15 Cheap Honeymoon Ideas & Destinations When You’re on a Budget

On a budget and the hunt for some cheap honeymoon ideas? Not a problem! There are so many inexpensive honeymoon destinations in the world to choose from.

Not every honeymoon couple has to spend thousands jet-setting to the Maldives or the Seychelles. Oh no! There are plenty of beautiful and romantic cheap honeymoon destinations! Read on for a few honeymoon destinations on a budget ideas.

Cheap Honeymoon Ideas and Destinations

Cheap Honeymoon Idea: Italy

Italy is one of my favorite countries of all time to travel to. Cameron and I have traveled there together on a romantic trip more than a few times. We have also toured with family before, and I even tackled the country on my own doing the solo female backpacker thing. There is nothing not to love about the beautiful country.

There is a stunning Mediterranean coastline, rolling hills with vineyards, world-class cuisine, skiing in the Dolomites, and €1.30 cappuccinos? Italy may sound like it’s going to be an expensive honeymoon, but in reality, you can enjoy an Italian honeymoon at an affordable price.

First, you have the flights, which there are many from North America, making them cheaper. Then there is always a wide range of accommodation options, transport options (train, bus, car rentals), and don’t worry about the food. One can have a fantastic romantic meal with neverending wine for easily under €50 a person. We break down exactly how much it will cost to travel Italy here.

So what’s not to love! Some of the most romantic places in the country to honeymoon are Perugia, Florence, the Cinque Terre, and the Amalfi Coast. After you book your Italian honeymoon, make sure to check out our things to know about Italy.

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Italy Cost

$150-$200 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Italy Cost

$200-$300 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Italy Cost

$500+ per day

Cheap Honeymoon Idea: South Africa

Looking for a cheap honeymoon idea? Try South Africa! We spent three months traveling around South Africa. Heck, we even bought a car there!

The country is vast and highly varied from region to region, making it one of the best honeymoon places in Africa. It’s typical on a holiday to spend a few magical nights in a safari lodge only to be dining in one of the best wine regions in the world the next day – all at a low price!

Follow that up with a city escape in the iconic Cape Town and a road trip down the wondrous Garden Route. There is just so much to explore in South Africa. We also love lesser-known destinations like the Drakensberg, Kalahari, and Sunshine Coast.

To make matters better, traveling in South Africa makes for one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations, as South African honeymoon as prices are some of the lowest in Africa. I’m not joking; a safari in Kruger National Park is one of the most affordable places in all of Africa. And you can easily enjoy a beach holiday in Cape Town for under $50 a day!

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon South Africa Cost

$100-$150 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon South Africa Cost

$250-$500 per day

Luxury Honeymoon South Africa Cost

$1000+ per day

Cheap Honeymoon Ideas: Namibia

Namibia is always an awesome cheap honeymoon idea

If you want to wake up among the world’s tallest and oldest sand dunes, then an inexpensive honeymoon in Namibia will make you and your lover very happy. Namibia is a honeymoon destination country that many know nothing about, even my parents haven’t even heard of it!

When we traveled there, we were blown away by the beauty of the country. It almost didn’t even feel real! It’s a great place to honeymoon and enjoy some romantic solitude in the African desert.

What makes a honeymoon in the desert great is the solitude. Standing alone in the middle of a sea of red sand is humbling and almost deafening, and you really can’t get more romantic or isolated than in Namibia. It’s a massive country with a population of only 2.5 million people.

My favorite part about Namibia is that it’s budget-friendly to travel. You can go on safari in Etosha National Park for under $10 a day! And even a luxury lodge like Wolwedans will only set you back $300 per person per night (a steal when we’re talking about luxury lodges in Africa.)

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Namibia Cost

$100-$150 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Namibia Cost

$250-$300 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Namibia Cost

$400-1000+ per day

affordable honeymoon destinations: Croatia

Rock Climbing in Hvar

Another terrific cheap honeymoon idea is Croatia. Croatia is a big draw for many honeymooners and even backpackers. It’s easy to see why! The country packs a lot of history, beautiful beaches, surreal sunsets, and outdoor activities for a fraction of the cost of other destinations in Western Europe.

