Your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the biggest events of your life, but with the average cost of a UK wedding climbing to a staggering £30,355, it might leave you short of cash when it comes to booking a honeymoon.
If you’ve splashed out on luxurious wedding decorations, a delicious feast for your guests and the dress of your dreams, fear not. A spectacular honeymoon doesn’t have to cost the earth, it just requires extra research and time to scout out those amazing deals. These destinations are sure to provide the trip of a lifetime that won’t break the bank…
Cape Verde Islands
Known as the ‘African Caribbean’ Cape Verde offers clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and a beautiful climate at a price you might be surprised at. Flights from the UK are generally around six hours, which is a lot more manageable (and cheaper!) than a long-haul flight to Barbados. With ten islands to explore, you can get involved in activities such as scuba diving, desert quad biking and even climbing! If it’s relaxation you’re after, there’s plenty available. Whether it’s a lazy day on the beach, or an afternoon by the pool, Cape Verde has got you covered.
With flights from as little as £16, Barcelona could be the perfect honeymoon destination that you haven’t considered yet! Providing the perfect combination of beach and city life, there’s plenty to do, see, and eat. If your budget is tight, a long weekend could provide the perfect ‘Mini Moon’ and the ideal opportunity to de-stress from the build-up to your wedding day. Compare prices on hotels to ensure you get a great deal and say hello to delicious paella and evening strolls along the beach.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
If you time it right, you can benefit from some great all-inclusive package deals to Mexico. Try and avoid the high prices of Cancun, and instead, head south to the equally beautiful Riviera Maya. Enjoy snorkelling, world-class restaurants, buzzing nightlife and breath-taking white-sand beaches. Although on the surface this may appear a luxury, high-cost holiday, there are ways to enjoy this slice of paradise on a budget. If you opt for an all-inclusive deal you won’t need much in the way of spending money, alternatively, there are budget accommodation options available in smaller towns along the coast.
Flights are frequent and inexpensive from the UK to Porto, and it’s a truly beautiful destination that you’re sure to fall in love with. Thanks to favourable year-round weather, Portugal is the perfect country for your honeymoon. With top-notch cuisine, world-renowned wine and endless romantic settings, Porto should definitely be on your shortlist. Why not make a road trip out of it and head three hours down the coast to visit Lisbon for a taste of vibrant Portuguese city life?
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Although the initial cost of flights will set you back a bit, once you’re in Sri Lanka, everything else is relatively inexpensive. If you’re keen explorers, uncover the hidden, lesser-known gem that is Kandy. Surrounded by mountains and biodiverse rainforest, you can revel in gorgeous year-round temperatures, beautiful botanic gardens, walks along Kandy lake and a number of iconic temples. Kandy also has a fantastic food scene, so you definitely won’t go hungry.