Exploring Memorable Honeymoon Options

A couple on the beach at sunset.

Honeymoons are about two things: Enjoying time together alone with your new spouse - and decompressing from all the stress and commotion involved with a traditional wedding.

Where you choose to spend your honeymoon is usually also guided by two things: Your personal preferences - and what you can afford. With any luck, these two things are aligned.

If you're looking for some added inspiration, below we've listed some popular honeymoon options in order of least expensive to most.

Honeymooning At Home

Sure, taking a week off work and staying in your hometown might not be the most exciting honeymoon, and your local photos won't inspire social media envy from your friends. There are, however, two significant benefits to this approach: It's incredibly inexpensive (which can allow you to save your money for a home or furnishings) and it's a great way to spend some relaxed, high-quality time with your new spouse.

National Parks

There are 58 national parks in the U.S. -  which means a few of them are likely just a short car ride away, no matter where you're located. Camping or renting a cabin in places such as Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountain National Park or the Grand Canyon is relatively inexpensive - and offers the kind of majestic backdrop guaranteed to make any honeymoon memorable. 

The Active Honeymoon

Honeymoons don't have to be ultra-relaxing and low key. If you and your partner are the outdoorsy types, why not consider a more active honeymoon? Skiing, hiking, mountain climbing - all are rewarding on their own terms, and all can be incorporated into a memorable and relatively affordable honeymoon.

The Island Resort

The tropical getaway is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. The notion of sitting on a beach and allowing the waves to wash the wedding stress away has an undeniable appeal. While this isn't one of the cheapest options, you can save money be booking your trip early and using travel apps and websites to identify the best deal.

The Road Trip

There's certainly something romantic about the idea of renting an RV and exploring the roads of North America together. Driving cross-country - with a pit stop in honeymoon-friendly cities such as Las Vegas - is a trip to cherish for a lifetime.

The Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

Dreaming about a cruise to Antarctica? Or a month in Bali? If you've got the inclination - and the resources - a honeymoon is a great opportunity to take one of the big ticket items off your bucket list.

The Takeaway

When it comes to honeymoons, there are really only two limits: Your imagination and your budget. Consider some of the ideas outlined above when compiling your list of honeymoon possibilities.