Backpacking in Australia
"Back-Packing Accommodation in Australia"
Back-Packing around Australia? You are going to have just the best time!
Have you ever back-packed before? If you have that is great! If not that is good too because all you ever wanted to know about backpacking your way around Australia is listed here. You have so much to look forward to. Even if you are an experienced back-packer you might pick up a trick or two.
Things to Prepare For
When back-pack TRAVELLING, while it can be fun and enjoyable, some people become a little forgetful and not as responsible as they need to be. One must take care to look after their things. Always remain watchful; if your travelling with a friend it is a good idea to place some of your things in their bags and vice-versa. If not, keep a few thing in another bag this ensures if one bag is lost, or heaven forbid is stolen ... Well you get the idea.
Take copies of your PASSPORT, credit card and other relevant documents, prescriptions etc and scan and then e-Mail them to your-self and of course save the e-Mail. Then if you ever require a copy while in Australia, you simply go to an internet cafe and download it. Trust no-one with your documents and keep them with you at all times. Keep a copy of those ones that you can.
Some people have neck bags that are worn under clothing and carry important things like, medication, money, traveller's checks, and travel documents it that. Not a bad idea!
Back-Packing is a much laid back way of moving around so wearing expensive jewellery is not a good idea and there are many that will carry expensive camera gear. I must say a small good quality digital camera will do the trick on this type of HOLIDAY and less conspicuous.
Secure your luggage with a good lock and keep two keys, place one in your shoe and the other somewhere else. This is very important, ALWAYS PACK YOUR OWN LUGGAGE AND LOCK IT SECURELY.
Security While Travelling
When you are TRAVELLING ensure you have a leg or arm through a handle of the bag you are carrying, especially when you are tired. I had a friend who fell asleep on a train and when she woke, everything was gone, tickets, cash, bag and clothes, nothing left!
NEVER LEAVE YOUR LUGGAGE UNATTENDED - ALWAYS TAKE IT WITH YOU
"Do not end up broken-hearted"
The experienced back-packer knows to travel light unless of course you have an Aussie base where you can leave things and send for them as your need arises.
As you move around you will collect luggage tags, make sure you remove them. Including your carry-on luggage and ensure ALL your luggage has your name and some contact detail on them.
I do not recommend your address, but maybe your home suburb, your phone number - YES.
Baggage handlers can become confused with old tags and it is not their job to take them off.
Guys this warning has saved many:- NEVER CARRY ANY PARCELS OR LUGGAGE FOR OTHER PEOPLE.