You’re about six months out from your wedding when it dawns on you: Not only do you and your fiancé have to plan a wedding, but you also need to map out all the logistics for an exotic (and Champagne-filled) honeymoon, too. But where to go? We chatted with the folks at Booking.com to narrow down the ultimate (and most affordable) destinations, whether you’re honeymooning in January or June.
Winter: December Through February
If You’re Feeling Adventurous: Kyoto, Japan
Sure, it’s chilly this time of year, but all the more reason to cozy up indoors at a gorgeous tea house or range of Michelin-starred restaurants. Bonus: Christmas is known as the time for romance in Japan. It also tends to be a heck of a lot cheaper. (Last year, the second week of January was 55 percent cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.)
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If You’re in the Mood for Something Classic: Paris, France
Ditto France this time of year. Lower temps might require you to wrap yourself in a chic scarf and chapeau, but just think of how lovely the Eiffel Tower looks sprinkled with snow. Another perk of traveling to the City of Light during the winter months? A serious dip in crowds at cultural institutions like the Louvre, the Champs Elysées, and more (not to mention a dip in airfare rates).
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Spring: March Through May
If You’re Feeling Adventurous: Kauai, Hawaii
You’ll enjoy temps in the mid- to high-70s if you honeymoon at this tropical paradise in the spring. That’s perfect weather for hiking through the rainforest, lying out on the pristine beaches, and sailing and snorkeling in the warmer-than-usual surf. Going this time of year is also easier on your wallet: Travel rates steadily decreased toward the end of May last year.
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If You’re in the Mood for Something Classic: St. Barts
Go off the grid on this tropical, French-speaking island (psst: its real name is actually Saint Barthélemy) in the West Indies, where getting pampered is just a way of life. Spend your days dining out at high-end restaurants or lounging on one of 22 luxurious and secluded (read: totally romantic) beaches. And good news: Last year, rates in May were 75 percent cheaper than the priciest travel week.
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Summer: June Through August
If You’re Feeling Adventurous: Hamilton Island, Australia
Expect blindingly blue waters on this picture-perfect paradise, located right in the middle of Australia’s Whitsunday archipelago – a stretch of sea that has multiple islands all covered with white sand and dark green tropical forests. The best part is that there are plenty of resorts to choose from, many that offer day excursions to nearby natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef. (August tends to be the most economical time to go.)
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If You’re in the Mood for Something Classic: Sonoma, California
Cue the wine tastings: There’s nothing better than bouncing from one winery to the next indulging in delicious farm-to-table cuisine as you go. You and your newly betrothed will lose yourself in the variety of world-class vineyards, complete with sweeping scenery and a low-key vibe. Last year, a visit in June cost 30 percent less than the same itinerary booked in the fall. Another perk: Napa is only a short car ride away.
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Fall: September Through November
If You’re Feeling Adventurous: Udaipur, India
It’s known as India’s most romantic city, possibly due to the fact that Lake Pichola – a man-made body of water – lies pristine and peaceful right at the center of town. Schedule a romantic boat ride out to the middle of the lake and take in the views of not one, but two, elegant and glittering palaces. Monsoon season comes to an end in mid-September, so fall is the perfect time to go. (Last year, the first week of September was 45 percent cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.)
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If You’re in the Mood for Something Classic: Santorini, Greece
Picture this: Whitewashed houses juxtaposed with the aquamarine Mediterranean water. You and your spouse (yep, it’s official) can while the days away eating fresh Greek food and taking in the epic sunsets just past the rush of tourist season. (October was 51 percent cheaper than peak season last year.)
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