An island in the sun and much more: Tips for an affordable honeymoon

After paying the many costs that come with getting married, you may not have much left over to get away for a while after you tie the knot.

In fact, many couples are postponing their honeymoons for at least a year, and in some cases, it can take years before new brides and grooms can take their first official trip together. Whether this is indicative of changing economic conditions or shrinking funds in checking accounts, you don't have to forgo your ideal honeymoon.

After months of wedding planning and stress, you deserve a break, so follow these tips to save money on your trip:

  • Stay in the states. Depending on your ideal honeymoon, your travel plans may include a seven-day cruise in Europe or kicking back on an island in the Caribbean. While these are good ideas, consider a destination in the U.S. instead. This country has much to offer with regard to vacation destinations, many of which you probably aren't aware of. A relaxing stay at a vineyard, for instance, can be a fun alternative.
  • Travel off peak times. This tip can work well in conjunction with our tips to save on your wedding expenses, which suggest setting a date that is off peak seasons to reduce your costs. Besides, taking a trip during winter may not be so bad if those savings can make a cruise in a warmer climate more affordable.
  • Consider a less-expensive hotel. While there is some appeal in getting a couples' massage at a resort spa, think about compromising on your accommodations. In addition to savings, a cheaper hotel can encourage you to spend more time exploring, which is the point of traveling to a new destination. You can also switch hotels during your trip to take advantage of low rates at multiple locations.
  • Check out vacation packages. Ask a travel agent about getting a deal that includes airfare and hotel stay. These packages typically have lower rates than ones that are publicly available, so you can get an exclusive deal.
  • Protect yourself while you travel. Regardless where you go for your honeymoon, don't forget to take your Landmark Visa® debit card, which includes up to $100,000 in travel accident insurance¹,² and travel and emergency assistance¹. This coverage provides a financial safety net as you and your new spouse see the world.

For more information about smart ways to manage your finances, contact Landmark Bank.

¹Certain terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. In order for coverage to apply you must use your Landmark Bank Visa debit card to secure the transaction. Please refer to your Guide to Benefits for further details.

²Insurance products mentioned here are not deposits, not FDIC insured not insured by any federal government agency and not bank guaranteed.

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