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Romancing the Wallet: 10 Tips for Romantic Getaways On a Budget

Whether you’re planning your honeymoon or simply looking for an exciting adventure with your partner that has romantic flavor to rekindle the fires of passion, you’ll be glad to know that such vacations do not have to drain your bank account. In fact, if you’re looking for a romantic getaway on a budget, there are more options than you might think. Whether you want to stay where you are or get away to another state or country, there are a wide variety of affordable vacation packages from which to choose. The real secret to successfully navigating the world of romantic getaways – affordably – is to know where to look.

Below is some information that should help you in finding a great romantic getaway at easily affordable prices.

Tips For Affordable Places To Visit

1. Hideaway Cottages – Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

The history of Calistoga is filled with stories of individuals who traveled to this destination for the natural healing properties of the hot springs there. The mineral waters are said to cure a wide variety of ailments. Given that, it has been a tourist attraction for decades. Hideaway Cottages was built during the 1920s and into the 1940s, and has been functioning ever since. It has 17 cottages, all manicured and luxurious to stay in. Not simply a hotel room, these cottages are like having your very own home. Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort is also owned by the same family as Hideaway Cottages, and you can experience a day of mineral healing while you visit. “The Works” spa treatment at the Resort is only $129, and the cottages are priced from $185. For a short vacation, they are perfect.

2. Amansala’s Casa Magna, Tulum, Mexico

For a healthy retreat, you might try this beautiful resort in Mexico. It was originally a hideout for a drug cartel, but after the leader died nature began to reclaim it. It caught the eye of a resort owner and she decided to build here. There are 22 expansive rooms that, although they still retain a minimalist feel, are bright and cheery. The rates start at just $180, perfect for a short and romantic vacation.

3. Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica

If you’re looking for a beautiful, tropical destination without the chaos of most popular spring break tourism spots, then Rockhouse Hotel might be your best bet. All the rooms have air conditioning, mosquito netting, and fine accommodations. From secluded beach paths to spectacular sunset views, this is one of the favorite spots for couples looking to get a low-key and romantic view of Jamaica. While some of the rooms can cost upwards of $300 in the winter months, there are beautiful rooms available with sea views ($150) and garden views ($125) from which to choose.

4. Hotel de l’Atelier, Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, Provence, France

This hotel is much easier to afford than it is to pronounce. With 23 rooms available, each decorated in unique styles ranging from vintage movie set to art deco, you can experience the luxury of France without having to pay extraordinarily high prices. The rooms are all different shapes and sizes, hearkening back to its beginnings as a silk workshop, the structure still intact from those early days. This romantic getaway can be yours with rates starting as low as $83.

5. Mount Haven Hotel, Penzance, Cornwall, England

The owner of the hotel liked this spot because of its viewing of St. Michael’s Mount. Full of local folklore and tales of the past, this beautiful and eccentric spot is magical in every way. From views of an ancient castle atop the mount, and a stone pathway that leads to the other side of the island at low tide, making visitors appear as though they are walking on water, the draw of the place is unquestionable. The rooms, and even cuisine, are done in a decidedly Asian theme with furnishings purchased by the owner during his extensive travels. Breakfast is included in the stay, which can start at just $88.

Tips for Lower Rates

6. Use Sites Like Hotwire

Hotwire, and sites like it, are exceptional for finding lower rates. Many sites offer deals where you do not know the exact name of the hotel until you purchase the deal. While this is off-putting to some, it is actually a great way to save money, and as long as you choose hotels that have between 3 and 5 stars, you are usually safe as far as quality goes.

7. Join Groupon and Living Social

Daily deal sites and sites such as Groupon and Living Social can provide you with wonderful travel deals. Oftentimes it is just for a weekend, but they can be very romantic spots. In fact, some are even tailored for romance. The deals they offer can be up to 50 percent off or more, and the sites are free to join.

8. Book Early

If you book your stay in advance, you have a better shot of getting lower rates. The closer time gets to peak traveling seasons, or even just to the date you want to book, the higher the price will be. Book several months in advance, if you can, and it will save you money.

9. Book on Off Days

Sometimes this can be difficult due to work schedules. However, if you can manage it, be sure to book your stays on off days. Whenever you book flights and hotels on Fridays through Sundays, you are assuming a higher rate, just because weekends are always the favorite for travelers.

10. Pick Off-Season Months and Flight Times

Timing is crucial, particularly when it comes to flight times and the months you travel in. Keep these tips in mind.

  • Don’t fly out on major holidays or book stays for around that time; it will be more expensive.

  • Try to keep in mind when other travelers will likely be going on vacation, and book another time to save money.

  • Be willing to take very early and late flights because they are often much less expensive.

Whatever your idea is for your romantic getaway, it doesn’t have to be incredibly expensive. By seeking out destination spots that have year-round low rates but top quality, you can find a great deal almost anywhere in the world. Additionally, by making sure you keep timing in mind when you make your travel arrangements, you can be at peace knowing that you have the lowest rates possible. Signing up for coupon sites can also help to give you an additional means for saving money on romantic getaways.


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