Travel Loans for the United Kingdom

Planning a trip to the United Kingdom? Jacaranda Finance offers fast travel loans to help you fund your dream holiday.
Whether you need to cover flights, accommodation, or other expenses, our hassle-free application process and flexible repayment options make it easy to get the funds you need.

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Borrow $2,100 to $25,000
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9-48 month terms

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Planning a trip to the United Kingdom? Jacaranda Finance offers fast travel loans to help you fund your dream holiday.
Whether you need to cover flights, accommodation, or other expenses, our hassle-free application process and flexible repayment options make it easy to get the funds you need.

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Borrow $2,100 to $25,000
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Same-Day Approval2
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9-48 month terms

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Why travel to the UK?

Are you sick of the beautiful Australian sunshine? Then a trip to the United Kingdom could be just what you need!

Comprised of four different countries - Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and of course, England - the UK is one of the top overseas tourist destinations for Australians. According to data from the UK's Office for National Statistics, more than 700,000 Australians visited the UK in 2019, with the average trip lasting 15 nights.

And after being decimated by COVID-19, international travel is roaring back for Australians - so why not spend your next holiday exploring what the UK has to offer? There's plenty to do and see there, with the UK home to some of the most famous cultural and historical sights in Europe.

What is a travel loan?

A travel loan, or holiday loan, is simply a personal loan used to pay for travel expenses, such as:

  • Flight costs
  • Accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport and car hires
  • Tours and activities
  • Activities and events

According to our data, holidays and travel are one of the most common reasons for taking out a loan, as holidays can be very expensive indeed. By borrowing a lump sum to be repaid in manageable instalments, you know exactly what your trip will cost before you even leave the country with a travel loan.

About our UK travel loans

The UK is a must-see destination for anyone at least once, but it can also be one of the more expensive countries to visit. As we'll detail below, the average trip to the UK can cost thousands of pounds, which is even more expensive in dollarydoos. That's where Jacaranda Finance comes in!

Instead of dipping into your hard-earned savings, our express holiday loans can provide up to $25,000 and loan terms as long as 48 months. With rapid 5-12 minute applications1, same-day approvals2 and 60-second transfers3 available 100% online, you could have the money you need for your trip to the UK in no time at all!

See below for more information on how our application process works or click here if you're ready to get started!

Loan Details
Loan Amounts:

$2,100 to $25,000

Loan Terms:

9 months to 48 months

Loan Type:
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Secured and unsecured

Rate type:

Fixed

Repayment Options:

Weekly, fortnightly or monthly

No Early Payout or Exit Fees:

Customers who pay their loan out early do not incur any additional fees or charges for doing so. Fixed fees that have already been incurred are due and payable.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

We Make Applying Easy

We know how important it is to receive your funds in a timely manner. As a hard-working Australian, you don’t have time to waste on needless paperwork.

That’s why our loan application process has been perfected over time to be as simple and quick as possible.

How much does it cost to travel to the UK from Australia?

The cost of travelling to the UK can vary heavily based on several factors, such as the time of year, airline and travel class, your accommodation, locations visited and of course how long you stay there. 

According to Skyscanner, the cheapest flight from Australia to the UK will set you back $1,160, while Budget Your Trip recommends setting aside around $214 per day based on the average spend by tourists. With the average UK holiday lasting around 15 days, you could be looking at a typical spend of $3,210 Australian dollars.

Past travellers have spent, on average, £30 ($36) on meals for one day and £23 ($28) on local transport, while the typical one-bedroom hotel costs around £60 ($105) per night.

The average cost of travel to the UK

One week (AUD)

Two weeks (AUD)

One month (AUD)

For one person

$1,491

$2,983

$6,393

For a couple

$2,983

$5,966

$12,784

Source: budgetyourtrip.com, accurate as at 20 February 2023. Dollar amounts are based on 'mid-range' travellers.

What to do/see in the UK

Even with all four countries, the UK is small in size: it could fit into Australia more than 30 times! However, size isn't everything, and the UK is jam-packed with things to do for tourists from all walks of life.

Whether you're into food, sport, culture, history, or nature, here is a small selection of some of the top things to do on your UK holiday. Note that this list isn't exhaustive: check out sites like Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet for a much broader look at what you can do.

