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any top tips for goin it alone for 12 months?????

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1. Posted by ukguy23 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

hi, just signed up on this site, im starting me travels in oct and off to the following places:
america + canada
fiji
nz
oz
bali
singapore
thailand

first time ever been travelling and goin on me own, so any tips, ideas of where to visit, confessions, would be great.
so get back to me if ya wanna say hi

p.s and is the route i have a popular one, goin from america to asia, or do people generally do this the other way around??? startin in asia and ending up in america??

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 7, 2006 12:13 PM by ukguy23 ]

2. Posted by lei (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

I've always thought that a RWT would be way to expensive for a regular working gal. But, I read somewhere someone budgeted 9k excluding airfare. What kind of budget did you come up with? USD. And wouldn't airfare increase it a TON!

3. Posted by Kayla1 (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

Hi,

I think your route is good in the sense that as you are starting with the more expensive places and ending up in the cheaper ones, that way if your money does start to run out you wont be facing high prices in Asia.

I dont have any other tips on going it alone. and I'm starting out next month!

Good luck with it all.

4. Posted by ukguy23 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

hey kayla + lei, yeah that was my thinking really- to start with the more expensive places so i wont be stuck for money in these places.
in regards to my budget im taking about 7 grand with me, and ive got a working visa in oz, so i can work in oz to get a bit more cash together before i head off to asia. i would have liked to take more but with what people have told me 7 grand is a good ammount to take, and because im working in oz as well (im stayin in oz for 4 months) this should be enough to see me through and have a wicked time along the way!!!!

5. Posted by Paul_H (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

I would definitely recommend starting with the expensive places first and ending up in Asia, I did it the other way round and ended up having to ask the rentals for some money but I can admit to having visited New York on a very tight budget!! £7,000 is a great amount to take with you and if you are planning to work in Oz as well, you will be fine. People go in all directions. Most go either way (east to west or west to east) but once your in a country expect to go all over the place especially if you hook up with a group of people.

With regards to meeting people. I know that is all very well people on here saying that you will be fine but like you I was still nervous about the whole idea. Hostels are a great place to meet people and just simply introducing yourself to people in your dorm will end up with you having a conversation. If people are planning on visiting somewhere ask if you could tag along. If you get on a bus for a long journey look for other people on their own. I'm sure they would like the company and making conversation with people you've only just met becomes so much easier the more you do it. The travellers network is so friendly (usually based on going out for a drink) and no one wants to see anyone on their own so your likely to meet so many people and make friends all over the world. I know I did!!

If you have any other questions, just ask

Have a wicked time

Paul

6. Posted by ukguy23 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

nice one paul, thanks for that mate

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Hey - your route looks a bit similar to the one that I did a few years ago - you'll love it!

As has been said already, cheapest last is definitely the best plan. And meeting people in any of those place won't be a problem - you have nothing to worry about, just some great travelling to look forward to.

8. Posted by queeny (Budding Member 32 posts) 10y

Quoting Paul_H

With regards to meeting people. I know that is all very well people on here saying that you will be fine but like you I was still nervous about the whole idea. Hostels are a great place to meet people and just simply introducing yourself to people in your dorm will end up with you having a conversation. If people are planning on visiting somewhere ask if you could tag along. If you get on a bus for a long journey look for other people on their own. I'm sure they would like the company and making conversation with people you've only just met becomes so much easier the more you do it. The travellers network is so friendly (usually based on going out for a drink) and no one wants to see anyone on their own so your likely to meet so many people and make friends all over the world. I know I did!!

Hi there,
Just like to say, I agree with this... Oz is the easiest place in the world to travel on your own. LOADS of people do it. I started out with 3 friends but I'm now on my own and LOVING it.

Yeah, when you're in a dorm you'll get chatting to your roomates as everyone loves telling their travelling stories or finding out about the next spot on the route. Usually people make more of an effort to befriend people as we're all in the same boat.

I'm in a hostel type place in sydney at the mo and there's 2 groups of friends and everyone else is alone. We're now like one big group and there's about 20 of us. Real community feel.

You'll have a ball and won't regret a minute....