I've just come across this site and was reading the Bricking it... thread - I wasn't scared till now!!! I'm going alone on October 14th and was totally excited. My one way flight is booked, one weeks accomodation, and my notice at works handed in but now all i've got going through my head is: Am I doing the right thing!!!
As the youngest child I've always been looked after and am normally the over careful one but in the last few months I have had such itchy feet!! I've always wanted to travel (and planned for years of going off somewhere with friends) but now all my mates are married or are starting a family. And at 24 thats just not even something that has crossed my mind!!
I've had the same sort of response from everyone: 'WOW your sooo brave!!'. And I really think my war paint is starting to peel off. I terrified that after my safety week I'll be homeless and on my own on the other side of the world. And I've too much pride to return home with my tail between my legs!
You'll be fine!! Really...it's not like your going to some crazy foreign land. Just be confident and make things happen! Plus, there will be a lot of people there in your same situtation.
I just turned 24 and just couldn't face grad school right now, or an office job, so I'm going to NZ on my own. I've already made contacts, and the people there seem so so nice. You can do it!!
When I went to Africa, people were like "You're so brave" "Aren't you scared?" etc.... and I started thinking, are they right?! Am I nuts?! But once I got there and experienced it all, it wasn't as big and scary as people envisioned. It was actually the most amazing experience of my life! Everyone is afraid of the unknown...but the only way to not be afraid of it is to make it known! So have a blast! And good for you...seeing the world!
You're flying into one of the most easy-going countries on earth. You will wonder what the hell you were so worried about, honestly. Everything is SO set up for travellers down here. There's a tonne of people travelling by themselves, literally 1000's. Sydney is an English speaking, western country. If you could fend for yourself in your own country, you can fend for yourself down here. It's time to grab the bull by the horns and just do it.
Don't sweat the small stuff...and you'll find most of it is small stuff.
i wouldnt really worry about going by your self, or being pamped at home, i was just like that when i went to Oz last year. I was 25 when i went, but to be honest i wouldnt have changed it for the world. Its so easy to meet people, and after a while you get so used to cooking, and looking after your self it will become second nature, you will love it there!!
I'm so sorry hun, all my fault I'm afraid! Still bricking it though!!! Went from nervous and not sleeping to fine, happy, excited, now starting seeing someone and it's getting serious again and wonder why I'm putting myself through it. Honestly sweet after all these mixed emotions I think you and I both know we are doing the right thing and it's a massive achievement. I think when people say 'Your so brave!'it does make you wonder but also makes you feel like a stronger person for doing it. If we didn't want to do it we wouldn't have booked it so let's hope this time goes bloody quick so we start enjoying ourselves and forget about this stupid panic! Your not alone honey, I'll be there!
I really wasn't worried about it and now I feel silly cos I'm sure once i'm there I will be totally fine. It's just that now i've not got that long to go and everything is feeling alot more real.
Not helped by the fact that I have also not long met a great bloke! Why do they always come out of the woodwork when you don't want to meet them??!! Saying that, there is not a fella on this earth that will ever stop me doing what I want!! I just think that I need to get there, put my mind at ease and Have a fantastic year!!
If you aren't a little nervous about taking a major step in your life there is something wrong. Having concerns helps keep you on your guard. But trust me, once you get to Oz you will meet lots of fab people are there will always be some one to help out. If your desperate, just jump on to TP, I'm sure there will be plenty of people ready to give advice if you need it.
And don't worry about the man, you will meet a lot of "fantastic" feelars when you get down under.
You should try walking down the ramp at Heathrow and boarding a flight to China with your partner and 2 children (7+11), knowing you're not coming back for at least 9 months! And you know what, I'm no hero but I wasn't scared. Apprehensive, yes. Excited, absolutely. But not really scared.
We had a couple of week's accommodation booked, but then made our way around Thailand and Singapore.
From there we could only get 3 of us on a flight to Oz, so my partner flew into Sydney with no accommodation booked at all, went to the TIC at the airport and they sorted her out. I followed on the next day and as I was the last person on the bus, the driver dropped me right outside the door.
My cynical brother came back from Australia and declared that "No Worries" isn't just a phrase, it's a lifestyle.
Budha position and relax. Australia was the end of my first trip alone. After three months in Africa, OZ was the most beautiful and peaceful country I´ve ever been. I was 24 at the time and a french citizen (not to say they are not really fond of us), but everything went fabulously and i cant wait to go again. There is no reason to stress so calm down mate.
I am in the same position as you..! In the beginning, when I booked, no problem, but now...The nerves are coming like crazzzzzzzzy! A lot of people say: you go alone?? Why???? I really want to do this trip alone (Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand), and I know there are so many people going alone, but I hope I am strong enough... Ahh, I think I just have to go with the flow... No worries.
Maybe we meet each other along the way.