If you are opening an Australian bank account you will need to take an up to date bank statement with you. No matter which bank you're opening your account with, you will need a statement to 'activate' your new account when you arrive! Learn about taking a statement with you and why it's important for backpacking in Australia.
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!
Your passport and visa are the most important documents you have when you're planning a backpacking trip to Australia. Keeping them safe and ensuring that they are valid for the duration of your trip is essential! Learn about travel documents which are essential for backpacking in Australia!
Before you go to Australia, it's going to be helpful to understand which documents you will need for backpacking around Australia and the ways they can be stored/backed up.
You will need documents for all kinds of situations like entering the country, landing a job, letting a property, opening an Australian Bank Account, hiring a campervan, making a claim on your Travel Insurance, getting a replacement passport etc...
For some things you will need to have the original documents (i.e, passport, driving license, bank statements etc...) because copies of these documents are not accepted by the authorities. However when it comes to things like employment references, insurance policies, etc... a photocopy or printed scan will be sufficient based on the fact that you have the originals at home.
It's a good idea to back up and store copies of your documents before you travel. If you loose anything when you're in Australia, you will be able to get replacements from your appointed person without too much hassle (more in a moment).
How you store your documents will depend on the type you're dealing with. Some will need to be printed versions kept in your Personal Organiser (to take with you) like your resume (C.V) portfolio or copies of your passport, driving license etc...
Some will be saved to your USB flash drive or MSS (Media Storage Site, see section Photos and Videos) i.e, photos, whilst others can be kept on your e-mail account i.e, for dealing with insurance companies and applying for work.
It's also a good idea to backup and store all your documents in ways that are accessible to you when you're travelling. This includes scans or copies of the original documents you have with you.
Taking a Personal Organiser with a small set of stationery is a good way to keep things in order. It will be handy for all sorts of tasks like writing down appointments, addresses, e-mails, journals, travel information and keeping your important documents together.
In the following articles we highlight the documents you'll need most when you travel to Australia and how to keep them safe...
Bank documents - Recent statement (addressed to you) with a positive balance.
Driving Documents - Driving license and counterpart, 'rego' or registration papers, road worthy certificate (R.W.C).
Employment documents - A resume (C.V), qualifications/certificates, cover letters.
Personal Organiser - Portable folder and stationery to organise all your paperwork.
Photos and Videos - Storing and sending your photos and videos.
Travel Documents - Passports (old & current), visa or e-visa reference details.
For portable, secure storage of data a USB flash drive is a good option. This handy little device is a must have for everybody backpacking in Australia because they are ideal for personal management.
A flash drive is a portable device designed to store all your data. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus which is an interface you can use to connect a device into a computer.
These days nearly all computers have 'USB ports' (places to plug USB devices into) which is going enable you to access the data you have stored.
You can use them to store photos, videos, resumes (C.V's), invoices, e-mails, music (or any other kind of data) and it can all be secured with password encryption. Capacity varies from 1GB up to 64GB+, they are very reasonably priced and are small enough to be carried around in your pocket.
There is quite a lot of preparation you can do to maximise your chances of getting work when you need it. Work can be easy to find as long as you know where to look and take every opportunity you get.
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.
The seasons can affect the timing of your travel plans. This section will cover some of the more fundamental aspects of Australia's geography and other helpful tips for travelling.
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.
When you're out on the trail anything can happen and it's advisable to take measures to protect yourself in case of an emergency. Learn about different types of backpacker insurance.
Bus services in Australia include public transport buses, shuttle buses, backpacker buses, long distance Greyhound coaches and plenty of other private tours and day trips.
For calling international numbers (i.e, contacting people at home) a phone card/ticket will often provide you with the best rates. Learn how to call home with low calling costs when you need to.