Take a holiday

Whether it’s a family trip, a romantic getaway or an around-the-world adventure – planning for a holiday is exciting and fun. Our simple savings and travel trips will help you take that well-deserved holiday sooner.

Take a holiday


Decide where to go

Perhaps your dream destination was inspired by the National Geographic Traveller magazine, or maybe you’re just green with envy looking at your friends’ Facebook holiday photos. Deciding where and when to go is all part of the holiday planning fun, and you’ll need to consider:
  • When to travel: In Australia, consider the school holidays and, if abroad, be sure to check out the weather, so you don’t land during rainy season. 
  • DIY or organised tour: Do you want to plan your own itinerary or have it all done for you? 
  • Your leave allocation: Do you have enough leave allowance or will you need to take some unpaid leave?
  • Hotel or self-catering: Are you after some five-star luxury or the flexibility that comes with having your own cooking facilities?
  • Packages and bargains: Keep your eyes peeled for last-minute internet deals and advertised packages in the travel sections of your favourite newspaper.



Write your 'must see and do' list

Once you’ve picked the destination and ideal time of year, it’s time to get planning. Websites like Lonely Planet offer great insider tips on your destination and can help you research all the places you want to visit. 
Lots of websites, like Tripadvisor and trivago.com.au, offer ratings and reviews on accommodation and locations that can save you from booking a terrible trip. 



Plan your holiday budget

You’ve picked the location, chosen your accommodation and planned your excursions. Now it’s time to work out just how much money you’ll need for your trip. You’ll also need to think about:
  • Travel insurance
  • Spending money
  • Food, drinks and eating out
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Travel to and from the airport
  • Covering utilities, home loan repayments, and credit card payments while you’re away
Don’t forget to factor in the local exchange rate and take the time to carefully plan your holiday budget. That way, when you’re away, you can relax knowing you have everything covered.



Start saving

We have a number of straightforward savings plans with competitive interest rates you can choose from our:

  • Online Saver Account
  • DIY Super Saver Account
  • Christmas Club Account

View our savings accounts



Looking for a loan?

If you need some help funding your holiday, we could be able to help. Our simple personal loan comparison table lets you compare loans quickly and easily. You can apply for loans from as little as $5,000 and up to $50,000 for that trip of a lifetime. You can apply for a personal loan online or at any branch

Compare personal loans

Apply for a personal loan



Organise your travel money and insurance

How are you going to access your money when you’re abroad?
  • Organise your travel money - consider whether travellers cheques or a travel money card is the best option for you. 
  • Consider organising a credit card to take with you in case of an emergency.
  • Manage your finances overseas with the Australian Military Bank Online Banking and Mobile App.
  • Buy your travel insurance – this will cover any specified medical expenses, costs related to travel delays, lost or stolen documents and lost or delayed luggage.

Learn more about our travel money options

Learn more about our travel insurance



Travel tips

It’s easy to forget a thing or two in all the excitement of holiday planning. Here’s a list of a few things you should cover off before your trip:
  • Contact us to let us know before you head off overseas. This avoids a temporary hold being put on your card if we notice anything suspicious on your account.
  • Know your credit or debit card PIN before travelling. Some countries no longer accept a signature, so be prepared. 
  • Register your trip on smarttraveller.com; it’s an especially useful website for all the latest travel warnings.
  • Leave copies of your itinerary and travel documents with a trusted friend or family member.
And finally, organise a house sitter for your pets and don’t forget to turn on your out of office reply!

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