getaway, book a Tuesday – Thursday stay somewhere to save.

5. Reconsider Hotel Reservations
Swap the 5-star resort for a quaint (and less expensive) bed and breakfast. Some things to consider when searching for B&Bs are accessibility to nearby attractions, updated decor, and private accommodations.

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