Appointed Person & Help from Home (for Backpackers in Australia)

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)) and all kinds of general tasks you need to get done at home.

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.

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