Right, my friend and I fly on Boxing Day for our once in a lifetime trip and for the first time since we started talking about it (January 2005) I'm FREAKING OUT! I know I proabbly sound ridiculous but it's 01:10 hours and I cannot sleep through worry! I'm worried about money (will I have enough?), finding work (got my Visa for Oz but just how easy is it really to get jobs?), sorting accommodation (it sounds so easy when people talk about it, you just ring up or go online and book in but what if we can't get a bed anywhere?), being safe (we're not silly and will obviously be careful but you hear lots of scary stories about things nowadays), losing stuff (passport, money, a leg!?!), missing home (what if someone needs us while we're gone?), everything! Question is, is this normal? Or, am I a weirdo!?!
If it is that I'm a weirdo please lie!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry guys, just needed to vent and (hopefully) hear I'm not the only person who feels like this!?!
Ok, I'm 18, english and I've been away from home for 2months now. I'm not homesick at all, although I miss people of course. It is really easy to get accommodation here, especially in Sydney. You could even book somewhere before you come for a week for peace of mind! Jobs are pretty easy to find, though I suppose that depends on what part of the country your in. I was worried before coming out but you have to think, how many people do this? loads!! Everyone is in the same position as you and everyone gets nervous before coming away. But, it's a great place to come, and it's definitely better than england and not -5C!!!
Have an awesome time and don't worry so much!
When you arrive in Sydney talk to the people who work at your hostel. They'll be able to help you with lots of the things you're worried about.
I also recommend going to the free 'Just Arrived' seminar that's on every Tuesday afternoon at Travellers Contact Point at 4.30pm.
And don't worry! You'll have a great time!
Seriously it's such an easy place to travel-there is help around every corner. Plus your with someone so even better-you wont feel as nervous, you've just got to go for it.
I would advise to book at least a couple nights accomodation for when you get there though-this is what i did i had 3 nights booked and then just went with the flow, i had absolutely nothing else arranged! You'll br fine. You'll look back on this and laugh!
I really appreciate your advice and support with regards to my insane "FREAKING OUT" post! Not quite sure what went wrong but I temporarily lost it! Bless me.
Anyhoo, back on track now, feeling positive and actually excited about the unknown rather than afraid of it!
Just want to get on that giant metal bird and go!!! It's the waiting that's the killer! Who cares if I havent saved enough, I'll be the other side of the world for Pete's sake (sorry Pete). So I won't be able to skydive in New Zealand, walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge AND snowboard in Vancouver, but hey, two outta three aint bad!!! It's a hard life!
Who says you wont be able to do all 3?
The ball's in your court. And if you can't get to Vancouver, and need a powder hit, I'd recommend doing your snowboarding in NZ, not Oz - it's cheaper, less crowded, generally has more snow and the roads up the hill will really get the adrenalin going. Porter Heights, Temple Basin, Ohau, Treble Cone... worth checking out.