Youth Hostels Australia – travel tips

YHA Fact Sheet

YHA Australia is part of the world’s largest backpacker accommodation network and has recently published a very useful fact sheet for students going travelling or on working holidays. Below are some interesting travel tips:


Top Travel Tips

  1. Want to earn money while you travel? Australia has working holiday agreements with many countries – see – be aware that some visas must be applied for before you leave Australia though.
  2. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after you plan to return, and check entry requirements for countries you plan to visit e.g. tourist visas, US pre-authorisation.
  3. Visit the doctor at least 6 weeks before you leave to get vaccinations and prescription medication.
  4. Let your bank know you’re going overseas so they don’t cancel your card when they see an overseas transaction.
  5. If you can’t afford travel insurance you can’t afford to travel!
  6. Register with
  7. Always give a family member or friend a copy of your itinerary so they can contact you in an emergency.
  8. Book your first couple of nights’ accommodation ahead for peace of mind when you get off the plane and have to find your way around a new city, a new country.
  9. Always aim to arrive in a new town during the daylight hours as it is more difficult to get your bearings at night.
  10. It can be cheaper to organise transport passes before you leave Australia, e.g.

Busabout hop-on hop-off between major European Cities, Greyhound Canada/USA, Eurail train network.

  1. Pack lightly – you’ll be surprised how little you can comfortably travel with, and roll clothes when packing.
  2. Sometimes the best plan is ‘no plan’… don’t be too locked into a pre-arranged       schedule that you have no time for spontaneous experiences!
  3. Look at alternative low cost options to communicate with home – email, SKYPE, Facebook, Facetime, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat (on Wi-Fi or from an internet café), prepaid local or international SIM cards.

For more information about YHA and to access many other useful tips, visit Travel Tips