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Hostel Life - Backpackers Living in Australia

Hostel Life - Backpackers Living in Australia

When you're backpacking around Australia on a budget the hostels are an ideal place to stay. Hostels cater for backpackers who are looking for a temporary base whilst exploring the awesomeness of Australia. Learn about hostel life in Australia and some great tips on where to stay.

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Australian Medicare Service for Backpackers

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Primarily the Medicare system (similar to N.H.S in the U.K) is for Australian citizens, but if you're from a country which participates in the reciprocal health care agreement you may be eligible to join Medicare and gain 'immediate access' to the services they provide. If you're eligble, this is well worth the effort and can be of considerable value if you're backpacking in Australia for longer periods.

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Backpackers Packing Guide/Checklist for backpacking around Australia - PART 1

Backpackers Packing Guide/Checklist for backpacking around Australia - PART 1

Read our helpful 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 need to take with you and how to travel light when you need to.

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A Backpacker's Travel Insurance Guide for backpacking Australia

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When you're backpacking around Australia anything can happen and you'll need travel insurance to protect yourself in case of an emergency. No matter how much time you spend in Australia (or anywhere else abroad), travel insurance is a major priority when you're planning your trip.

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Travel Safety while Backpacking in Australia

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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.

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Visas for Backpacking Around Australia

Visas for Backpacking Around Australia

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.

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A Backpacker's Geography of Australia

A Backpacker's Geography of Australia

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.

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Essentials for Backpacking Australia
Appointed Person - Help from home

Backpacking Australia - Appointed Person - Help from home

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.

Whoever you choose (family or friend), they must be prepared to perform a wide range of tasks and be willing to respond to your requests at any time (day or night) in the case of an emergency.

Why do I need an appointed person?

Your appointed person will be your eyes, ears, hands and voice while you're away. Their job will be to keep you up to date with any events taking place at home with frequent communications and help you with any commitments you leave behind.

All of the general day-to-day dealings you have will be taken on by your appointed person as well as any necessary correspondence. They will be helping you with money transfers, bill payments, sending out copies of important documents (if you need replacements), booking accommodation/transport in an emergency (see section Contingency Funds - Savings when you need them - Backpacking Australia – PART 1) and all kinds of general tasks you need to get done at home.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia The time difference between Australia and other countries (in some cases 11+ hours) can make it difficult for people (i.e, from european countries) to conduct their affairs within their own countries business hours. With an appointed person you can leave instructions for them to carry out and have them inform you of the results once it's been done.

Of course there is always the possibility that you could run into some kind of problem along the way which needs to be dealt with from both sides of the ocean. For example, something like a a new passport application or payment dispute is going to be difficult for you to resolve without help from home. So it is vital that you have an appointed person to help you when you need it.

Who should I choose to be my appointed person when I am in Australia?

The person you choose will need to be in contact with you at every stage of your journey, which in fact for them will be quite fun. They will be like your ambassador to all the people at home eager to hear about your progress. You must choose your appointed person very carefully to ensure there are no problems that can't be dealt with when you work together.

A family member would be ideal for this purpose or a close friend if need be, somebody who is trustworthy and reliable. You must make sure they are aware of the responsibilities they will be taking on for you and that they are happy to do so. Generally you would choose an appointed person that is...

  • A consenting ADULT - This is essential! Your appointed person must be an adult because they will be responsible for helping you to manage your bank account(s) and conduct other business in your absence. To manage your account(s) they will need to be given authorisation or power of attorney (more in a moment).

  • Flexible and reliable - Two very important factors, they will need to be able to get all tasks done on time, EVERY TIME. Even if they have to take an hour off work to get to the bank for a funds transfer or get up in the middle of the night to help with an emergency, they must be able to act without delay.

  • Technologically capable - They will be communicating with you mainly via telephone, e-mail & Skype (read the Staying In Touch - Communications For Backpacking Around Australia article for lots of helpful tips). They will also need to be capable of scanning documents, sending faxs, retrieving/storing data, liaising with the authorities (in case of an emergency) and any other relative tasks.

How do I prepare my appointed person before backpacking around Australia?

You can begin by compiling a folder (with some label spacers and plastic wallets) for your appointed person which they will keep with them when you go to Australia. The folder will contain everything they will need to help you as your journey unfolds (more in a moment).

Then get all the paperwork that goes with each of the commitments you will be handing over to your appointed person (i.e, phone bills, bank statements, travel insurance details, pasport copies etc...).

