Traveling is a great opportunity for couples to build up beautiful memories together.
This is beneficial both now and in the future, as the Journal of Positive Psychology found that reminiscing can be therapeutic. Study participants who reminisced regularly commonly experienced a boost in self-esteem, life satisfaction, reduction in depressive symptoms, and increased their overall wellbeing.
For some, the honeymoon is the first opportunity a couple has to travel together. This is an unforgettable experience to learn more about your partner, learn love advice, explore the world, take in new experiences, and deepen your relationship.
But weddings don’t come cheap, and many newlyweds aren’t keen on spending an inordinate amount of money on a post-nuptial vacation.
That’s why we’re looking at five perfect cheap honeymoon destinations for traveling couples.
1. Bali, Indonesia
CURRENCY: Indonesian rupiah
LANGUAGE SPOKEN: Indonesian, Malay
Bali is a beautiful destination for couples who love the beach, historic temples, and deliciously spiced foods. The average cost of a round-trip flight to Bali is $1,196. If this still seems a little costly to newlyweds, wait until you see the money you save on your hotel with an average of $39 a night.
Ulan Danu Beratan Temple is a lakefront Hindu temple that is well worth a visit. This temple is on a lake surrounded by gardens, perfect for boating, and lush with wild animals and photo opportunities.
Not only will trying new things such as volcano climbing or scuba diving be a great learning experience with your spouse, but it could also enhance your marriage.
One study assigned married couples to participate in activities that were either considered ‘pleasant’ or ‘exciting’ for 1.5 hours over the course of 10 weeks. Results showed that couples who were assigned ‘exciting’ activities showed higher levels of marital satisfaction than the other couples.
2. Dhaka, Bangladesh
CURRENCY: Bangladeshi taka
LANGUAGE SPOKEN: Bengali
The average flight to Dhaka is $1,111 per person with hotel prices ranging anywhere from $32-$114 a night. This is incredibly affordable in comparison to many other European destinations.
When it comes to beauty, great food, and plenty of things to do, this capital city of Bangladesh has it all. Set beside the Buriganga River, Dhaka is home to many beautiful temples and palaces.
Our love advice for Dhaka is to see as many architectural wonders as possible. Visit the 17th-century Lalbagh Fort, the 1800s palace Ahsan Manzil, or the breathtaking Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban parliament buildings.
There are also art museums, mosques, a zoo, markets, gardens, and plenty more to explore in this diverse city.
3. Reykjavik, Iceland
CURRENCY: Icelandic króna
LANGUAGE SPOKEN: Icelandic
Iceland is growing in popularity for honeymooners, photographers, and travel-bugs alike due to its low cost and high tourist payoff.
You can get a private Airbnb for as low as $40 a night and can stay at a fantastic hotel for as little as $80 in Reykjavik. And right now, on WowAir’s website (an Icelandic airline), you can get a flight from New York, Boston, Toronto, (and the list goes on) to Reykjavik for $99 or less, depending on which month you go.
Iceland’s major tourist attractions are centered around the majestic landscape of the country. Take for example the geothermal geysers found in the Golden Circle, a tourist route spanning 300 kilometers. These geysers are hot springs that shoot high into the air and make for a very Instagram-worthy snapshot.
There is also Þingvellir to visit, which is a rugged volcano with amazing scenic views including mountainous terrain, a historic shrine, lakes, and even a waterfall.
Take our love advice and visit Iceland’s biggest attraction, the famous Blue Lagoon. This is a popular destination known for its natural mineral-rich waters. Happy newlyweds can spend some time floating through the spa-like lava field no matter what time of year they travel.
4. Kos, Greece
LANGUAGE SPOKEN: Greek
If you and your sweetheart enjoy sailing or swimming, take our love advice and visit the beautiful Kos island of Greece.
This resort town is known for its beaches and castle ruins. Visit the 14th-century Neratzia Castle ruins, a seaside fortress with beautiful views or visit the Asclepeion and get a history lesson on the ancient healing temples from Greek mythology.
Flying anywhere in Europe is bound to cost you a little extra than staying in your own country for your honeymoon, but the beautiful Kos does not break the bank, coming in at just over $675 USD. Not to mention that AirBnB’s go as low as $30 a night in Kos, while a traditional hotel will run newlyweds around the same price, with many including breakfast.
5. Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
CURRENCY: Thai baht
LANGUAGE SPOKEN: Thai
You can get to Ko Phi Phi by boat in a less than an hour from Bangkok. Flights from New York to Bangkok average in at around $710. The average cost of a hotel in Ko Phi Phi is anywhere from $35-$100 per night.
The Phi Phi islands are absolutely stunning. Photography enthusiasts will have no trouble finding scenic lookouts to fill their honeymoon with. Strip down to your bathing suit and go swimming in the beautiful blue waters or take a trip to the iconic cove surrounded by cliffs at Maya Bay.
If you and your spouse love furry creates, our best love advice is to head to monkey beach and watch as the adorable and curious monkeys splash in the water and play in the trees. Ko Phi Phi is also a great destination for snorkeling and taking in the amazing selections of fish and marine life.
Your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to connect as a couple.
Learn to compromise, and start the adventure of your marriage off on the right food. There are many places you can see and explore without sacrificing money you would otherwise spend on buying a house or starting a family.
Follow our love advice by choosing a honeymoon destination that won’t break the bank.
Sylvia Smith is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. Her mission is to provide inspiration, support and empowerment to everyone on their journey to a great marriage. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.