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First Day in Australia

May 2, 2013

Travel Expeditions

Many questions that I get from family and friends all have to do with the same topic; survival in Australia. I’ve gotten general tips, such as tap your shoes each morning, check each crack and empty space for the Huntsman spiders… but none about opening bank accounts, SIM cards, tax file numbers, etc.

Now on to something relevant! I had a couple things that were very important to do; bank account and mobile phone!

I decided to go with the Commonwealth Bank. Before I had left Canada I did a lot of research on banks in Australia. Commonwealth just seemed to be backpacker friendly, so I just went with them since their state-wide. I got a basic chequing and savings account, and threw in a whack load of money into my saving account since the interest rates were going up to 5.5% the next day.

As for a mobile, I’m just…

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