Getting married is one of the happiest moments that can happen in your life. Unfortunately, it can cost you an arm and a leg. Not to mention the honeymoon! But the bride and groom need not worry about it because there are budget destinations that won’t break the bank. Here are not-so-usual travel destinations for your honeymoon that are very affordable.
Bhutan is a small country in Asia and yet they are the only carbon negative country in the whole world. Surrounded by India, Tibet, and China, it is located in the Eastern Himalayas. For nature lovers, Bhutan is a dream destination because of the serenity and tranquility it offers its visitors.
Spring is the best time to visit the country where you will be surrounded and entranced by nature’s beauty. Take a trek to Dochu La and visit the Takstang Monastery and the Tiger’s Nest Monastery while enjoying the view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Or you can go to Phobjikha and Lheunste to enjoy the vast flora and fauna that Bhutan offers. You can spot wild animals at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. Don’t forget to drop by Thimpu, the country’s capital, to get a feel of the culture and lifestyle of the Bhutanese. Enjoy shopping at the market and see famous landmarks and museums in the city.
A 7D/6N stay, in spring, at a hotel in Paro starts at USD 240. There are limited flights to and fro Bhutan. You have to fly in via Singapore, India, Nepal or Bangladesh.
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. The Zanzibar Archipelago is found in the Indian Ocean off of Tanzania. Called the Spice Islands, exporting spices is one of their main industries but tourism is an underdeveloped sector. Zanzibar has a beautiful coast line and long stretch of beaches. But it also has rich fauna, as it is home to endemic animals. Because of its location, its cuisine uses a lot of seafood with Arabic influences.
The best time to visit Zanzibar would be from June to October, with spring-like weather, or from December to February, when it is hot and dry.
For a 7D/6N stay in a hotel in Stone Town, the city center, prices start at USD 527, while staying at a resort hotel starts at USD 457. Some hotels offer USD 50 per night. But if you get the airfare and hotel package, prices start at USD 812 (if traveling from CDG, Paris, France) or USD 1,851 (if coming from Tokyo, Japan). In Stone Town, you can stroll along the streets and visit markets, the Malindi Mosque, The Old Dispensary, traditional bath houses and sample the local cuisine. Joining the Spices and Stone Town tour may cost USD 75 per head, while a half-day tour of the Jozani Forest starts at USD 60 per head. If you want to see local industries and craftsmen, join a tour in Zanzibar for USD 41 per person.