How I honeymooned in Hawaii for only $1500

How I honeymooned in Hawaii for only $1500!

Celebrating a new marriage surrounded by friends and family is fun, eventful, but usually expensive in American culture. Everyone says that your wedding day is supposed to be the “best day of your life.” Personally, I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off dealing with being sent the wrong cake, PC problems for the DJ, and a clueless florist. It was wild and hectic and I couldn’t wait to board a plane and arrive on a beach in the middle of the ocean. But, like most modern day Americans, I had a strict budget for the whole fiasco. I didn’t want to miss out on an amazing honeymoon by spending way too much for a wedding. So, I figured out how to get everything I wanted for both my wedding day AND honeymoon. Instead of a win-lose situation, I choose to have a win-win situation.

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My Birthday Travels on a Budget

It was nearing my 21st birthday. I had the choice of celebrating in my apartment-which wasn’t a bad view, with beautiful skies overlooking the bay, bustling townspeople from atop a penthouse, quiet, with a spiral staircase that swiveled right  into the living room…so many choices. I thought I’d rather get out of town and see what the Rest of Rio de Janeiro had to offer-Only one problem, it was the beginning of winter there and while it was no comparison to winters back home in Chicago, it was definitely a rainy one. My roommate and I went to work immediately researching every pousada in town. Finally we came up with a plan to take a bus out of town (2 hours), then another bus (3 ½ hours) to an island only accessible by boat and there I had the greatest 21st birthday that a girl could ask for. Continue reading