Hi im a 25 year old male in Scotland. I was ill for 4 years with kidney probs but im better now. I have always wanted to go to Australia and do a bit of backpacking. I would like to go for around 8 weeks in Nov time. I just want to go and meet new people and party. I was going to take around 2,000 pound? Is that enough? Can anyone recommend any hostels or places to go to meet people as i lost almost all my friends during my illness. I was thinking of going to Sydney. It would be a big step for me as i dont have alot of confidence at the moment after whats happened. Any advice would be great.
I recommend investigating YHA and looking into what tours are available - at least for the first part of your stay. Its a great way to meet like minded folk/other travellers and a good way to orientate yourself if you have limited time/money/not sure exactly what you want to see because you want to see everything.
Look for busabout or aussie experience tours which give you the option of using them as a tour group or a transport service. Then you can guide yourself if you want or you can mix in with the group. Look at ozexperience.com online for more info.
YHA are the youth hostel association. I've not found too many hostels that are part of the network here in europe/uk but there are loads in NZ and I believe Aussie is the same. They have a website - just google yha! You can by a membership and get discounts which work out quite worth while if you are going to be staying in lots of hostels!
Travel is a pretty big step if you've been unwell or had a big confidence knock. It would be worth while doing a wee bit of confidence building before you leave - join a club of some sort to get used to answering all the same questions quite a lot!
It would probably be quite good to make sure you have a bit of a safety net for the first few weeks of your trip too. Plan what you will do each week so people at home know where you will be and when and make arrangements to call or email home regularly. This makes the folks at home feel better cos they know you're ok and it does the same for you!
After the first few weeks if you are feeling really great you can then go and do your own thing!
£2000 works out to about $4,500 Aus. that should be fine if you will stick with the backpacking route!
I'm glad you're better now and it's great that you're planning on travelling and having fun. I went to NZ for 3 months and spent about £3000, this included doing things like sky diving, bungee jumping and zorbing and also a few organised trips so £2000 should be enough for 8 weeks.
Even if you don't go on a tour, hostels are always good for meeting people. You can make friends with people and possibly travel with them for a while.
It should be a confidence boost by simply getting on the plane, I know a lot of people who say they could never even consider going to the other side of the world on their own. Don't let that put you off though, it really is fine! Have loads of fun