I am a little concerned about travelling oz for a year with my boyfriend. We are both 22 & have been together for 5 years.
I have been reading up on travelling, and not one piece of literature advises travel with a partner. Infact most of them outline the disadvantages!
A little worried that we wont meet up with as many people as we hope/ often people are put off by a couple rather than a single or a group? Has anyone found this to be an issue when travelling?
We fly into sydney in March 07 & then we have no real plans from there? Prob going to head up the East Coast. Any must sees? or great bars etc
Thanks in advance
Meeting up with people entirely depends on how open to meeting people you are yourselves. If you always retreat to your room together, you won't meet people, but if you just hang out in the lounge areas of hostels, being a couple will definitely not count against you. You'll definitely not be alone: most people travelling do so in pairs.
Thinking back: Of the ten individual people I connected most with during my time on the road (travelling by myself), six formed couples (so three couples).
Travelling together with your boyfriend for so long will definitely be a very good test of the strength of your relationship. I think the rule of thumb is that every day on the road counts as a week at home. So if you're still happily together after the year, you'll just have doubled the time you've been together. (They key is of course to give each other room to be alone every so often.)
As for what to see, the one thing I can recommend which isn't a major destination, and might be skipped otherwise, is to do a Platypus spotting tour in Eungella National Park from Mackay - I did the one leaving from the YHA, and can highly recommend it (that's the only thing worth doing there though, so don't plan on staying there much longer).
Im sure im just looking into it too much, both of us are really outgoing! We've got loads of friendsbk at home..... so im sure we will be fine!
Thanks for ur advice
My Girlfriend and I travelled for 2+ years around OZ and we're about to embark on another journey for 1 yr + in South America via South Africa (we spend 53days on a boat together !!!! and you think you've got it bad
Anyway, All the guide books tell you not to travel together, however, ignore them. Remember... anyone who writes things like that can only pass on their "experiences" because they've "experienced" it first hand... so it's naturally biased
Don't get me wrong.... it's one feck of a strain at times...
The amount of times I was left standing in the middle of the desert on a dirt track road as my Girlf Drove off saying she was leaving me
However, you've to remember that for every argument you have, you'll both share a load of great experiences together (Experiences are much better when shared!) and it's those moments that will keep you together.
As a couple, you might find it hard when the grass continually looks greener on the "single" side as it is pretty much a party atmosphere in some places in Oz. However, just keep reminding yourself that you've already found what all those "Singles" are actually looking for... so why would you want to go back to looking again?? If that fails... do what we did and "Go Bush!"
I'm sure you'll be fine... and...
if you find it a bit tough going...
go for a walk along a gorgeous beach with the sun shining down on you and surfers crashing in the waves next to you and I'm sure you'll have forgotten what the argument was about by the time you get back
Depends what you're travelling for - if you're wanting out of your relationship - then Australia is a great place to lose someone, as Taffski's missus nearly managed ;-) Probably a good idea to figure out for yourself and between the 2 of you what you want.
I have to agree with Taffski and Sander - you'll be fine, it'll have its very ordinary moments, but if you care to add em up - they'll be far outweighed by the good times. And it'd probably be fair to say - you'll have your ordinary times whether single, couple, group of 20.
Seems to me as soon as people know you're "spoken for" a lot of the alterior motives are removed, pretense and bllusiht seems to fade, and you can get on with what you came for - to see the best of the country with your best mate and whoever else is up for it.
Don't stress at all - we see couples travelling up the West coast from Perth to Broome all the time and nearly all just blend in with the whole crew travelling together. (Singles and couples all just start having fun together!!) You just meet new crew together all the time and you both get to experience the friendships formed!!
If you want any ideas on good travelling on the West Coast - let me know! Have fun and enjoy!!