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1. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 10y

I'm travelling to Oz from the UK in May on my lonesome and I'm very nervous. Does anyone have any advice or tips. Also I'm flying with Quantas, what are they like to fly with?

2. Posted by lys_8 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Hi...im from Australia and currently living in the UK. Dont be nervous. Most people in Australia are willing to help if you need it and if you're travelling up the east coast there are loads of backpackers especially from the UK. You will meet heaps of people staying in hostels all in the same situation as you. Where abouts are you planning on visting and how long are you going to be in australia??
I havent flown with Qantas overseas before personally, but apparently they arent too bad. you shouldnt have any problems.

best of luck. if you have any questions or need any advice dont hestitate to ask.

elyse

3. Posted by dstewart_o (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

You will be fine. Lots of backpackers are around. Aussies are very friendly people and i wouldnt think you would find it hard to make conversation or meet new people.

Qantas has a very good reputation in the air.

Enjoy it... you will have a great time!! guaranteed!! make sure you check out the east coast and if your down in victoria check out the surf coast/great ocean road near geelong. its a beautiful stretch of a drive with scenery of lovely beaches!! so open and peaceful!! get down there. its worth seeing and taking a holiday there.

4. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 10y

Quoting dstewart_o

You will be fine. Lots of backpackers are around. Aussies are very friendly people and i wouldnt think you would find it hard to make conversation or meet new people.

Qantas has a very good reputation in the air.

Enjoy it... you will have a great time!! guaranteed!! make sure you check out the east coast and if your down in victoria check out the surf coast/great ocean road near geelong. its a beautiful stretch of a drive with scenery of lovely beaches!! so open and peaceful!! get down there. its worth seeing and taking a holiday there.

Thank you that makes me feel a lot better!!

5. Posted by walkabout (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

Just don`t watch the film Wolf Creek before you get here..
it seems to have startled some..

6. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

Quoting walkabout

Just don`t watch the film Wolf Creek before you get here..
it seems to have startled some..

Also I would advise you not to go googling the names Ivan Milat or Bradley John Murdoch.

7. Posted by walkabout (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

hmmm we are prob not doing the Australian tourism board any favours

8. Posted by traveler11 (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

All right, I always told myself after I got done traveling I would give advice to others because I was always looking for it before I left. A year later I'm finally getting around to doing it.

Let me just tell you. I landed in Australia a year ago today. It was raining, cold, my trip from japan to Australia took me 45 hours, I was beyond exhausted, I was sick, I had hurt my knee in Japan and it was killing me, a relationship I was in back home was falling apart, my shuttle wasn't at the airport had to wait a while for that. My hostel wasn't the best place and I was put in a room with what was obviously three stinky boys. I was scared to go to sleep not knowing when 3 guys I hadn't talked to would come back. Anyways sounds horrible right? All I wanted to do was go home. The next day wasn't the best either, spent most of it just walking around in the rain. The day after that I got up and went to an orientation for my work program, met a girl there and started what would be the best 2 months of my life.

My list of advice
1. DON'T PACK TOO MUCH!!!. I ended up storing a bag, sending a box home and trashing things along the way. No one cares what you wear or look like. One pair of jeans, shorts, a couple shirts or tops, one pair of running shoes, one pair of flip flops, all the necessities, and stuff only necessary to be clean (i.e. hair dryers and straighters are not needed). The less you have, the less hassle.

2. Talk to everyone. Everyone has a story, and almost everyone is willing to talk to you.

3. Save money on food and shopping but don't be stingy on experiences. I spent all my money and maxed out my 2 credit cards but a year later I'm still surviving and I'm so glad I didn't worry about how much money I was spending. Every penny was worth it.

4. TRAVEL THE OUTBACK!!!

5. Be leary of who you work for, I worked for a week and never got paid.

6. Go beyond your limits! I'm adventurous but have a couple fears such as white water rafting. But I loved it.

7. I think oz experience is a ripoff, didn't do it but heard lots of horror stories. You can do a lot more with just a greyhound pass and finding your own experiences.

8. Don't bypass the little places. Port Macquirie, coffs harbour, rainbow beach and a little town I can't think of the name of right now were my favorite places, but not incredibly heavy tourist places.

9. If you want to know any specifics about anywhere I went (traveled up the coast for a month, down through the outback for a month, and South island of New Zealand for two weeks) feel free to email me. shorty_2411@hotmail.com

10. The only negative- don't expect everything and everyone to be the same as when you left. I absolutely loved being disconnected from the world, not watching tv everyday, not being caught up in the horrors of the world, and just in general not having a care in the world. You forget that everyone else's life is moving on back home and they're going through the same everyday stresses and problems. I had a really rough couple months when I came back because I couldn't accept the changes that had happened while I was gone. Also hard to go back to a normal lifestyle

Number one piece of advice: GO!!

9. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

don't say anything about that movie!! the spiders and the snakes turn them off already!

10. Posted by walkabout (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

sorry