We’ve done a few Croatian road trips, and can recommend Istria for great food, wine, and scenery, while towns like Split, Hvar, and Dubrovnik in Southern Croatia are great for a beach getaway.

Croatia is one of the more budget-friendly beach destinations in Europe. It’s where one can soak up the sun in Split, enjoy a coffee, wander the old town, and have a great meal with wine, and stay at a lovely guesthouse for under $60 per person per day!

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Croatia Cost

$100-$150 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Croatia Cost

$150-$250 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Croatia Cost

$300+ per day

best honeymoon destinations on a budget: Turkey

Best honeymoon destinations
One of my favorite cheap honeymoon destinations is Turkey!

Look no further for cheap honeymoon destinations than Turkey! Turkey may not be what you usually think of when you plan a honeymoon; however, the country is lovely to travel through, and the Turkish people are among some of the most hospitable. Two highlights for honeymoons are Cappadocia and Bodrum.

Cappadocia is a fairytale town well known for its Chimney house rock formations. Take a romantic sunrise hot air balloon ride and feel like you’re floating through an Alien world. Bodrum is a beautiful seaside town perfect for yachting, ancient history and ruins, and great nightlife.

Bodrum is the hip and happening beachside resort town in Turkey, but the truth is you can stay at a cliffside hotel for under $50 a night! Turkey also has a very moderate climate, meaning it’s a great place to travel year round!

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Turkey Cost

$100 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Turkey Cost

$150-$250 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Turkey Cost

$350+ per day

Cheap Honeymoon Destinations in US

I’m not going to sugarcoat it; there is nothing cheap about the US. However, there are some more affordable honeymoon destinations in the US you can consider. One that comes to the top of my mind is a honeymoon in Northern Michigan. If you don’t mind camping on your honeymoon, a fun escape is to head to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and enjoy the beaches during the day and camp among the dunes at night.

There are other fantastic cheap honeymoon destinations in the US. Why not consider hiking in the desert or road-tripping from Key Largo to Key West? Then of course, there is always Puerto Rico, which feels like a whole new world but technically in the United States!

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon US Cost

$200-300 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon US Cost

$300-500 per day

Luxury Honeymoon USA Cost

$1000 + per day

honeymoon on a budget in Bali

Best Bali Waterfalls

One of the most inexpensive honeymoon destinations is Indonesia. It’s no secret that Bali has been a honeymoon destination for decades. With the rise of social media, just about everyone has seen videos and photos of the gorgeous island. The tiny Indonesian island is welcoming to foreigners and offers so much to tourists it’s hard to say no to a cheap honeymoon here.

The island is lovely, with lush green forests, clean beaches, and rich culture. It’s easy to escape to find your zen in places like Ubud, while still enjoying the coastal vibes and party atmosphere that many go to Southeast Asia in search of fun.

One of the best parts? Bali is still considered a cheap destination by Western standards to travel through, so it’s a great budget honeymoon destination! Seriously you could be staying in a jungle villa for $50 a night, enjoy delicious healthy smoothie bowls for $4, and have the best Balinese massage of your life for under $10.

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Bali Cost

$50-100 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Bali Cost

$100-200 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Bali Costs

$200 + per day

honeymoon on a budget: Costa Rica

Travel In Costa Rica - Finca Bellavista

Are you an adventurous couple traveling from the US? Costa Rica is the perfect honeymoon destination that won’t break the bank. With cheap and short flights to the country, it’s no wonder Costa Rica is a tourist hotspot.

The central American country is rich in flora and fauna, so things like hiking, biking, diving, rafting, and surfing are trendy to do while on honeymoon. If you’re heading there, make sure to stop at one of our favorite lodges in the country.

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Costa Rica Cost

$150-200 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Costa Rica Cost

$250-$350 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Costa Rica Cost

$500+ per day

budget honeymoon ideas: Zanzibar

Easily one of the best honeymoon destinations on a budget. This East African island packs a whole lot of punch for things to do and experience. It’s safe to say that excitement and relaxation can be had on every corner of Zanzibar. At the same time, you can still easily relax on a beautiful beach and dive into the warm, clear water.

