How to use International Phone Cards while Backpacking in Australia
For calling international numbers (i.e, contacting people at home) a phone card/ticket will often provide you with the best rates. Phone cards/tickets both perform the same task (cheap international calls) and are used in exactly the same way.
The only difference between a card and a ticket is that a ticket is bought in a shop (i.e, the news agents) and is printed out on paper, where a phone card is usually purchased online and sent out to you (with an e-mail containing your pin). You can 'top-up' (add credit) with either a debit or credit card by calling the payment number and following the instructions.
Usually each top-up is valid for 6 months so you have plenty of time to use your credit. Each time you use the service you will be provided with your latest balance. Cost wise they start from $5AUD (which usually lasts for hours), so depending how much you will calling home you may only be topping up every month or so.
If you're making your call from a landline or public pay phone there is a usually minimum charge of 50 cents to activate the dialing tone before you can call out.
The Backpacker's Budget (Cost Of living In Australia)
Budgeting for backpacking in Australia is all about getting the most out of your trip with the funds you have available. In this article we outline how to budget for backpacking around Australia including getting up to date prices for accommodation, transport, essential shopping items and day-to-day living expenses so you can budget your trip with confidence before you go.
Packing Guide & Checklist for Backpacking Around Australia
Read our helpful backpacking checklist and get lots of 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.