The Big Smoke - City life of the Backpacker & Travel Safety in Australia
Cities are built up, busy, densely populated areas which usually have a diverse range of people and cultures. There are always going to be moving vehicles, crowds of people and distractions of every kind.
If you're staying in a hostel make sure you get a map and write down the details of the place where you're staying (address and telephone number).
Keep your eyes open, watch over your belongings (especially when on busy public transport services). If your travelling in a group even better, let each other know of anything out of the ordinary.
If your going out partying at night, stay together in groups and know your drinking limits. Keep your eye on your own drink and don't accept drinks from strangers. Take your phone with you so you can contact people or get a taxi back if you get lost.
Avoid any remote or dimly lit areas of the city (especially at night time).
Be mindful of moving vehicles, cars, busses, trams (Australian traffic drives on the left side of the road). Stay on the pavement and if there is a crossing point be sure to use it.
Don't carry large amounts of cash or be flashy with valuables. Try to use inside pockets instead of external pockets for carrying cards, cash or any other valuable items.
If you use an internet cafe make sure you logout of any sites or programs properly and wait for the confirmation before you exit the session.
Try to avoid fixed routines or travel patterns especially going to the A.T.M or getting money from the bank.
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.