It's important to learn a little bit about travel safety in Australia for you and the people you are travelling with. In this article we discuss travel safety ideas for backpackers in Australia and outline some helpful hints & tips for staying safe on holiday.
There are some really good visas available for backpacking in Australia. They vary in price and each visa has a set of criteria to meet before a visa is granted. The working holiday visa is very popular because you can travel and work in Australia for 12 months. In this article we share which visas are available, how to apply and how to extend the working holiday visa for an extra year.
A little bit of research about Australia's geography can go a long way when planning your trip. The weather patterns in Australia can make all the difference to your plans! The monsoon (wet season) for example, can make travel dangerous in the summer months up in northern Australia. In this section you can learn about the weather patterns, states and major cities of Australia.
When you go backpacking around Australia, it's important to have somebody you can trust at home to help you out when you need to get things done. This will be your appointed person and they will be helping you manage your trip when you're in Australia. Learn how to keep everything in order while your backpacking around Australia.
When you're comparing which backpacking insurance to buy for Australia, make sure you keep the following points in mind.
Discounted Rates - Often you will receive a 10% discount by applying for insurance online. Either that or you may be asked to enter a promotional code and if you don't have one you may find one by searching the internet (try a google search).
Double cover - If you have other insurance policies already in place, it's worth looking to see if certain aspects of your insurance are covered already. For example, theft/loss could already be covered in a home insurance policy. Double cover does not mean double protection, sometimes it can mean delays in the claim process.
Keep the receipts - Part of the claim process is proving ownership of the things you're claiming for and receipts of purchase are a major factor. Keep as many recipts as you can for all your gear and valuables because without them the claim may be invalid.
Read the small print - The 'small print' is the small print for a reason, it's the place where all the limits and technicalities are. Read the small print fully before you commit to any policy!
Policy activation date - Make sure your policy is active from before your departure date. If you have to cancel your flights or suffer curtailment or any other major problem, at least you will be covered.
To make a claim you need to provide as much proof of the circumstances surrounding the event as possible to the insurance company. Usually there will be some forms to fill out and send back with any documentation that will contribute to your claim.
Things like receipts of purchase, warranties, police reports, hospital bills and pictures of the items you're claiming for are all going to help matters when it comes to the claims procedure.
Because of the nature of insurance claims, the insurance company is going to want as much proof as they can possibly get in order to be sure that the claim is genuine. There are a number of things you can do to aid the insurance claim both before you go and after the fact.
For example, if you're taking expensive electrical equipment or other valuables to Australia, before you go, you could take a set of pictures of each item laid out next to the receipt and any other documentation to confirm the reality of the claim.
This will be useful if you need to identify your items (with the police, or lost and found office etc...) and act as proof that you did indeed buy it and have the proof.
These pictures could be stored and kept with your appointed person or on your USB Flash Drive to be used if anything gets lost or stolen. Obviously the receipts and documents themselves should be kept safe (with your appointed person) to accompany these pictures.
After any kind of loss or theft one of the first things you should do is report it to the police. When local authorities get reports of this kind, they make records which can be referred to by the insurance company to aid your claim.
Make sure when you report the loss or theft to the police that you take all the details of the people you're dealing with (i.e, police station address, contact numbers, name of the officer in charge, etc...) which you can pass along to the insurance company.
One major piece of evidence of your report is the 'incident reference' (sometimes called 'crime number') which is the serial code or number that the police use to identify your case and you should politely insist that they issue you with it for your claim.
The Medicare system is for Australian citizens but if you're from a country which participates in the health care agreement you may well be eligible to join Medicare.
Read our helpful guide and backpacking checklist and get lots of hints/tips about what to pack before you go to Australia. Learn about choosing the right backpack, what essentials you will and how to travel light.
Read part 1 of our travel insurance guide, lots of helpful tips to point you in the right direction and get you one step closer to your backpacking Australia adventure.
Travel safety is always affected by a range of factors including your location, the people that surround you in each given moment and the activities you decide to take part in. Stay safe, read our guide.
There's more to getting around then just travelling from A to B. Australia is a huge country and the way you get around becomes a part of the experience while you explore Australia.
There are some jobs in Australia which require you to attend a basic introductory course. These courses are usually quite short and are meant to give you the necessary certificates needed to start work.
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.