Couple at sunset during honeymoon
Photo: Arnel Hasanovic

Cut back on daily habits.

The sooner you start saving, the better. Your morning latte orders add up overtime, so cut out what you can to save more for your travels.

Book early on.

With all the wedding details to sort out, it can be easy to put your honeymoon on the backburner for a hot second. Airline and hotel rates climb quickly and before you know it, the cost of your dream honeymoon is out of reach. Especially for a faraway destination, avoid procrastinating at all costs and book at least 4-5 months before your wedding.

Keep an eye out for sales.

Discounts on flights and lodging are major wins. Websites like Kayak and Scott's Cheap Flights can help you score cheaper airfare and accommodations. Groupon is also a great place to find deals especially on activities and dining. Keep in mind if it's too good to be true then it probably is, so don't miss out on the fine print.

Avoid travel during high season.

Every destination has a shoulder season that falls between the best and worst times to visit. This is the sweet spot for finding prime deals because you don't have to sacrifice good weather for smaller prices. Before you book anything, research this time for each location you're considering. For popular honeymoon destinations like the Caribbean and Europe, it typically occurs late spring and early fall.

Opt for a honeymoon registry.

If you live together and already have all the home essentials or you've got a severe case of wanderlust, consider a honeymoon registry. Rather than shopping for kitchen items, guests can purchase gifts towards your trip instead.

Couple kissing at sunset in front of Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA.
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Skip major airlines and airports.

Travel hacks are the best when they lower major expenses. If you want more money for scuba diving lessons, shopping or whatever your plans may be, consider flying into secondary airports. While it might mean a little more drive time to the hotel, it can cut costs on airfare.

Check out alternative lodging.

All-inclusive resorts are great because they take the stress out of planning minus the surprise fees. But if you'd rather plan your own itinerary like a honeymoon road trip, consider alternative lodging like Airbnb rentals or a bed-and-breakfast. You can score some sweet deals on accommodations comparable to a luxe hotel.

Dine out less.

Trying new foods can be one of the best parts of vacay but it can also add up quickly. If you book a place with kitchen facilities, take advantage of them to satisfy your hunger for certain meals or whenever you need a snack.

Mention you're honeymooning.

Sometimes you can enjoy special perks by hinting you're on your honeymoon. It's not always bound to work but you could score a round at the bar or even a complimentary room upgrade during your hotel check-in.

Plan a "later-moon."

Don't worry if you can't afford your dream honeymoon right away. More couples are opting to honeymoon later to save money after wedding expenses, use more time to map out their trip or both. Like a wedding, there's a lot of hype that lives up to the honeymoon so you might as well make it worth it. Even if it means traveling a year later, think of it as a fun way to celebrate your first anniversary.