Affordable overseas holidays... a thing of the future

Published: 20 September 2016

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While holidays may be the most relaxing, enjoyable, and stress-free time of the year… It’s saving up the money to go on them, that can be an absolute nightmare.

The pressure of getting to your destination has always been the hardest part of travel. Just when you think you’re there, something unexpected comes up, a concert, party, trip to the dentist. Something is bound to put an unexpected dent in your travel fund.

Which is why getting abroad can always cause discomfort. The goal post are forever shifting as families are forced to cough up upfront payments for flights and large deposits, it sees them live like paupers for months.

Now, there’s one company trying to take the stress out of saving. Making you ‘forced save’ to get away.

Layaway Travel is using the popular lay-by payment method and applying it to travel packages.

For as little as a dollar a day, you can book in advance your flights, hotels, attraction tickets and even spending money.

That means come holiday time, you’ve got all your tickets, your spending money, and your worries looked after. All that’s left is for you to enjoy your holiday.

Sounds too good to be true right? According to Andrew Paykel, former COO of Fisher & Paykel and founder of Layaway Travel, it’s not.

“Travel is an emotive purchase and large expense for most households. I founded LayAway Travel to become the first online travel lay-by specialist to ensure every Australian could afford that much needed getaway whilst not impacting heavily on the week household budget or having to turn to credit cards,” he said.

“I saw an opening in the market so it just made sense. Travel is a huge growth market however there hasn’t been anyone taking the online approach and offering the opportunity for people to pay 5 to 24 months in advance before they travel to suit their individual budgets.”

It’s all about connecting the average family with an amazing holiday. Families can choose from a prep-packaged holiday or they can design their own.

Example packages include trips to The Haven Bali in Seminyak for just $1.71 per person, per day.

One of the most popular trips is to Disneyland, staying in the Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for just $3.93 per person, per day.

According to Mr Paykal, one of the greatest LayAway success stories so far concerns a father & son who are off to Disneyland soon.

“He would never have been able to afford such a trip without turning to credit cards or not at all. LayAway Travel has given him the opportunity to take his son away by working to his budget. They are both so excited, he’s already talking about booking his next trip.”

Looks like it might be time to start dreaming up that next big trip…