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DreamFar

There's a bigger story to discover in all of us. And travelling is often the best way to start writing it. DreamFar is designed to help you turn something you're passionate about into reality, by providing you with the tools and tips to make your travel dreams possible.

Have your own dream trip planned? Check out our travel tips below to help you get ready for your next trip.

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Find your inspiration

Grab a slice of inspiration from these videos of Nick, Anne-Marie and Morgan on their once in a lifetime adventures. See how we challenged them to DreamFar, then helped turn their travel dreams into reality.

Nick’s dream was to Mountain bike in Canada. He thought he’d be heading off to hit the Canadian trails with his mate Rex. What he didn’t know was we would turn his dream into a life-changing experience.

Anne-Marie’s dream was to learn to salsa in Cuba. She expected to visit a salsa school in Havana with her friend Maddison.  See how she went on an adventure that beat all her expectations.

Morgan’s dream was to visit London’s famous textile shop, Liberty. She thought her trip would be about fabric shopping with her friend Teina, but what she didn’t know was she would experience a different side of London.

Do more than dream, learn how to start saving for your next trip

Already have your own dream trip planned?

Whether you’re heading off for a specific experience or winging it as you go, here are some tips to help you get ready.

Tips for spending overseas

Leave no rock unturned, no street food untasted, no experience left behind - with just a passport and a few things in your travel wallet, you can make the world your oyster.

Get some foreign cash so you’re prepared for any initial expenses when you land like entry visas and cash only cabs. You don’t want to waste time looking for an ATM after a long flight.

Learn more about Foreign Cash

You can convert your money into a foreign currency on a prepaid Travel Money Card. Whether you use it at an ATM or in store, you’ll always know how much you have left to spend regardless of exchange rate changes.

Learn more about Travel Money Cards

A lot of activities require holding deposits, like hiring mopeds or ski hire, so having a credit card can help make sure you don’t miss out. Plus, knowing you have access to some backup funds is great when you’re far from home.

Learn more about Credit Cards

A Debit MasterCard® is directly linked to your Everyday Account, which means you’ll have direct access to your Australian day-to-day bank account if you need it. You’ll be able to make withdrawals from foreign ATMs and shop in-store and online.

Learn more about Debit MasterCards

Tips to protect yourself overseas

Three tips to prepare for the unexpected

Prepare for your destination.

“Prepare for your destination.”

Tip #1

Before you head off, check any necessary visa and vaccine requirements and register with Smartraveller to stay up-to-date with all the latest travel information.

Get insurance cover.

"Get insurance cover."

Tip #2

Whether you’re planning on being active, or taking it easy, make sure you have travel insurance to cover things like emergency medical and hospital cover, lost or damaged luggage, cancellation fees and lost deposits. For extra value, check out which of our credit cards have travel insurance.*

Share your plans.

“Share your plans.”

Tip #3

Let us know before you go so that we can make sure nothing suspicious happens on your accounts. You can do this through NetBank, by calling us on 13 2221 or by visiting a branch. In addition, leave an itinerary and photocopies of key travel documents with friends or family at home.

Bank on the move with the CommBank app

Track what you spend, check foreign exchange rates, top up your Travel Money Card, move cash between accounts.

Things you should know:

As this advice has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on this advice, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. Terms and Conditions, Product Disclosure Statements and Conditions of Use are available from commbank.com.au or from any branch of the Bank. Please view our Financial Services Guide (PDF 68KB). The CommBank app is available on Android operating systems 4.0+ and iOS operating systems 8.0+, is free to download however your mobile network provider charges you for accessing data on your phone. NetBank access with NetCode SMS required. Applications for credit subject to approval. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Full terms and conditions included in our loan offer. Fees and charges are payable. If you have a complaint in respect of these products, the Commonwealth Bank’s dispute resolution process can be accessed on 13 2221. Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124.

If you activate an international travel insurance policy included with an eligible credit card, purchase a CBA Travel Insurance Policy or where a claim event on other insurances occurs prior to 1 October 2018, the insurance is issued and managed by AWP Australia Pty Limited ABN 52 097 227 177 AFSL No. 245631 (trading as Allianz Global Assistance) on behalf of the insurer Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 AFSL No. 234708 for Commonwealth Bank of Australia. 

If you activate an international travel insurance policy included with an eligible credit card, purchase a CBA Travel Insurance Policy or where a claim event on other insurances occurs on or after 1 October 2018, the insurance is provided by Zurich Australian Insurance Limited, ABN 13 000 296 640, AFS Licence Number 232507 through its agent Cover-More Insurance Services Pty Ltd ABN 95 003 114 145, AFSL 241713 (Cover-More) for Commonwealth Bank of Australia. 

You need to activate your international travel insurance included with eligible credit cards before each trip in order to have comprehensive level of cover. If you don’t activate, you’ll receive personal liability cover and overseas emergency medical assistance and overseas emergency medical and hospital expenses cover only. 

Restrictions, exclusions (including for pre-existing medical conditions and persons aged 80 years or over (for international travel insurance policy included with an eligible credit card) or persons aged 74 years or over (for CBA Travel Insurance)), limits and excesses may apply to all insurances. More information and the relevant Credit Card Insurances Product Disclosure Statement and Information Booklet can be found here.

Before making a decision on CBA Travel Insurance, refer to the relevant CBA Travel Insurance Product Disclosure Statement for full conditions here (if you intend to purchase before 1 October 2018) and here (if you intend to purchase on or after 1 October 2018). We (CBA) do not provide any advice on this insurance based on any consideration of your objectives, financial situation or needs. If you purchase a policy, we (CBA) receive a commission which is a percentage of your premium.

Promotion starts 12.01am 02/05/216 and ends 5.00pm 27/05/2016. All times are Sydney local time. Conditions apply, see DreamFar Terms and Conditions.