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.
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.