Regular communications while Backpacking in Australia(How often to call?)
Although you should contact people at home regularly, it might not be a good idea to call at the same time, on the same day, every week (i.e, every Sunday at 2:00pm).
If for some reason you don't make that phone call, the people at home could become worried unnecessarily. Of course worry can be caused by lack of communication as well, so be sure to strike a good balance and not leave it too long in between.
There is one VERY IMPORTANT exception however, if you're travelling great distances or through remote locations you must ALWAYS tell your appointed person at the very least...
a) When and where you will be starting your journey.
b) The date you intend to arrive at your new destination (or next check point).
c) The exact route you will be taking (with contact check points in between if possible).
So if you were going to be driving through the outback for example, and you calculated that this trip was going to take you 2 days or so until you arrived at the next destination (where you can make contact).
You need to share this information with your appointed person and tell them to notify the authorities if they don't hear from you within an agreed time after you intend to arrive/contact them.
It's highly advisable that you do everything you possibly can to ensure you own safety in the outback, many backpackers lives have been saved by taking these types of precautions.
So we have outlined some of the basic concepts of travel safety. In part 2 we will go into greater detail about how to stay safe in the city and the outback.
Locations and inhabitants
When you backpack around Austrlaia, you will find that the potential risks vary depending on the environment you're in and the local inhabitants.
For example there is not much risk of meeting a crocodile in the city (unless it's in a zoo) but there are a lot of cars and buses driving around which can be dangerous.
The citizens of Australia are generally friendly and hospitable to backpackers and themselves are good, hard working people who are just getting on with their lives. A lot of Australians embrace backpackers and are quite keen to meet people from other countries around the world.
Unfortunately it does have to be mentioned that (as is the same with everywhere else) you do get the odd few who can cause problems and you're advised to use your discernment when dealing with any strangers you meet.
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.