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Taking a gap year

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  • Make sure your passport is up to date. It sounds simple right but some countries won’t accept a passport that has less than six months validity on it. And if you have less and your travel plans are longer you may not be able to get on the move.
  • If you are planning on a multiple destination trip check the visa requirements of the individual countries before you go.
  • Make sure you have a back up plan. Contact details, itinerary left with relatives at home. You never know when you might need to call on them.
  • Have some spare budget locked away for those unexpected costs that occur while travelling.
  • Check you’ve turned mobile data off on your phone, as this can be an unexpected and unnecessary high cost.
  • Get a savings plan in place early. Our team can help you save so you have an amazing trip. You can even set up pay splits so some money is directly deposited into your savings account.
  • Work out where you want to go. This can not only help with budgeting but also with local customs and behaviours. What’s acceptable in Australia isn’t always acceptable in other countries.
  • Check the destination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Some parts of the world will have advice from the Australian Government on whether it’s safe to travel there so check before you go. You can check the Smart Traveller website.
  • Have fun and tell us all about it when you get back.

This is general information only and should not be relied upon as financial product advice. You should seek independent advice before taking any product or service.

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