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1. Posted by Aaron123 (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I am looking into going travelling in june-july to aus but i will be 18 and be going alone. is this a bad idea? or are there other people around my age group thinking the same and doing the same as me. if there is could you please reply to this post or e-mail me. thanks

2. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 10y

no mate, go for it - i started only a year ago when i was 21 and even now i think ive wasted a few years when i coulda been exploring somewhere.

As long as youve got your legal documents etc all sorted you should be fine. e.g. passport, driving licence etc if ya need that! always helps!

And you'll meet loadsa lone travellers both young and old so dont be saying your too young - go for it man!

3. Posted by mee (Full Member 138 posts) 10y

you're definately NOT too young.

I was 18 the first time I was going somewhere on my own. It wasn't that far, but I didn't speak the language, and, well, I'm female.

No, girls, don't be mad at me, of course, girls can travel alone too, but I think it's a little different 'cause you're considered weaker than boys... so more things happen to girls, i think;

Tell me what you think about it.

4. Posted by shmudoc (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hey Aaron!
I'm 18 years old and this christmas I went to London alone. It also was the first time I ever bin there and yea...I love'd it!

It's no problem traveling alone when your 18. Just go for it!

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

No, 18 is not too young. No matter what your mother might say.

I went on my first trip alone 8 weeks after my 18th birthday, insisting that since I was 18, my mother could no longer stop me from seeing the city of my dreams: London.

The best part of the preparations was problably that the whole time dear mommy was thinking that I would be going on a schooltrip. I had been talking about going with my classmates on a schooltrip to London, but also about going alone, on my own. So when my mother gave me money for my trip to London, she was thinking it was for my schooltrip. I didn't realise that until the very day I intended to leave. In the morning of that day she kept asking me about my friends going, and my teachers and where the bus would leave from. (The school trip to London was scheduled about 3 months later and I had no intention of attending.) To my dying day I will remember her face when she finally realised that in two hours I was going alone to London - and that, since I had turned 18, there was nothing she could legally do to stop me.

Needless to say I was pretty inexpierenced, so I didn't plan realistically. For starters, I based my calculations for prices on a 5-year-old guidebook. (Yeah, very smart.) So I got quite a shock when - after booking the bus ride to London from Germany - I tried to reserve a hostel bed in London Earl's Court Hostelling International Youth Hostel and got the then current prices. *Gulp.*

Then, still determined though I couldn't really afford it, I packed a small suitcase(!) for four days with maybe the most impractical clothes I could find: the new ones I had gotten for my birthday. Since I also didn't have an ATM card, I had to take everything in cash. (I didn't know about such things as traveller checks then.) A few hundred Deutschmarks all in one wallet simply stuffed into my back pocket.

Other things I totally forgot to include into my travel budget were entry fees to museums - luckily the British Museum was free - and well, food.

I had been a spoiled child up until then, with my parents taking care of my every need. It just didn't occur to me that if I was alone in London I would have to pay for my own dinner, get my own bread and water from the grocery store, cook for myself, etc instead of being served by mum and dad. I totally forgot about it until I got hungry and found that I had no money to eat in a restaurant nor simple kitchen utensils as a bread knife to make myself a sandwich in my bag. I remember living on nothing but cookies and water from the tap over the weekend.

I also completely forgot to count the nights instead of the days, so I found at the end of my pre-booked stay in the Youth hostel that I still needed a bed for one night until my departure from London Victoria Station. Duh.

As you can tell, I had a lot of fun in London that time around. It *really* was a great learning expierience. Don't let anything (or anybody) stop you from going on that trip.

Just don't make my mistakes.

6. Posted by vampyren (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

18 is fine Aaron. I'm now 43 and have more or less been traveling since I was 18. OK, the first little ventures were not far.... just into Europe and then Israel doing the Kibbutz thing and all that. I was back in the UK when I was about 29. I saw the looks on people's faces when they asked me where I'd been. Some just glazed over and immediately lost interest coz they couldn't get their head into my lifestyle. And others were horrified that they
ey were the same age as me and been nowhere! So, not was only was I happy to have started at 18, I was relieved!

You'll make some mistakes. You'll find yourself in situations and wonder what the hell you were thinking of going there. You will sometimes feel lonely. BUT not for long. As the others have said, you will meet other people of all ages travelling the same direction. Your paths coincide for a while and then you diverge again. And during that convergence, you will have truly beautiful friendships the memory of which will warm your heart every time you think of them years later. Well, that's my experience anyway!

Go with an open heart and be willing to learn from ANY person you meet and any experience you find and you'll be starting a great life.

There is just 1 balancing view for those older than you who read this and regret not going earlier.... I have seen people who had a career, children, all that and then when the kids were independent, started travelling at say 40 or 45 years old. From what I saw, their experience was different to mine but every bit as valid and just as rich and full of wonder and excitement. Sometimes I wish now that I had done it that way. Fulfilled the responsibilities and now start finding a well-earned freedom. BUT I didn't and have no regrets. Its just to say that either way round is valid and rewarding.

I wish you well Aaron!

7. Posted by libby4 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

18 is fine, last summer i traveled alone for 3 months to South America and didnt speak a single word of spanish wnen i arrived and only booked a plane ticket out there...it was the best thing id ever done...and im female.
Austrialia is english speaking, westernised, you are a guy so there is absolutely nothing holding you back!!
go, go ,GO!!

8. Posted by sebe21 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

hi
you (as everyone else has said) are def not too young, my cousin and me travelled at 16 together around Indonesia we had the best time and still get excited when we talk about it (and we are both female). now i am 20 and i am travelling the world alone! there are so many people doing the same thing as you that you will have a ball and it helps a little more being a bloke so i say go for it, honestly you wont look back! (i didnt)
sally

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