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Saving for a holiday

Whether it’s a short break or the trip of a lifetime, careful saving is essential to ensure your holiday is as affordable as it is unforgettable.

Knowing how much you need to save for your trip starts with choosing your destination and the type of holiday you’re after – luxury or budget. It’s also wise to think about when you’re travelling, as prices can soar during peak holiday periods.

Once you’ve worked out where you’re going and for how long, it’s time to start planning.

  • Upfront costs: These are the costs you’ll most likely need to pay before you go, such as flights, accommodation, travel insurance and visas, passport fees and vaccinations if you’re going overseas.
  • A daily budget: To work out how much you’ll need to take with you, do some research and estimate your costs for every day that you’ll be away, factoring in accommodation, meals, entertainment, tours and shopping.
  • Emergency funds:  Don’t forget to set aside extra funds in the event of an emergency or for costs unique to your destination, such as tips or airport tax charges.

Set a savings goal

Now you’ve got an idea of how much your trip will cost, it’s time to put a plan in place. Try our savings calculator to see how much you’ll need to save regularly in the lead up to your trip to make sure you reach your goal. For example, to save $2500 for a trip in nine months time, you’ll need to save roughly $280 per month. Here are some tips to help you reach your goal:

1) Create a budget to see how much you can realistically afford to save. If you’re unable to save as much as you need in time, look at how you can cut day-to-day costs with our everyday savings tips and advice or reassess your travel plans.

2) Open a savings account so you can regularly deposit your savings (and any extra when you can). If you already have money saved, you might want to think about a term deposit – you’ll get a fixed rate of return for the nominated term, so you know exactly what your investment's worth.

3) To keep your goal top of mind, try setting a photo of your destination as your phone or computer screensaver, or stick a photo on your fridge.

Top tips for saving on holiday costs

  • Book early to try to avoid high costs during peak holiday periods, and use flight comparison sites to get the best possible deal. You might also get discounts on tours if you pre-book. 
  • If booking flights you may notice the price has gone up since your last visit to the website. A lot of airlines do this to try and get you to buy before the price goes up again. Try deleting your internet cookies and see if the prices fall.
  • With a CommBank Gold, Platinum or Diamond credit card, you, your spouse or partner and up to 10 dependent children, travelling with you, you’ve international travel insurance included with your card. No minimum spend is required. Or if you don’t have one of these cards look at the range of tailored CBA travel insurance plans to suit your budget and travel needs. Whether it’s an unexpected medical cost or lost luggage, travel insurance can be one of the biggest savers while on holiday.
  • Keep a close eye on exchange rates in the lead up to your trip if you want to buy foreign cash or put money on a Travel Money Card.  Locking in a good rate when the dollar is strong is a great way to save.
  • Get more out of your money when you’re away, with our tips on how to access and manage your money overseas.
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Things to know before you Can: The advice on this website has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on the advice, please consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. Please view our Financial Services Guide.

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