Your flights are booked and… bam! It hits you – the realisation of all the things you need to prepare. It feels like you’ve barely blinked an eye and now you’re not far away from boarding a plane overseas. You’re pretty sure you have enough money to get through the trip – you’ve got a credit card and they’re accepted nearly everywhere, right?
Maybe. But do you really want to take the chance? You don’t want any money issues standing in your way, so here are a few simple things you can do, before you head off, to save money, time and hassle while you’re away.
1. Backpacking or penthouse suites?
Travel sites like Lonely Planet can show you how far you can stretch your budget before you even get on the plane. Think accommodation, sightseeing, transport, food… even tipping! If you’re after a good night’s sleep without paying top dollar, head to review sites like Tripadvisor or Booking.com to compare the best deals.
2. Spread the word!
You can save yourself a lot of stress by letting the right people know about your plans. Tell your bank about your travel dates for extra security. ING customers can easily log their travel plans in the ING app! While you’re at it, you can also save money by putting subscriptions or memberships on hold while you’re away.
3. Know your Yen from your Rupiah.
Feel like you’re learning a new language when figuring out a currency conversion? Try to work out an easy comparison between the currency you’ll need and the Aussie dollar, using a currency converter like OzForex Limited. For example, 1,000 Japanese Yen is around $12 Aussie dollars but 1,000 Indonesian Rupiah is around 10 Aussie cents. It’s not perfect, but it can help you understand the amount of money you’re about to spend.
4. Prepare for pesky surprises!
No matter how well you plan, it’s always good to have something extra in your back pocket. Travel insurance is really handy if you find yourself in a jam, so take a look at some options. You can insert your travel dates and destinations in a site like comparetravelinsurance.com.au to get quick and easy quotes.
If you think your savings will only cover the basic expenses of the trip, then look into getting a credit card or increasing your limit for emergencies. Don’t forget to check the expiry dates on your credit or debit cards to make sure they’ll last until you’re back on home soil.
To avoid surprises when you’re souvenir shopping, check whether your bank charges international transaction fees. For instance, ING Orange One and Orange Everyday customers have the opportunity to avoid ING international transaction fees when they deposit their pay of $1,000 or more per month and also make 5+ card purchases that are settled (not pending) every month on their account.
5. Explore like a local.
When you’re travelling, one of the best ways to save is to do as the locals do. Come prepared with some local currency, so you can pay for your transfer at the airport or any other surprise costs.
Get a local sim card or mobile WiFi before you fly for easy and cheap internet access.
It’s also a good idea to scope out the area your accommodation is in to find some convenient ATMs to get cash out when you need it. ING Orange One and Orange Everyday customers can receive rebates for global ATM fees, so you don’t have to worry about these building up over the course of your trip. To be eligible, you’ll need to deposit your pay of $1,000+ into an Orange Everyday and also make 5+ card purchases that are settled (not pending) every month on their account. (A cash advance fee applies for any cash advance with Orange One.)
Whether you like to plan every detail or see where the wind takes you, being financially ready before any overseas trip can save you a whole lot of money and hassle down the track. Find out how an ING card can help you save money while you travel here.
Rebate Offers for Orange Everyday, Orange One and Orange One Platinum customers
The Global ATM Fee Rebate Offer and the International Transaction Fee Rebate Offer will apply for the next calendar month when you perform the following during the current calendar month:
- deposit at least $1,000 from an external bank account to any personal ING account in your name (excluding Living Super and Orange One), and
- also make at least 5 card purchases that are settled (and not at a ‘pending status’) using your ING debit or credit card (excluding ATM withdrawals, balance enquiries, cash advances and EFTPOS cash out only transactions).
Card purchases includes in store credit or EFTPOS purchases, online purchases, regular card payments, payWave, Apple Pay and Google Pay transactions made with an Orange Everyday Visa card, Orange One or Orange One Platinum Visa card or Nil Interest Visa card provided with an eligible ING home loan. When using the phrase ‘settled’ card purchases in a calendar month, we mean that the purchases made on your card must be fully processed by the end of the last day of that month. Card purchases made in store or online this current calendar month which are at a ‘pending status’ and do not settle until the next calendar month do not count towards the 5 card purchases needed this current calendar month.
When determining if you are eligible under the offer, we also take into account the behaviour of any of your joint account holders or additional cardholders.
- for ATMs in Australia – any ATM fee charged by the ATM operator is rebated immediately following the transaction,
- for ATMs outside Australia – ING will rebate the International ATM withdrawal fee of $2.50 immediately after it is charged and rebate any ATM fee charged by the ATM operator at settlement of the transaction. While the transaction is pending the amount of the acquirer fee will be deducted from your available balance and will be reinstated after the transaction is finalised. ATM transactions outside Australia can take up to 5 business days to finalise, and
- for ING international transaction fees – ING will rebate the International Transaction fee (Orange Everyday) and Foreign Currency Conversion fee (Orange One and Orange One Platinum) of 2.5% of the amount of the international transaction immediately after it is charged. Merchants may charge you a separate fee for their services (which is not rebated under this offer).
If eligible, the offer applies to:
- all Orange Everyday accounts held in your name (either single or joint account), and
- all Orange One and Orange One Platinum accounts held in your name (including in respect of any additional cardholder).
The ING cash advance fee for Orange One and Orange One Platinum customers is not rebated under this offer.
This offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time at ING’s sole discretion.
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