So, I've arrived in Sydney, I'm jet lagged and feeling petrified!
I went through STA Travel and booked a package which I thought was a group thing. Turns out I have to book each activity myself.
I feel it was misleading and so I'm feeling a little scared and alone.
It'd be great to meet any solo travellers as the company would be good and reassuring.
The first few days in a new destination, especially as an inexperienced solo traveller, can be quite harsh. My main advice: Don't expect too much of yourself! It's only natural that you'll need some time to get your bearings and sleep off the jetlag. Go spend lots of time outside in the sunshine (oh bother, I see tomorrow is a rainy day... But at least for the day after tomorrow, and at least go walk outside as much as possible tomorrow, finding some nice cafe with big windows to sit behind and drink a cup of something warm), and don't set yourself too many goals other than just getting a feel for the city. You'll presumably be there for quite a while still, so you can afford to take things slow and at your own pace.
Do you have any specific interests to help you feel good? Chances are that Sydney caters to it! For example, I love science fiction books, and Sydney has this huge bookstore on York Street specializing in nothing but science fiction books, where I can happily spend a very long time browsing the shelves. It's worth searching (and/or asking here) for something similar which might match your tastes.
If I remember the location of the Base correctly, you should be quite close to Darling Harbour. What I love to do in that area of Sydney is to just make my way over to the Chinese Garden of Friendship, and spend 2-3 hours very slowly walking its many winding pathways, sitting on its benches and just soaking up the surroundings. As with all good Chinese and Japanese gardens, there's a different carefully orchestrated view around every bend. If you're interested in doing some photography, that's absolute paradise, but even if you aren't, it's a very worthwhile destination.
Or alternatively, mosey over to the east, to Hyde Park, walk its length north, and then head via the Art Gallery to the Royal Botanic Gardens. See if you can find the flying foxes hanging from their trees in the middle of the park, and then make your way to the waterfront, strolling west along it until you reach the Opera House. There's so much to see and soak up that you shouldn't feel too lonely, and there'll be smiling happy people all around you.
If you keep feeling alone at Base, you might also consider moving to a different, much smaller hostel. The big chain ones like Base have excellent facilities, but you do get to feel very anonymous amongst the hundreds of other backpackers, and that's much better at smaller hostels where you'll start recognizing the other guests much more swiftly, simply because there's far fewer of them.
[ Edit: Edited on 21-May-2015, at 04:00 by Sander ]
I'm in Sydney for the next few months so if you want to grab a coffee or something then let me know
I'll be in Sydney in a few weeks time, not sure if you're still there then or not! I arrive the 18th June and am also a solo traveller, would be nice to know there's someone there so I'm not a loner when I get there!!
I Just arrived in Sydney last week (lone traveller) my plans are to stay in Sydney and work up until Xmas and then head off travelling (and doing my regional work if I decide I want to stay another year) in the new year! As I'm on my own I'm keen to meet new people!
If you fancy meeting up, give me a shout!
You'll get me on Facebook Karinamccarthy
I'm Here in sydney if anyone wanna travel around Sydney area or coffee or lunch .. If your interested let me know .. As long On my days off
I'm in Sydney on my own too !