What do I need to know about planning a holiday?

By You and Money

It’s easy to imagine yourself on a sandy tropical beach, or sailing the Greek islands, or watching the sunrise over Mt Kilimanjaro. The challenge is finding the money to get there and doing the work that’s necessary to get the most out of your trip – planning carefully, organising your travel money and taking out appropriate insurance.

Travel planning

It’s a good idea to spend a bit of time planning for your holiday. Find out as much as you can about the places you’ll be visiting. Read as much as you can and ask people who’ve been there about their experiences.


  • Decide where you’re going and how much you’ll need.
  • Develop a realistic savings plan – and stick to it!


  • Check that your passport is valid and that it will cover you for the whole of your holiday – some countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months before you go.


  • Check for the latest visa requirements for each country you’ll be visiting. As it can take a few weeks to process visa applications, it’s good idea to look into requirements early.
  • Take extra passport photos with you – some countries require a passport photo with each visa application.


  • Be aware that carrying some types of medicines may be illegal in certain countries.
  • If you have a condition you need to take regular medication for, make sure you have a copy of your prescription and a letter from your doctor.


  • Ask your doctor about the vaccines that are recommended for each country you are going to – it’s best to be prepared. Also ask if there are any other medicines you should take, for example, antimalaria tablets.
  • Take a record of your vaccinations with you.

For more information about your vaccination needs, visit www.travelvax.com.au.

Be travel aware

Play it safe and be travel aware. For visa information, to find out how safe your destination is and for government advice on precautions, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au.

For more information about travelling overseas, visit www.smarttraveller.gov.au.

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