We all know that saving for that long-awaited holiday can be difficult, but it might not be as hard as you think. Here are some factors to consider and suggestions to help you on your way.

Saving for a holiday

Saving for an overseas trip helps you feel like you’ve really earned it. If you can plan ahead and work out a budget (and stick to it), then before you know it – you’ll be on your way.

But how much do you need to save? And how do you build up your travel fund? Let’s break it down.

The costs of travel

Everyone’s travel saving plan will look different. And how much money you need depends on where you go, what you want to do, how long you’re travelling for and who you’re travelling with.

There are a lot of variables. But to give you an idea, here are some of the main costs you’ll need to consider:

  • flights and accommodation
  • exchange rates and fees
  • transport while you’re there
  • food and drinks
  • phone and internet
  • activities and tours
  • travel insurance
  • visas if applicable
  • souvenirs and big purchases
  • splurge money.

With a better idea of the costs, you’ll be able to set a realistic budget for your trip – daily, weekly and monthly.

Building your savings

Saving for your trip can take time. But you can get there quicker by opening up a dedicated savings account. This way, you can set up a regular payment to go directly into this account.

Plus, at the end of the month if you have a few hundred dollars left over in your everyday transaction account, transfer it to your savings account.

NAB Visa Debit cards

NAB Visa debit cards give you easy and secure access to your money – wherever Visa is accepted in the world. Unlike a credit card, using a debit card means you won’t have to worry about high credit interest rates, or paying off any holiday debts.

If you use a NAB Platinum Visa debit card, you won’t be charged a foreign currency fee on your international purchases. And if you have spent at least $500 on pre-paid transport, tours, and/or accommodation on your NAB card and you were 90 years or under before you take off, you could be eligible for complimentary overseas travel insurance1. For the full list and any limits and excesses that apply, please read our NAB Card Insurance Policy Information Booklet (PDF, 420KB).

Redrawing on your home loan

Are you ahead with your scheduled repayments on your home loan? If you’ve put in a bit extra each week and are in the black, you could consider a loan redraw. While it's a less common way of paying for a trip, it’s money you’ve already set aside.

Depending on the loan, keep in mind there can be restrictions. For instance, you can’t redraw from a fixed-rate loan – so it’s best to check your eligibility by having a chat to a banking specialist in branch or call us on 13 78 79 to discuss your redraw options.

After you redraw money from your home loan, you must continue to make your regular repayments. But you must also remember that the interest part of your repayment will increase because you are now paying interest on a higher loan amount.

Ready to travel with freedom?

There’s something really satisfying about paying for your overseas trip with your own hard-earned money. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy some time off – without having to worry about heading into debt.

For more handy information, head to our Travelling overseas page.

Important information

1 Complimentary insurance covers: AWP Australia Pty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 AFSL 245631 (trading as Allianz Global Assistance) under a binder from the insurer, Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 AFSL 234708 has issued an insurance group policy to National Australia Bank Limited ABN 12 004 044 937 AFSL and Australian credit licence 230686 (NAB) which allows eligible NAB account holders and cardholders to claim under it as third party beneficiaries. Access to the benefit of cover under the NAB card insurances is provided to eligible NAB cardholders by operation of s48 of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth). Any advice on insurance is general advice only and not based on any consideration of your objectives, financial situation or needs. You must check whether or not it is appropriate, in light of your own circumstances, to act on this advice. The eligibility criteria, terms, conditions, limits and exclusions of the group policy are set out in the NAB Card Insurance Policy Information booklet (PDF, 478KB) and in the NAB Purchase Protection Insurance Policy Information Booklet (PDF, 275KB) which may be amended from time to time. NAB does not guarantee this insurance.

The information contained in this article is intended to be of a general nature only. It has been prepared without taking into account any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, NAB recommends that you consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances. NAB recommends that you seek independent legal, financial, and taxation advice before acting on any information in this article.

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