Let the deal be the inspirationJess Kraft/Shutterstock The trick is to be flexible with your travel plans to get the most mileage for your dollar. You can get a similar experience in so many different ways. Let’s say you’re looking for a beach getaway; instead of Hawaii, you could trade off for a similar, discounted experience in the Caribbean. Paris can get expensive fast, so you could trade off for Buenos Aires or Quebec. Instead of the Hamptons, take an affordable trip to San Diego. While you may have a specific destination in mind, this is a good time to look at other options because travel providers in nontraditional honeymoon destinations are discounting aggressively to attract new customers. Plus, a little spontaneity can do wonders to rekindle that romantic flame. These are the surprising secrets of happily married couples.
Book sooner rather than laterRawpixel.com/Shutterstock If you had asked me two years ago what the best time was to book a big encore honeymoon, I would have said anytime. These days, however, we all know that the economy is on the rebound, and so are travel prices. (These are the booking secrets airlines don't want you to know.) Now my advice is to book sooner than later because amazing deals are more limited and can go fast. But this might be good news for those romantics out there. By planning and booking your trip early, you’ll have plenty of time to anticipate your romantic getaway. These are the top travel mistakes you'll want to avoid while you book.
Ask for honeymoon extrasIsamare/Shutterstock Hotels and packagers continue to throw in tons of complimentary extras such as massages, room upgrades, and private plunge pools that make some packages very honeymoon-worthy. Be sure to look for and compare extras when making your booking decision—you should expect these freebies as they don’t cost hoteliers too much. But if they aren’t specifically included in your preferred booking, be sure tell the property or packager up front that you’re on your honeymoon. Travel providers love to keep their customers happy and love rewarding special occasions with a little something extra.
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Look at all-inclusive resortsSunKids/Shutterstock All-inclusives and packaged trips can make for the perfect dream honeymoon, even if it’s your second one. They provide a fixed cost for most of your travel needs, as well as a wealth of options once you arrive, and that can take much of the planning burden off your hands. These trips also include tons of add-ons in order to entice leisure travelers, such as food and drinks, and activities like tours, rounds of golf, salsa lessons, kayaking, and shows. Plus, packagers often get exclusive, cheaper pricing on airfare and hotels when they’re bundled together, so saving hundreds of dollars on these trips is very possible. Don't want to go on the same trip as everyone else? These are the best small towns for honeymoons.
Get luxury for lessf11photo/Shutterstock What better way to turn up the romance than by pampering yourselves with luxury? Trading up for luxury should continue to be easy for travelers because high-end hotels in destinations like Las Vegas continue to experience high vacancy rates. (Check out the world's most outrageous luxury hotels.) There are currently great discounts on 5-star luxury properties for under $200, so don’t limit yourself when exploring hotel options! Look at all dates and hotel star ratings; you may be pleasantly surprised that a luxury property is in your budget. These are the other hotel booking secrets you need to know.
Understand seasonal travel trendsSean Hsu/Shutterstock Masses of people attend Carnival in Brazil in February. Travelers flock to Pamplona, Spain, for the Running of the Bulls in July. College kids flood Cancun for Spring Break. These events drive prices up. On the flip side, Paris and other European cities are quiet in August because locals are on summer holiday, so it’s cheap and you’ll have easier access to activities than at busier times of the year.
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