Go through them one by one putting with them any relevant contact details like company names, addresses, phone numbers, reference codes, user login information and any notes that may be helpful to your appointed person (i.e, regular tasks to be done or 'how to' guides).

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia You will obviously need to exchange your contact details before you go. Make sure you have each others e-mail address, phone numbers and postal address. This is important incase of an emergency or if you need to access your Contingency Funds (try to memorise these perticular details).

If you have standing orders or regular payments setup for any services (i.e, credit card payments, phone bills etc...) put them in a section (in your folder) including notes about any requirements to be carried out and at what time.

Create another section for any qualifications/certificates (original documents) you may have and a copy of your resume (C.V). This is going to be useful if you loose your copy and need some more sent out.

If you've planned your trip and have a travel itinerary containing all the details, times, dates, references, etc... of your trip (read our brilliant The Backpacker's Budget for Australia - Cost Of living In Australia - PART 1 article) make sure you leave a copy with your appointed person. This serves 2 main purposes...

  • Replacement - If you loose that itinerary you can get it sent out to you by e-mail.

  • Emergency - If there is an emergency at home you can always be found according to your travel plans.

If you have taken out travel insurance (and we hope you have), include the company contact details and print a copy of your policy to go into your folder (take a look at the Backpacker's Travel Insurance Guide for backpacking Australia - PART 1 article).

So the idea is to create a folder which contains any and all information your appointed person will need to act independently.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia As you go through all the details and tasks with your appointed person, make sure they have instructions to follow for when they have to work alone.

For example, if you're showing them how to use an online account (or something similar) take them step by step through the process and have them make their own notes and 'how to' guides. A test run on each task could also be a good idea so you can be sure they will be capable of getting things done by themselves.

The folder will need to be continually updated by your appointed person as your time in Australia continues. This means any new statements which come through in the post or paper work related to the information contained in your folder will need to be organised and stored for future reference.

When you have put everything together, take the time to sit down with your appointed person and go through the folder so they fully understand everything it contains and may refer to it with ease when you need them to.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia It may also be a good idea to have all your bank statements, invoices or relevant paper work sent to your appointed person's address. That way they can (with your permission) open your letters and organise them accordingly for you as and when it comes in.

What is the Power of attorney? And how does it help my appointed person?

Power of attorney is the authorisation given for somebody to act on your behalf or in your absence. Your appointed person will need to be given power of attorney over your financial affairs and in any correspondence that must be done from home. In fact the more authorisation you can give your appointed person the better.

Even if you're taking care of payments with a monthly plan (i.e, standing order or direct debit) it's still a good idea to authorise your appointed person to work directly with the companies you use. If there are any errors, payment disputes, membership cancellations or changes of circumstance that needs to be taken care of, your appointed person can carry it out for you.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Although it's possible to authorise somebody to access your accounts at home whilst you're in Australia, it can be very time consuming and indeed stressful for all parties involved. Stay ahead of the game and arrange it all before you go!

How do I give my appointed person power of attorney?

Before you set off for Australia, take your appointed person into your bank and have them join your account as a shared user (give them power of attorney), this way they can perform tasks and correct any errors that may occur while you're away.

The same goes for any other commitments you may have (i.e. travel insurance, phone contract, etc...), make sure they have the authorisation to manage all the accounts you will need help with.

Preparation Summary for your appointed person

Remember that organisation is the key! The more you can do before you go, the more enjoyable and hassle free your trip will be.

Here we have a brief summary of tasks that your appointed person may have to carry out. As you read through, consider how each one effects you and what you can do the make your life easier when you're in Australia.

  • Funds Transfer - When you need money sent out to you, your appointed person will be the one to do it. For the transaction to come from your own account you will need to give them authorisation (power of attorney) and provide them with the necessary security information that goes with it (see Money Management Tips For Backpacking In Australia).

  • Travel Insurance - Leave a copy of the policy details with your appointed person and make sure the insurance company has them on the system as your liaison. If anything does happen out there, your appointed person will be dealing with the insurance company for you (see section A Backpacker's Travel Insurance Guide for backpacking Australia - PART 1).

  • Important Documents - It's always sensible to make backup copies of any documents relative to your trip for your appointed person to keep safe. Your appointed person might have to send replacements out for you in case they get lost or damaged (see Important Documents for Backpacking Around Australia).

  • Communication - Where? When? How? You need to keep in touch on a regular basis. This applies to your appointed person just as much as it does you. Your appointed person needs to keep you up to speed on everything going on at home and likewise you must make sure they are informed of your status (see section Staying In Touch - Communications For Backpacking Around Australia).

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