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1. Posted by Sarahm95 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8w

I'm currently thinking of traveling to Australia to do a year working holiday visa, But solo. my friends are either in college or not interested in going at the moment and I just want to get out of here. The only thing stopping me from going for it is fear. I've been doing research and even reading other people's stories on traveling alone but it's still not taking the fear away. It's fear of not having anyone to talk to or go out with at the beginning and I don't even know where abouts to start off in Australia, I'm 21 and from Ireland and was thinking of going in Feb/ March is that a bad time? I was in Sydney for 3 months in January but I had people over there at the time so I had no worries and being there for a long but short space of time has made me want to go back so bad!! Does anyone have any advice??

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8w

There are no bad times to be in Australia, nor bad places for starting. However, between December and March I'd generally avoid the north due to the wet season, which most people would consider less pleasant.

Still, that leaves more than enough places for starting out at in Feb/March. It doesn't really matter where you start. Sydney is a popular place simply due to being the major international hub, but Melbourne or even Adelaide works just as well.

Having people to talk with should not be a worry at all. Just plant yourself on a couch in the lounge of whatever hostel you'll find yourself at, or go cook a meal in its kitchen, and before you'll know it there'll be fellow travelling complimenting your cooking skills or just generally starting up a conversation. There are many other solo travellers, and most would be just as grateful for some company as you would be.
Going out with others depends a bit more on your social skills, I'd say, with how much of a connection you make, but many hostels organize regular scheduled activities that should help a bit with getting to know each other a bit better.

I did consecutive WHVs for New Zealand and Australia when I was 24, very shy and introverted, and that was one of the best experiences of my life, shaping everything good which has come my way since. I'm still a proud introvert, but much more confident, with long-term travel in my blood, and it all started there. If I could do it, I don't see any reason why you can't.

3. Posted by earthsea (Budding Member 2 posts) 8w

"A life lived in fear is a half life lived" This quote has done nothing but enrich my life more than I could have imagined through the fear. The fear will be there, but you already have the drive and passion and that is what will push you past the fear and make it all happen. I have also traveled alone and prefer it that way. You do end up meeting so many people!! I have heard from other travellers that they wished they were travelling alone so they didn't need to go with the other persons itinerary or timing. I also believe you end up meeting more people because you are alone, you are forced to open up out of your shell and it is a beautiful growing experience. Wishing you the best :)

4. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 528 posts) 8w

Agree wholeheartedly with earthsea and Sander, especially this, "you end up meeting more people because you are alone, you are forced to open up out of your shell and it is a beautiful growing experience."

If you reach out, others will respond.

Even experienced travelers have trepidations. But once on the road, those anxieties seem to melt away. They do with age, too. The older I get, the less I seem to worry.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Oct-2016, at 02:57 by berner256 ]

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6. Posted by AllanB91 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6w

Hi Sarah,

Your not alone, I fly out to Brisbane on 5th march 2017 on my WHV, doing it alone and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous and thinking about what will happen etc, will I meet people etc...

Have you booked anything yet? Have you given any more thought as to where you want to start?

Be good to get to know people in the same boat before going and I'm always up for a drink out there

Allan

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9. Posted by awhebell (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w

Hi,
I have just seen your post, and as a 50 year old Aussie travelling solo through Europe, go for it :)
My only advice, as a local, if you are going to begin in March, go down South first: Tasmania, Melbourne before it gets too cold, and then work your way up to glorious and warm Queensland (for those colder winter months)
Alison

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Oct-2016, at 10:41 by awhebell ]

10. Posted by paigeok (Budding Member 6 posts) 5w

Hiya! I am currently in south east Asia with a friend but she isn't able to come to Australia or New Zealand With me so illbe headed there solo. I am likely to be headed to Oz around early Feb as I want to squeeze in Bali on the way! Ill probably start down south and work my way up - drop me a message if you want!