Driving in Australia can make a backpacking trip really fun. It will give you the freedom to explore in your own time and has some definate advantages for backpackers. This article is about taking your actual driving license and getting an international driving license (I.D.P) if you need one.
To better your chances of getting work in Australia, think about creating/storing some employment documents. A Resume (C.V) with a covering letter and some copies of any qualifications/certificates you may have would make a good impression on a new employer. Learn about creating a employment portfolio to get more bacnk work in Australia.
Organisation and personal management are of key importance when you're backpacking around Australia. A personal ograniser and a small set of stationery will be useful from the start.
You can use it for storing your resume/qualifications and travel itinerary, writing down notes for appointments (addresses, times, dates, phone numbers), keeping contacts (e-mails, blog pages, mobile numbers), carrying maps, writing travel journals etc..
When you go to Australia, one piece of equipment you're bound to take with you is your camera. With it you will be showing friends and family back home all the great things you have seen and places you have been to, uploading pictures to your blog or trading them on an instant messenger and over all making a record of your experiences for the days ahead. Saving these moments is priceless, learn how to keep your travel snaps safe!
There are 2 categories for bank documents which will be helpful for backpacking around Australia.
You have the documents you will take with you (to activate your Australian bank account) and the documents you will get while you're backpacking around (i.e, statements from your new account).
If you're looking for information on transferring money or taking it with you see section Money Management Tips For Backpacking In Australia).
When you're first travelling to Australia you will need to take an up to date original bank statement with you.
This will be for two reasons, first, if you're asked to prove your funds to the Australian Customs Service and second, to be used as identification when you wish to open/activate an Australian Bank Account.
With some visas (like the Working Holiday Visa) one of the conditions for entry is that you have a certain amount of money in your bank account.
For this reason it's best to take a statement with you which is dated as close to your departure as possible (no more than 2 months old) so you're able to prove your funds.
The bank statement you take with you has to...
Show Your address details - It has to contain your full name and home address.
Be up to date - It's best to use the most recent statement you have before departure date.
Show a Positive Balance - It should show that you have the required amount for entry into Australia.
With fraud being ever present in today's society an original bank statement should be kept safe at all times. Think about purchasing a Concealable Money Belt (especially if you intend to visit other countries along the way). Money belts are useful for containing your passport, bank cards, cash and other valuables as you travel around.
Leave a scanned copy of your bank statement with your Appointed Person which can be encrypted and sent out to you if you need it. As already mentioned in the Important Documents section there are programs available which will encrypt and password protect your sensitive data.
If you chose an account with internet access it might be a good idea to opt for paper free (paperless) statements.
With paperless statements, no hard copy statements will be sent out and in turn there is no risk of anybody else reading them. The statements are available on your internet banking account and can be printed out if needed.
Your passport and visa are the most important documents you have when it comes to travelling. Learn how to keep them safe and how to get replacements if you ever need them.
If you're going to be driving in Australia it's worth finding out what you will need to get on the road. This article explains how to get started and has some handy tips for backpackers driving in Australia...
Before you go, it's going to be helpful to understand the types of documents you might need for backpacking around Australia. Learn which documents you will need and how to keep them safe.
If you have a driving license and you intend to drive during your trip you will need to take it with you. If you won't be driving in Australia remember it's still a good solid form of identification to take for proof.
Travellers cheques are widely used to safely transport money to a foreign country where they can be 'encashed' when you need them. They can be ordered in a shop front (bank, post office, etc...) or online.
When you're backpacking around Australia on a budget the hostels are an ideal place to stay. It's worth learning about life in the hostels so you know what to expect when you get there.
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.