A honeymoon for a week or even a month is common. But have you ever heard of a couple who spent five years, yes, FIVE YEARS on their honeymoon? We are sure not! Neither did we till we came to know about Anne and Mike Howard featured in Daily Mail. This couple who set off for the honeymoon in 2012 spent five years exploring the world, visited seven continents and more than fifty countries and came back home in 2016. It would be true if we call this couple to be ‘an ultimate motivation’ for the newly-wed-travel-lovers.
Surprisingly, there was no luxurious five-star hotel stay as they preferred to spend £20 per day. You must be thinking how did they manage to do that? Obviously, they had savings and by the time they got married in 2011, they had their own home in New York, which they rented out before their honeymoon. A good start, indeed, but later on they managed the cost of their travel through their travel blog honeytreck.com. Keeping a tight budget consistently for four years of traveling is really a tough job. In an interview, they shared how they were able to manage their journey on such a restricted budget.
Let’s read what they had to share from their experience with the rest of us after Mike said in an interview, “We aren’t trying to live as cheaply as possible; we are trying to live as large as possible. Keeping those costs down keeps us from being beholden to 9-to-5 jobs.”
As we said, they had savings before Mike and Anne began their journey. But let us not forget that they planned really well to save their money. They did save a particular amount of money each day, and every day. The couple suggested that regardless of the time you want to spend on your travel or honeymoon, save some money every day, so by the time you decide to begin your journey, you will have enough money to start easy. Such life-changing experience is worth saving your money.
Many of us believe that pre-booking of hotels is a good option, maybe it is but not when you decide to stay for longer time. A trick to save money is to book a cheap accommodation maximum for one or two nights, and then find another accommodation (any local guest house) for a longer stay when you physically reach there.
When you have plenty of time to spend in one place, you can save money and gain a lot of experience. Anne and Mike needed at least one week to get familiarized with one place. The secret is that the longer you spend time in a place, the more you adapt yourself to the atmosphere. That way you can find ways to live with low budget as well as gain personalized and authentic experience.
Local guest houses, according to them, were much affordable than hotels. The people love their places and introduce you to the local community. “You can even find free accommodation,” says Anne.
Are you still willing to spend such a long time in your honeymoon travel? Let us know in the comments.