My and boyfriend had booked to travel to Perth and Sydney in December for just over 4 weeks.
Unfortunately since booking the flights and arranging to stay with a mutual friend whilst in Sydney, we have unfortunately separated.
We are still on friendly terms and at the moment both thinking we will still travel together. However, it obviously won't be as planned where we will be spending all the time together as no doubt we will want to do different things.
The thought of being alone in Sydney is quite scary and was wondering if there is any advice anyone can give about meeting people whilst out there.
[ Edit: Edited on 29-Sep-2014, at 01:24 by TrayScho ]
I would try finding a Baptist, a Methodist, or a Pentecostal church. They help. They care.
Share you problems with sincere laymen who come up to meet you...
[ Edit: Edited on 29-Sep-2014, at 04:04 by lolopass ]
Rather than staying at a friend's place, I'd recommend staying at a hostel. There'll be a ton of fellow solo travellers there, many of them also scared of being out travelling by themselves for the first time, and hoping to catch someone else to spend a couple of days together with while exploring the city. Or at least providing someone to swap notes and stories with at the end of the day while hanging out in the kitchen or lounge.
(FWIW, regarding the post above, I'm 95% certain lolopass is a spammer, trying to appear to be a regular user before dropping their spam links.)
Thanks for the advice, I have been looking at hostels so I'll bare that in mind. It's difficult as I hadnt really factored it into my budget.
I did question the comment left by lolopass
You could maybe still mostly spend time at friend's places, but do side trips during which you stay at hostels to get to spend at least some time meeting other people. The Blue Mountains for example would be an excellent sidetrip from Sydney, where you could spend a couple of days hiking and hanging out with fellow travellers (I can recommend the Katoomba YHA), many of which will probably also return to Sydney after a few days.
Also, I'd say try to revel in the freedom solo travel gives you - you don't have anyone else's wishes to take into account, but each day can do exactly as you yourself want to do. Linger all day long at that one favorite cafe, reading a book and doing people watching. Hike the coast, and just keep on going for as long as you have energy left. Explore every single used bookstore you can find, in depth (if that's actually something you like to do: Glebe Point Road!) Spend eight hours photographing every single amazing angle and detail in the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Or just stay in all day long, writing in your diary and watching videos on youtube. There's really no one to tell you any of those choices are wrong, and if they feel right to you at any given point, then that automatically makes them the perfect things to do.
That sounds like really good advice. For someone who hasn't travelled alone before it's quite a daunting experience especially as I wasn't planning on doing. I've never thought of it like that before, so thank you.
Blue mountains is on the list of places I want to see so I'll check it out.