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Bank Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Bank Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

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.

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Driving Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Driving Documents for Backpacking Around 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.

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Employment Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Employment Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

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.

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Keeping A Personal Organiser While Backpacking Around Australia

Keeping A Personal Organiser While Backpacking Around 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..

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Photos, Video and Storage - Backpackers Guide

Photos, Video and Storage - Backpackers Guide

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!

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Travel Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Travel Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

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!

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Important Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Important Documents for Backpacking Around 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.

Backing up your documents

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.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia When you're saving backups/copies to your flash drive it's worth having some sort of security softrware (encryption/password protection) to prevent against fraudulant activity.

It may sound silly, but it's only too easy to walk away from an internet session and leave the flash drive in the computer. There are flash drives available on the market today that you can use to safely store these documents (more in a moment).

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.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Also, read the Appointed Person article. An appointed person is a friend or family member you have chosen to keep things organised at home while you're away. Relative to this section your appointed person will be responsible for keeping some of the backups you create and sending them out to you if you need them.

Which documents am I going to need for Backpacking around Australia?

In the following articles we highlight the documents you'll need most when you travel to Australia and how to keep them safe...

USB Flash Drives for Data Storage While Backpacking

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.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia It's highly recomended that you get a USB flash drive with an encryption function built in. Many people have finished an internet session only to leave their flash drive still in the computer or even worse had it stolen. Don't let your sensative data be read by anybody else but you.
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Finding Work - Backpacking Jobs & Employment In Australia

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A Backpacker's Geography of Australia

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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.

Bank Documents for Backpacking

Bank Documents for Backpacking

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.

Travel Insurance for Backpackers Guide - Choosing the Right Policy - PART 1

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 For Backpackers - Time Tables - Free Services

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.

How to use International Phone Cards - Calling Home - Backpackers Guide

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.

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