Explore London

You might've heard of London. The UK capital is an absolute must-see, and you could easily spend your entire trip exploring it. Some famous landmarks you can visit include:

  • The Tower of London
  • Big Ben
  • The London Eye
  • London Bridge
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Buckingham Palace (see below)

And much more. You can also experience the vibrant culture of the city by visiting museums, galleries, markets and pubs. It's easy to get around too: the London underground is world-famous and can get you pretty much anywhere.

Go to a football game

The UK is completely football mad. There are 72 professional football teams in England (3 of those play in Wales), and in total, more than 40,000 association football clubs offer games nearly every weekend. There are 17 teams in London alone!

There's nothing quite like going to a professional football game in England, with the skill on the field matched only by the bizarre and often hilarious (sometimes dangerous) antics of the diehard fans.

All things Royal

It wouldn't be a list about the UK without mentioning the Royal Family. Even if you're not a royals fan, Buckingham Palace is a sight to behold, and if you're there at 11 am you can catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Why not see if you can get one of the royal guards to break character too?

Go to an old-timey pub

The pub is widely regarded as one of Britain's greatest exports, and it's hard to argue with that. Pub culture is an integral part of British life, much more so than in Australia, and if you're in any city or town you'll likely be within a few hundred metres of one.

If you're after a quieter few hours to take a break from sightseeing, head on down to your local and order a pint. British pubs also encourage striking up a conversation with a stranger, so it could be a great place to meet people too!

See some castles

The UK is home to a wealth of historic sites, including castles, cathedrals, and ancient ruins. Some notable examples include Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Cardiff Castle in Wales and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

To continue with the royals theme, Windsor castle is also a very popular destination for tourists.

Try to spot Nessie

'Loch' means lake or sea inlet in Scottish Gaelic, and Loch Ness near Inverness is one of the most famous. Loch Ness is famous mostly for the mythical monster that supposedly lurks beneath its surface. Maybe you'll be the lucky person who finally spots Nessie!

But there's more to do there than just seeing the Loch Ness Monster. Loch Ness offers stunning natural landscapes and some lovely accommodations nearby.

The Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland and is visited by more than one million people every year. The Causeway is made up of more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns caused by volcanic eruptions, although legends say it was made by a giant.

The Giant's Causeway is just one of many stunning things for nature lovers to feast their eyes upon.

The Churchill War Rooms

Located underneath London, the Churchill War Rooms were the heart of the British Government's war efforts in World War 2. In a couple of hours, you can explore the labyrinth of secret tunnels and corridors where the former Prime Minister and his cabinet held more than 100 meetings.

Health and safety concerns when travelling to the UK

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

The UK is generally a very safe country to visit, but like all holidays, you need to be careful and exercise caution to ensure your safe return. The Australian Government's Smartraveller website recommends exercising 'a high degree of caution' in the UK due to a number of factors.

Here's what you need to watch out for if you're thinking about taking a UK holiday.

  • Terrorism and unrest: The UK Government's terrorism threat level is "substantial", meaning it assesses an attack is likely. Always be alert to terrorism and take official warnings seriously.
  • General crime & theft: It's important to take precautions to avoid theft and scams. Keep valuables secure, avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and be aware of pickpockets in busy tourist areas.
  • The weather: The UK is known for its unpredictable weather, so it's important to be prepared for rain and varying temperatures. Be sure to pack appropriate clothing and check the weather forecast regularly, as it can get very cold in the winter!
  • Transportation: The UK has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, trains, and the London Underground. However, it's important to research routes and schedules in advance, as delays and cancellations can occur. Keep your belongings close to you at all times when taking public transport.
  • COVID-19: Coronavirus is still an ongoing concern in the United Kingdom and transmission occurs regularly.

It is recommended you take out a travel insurance policy before heading to the UK, as Australia's reciprocal healthcare agreement does not cover all medical conditions there. Make sure you know the local emergency services number (999) and the numbers of the Australian consulate/embassy.

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

Thinking of going somewhere else?

There are plenty of other places you can go besides the UK! Check out the links below to read some detailed information on some of the top tourist destinations in the world for Australians.

Not flying overseas?

We also offer loans for domestic airfares and cruises!

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Am I eligible for a Jacaranda loan?

The basic eligibility criteria you must meet before submitting an application:
  • Be at least 19 years of age.
  • Be employed on a permanent or casual basis.
  • Have a consistent income going into your own bank account for the last 90 days.
  • Be in control of your finances and be handling existing financial commitments comfortably.
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident with a fixed address.
  • Have an active email address, phone number, and online banking account in your name that belongs to you.

