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Staying In Touch - Communications For Backpacking Around Australia

Staying In Touch - 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 Backpacking in Australia

Writing A Travel Blog About Backpacking in 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.

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E-mail Setup for Backpacking Around Australia

E-mail Setup for Backpacking Around 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. Learn how email can be useful for backpacking other than sending mail.

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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.

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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.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia This section deals with phone cards/tickets, but, there are also companies which provide SIM cards for your mobile phone with tariffs specifically created for making international calls from a mobile phone (see section Moblie Phones in Australia).

The only difference between a card and a ticket is that a ticket is bought in a shop (i.e, the news agents) and is printed out on paper, where a phone card is usually purchased online and sent out to you (with an e-mail containing your pin). You can 'top-up' (add credit) with either a debit or credit card by calling the payment number and following the instructions.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia The only down fall with a phone ticket is that they are easily damaged and the details printed on them can fade over time. If you buy a ticket instead of a card remember to write down the details in your Personal Organiser as a backup incase your ticket gets damaged or lost.

Usually each top-up is valid for 6 months so you have plenty of time to use your credit. Each time you use the service you will be provided with your latest balance. Cost wise they start from $5AUD (which usually lasts for hours), so depending how much you will calling home you may only be topping up every month or so.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Not all cards cater for every country so when you purchase a phone card/ticket, make sure it definitely includes access to the countries you need to call (before you hand over your money!).

If you're making your call from a landline or public pay phone there is a usually minimum charge of 50 cents to activate the dialing tone before you can call out.

How does it all work?

Your phone card will come with a selection of numbers to dial to access your account depending on your location. When you're put through, an automated voice will ask you which language you would like to use.

After you have selected your preferred language it will then ask you to dial your pin (supplied with the card) for verification. Once you have successfully done that you will be given your balance and you can dial out from there.

How do I make international calls from Australia?

Making international calls from Australia is fairly straight forward. It does help to understand a little bit about the process before you make the call. If you want to learn how to make international calls or browse a list of international dialing codes check out the Making International Calls From Australia - Backpackers Guide).

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