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Making International Calls from Australia

Making International Calls from Australia

To make calls to international numbers from Australia it helps to understand the different dialing codes required to connect your call. It works by splitting the world into zones (large and small) which are each represented by a series of numbers. Learn how to make international calls when backpacking in Australia.

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Using Mobile Phones while backpacking around Australia

Using Mobile Phones while backpacking around Australia

A mobile phone is a necessity for anybody spending time in Australia. Even if you're only staying for a short period it's still highly advisable to arrange an Australian SIM card and compatible mobile phone. At the very least having a number you can be contacted on and use to make emergency calls is an absolute must.

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How to use International Phone Cards - Backpacking in Australia

How to use International Phone Cards - Backpacking in Australia

For calling international numbers (i.e, contacting people at home) a phone card/ticket will often provide you with the best rates. Phone cards/tickets both perform the same task (cheap international calls) and are used in exactly the same way. Learn how to call home with low costs.

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Communications For Backpacking Around Australia

Communications For Backpacking Around Australia

It's always a good idea to know as many ways of contacting people as possible when you're backpacking around Australia. In this section you can learn lots of useful ways to keep in contact while you're in Australia and how they can be particularly useful for backpacking in Australia.

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Writing a Travel Blog about Australia

Writing a Travel Blog about Australia

For anybody who would like to share their experiences with the friends/family at home a 'blog' is the perfect medium. A blog will provide you with your own space on the web to create and publish content for others to view and respond to by posting comments on your page. Learn about writing your own travel blog.

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Backpackers Guide To Instant Messaging And Free Video Calls

Backpackers Guide To Instant Messaging And Free Video Calls

Instant messaging (IM) is a brilliant option of communication for a backpacker. It enables two or more people to meet and chat live online either by typing messages or speaking into a microphone (or both). If people have web cams they can also be activated so you can see the people you're talking to, adding another element.

The service itself is free to use, all you need is access to a computer with an internet connection (and where possible a microphone and webcam).

IM is particularly useful for conferencing (chatting live) with multiple people anywhere in the world at the same time. So you could have all your friends and family join the conference to hear about your adventure together.

How does instant messaging/free video calling work?

To start instant messaging with your friends, you have to download and install a messaging client (Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Skype, etc...).

Once the program is installed you can setup an account choosing a messenger ID and a password to login with.

Skype is easily the best instant messenger for backpackers contacting home and is found in almost every web cafe around Australia. Make sure that anyone you wish to contact has an account with the same IM provider and test it out before you go.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia If you have an e-mail account provided by the same company as the messenger client you can usually use your address as your ID instead of creating another account.

When you're 'live' you can use the 'add friends' option to build up your contacts and then 'invite' people to chat with you online. All you need is their messenger ID or e-mail address and you can send a message asking them to add you as a contact.

To see if any of your friends are online look for an icon next to your contacts which will say 'available' (or something similar) in the messenger client. To chat, just double click on the contact and a separate messaging window will appear where you can start your conversation.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia If the person you wish to contact is currently offline you can still leave them an 'offline message'. Once you have sent them this message they will receive it the next time they login. This can be particularly useful if you wish to setup a rendezvous for the next time you meet.

With thousands of fellow backpackers messaging everyday day, more often than not the internet cafes in Australia will have a number of these clients already setup on their computers (Skype is the most popular). Usually you can find computers with headphones, microphones and webcams.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia If you use multiple platforms or need to access your messenger service without downloading software, take a look at the free service hosted by ILoveIM. ILoveIM allows you to access all the major messaging/social networks including, MSN, Myspace, Facebook, Skype, G-talk, Yahoo! and others simultaneously with one login. Better still you can access it from any browser anywhere in the world!

File transfer is also possible using IM (i.e, sending photos, videos etc...). On some IM clients you have a photo sharing option where you can drag and drop photos into a box where your friends, family or Appointed Person can view and download them for safe keeping.

For some excellent options on how to store your photos and videos safely while backpacking, read our guides Photos, Video and Storage - Backpackers Guide and USB Flash Drives for Data Storage While Backpacking.

What if we use different messaging clients?

Often you can still chat between two different clients by using the ILoveIM browser client (as mentioned above). If you still can't, you're probably better off swapping to a more popular messaging client.

Skype is definately the best option for backpacking in Australia. Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger are also widely used, so you could use either of these (these two incidentally are compatible with each other).

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E-mail Setup - Useful Storage Tips For Backpacking Australia

E-mail Setup - Useful Storage Tips For Backpacking Australia

Storage space is quite an important factor to consider when choosing which provider to go with. Why? Because you can use an e-mail account to store your media safely when you travel.

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Visas for Backpacking Around Australia - Which Visa to choose - How to Apply

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E-mail Setup - Backpacking Australia

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Making International Calls In Australia

Making International Calls from Australia

To make calls to international numbers from Australia it helps to understand the different dialing codes required to connect your call. Learn how to call home while backpacking around Australia.

Currency Conversion - Knowing the Value of Money - Simple Calculations

Knowing how to convert currencies will be a definite advantage to backpackers in Australia. This simple calculation is a very useful tool which will help you compare costs in Australia.

Bank Documents - Taking Proof of Identification - Backpacking Australia

When you're travelling to Australia you will need to take an up to date original bank statement with you. It will be helpful to prove funds and identification when you wish to open an Australian Bank Account.

Recruitment Agencies in Australia - Getting Plenty of Work Fast

One of the best ways to get work while backpacking in Australia is using the recruitment agencies. A recruitment agency is a company that specialises in finding jobs for backpackers in Australia either on a permanent or temporary basis. There are loads of recruitment agencies that can help you get work all over Australia.

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