To me, Zanzibar is the honeymoon island experience to combine with an African safari. If you go on safari in mainland Tanzania or Kenya, I would recommend saving a honeymoon in Zanzibar for last so that you can go home relaxed and refreshed. Zanzibar is also great if you want cultural immersion, as it has its unique vibe I haven’t seen anywhere else in Africa.

It’s one of the best cheap honeymoon destinations you can find with warm blue Indian Ocean water; Zanzibar really can’t be beaten. From backpacker to luxury, there is a price range here for every budget.

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Zanzibar Cost

$100-$150 per day

Mid Range Zanzibar Honeymoon Cost

$300 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Zanzibar Cost

$1000+ per day

cheap places to honeymoon: the Mozambican Coast

White Pearl Resort in Mozambique

Mozambique is genuinely one of the best honeymoon destinations in Africa. We have sung praises about Mozambique in the past. We went into the country uncertain of travel there and left with a strong desire to return immediately. Do you want to swim with whale sharks on your honeymoon? Do you want to sit on a beach without anyone else around? Then head to Mozambique!

Vilanculos, for example, is the gateway to the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago. It is here that some of the last dugongs reside (and you may even get lucky and see one). Bazaruto Island is an isolated white sand island offering incredible views of the bright blue Indian Ocean.

Tofo Beach is where you can yourself swimming among whale sharks. And not at one of those over touristy animal exploited places either. Here it is truly wild.

Getting there will probably be your most considerable expense. But once you get to where you’re going, you’ll find $1 beers, $4 crab curries, and heavenlike beaches. You can also find very affordable beach-chic lodges like Trevessia Beach Resort, one of the most exclusive romantic experiences ever.

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Mozambique Cost

$150 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Mozambique Cost

$300-400 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Mozambique Cost

$1000+ per day

cheap honeymoon ideas: Portugal

Praia do Zavial 2 - Best Beaches in Algarve

Portugal is a year-round destination where honeymooners can be found body surfing, parasailing, deep-sea fishing, water skiing, and surfing year-round. It should be considered on any budget honeymoon ideas list. Like Croatia, it’s an affordable place to travel in Europe and enjoy a proper beach honeymoon.

We spent an entire month in Portugal and found cheap wine, food, accommodation, car rentals, and free, world-class beaches. It’s one of those honeymoon countries that doesn’t require a lot of money to enjoy.

The best part is it’s extremely popular with Europeans and North Americans, so there are plenty of flights flying in and out of Lisbon at reasonable prices.

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Portugal Cost

$100-$150 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Portugal Cost

$200-$300 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Portugal Cost

$500+ per day

Affordable Honeymoon Destinations: Greece

Fall in love with the islands of Greece, a long-time favorite of travelers. Greece has well over a hundred inhabited islands to explore. There is an island in Greece for everybody and every budget.

The historic Greek islands are full of epic beaches, charming seaside towns, delicious food, and rich culture. Speaking of that culture, it’s tough to find a more hospitable or proud bunch than the Greeks. Romance is alive and well in Greece.

Aside from Mykonos and Santorini, Greece is an affordable vacation for young travelers. We loved our time on Milos, Paros, and Naxos! Then, of course, there is the largest Greek island, where there are many things to do in Crete. Where you can find seaside accommodation for under $60 a night, and eat all the olives and tzatziki you want for cheap! See the full breakdown of how much it costs to travel Greece here.

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Greece Cost

$150-200 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Greece Cost

$200-$400 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Greece Cost

$500+ per day

best honeymoon ideas: Thailand

I’m not sure there is a more famous “cheap destination spot” than Thailand. Made famous by numerous travel movies and books, Thailand is a go-to honeymoon spot for those looking to save money.

It’s here they have world-class beaches, delicious Thai food, cheap massages, and mango sticky rice! Haven’t heard of mango sticky rice? Just get to Thailand and eat it all up.

In all seriousness, though, couples can enjoy an affordable honeymoon to Thailand. We even stayed in a huge villa on the Thai islands for under $100 a night! The big budget breaker will be the flight to Bangkok, but with its popularity means loads of flight options and varying price points on transport. One thing is for certain, Thailand is the cheapest country for a honeymoon.

