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21. Posted by hidi6514 (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y

Hi,

Seems quite a normal train of thought, getting bored of life and uprouting to Oz for a while especially alone. Least I know Im not totally mad! I leave in 5 weeks and cant wait. Started planning 8 months ago and thought was never going to happen but now round the corner exciting and a little unnerving. So I say start planning to give you something to look forward too and go for it!!

22. Posted by James1976 (Budding Member 41 posts) 10y

Im off to Oz on 1st March so only 6 weeks for me too. Trust me if you're thinking of travelling just go for it! Once you've booked it and its almost here, you'll be loving it...

There are so many peeps going on their own that you're bound to meet loads of people. Plus it beats work! ;)

23. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

It's really comforting to see all the positive attitude and feedback here. I'll graduate from college this summer, and haven't got any ideas, where to go to university, or which career to choose. So a year in another country would be imo really great, if not the best option. I'm 18 btw. So, I'd really like to get out from home and away from overly protective/worrying parents. But I'm sure they'll get over it eventually.
Or am I just way too naive? That travelling alone 20k km away for a year would help me with confidence and everything?

My only obstacle is the lack of knowledge, money, and for now my English I guess. Would I be able to keep myself financially secure, while working in AU with Working Holidaymaker Visa? Would the temporary jobs pay enough, so I could manage with everything - food, accomodation and travelling? I've got to fly back home too eventually. In general I'm really low maintenance , no clubbing, don't drink often. Main purposes of travelling will certainly be 1) getting to know myself better, and grow up, so to speak. (I've been on 2 days long trip to Finland alone before, luv'd it, and I've stayed in dorm for a few months, for everything else there have always been parents.) and 2) Photography. It's the only thing that'll keep me sane. :).

I'd really appreciate any feedback on the financial side of backpacking Australia as WHM.

24. Posted by Popotnica (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Quoting MelesMeles

It's really comforting to see all the positive attitude and feedback here.
My only obstacle is the lack of knowledge, money, and for now my English I guess. Would I be able to keep myself financially secure, while working in AU with Working Holidaymaker Visa? Would the temporary jobs pay enough, so I could manage with everything - food, accomodation and travelling? I've got to fly back home too eventually. I'd really appreciate any feedback on the financial side of backpacking Australia as WHM.

Hey MelesMeles, I have the same problem...nothing stands in my way (well except money) and I would really like to live and work in AU.My only problem is how to find work..Everything else is just a minor problem. Have you already found a job?

Im a bit older (25) but I graduated from college (I studied tourism)a year ago. I dont have a job at the moment, but I had the opportunity to live in France for tree months and I will never forget it, it was excellent. And dont worry about your language the way I see it you speak perfect (I spoke none before I came to france). I wish you all the luck you need.
And one more thing. What is WHM?

Thanks
Mateja from Slovenia

25. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

Hi Mateja.
I have no previous 'official&legal' work experience, but I do know a thing or two about working in a warehouse. WHM - working holidaymaker. So far from what I've found from the internet, if you are not picky about a job, you'll certainly find something to do. Even if it's picking melons for a few days. And thanks, good luck to you with everything too. :)

26. Posted by bigc200 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

This forum has REALLY helped me. I've been deliberating about my life for the last year now. I'm from Manchester UK and I was weighing up whether to move to London or go traveling Australia to fulfill a life-long dream to travel. I've decided that London can wait a while and if I went there now, I would never travel. I'm leaving a girl behind to do this because I have to go before I'm 30 and she's already been and used up her working holiday visa.

It's hard to leave her but I know that if I don't do it now, I'll regret it for the rest of my life. I was going to ask her to wait for me (as I did for her) but I worry that anything could happen on this trip and I don't want to hurt her. For instance, I may be out there for up to a year and may even find sponsorship and stay longer.

Before reading these posts I was very, very down about the whole thing. I handed my notice in at work this week and I was starting to think that I had done the wrong thing but you guys have really made me feel excited about it again. I hope to have a great time and all my fears disappear.

Thanks everyone!:)

27. Posted by katies (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

ive suddenly found myself single and a travel companion down, so ive decided to go to ustralia on my own. i can only go for five weeks now (more like a holiday in comparison to the 6 months we'd been planning) im really nervous about going on my own because of things like talking to myself! who do you talk to? and eating out on my own. is anyone going to Oz in july and maybe want to meet up as a guarentee thats we would have a back up?

28. Posted by Chix (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

I went travelling alone through New Zealand and recommend the kiwi (or OZ) experience as a great way to meet people. I ended up with a group of girls - all of which started travelling alone - and we had a fab time together. I can't speak for Oz, but in NZ, people generally do the same kiwi Z bus routes (round each island) so you're likely to end up with a group of people that stick together for a while (whereas I've done similar things in Europe and everyone gets off and on in different places so you don't stay together).

29. Posted by heff (Budding Member 63 posts) 10y

just quickly I met a couple of guys the other night, one was 30 and the other 42 and we had a awsome time at a bar that had an average age of 23.

No worries. Just live life to the full.

As smashmouth said.. " didn't make sence not to live for fun"

30. Posted by wbwanderer (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I'll join the fun, and chime in.

The first time I had ever left the USA (Besides the carribean) was my senior year in College. I visited a friend that was studying abroad in London. I spent about 5 days in England, and about 5 days in Scotland. I don't think I've ever enjoyed something so much. It was so much fun to meet people from different countries, experience different food, see some truly historical places, etc. Ever since then, I've wanted to travel to other places. But, since I was graduating in a month, I "had" to start a career. Well, I got a job, and every single day I worked there, I regretted not traveling. I figured if I was to quit, and travel for a few years, I would hurt my chances at a career.

Well, I quit my job, but not due to the desire to travel. I quit to go to flight school. Now, here I am, getting the same urges I did when I had my old job. I just recently decided to quit flight school temporarily, and travel for a year or 2. If I don't travel now, I'll regret it for the rest of my life. I would have traveled after I quit my job, but there was too much pressure on me to become "Successful". Even as I type this, my family and friends have no idea of my plans. I'm worried that they'll talk me out of it. I'll let them know after I buy my plane ticket .

Basically what I'm trying to say is, go for it. Don't let work run your life. When else will you have a chance to see a culture from outside a tourists point of view. I'm not sure about the UK, but I know in the U.S. the standard amount of vacation given out is 2 weeks per year. That just isn't enough time. Sure, by traveling, you might delay your career a few years. But I wouldn't look at it like career suicide. If prospective employers can't understand your desire to see some other parts of the world, you probably wouldn't want to work for them anyways.

Sorry if I rambled on. It's a good place to vent, especially since I haven't told any of my friends or family my plans. I hope it helps.

Good luck with your decision.