Everyone wants to go on the honeymoon of their dreams. Unfortunately, after the wedding budget is all settled, many couples find that there is little money left for a honeymoon. Not to worry, however, as there are plenty of destinations both stateside and abroad that are ideal for honeymooners with wallets of any size. To make the most out of your budget, be sure to look into some free coupons and discount offers from sites such as NapaValley.com and TorontoontheCheap.com.
Nothing says luxury like wine country–and nobody does “wine country” better than Napa. Though this Northern California town is full of high-priced inns, resorts and bed and breakfasts, those looking for a deal will not be disappointed, either. Most of the larger hotels will upgrade a couple on their honeymoon, or at the very least throw in a few extras as long as they have advance notice. Many of the major hotel chains are also prevalent in Napa, including Embassy Suites, Marriott, Hilton and Westin. A honeymoon would be a great time to cash in any points you’ve accumulated if you’re part of a hotel rewards chain. If not, there are plenty of discount hotel chains, like the Best Western, Travelodge and Hawthorn Inn. You may also want to consider getting a nicer room in a town outside of Napa, such as Vallejo or Fairfield. Grab as many free publications as you can and cut out the two-for-one or complimentary winery tour coupons before hitting the vineyards.
Some people just don’t feel like it’s a honeymoon if you’re vacationing in the same country where you got married. While there’s nothing wrong with either stance, honeymooners on a budget will enjoy Toronto. Those from a small city will appreciate Toronto’s bustling atmosphere, while those looking to get away will appreciate its serene lakes, rivers and bluffs. Toronto’s great for those on a budget, because the sightseeing is free–and endless. Aside from the gorgeous natural sights that the city has to offer, which also include Toronto Harbour and High Park, the city has spectacular architecture, which can be found in its downtown Chinatown, Dundas Square, CN Tower, Nathan Phillips Square and the Distillery District. There are also numerous museums and theaters in Toronto, which can be visited for relatively low prices. All of the major U.S. hotel chains are available in Toronto. Though Canada’s not particularly known for being a place to haggle, those booking last-minute accommodations or walking into hotels may find that asking goes a long way when it comes to deals.
Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi offers a diverse culture, which is always great for vacationers. You can get a great sense of the Texan, Gulf and even beach culture in this South Texas city. Numerous inexpensive activities abound, including a wildlife habitat, aquarium, botanical gardens and even the Texas Surf Museum. King Ranch, one of the most expansive ranches in the world, is also very close to Corpus Christi. Be sure to check out Padre Islands, as well as South Padre Island Drive, a local shopping mecca. There are also ample opportunities for inexpensive, daylong activities such as hunting, kayaking and fishing. Be sure to avoid Corpus Christi when the local colleges, including Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&I University at Corpus Christi and Del Mar College are on spring break, as South Padre Island is a popular break destination. If you’re a young, extroverted couple, however, you may love the city at this time of year–especially as spring break deals abound.
You should never buy a digital camera on an impulse. They are complicated and rather expensive pieces of equipment. Today’s cameras no longer simply take pictures, but allow you to photograph, edit and alter your pictures either directly with the camera or through the use of computer software. This opens up a whole new spectrum of digital cameras, offering features that give more advanced photographers options that others may not need.
Decide on what you will be using your camera for. Will you be using it simply to take photos for yourself? Will you be using it to upload albums to a public location for your family to view? Once you how you will be using your camera you can start filtering out cameras that have features you don’t need.
Pick out the cameras with photo viewing systems you like. Most digital cameras have an LCD screen that allows you to instantly view the picture you’ve just taken. Try taking a few pictures with each camera and cycle through the pictures. If any of the cameras seem difficult to navigate or their screens are hard to see, then eliminate those cameras.
Determine what kind of storage you would like. The most common type of storage is a memory card made specifically for that camera. This will determine how many pictures you can store, but normally the more storage you get the more the card is going to cost. Do a little research on the storage types for the cameras you are considering and make sure that you can purchase additional memory cards for a reasonable price. Eliminate the cameras that have too little or more storage than you need.
Determine how you want the lenses to work on your camera. If you’re just looking for a nice camera to have with no real serious project in mind, then you’ll probably be fine with the standard lenses. However if you’re planning on using the camera in a job or anything that requires different types of high-quality pictures you should make sure that the camera make and model has different lenses that you can purchase. Eliminate the cameras that don’t have the lens capabilities you need. See reference.
Figure out what kind of batteries you would like to have. Some cameras have battery packs that need to be recharged every so often, and other cameras run off of standard AA batteries. If you are going to be using your camera for long periods of time, then you would probably be better off with a more standard battery compared to one that requires being charged every couple of hours. Eliminate the cameras with batteries that you do not like.
Explore the special features of the remaining cameras. Once you have gone through the basic functions of a camera, go through the different special features. Find something that has a lot of features you like and will use. Paying extra for features that you later realize you will never use can be quite frustrating. Once you have determined what camera offers the most use for its price then you’ll be ready to make your purchase.