Im travelling to aus in June for hopefully about a year, and think ive pretty much got everything sorted out...only one thing Im worried about. I have several direct debits which I pay off each month, including a couple of credit cards (which I no longer use), a store card and a loan. Does anyone know how I go about paying these whilst im away, since I probabaly wont be using my english Natwest bank account... I will be working in oz so will be paying wages into an oz bank acc. Ideally, I could really do with not having these to pay whilst im travelling as I expect money will be tight. Has anyone else had a similar problem and if so, do you know if its possible to reduce these payments or have a break in paying them? Help!! Katie.X
First, find out if it's possible if you can pay online or by phone. You could always send money home and have someone take care of your bills for you as well. It may be possible to set up an account in Australia before hand and inform the banks/credit services on it. Perhaps they can do a direct withdrawal from that account. You really need to call the financial institutions associated with your loans/payments. No reply on Travellerspoint can really answer your questions validly as these type of situations (banks, cards, etc) vary all around the world. Good luck, I'm sure there are ways to get your bills paid!
whilst on tour in the amazon jungle i came accross this same problem.
i was deep in the middle about two clicks north of mount jumanji when it occured that i needed to make a direct debit payment for my new mat..
phones and internet were out of the question so i resulted to an old trick i learned back in a previous time.
simply train a pigeon to deposit money at the bank where payment is to be taken.
a few days prior to this, stuff the cash in the pigeons trouser pocket
and send him on his way -
this is more reliable than internet banking and i highly recommend it
to any traveler -
happy to help