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Thailand Cost

$100 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Thailand Cost

$200-$300 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Thailand Cost

$300+ per day

cheap places to honeymoon: the Philippines

things to do in Moalboal

The Philippines is a wonderful country to visit, and it’s super cheap by Western standards! There’s a vibrant culture to discover on its hundreds of islands, with huge cities and beaches comprising the places you should be exploring in this Southeast Asian nation.

Besides the beautiful beaches, the Filipinos are among some of the friendliest people we have ever met. Imagine staying at a beautiful private guesthouse on the beach, waking up to a smoothie bowl and coffee for $5, and then enjoying world-class beaches next to amazing people. Honeymoons don’t get much better. We did that on the beautiful island of Siargao! Or how about going scuba diving for under $30? That’s something you can enjoy in Moalboal!

Before you plan your trip, make sure to check out the best time to visit the Philippines. Being prone to typhoons and bad weather, you don’t want your honeymoon ruined by the weather.

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Philippines Cost

$50-100 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Philippines Cost

$100-200 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Philippines Cost

$300+ per day

Best Honeymoon Locations: Banff

I need to mention at least one beautiful North American destination on this list. So may as well be our beautiful backyard of Banff National Park. Most people think of North America as super expensive, and it is. But it is possible to have an affordable honeymoon here, and we all know that Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

People come to visit Banff National Park for nature, and nature is free! That means any activities you get up to during the day in Banff will be at no cost (besides the national park pass). Meals can also be found for under $10 a plate for $50 car rentals, and as long as you book early enough, you’ll be able to score some sick deals on accommodation!

If you want that wilderness honeymoon you’ve always been dreaming of, the Canadian Rockies are the perfect place to head.

Average Cost Per Couple

Budget Honeymoon Canada Cost

$200-300 per day

Mid Range Honeymoon Canada Cost

$300-500 per day

Luxury Honeymoon Canada Costs

$1000 + per day

About These Cheap honeymoon ideas

A word of warning about all these cheap honeymoon ideas: while all these destinations are budget-friendly while you are there, you, of course, have to get there. Airfare can be one of the biggest budget breakers for a honeymoon, especially if you’re flying across the world to Bali.

Still, it’s possible to do an international honeymoon cheaply, even with the airfare using these tips.

Plan Ahead

The cheapest airfare is usually found months in advance, so don’t wait until the last minute to book your flights. This will ensure you get the best deals on an international flight.

Be Flexible

My best advice to find a good deal on airfare is to be flexible with your plans. The more relaxed you are, the cheaper your flights will be. If you can only fly on a Saturday over a holiday, the flights will be more expensive than, say…a red-eye flight a mid-week in October.

Travel in the Off Season

Look up when your dream destination’s peak season is and try to travel outside of those months. Shoulder months are some of my favorite times to travel as room rates are lower and fewer tourists.

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Where should I go for a short honeymoon?

If you only have a few days for your honeymoon, I highly recommend staying close to your home country. If you are flying almost anywhere, you are going to lose at least one day for flying. If you only have four days for your honeymoon and you spend two of them flying to Italy and back, it’s not going to be worth it. You’re better off heading somewhere closer and saving money for a big international trip next year.

How many days should a honeymoon be?

As many days as you have off! If you can swing it, I think the ideal honeymoon is between 7-10 days, enough for you to indulge and immerse in a new place. If you are flying all the way to The Phillippines or Bali, you may want to consider a two-week vacation. These places are far away, and you’ll want as much time as you can spend there!

How much should a honeymoon cost?

The average honeymoon is said to cost roughly $5000, of course; this all depends on where you go and the type of hotel you stay at, and the type of activities you experience. Many couples take a short “minimoon” close by for a few days to save on costs. It’s dependent on you and your budget!

Most of the destinations on this list can be done on less than $100 per couple. However, to reach that price point, you’ll need to be savvy, stay at mid-tier accommodation, drink less alcohol, and cut back on excursions and activities. Of course, this $100 per day does not include flights.

Hopefully this helped you narrow down some cheap honeymoon destinations to choose from for your special trip! If you have any other ideas please let us know and leave a comment.

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About Natasha

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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