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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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Last Updated on January 12, 2022

9 Best Apartment Search Websites You Need To Know

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9 Best Apartment Search Websites You Need To Know

Finding the perfect apartment can be a real pain. Trust me, I just spent four months doing that exact thing. You end up looking at specific features, making calls to see availability, and doing tours to see if that’s a place you want to live. It can be daunting and overwhelming. Where do you start? Try these apartment search tools to get your search started!

1. RentCafe

    RentCafe is a platform with 100% verified listings, to ensure that you can safely browse for your next home. It is intuitive and easy to use, featuring a user-friendly interface and allowing for a very personalized search. You can add various filters, from price range and size, to different amenities, and even to check if there are any rent specials in that area.

    Plus, it offers important information about the housing market in the city you’re looking to move to. Their blog is a nice read as well, as it has both very insightful research, and useful guides and articles about living life as a renter.

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    2. Apartment.com

      Apartment.com is one of the most recognized apartment websites on the planet. It’s the most frequently updated and typically has most of the apartment complexes in your area. You can search by city, state, and zip code and sort by bedrooms, bathrooms, and price. The descriptions and floor plans are easily accessible and sending emails or making phone calls is pretty easy to figure out. It’s where every apartment hunter should start.

      3. Hotpads


        Hotpads

        has all of the main places like you’d find on Hotpads but it also has a lot of the smaller, out of the way, and independent places that you probably wouldn’t find elsewhere. It also features a map-based interface so you can browse around in the area you want to live. You click on the building icons and see quick stats and contact details. This is a great way to see things on a wider perspective.

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        4. ApartmentGuide


          ApartmentGuide

           sources information from Craigslist and also lets propery managers and owners sign up and post their stuff. It comes with a number of other features like the ability to pay your rent online, receive alerts, and messages. It’s a very robust site and worth checking out.

          5. Trulia


            Trulia

            is one of those all-in-one property sites. You can search for houses or apartments for rent, properties to buy, and pretty much everything else property related. It offers more options than other places because it also shows places that you can buy but since you’re likely looking for just apartments, those other features won’t matter. You can save places on a favorites list for future reference, contact properties, and sort by a number of categories. Don’t forget to try their crime map beta to see if the neighborhood you’re moving into is safe!

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            6. Zillow

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              Zillow

              is pretty much Trulia’s direct competitor so it should also be included on the list. I actually liked Zillow a little better than Trulia because it felt like a more comprehensive experience. It has pretty much all of the same features but like every site on this list, there always seems to be a few places that the others missed. They’ll even be so kind as to let you know when property owners trip red flags that could mean that they’re scammers and that’s always a nice feature to have. It also includes such features as integrated Walk Score scores, estimates on how much the property is worth, and other information.

              7. Walk Score

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                Walk Score

                is kind of a dual purpose site. You use it to see if the apartment you want has a good walk score. This essentially measures how much you can do within walking distance. Some people don’t mind driving everywhere but there’s something to enjoy about being able to walk places. It also has an apartment search tool that allows you to search based on, you guessed it, walk score.

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                8. PadMapper

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                  PadMapper

                  is one of the original sites that lets you search for your perfect apartment on a map view. It features easy-to-use sliders to filter your results until you find the ones that you’re really looking for. It also lets you search for individual rooms for rent, sublets, and vacation housing for those of you looking for something a little different.

                  9. Rentable

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                    Rentable

                    lets you search using a variety of filters. You can search based on what pets you want, what amenities you may need, whether or not the apartment is furnished, and more. A fun strategy is to find a good number of apartments on the other sites then narrow them down further using the search on this site.

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                    Apartment hunting is a rough process. You’re looking for a place where you’ll be spending a good percentage of your life. You need a place that’s best for you in terms of finances and the amenities you need. Having the right tools will only get you so far and there will come a point where you just need to go with the place that feels right for you.

                    Featured photo credit: Hannah Busing via unsplash.com

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