I know exactly what you mean!
I'm 22, so still young, but I've also done the whole being a student thing, drinking every night, etc, and although I still like going out and having a good time that's not what I want my whole trip to Australia to be about.
However, from what I hear that seems to be all anyone does when travelling in Australia!
No it's definitely not what everyone does; there are people who go away and do that but most backpackers I met couldn't afford to be drinking all the time. Wherever you go in Aussie there will be hostels that are geared towards partying and those that aren't, so you can choose how involved you get in the drinking scene.
I feel much better for reading this thread! I'm going to be 28 when I go next year with my soon-to-be husband - I was concerned that we'd feel like an old married couple amongst all the "young'uns" so its a relief to hear that we won't stick out like a sore thumb!
yer dont worry bout it - as im 19 (1 when i started travelling) i thought i would meet everybody about my age - but serisoly i was liek the baby most places i went - people of all ages travel and thats the beauty about it - im sure il still be in sta travel trying to get the cheapest flights when im 80 years old! lol
hahah i mean 18 when i started travelling
i jsut realised i stated i felt like the baby aswell
Age is irrelevent. There are mature 18 year olds and immature 40 year olds. It just doesn't matter. I remember when I was staying in a hostel in London about 10 years ago, we were all in our mid twenties and there was one guy that hung out with us who was in his fifties. His age never even dawned on us. It was HE who had a problem with his age, not us. In fact we all thought he was a very interesting bloke - Ex Vietnam Vet. He had some incredible stories to tell had certainly wasn't an idiot.
Us 'older' travellers should just chill. Firstly who gives a stuff, you could be dead tomorrow. You'll find that there are heaps of people travelling around the world who are the same and and heaven forbid, even OLDER than you!
The 25 year old thought he was old until he met the 35 year old. The 35 year old thought he was old until he met the 45 year old. The 45 year thought he was old until he met the 55 year. The 55 old thought he was old until he met the 65 year old. The 65 year old thought he was old until he met the 75 year old and so on and so on and so on........It's just how you look at it. There will always be someone older and younger than you no matter where you are in life, what you're doing and what stage you're at. Just be content within yourself and don't sweat the small stuff.
The older you are, the better you are at travelling. With age comes common sense which keeps you a little safer in strange places. I'm glad I started my travels at 37 - apart from having more money behind me I have more confidence dealing with "odd" situations.
And alway remember, just because some of us have been around for a little longer than others, doesn't mean we have to stopped having fun. You are only as old as you feel (and act).
Well. I'm 26 now, but travelling I've met people that I can get on with from 18 to 70, really, you'll meet all sorts of people of all sorts of ages. I don't think age should be a barrier to anyone who is fit and willing. And blimey, I hope 26 isn't old!!! I'm hoping I'm allowed to travel for a few more years yet.
For the Blue Mountains, the YHA in Katoomba is really good.
p.s. I think most of the 'official TP staff' are older than us.