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Vacation Planning and Budgeting

Planning a trip this year? Here's what to know about traveling in 2021 and how much you should spend.

Where Can You Go?

As of April 2, 2021, the CDC has stated: “People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States.” While extra safety protocols are still being practiced in many areas, summer has ushered an influx of travelers. Are you planning on traveling for vacation in 2021? We have a way to budget your trip as well as tips on traveling for this year. 

Along with domestic travel tips during COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives official advice on when not to travel, safer travel tips, cruise ship travel, international travel during COVID-19, and what to do after traveling internationally.

There's also a Travel Recommendation Guide, which has a world map with current travel health notices and COVID-19 case levels by country, so you can know where you're comfortable visiting.

Budgeting For Your Trip

You’ve got all the details and are ready to make your dream vacation a reality. Make sure your wallet can handle the trip before you hit the road (proverbial or otherwise).

First, enter your estimated costs for accommodations, travel expenses, transportation, and activities. Then, tell us how much cash you’ve already saved for the vacation, any additional monthly savings amounts, and how many months you have until the big trip. We’ll let you know if you’re ready to hit “book” or how much more you need to save every month to afford your vacation.

Click here to read how this tool works, and for disclaimers.

Plus! You can save at the gas pump if you're road tripping this summer, or even if you're just sticking around town - Earn 10¢/gallon for up to 20 gallons each month, with just 15 debit card swipes when you open a Play Spending account.1

Open a Play Spending account and save on fuel
1 You’ll receive a one-time activation reward of $0.10 per gallon when you activate BaZing Fuel. You’ll earn a monthly reward of $0.10 per gallon each month when you have 15 eligible debit card transactions post and settle during the Monthly Qualification Cycle (MQC), which is defined as the first day of the month through the last day of the month. Only transactions posted during the MQC will count towards the monthly reward for that MQC. The following activities do not count toward earning BaZing Fuel: ATM withdrawals, transfers between accounts, deposit or refund transactions. Transactions posted during the MQC greater than the monthly reward requirement will be stored to count towards a bonus reward of $0.10 per gallon. When you have 50 stored bonus transactions you will earn the bonus reward. You will continue to earn bonus rewards for every 50 stored bonus transactions accrued. If the required monthly reward transaction count is not met during the MQC, no transactions are counted for any reward during that MQC or the bonus reward. BaZing Fuel is limited to 20 gallons of fuel per purchase, per vehicle, or fraud limits placed by Shell and/or limits placed on your payment card by your financial institution, each of which may be lower. To activate, you will need to have online banking with your financial institution. Refer to the BaZing Fuel Terms and Conditions for full disclosures. BaZing Fuel offer may be changed at any time and without notice. Once you begin to dispense fuel using your BaZing Fuel, you must dispense to the 20-gallon limit or you forfeit any remaining rewards for the other gallons.

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