Congratulations on getting married! After the expensive wedding and tiresome reception, now is when the fun truly begins: your honeymoon!
While we typically associate honeymoons with lavish spending on exotic, high-class locales, splurging on an expensive getaway isn’t for everyone. But no matter your income, you deserve a good time. Here are some tips to save on your honeymoon and stay healthy at the same time.
- Get Travel Insurance
As much as we hate it, we have to prepare for the worst. Getting sick on your trip doesn’t just make your vacation miserable, it can be extremely expensive too. As a foreigner, you may have to pay an exorbitant amount to get treated.
Travel insurance doesn’t just cover the treatment cost of the arm you broke foolishly climbing a banana tree. If something outside your control (natural disasters, terrorism, etc.) happens and you need assistance, you’ll be thanking your travel insurance.
- Get Vaccinated and Medically Prepared
This is another up-front cost that is often skipped over but can be a lifesaver for both your body and your wallet. Getting medically prepared is especially important if you plan on visiting a tropical or sub-tropical country with nasty diseases like malaria, West Nile, and yellow fever.
Visit a travel clinic, learn the relevant risks of your destination, and get vaccinated for some peace of mind.
- Bring Your Own Meds
For Americans, buying medication abroad may be tempting because US drug prices tend to be significantly higher than other countries. However, think twice. If you’re unfamiliar with the drug laws and medical system, you may run the risk of getting scammed. Bringing drugs back home may also lead to uncomfortable questioning at the border.
If you want to benefit from cheaper drug prices, you can buy prescription drugs online from sources like Rx Connected, an international and Canadian pharmacy referral service dedicated to patient safety. Medicine gets shipped straight to you with no medical tourism needed.
- Walk Whenever Possible
Travel can be a time of indulgence and gluttony. To avoid letting your waist get too out of hand, walk whenever possible within your destination. Not only is this healthy, but walking also allows you to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a new place. Unlike sitting in an open-air sightseeing bus listening to someone on a speakerphone, you can dive into cafés hidden in alleys or stop to admire an artist’s stand.
- Eat Local Food
An integral part of exploring another culture is eating another culture’s food! Moreover, local food tends to be cheaper than foreign (especially western) food. If you want to try street food but are concerned about hygiene and safety, stick to cooked food, and better yet, watch your vendor cook it, which may be entertaining on its own. Avoid fountain drinks and fruit; choose bottled drinks, cooked food, and hot drinks.
- Cook Your Own Food
Cooking your own food is cheaper than buying food in many places. If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen, take advantage of this resource and cook a few meals. This will save you some money; plus, exploring other countries’ grocery stores can be fun! You can feel what it’s like to be a local.
- Pack Smart
Plan very carefully what clothes you will pack to avoid being forced to buy clothes at your destination. Temperatures can feel very different in different areas despite having the same number. A place may be much colder than it is listed on Google because of wind chill, for example. Other factors, like humidity, wind, and precipitation, may also factor in.
Pack a variety of clothes so you’re well-prepared to deal with all sorts of weather. Not only will this make for a more comfortable trip, you are less likely to get sick when your body isn’t stressed by extreme temperatures.
- Get a Private Room in a Hostel Instead of a Hotel
Hostels are cheaper than hotels —we all know that, but as a honeymoon couple, you don’t want to sacrifice your privacy for a cheap dorm. Instead, consider looking for a private room in a hostel. They may be significantly cheaper than a similar room in a hotel and have everything you need.
Because many people from all over the world sleep there, dorms can be prime places for germs to spread. Isolating yourself in a private room (while also potentially socializing with other travelers in common areas) can save you a common cold.
- Bring Water Purification Tablets
Many places do not offer safe tap water for drinking, which makes it necessary to buy bottled or otherwise filtered water. You can save a few bucks by using a water purification system or tablets. This is especially useful for hikers and campers who don’t want to carry gallons of water on their backs.
- Go Off the Beaten Track
In economies that depend on tourism, you’re sure to pay a pretty penny for that famous monument, museum, or castle tour. Instead, consider arranging a few off-the-beaten-track activities. Run by local, smaller companies, they may be cheaper and allow you to peer into parts of your destination country few people ever see.
With a little bit of work, your honeymoon can be a safe, healthy, and cheap vacation! Of course, give your frugal self a break now and then to splurge on something. It is your honeymoon, after all.