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 the types of documents you will need for backpacking. Learn which documents you will need for backpacking and how to keep them safely when you travel.
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.
When you're storing your media (i.e, photos or videos) it's always best to use a variety of methods to ensure everything is kept safely backed up rather than relying on the camera's memory alone. There are two main reasons for this...
Space - If you like to take lots of pictures, high quality pictures or video take up lots of memory. So you will need a reliable method of storing your photos ready for the next set.
Loss - A camera can be easily replaced but your memories cannot. For this reason it's a good idea to store your media just incase of damage, loss or technical failure.
To copy and store your media using a computer (i.e, in a web cafe) you will need a USB adaptor so make sure you have one (that you have tested and know it works) before you leave.
For those of you backpacking with a laptop, you may have a memory card reader which can be very useful but it's still advisable to keep your USB adaptor as a backup.
One of the best ways to store your photos and videos is on a media storage site (MSS) i.e, Photobucket, Flickr, Webshots etc... Each of these sites offer you space for you to upload your latest holiday snaps and show them to all the folks back home.
You can register for a free account and upload your media from anywhere with an internet connection. The amount of space you get allocated on each site will vary so be sure to check around and find the best one.
It's a good idea to setup these types of accounts before you go for two reasons...
Learning the process - You will need to familiarise yourself and your Appointed Person with how to use the MSS (uploading, downloading, copying, saving, etc...).
Login details - You will also need to leave a copy of the login details with your appointed person (you can do this from Australia but it's going to make life a lot easier if you do it before you go).
When you're in Australia you can upload your media to the MSS and tell your appointed person with an e-mail that there are new photos to be stored. Your appointed person can then login to the MSS and start to copy it all to their computer for you.
Another fairly good way of getting your photos to your appointed person is using the photo sharing option found in a lot of Instant Messaging programs. This is a very simple way of connecting two computers for transferring your photos by 'dragging' and 'dropping' them into the space provided.
Your appointed person can download the photos from the selection you provide for storage and you can create more space on your camera memory. Yahoo! Messenger definatly has this capability as does Windows Live Messenger.
You can always create a new E-mail account for yourself (or your appointed person) which you can send your photos to. Some e-mail providers offer unlimited storage space (Yahoo! Mail and AIM) which makes this a viable asset. The only draw backs are, not being able to share with friends as easily (as an MSS) and possibly slower upload speeds, but at the end of the day the most important thing is that you're able to use as much space for your media as you want.
A USB Flash Drive is a very useful device for backpacking and it may be worth while investing in one before you go. You can use it for storing a whole range of useful data (Important Documents, applications, music, video, pictures etc..) and it's small enough to fit in your pocket.
Using your USB Flash Drive to temporarily store your media is useful if you don't have web access or time to upload your media to an MSS. For some useful tips on how organise and store data with a flash drive see the USB Flash Drives in the important documents section.
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.
Anything can happen when you're backpacking around Australia and if something goes wrong, having a contingency fund will enable you to act quickly when you need to get things sorted out. In the case of an emergency (i.e, your money gets lost or stolen) or even if you simply over spend and just wind up broke, you will need access to money, accommodation, food, transport & identification documents to get everything back on track.
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.
Keeping a personal organiser will be very helpful while you're in Australia. You can use it to make managing you trip very easy. Learn how useful a personal organiser is for backpacking in Australia.
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.
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.
Driving in Australia will easily provide you with the most freedom to explore. Having your own vehicle you can go anywhere, at any time without the hassle of public transport.
The good thing for people on a Temporary Working visa is that you can make a claim for all of the employment tax you have paid when you leave the country.