We accept a wider range of credit history than a bank or a prime lender, but we do not recommend submitting an application if:

  • You are currently or recently bankrupt (you must be three years discharged and in control of your finances)
  • You are not comfortably repaying your existing financial obligations
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Product Details

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  • Cash Boost
    $2,100 - $4,600
    Interest Rate
    47.80%
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    66.07%
    Loan Term
    9 - 18 months
    Repayment Cycle
    Weekly, fortnightly or monthly
    Secured or Unsecured
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    Secured & Unsecured
    Establishment Fees
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    $400 Flat Fee
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    $0
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    $0
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    Comparison Rate Warning: the comparison rate is based on $2,500 over 24 months. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.
  • Unsecured
    Personal Loan
    $5,000 - $15,000
    Interest Rate
    17.95% to 24.95%
    Comparison Rate
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    32.40% to 39.63%
    Loan Term
    24 - 36 months
    Repayment Cycle
    Weekly, fortnightly or monthly
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    Unsecured
    Establishment Fees
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    $475 to $990
    Monthly Fees
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    $24 p/month
    Risk Fee
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    $140 to $995
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    Comparison Rate Warning: the comparison rate is based on $10,000 over 36 months. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.
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    Personal Loan
    $5,000 - $25,000
    Interest Rate
    14.95% to 27.95%
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    29.30% to 42.80%
    Loan Term
    24 - 48 months
    Repayment Cycle
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    $475 to $990
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    $24 p/month
    Risk Fee
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    $0 to $995
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UK travel loan FAQs

Need to know more about how or loans work before you head to the UK? Check out some of our most frequently asked questions below.

Jacaranda offers three loan products with varying loan amounts that you could borrow:

For detailed information about who our products are designed for, please review our Target Market Determinations.

Use our loan repayment estimate calculator to get a guide on what your repayments could be. To get an idea of what rates, fees and charges are associated with our loan products, visit our rates and fees page.

The interest rate, fees and charges applied to your loan will depend on your individual circumstances and the information verified during the loan assessment. It will also depend on our assessment criteria and the loan product, loan amount and loan term you qualify for.

Use our loan repayment estimate calculator to get a guide on what your repayments could be. To get an idea of what rates, fees and charges are associated with our loan products, visit our rates and fees page.

We use the information you provide in the online application form as well as information on your bank statements to make sure that you qualify for a loan product during our credit assessment. If you don't qualify, your application will be declined without a credit check being conducted.

Once we have verified that you meet our non-credit report-related criteria, we do perform a credit check as part of our credit assessment, where an inquiry will be left on your credit file.

We will never perform a credit check without your express consent, which you provide to us when you apply for a loan with Jacaranda Finance. We store your acknowledgement and consent for seven years, and it can be supplied on demand.

There are four credit reporting bodies that we may use to conduct a credit check:

  • Equifax
  • Experian
  • illion
  • Talefin

Review our Privacy Policy for more information.

Our loan application process has been designed to be as simple and quick as possible, as we know how important it is to receive your funds in a timely manner. How quickly you can apply for a personal loan and receive your funds will depend on your situation.

Applying for a loan with Jacaranda Finance takes most people 5-12 minutes1, but it could take longer depending on a number of factors such as but not limited to how fast you are at typing or if you have all the required information on hand.

After applying, most customers get an outcome on their loan application on the same day during normal business hours once we have received all of the supporting information we require. We do not guarantee same-day outcomes for all customers.2

Once an applicant has been approved and they have signed a contract, we automatically attempt to release the money to the applicant's bank account. Most customers have a New Payments Platform (NPP) bank account and receive the money in their bank account within 60 seconds. For other customers, the money will be available overnight on weekdays and overnight the following business day if approved on a weekend or public holiday.3

Repayments on your loan are automatically set up to be deducted via direct debit from your bank account in line with your pay cycle.

Provided you are meeting your minimum contractual repayments, you can change the date of your direct debit payments, make extra repayments, change your bank account details and more from either the FastMoney app or online portal.

Download the app on the Google or Apple store today.

Read more: Personal Loan Repayments 101.

A loan with Jacaranda Finance is a flexible option you can use to pay for some of life's biggest expenses: planned or unexpected.

Here are some of the most common reasons our customers take out a loan:

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