Saving to travel Down Under

When Sara and her fiancé found out her cousin would be getting married in Australia, they started a Goal immediately. There was no way they were going to miss the ceremony, or the opportunity to visit the Land Down Under (for three whole weeks!).
Simple6 - Koalas at Australia Zoo

Sharing the savings

With a year and a half to save, they started the Goal in their Shared Account. Every paycheck, they’d each put in what they could. Saving in the Shared Account kept them both accountable for their portions, especially because they could easily see who was contributing what.

After just a few months, they were well on their way. They knew they had awhile to save, but because they’d heard Australia could get expensive, they wanted to be more than prepared once they landed. They’d didn’t want to skimp on meals or experiences once they got there.

After saving for more than a year, they were feeling really comfortable with the amount they’d been able to squirrel away. They ended up inviting Sara’s sister to join them, and started putting plans in place for accommodations and activities. They’d also saved up enough to rent a car for the entire trip, so they could explore destinations near and far.

Witnessing the vows

The countdown was finally over. After a flight around the world, they finally arrived.

They were excited to explore the bustling cities, natural wonders and of course, the sandy beaches. First and foremost though, they had a wedding to attend.

The ceremony ended up being a small, and pretty intimate event with just 40 people.

“Most of the guests traveled from somewhere else in the world to be there, so it was extra special to witness,” Sara said. “It was definitely the highlight.”

Simple8 - wedding pics in Maleny Orchard AirBnB backyard

While in paradise

After the wedding, they wasted no time finding lush scenery to explore. They chilled on the tan sand and listened to the rolling waves.They hiked and took in greenery as far as the eye could see.

“There was just magical beauty everywhere,” Sara said. “It was all around us.”

Simple4 - Sunshine Beach near Noosa

They used their shared Simple cards the entire time with no international fees, and even found some free ATMs for cash. The exchange rate was in their favor during the visit too, which helped with cost.

After three weeks of exploring, they headed home and ended up having $100 leftover. They never once found themselves pining over anything because of money while they traveled, which Sara said was a first for them.

Simple5 - Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout (1)

Next up on their savings agenda – their own wedding, which is on the books for 2020. Congrats you two!

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