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Going on my own to Sydney maybe Sep/oct

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1. Posted by phil767 (Budding Member 54 posts) 9y

I haven't done this before so i was hoping to finally bite the bullet and take this life experience by the horns. I have just been looking at accommodation options and prefer to stay in an apartment rather than sharing a room. I was wandering how easy would it be to make friends once i am over there?

Is there a job where you would make more friends easily who are in the same boat?

I have seen some flats for $300 near the university near central station and i am gussing the average wage is from $600 looking at an agency called smart.

2. Posted by austind (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Sydney can be both the most fun city and the most lonely city. It depends on how much you put yourself out there. Generally it is wise to spend the first week or so in a hostel and thats where you're likely to make loads of mates cos i did it the wrong way and its taken me longer to get a group of mates together but now everythings sweet.

Most backpackers get lured in to the typical sales jobs like smart and bizsavvy and various other sales positions but the reality is they can not guarantee you good money - it comes down to how good a salesman you are as they are normally 100% commission based. However, you can make good money from them and i do know people who have made plenty of money working in those types of environments and they normally have a great social structure to them where you will meet loads of likeminded people.

Whatever you do don't be put off from travelling on your own, i'm generally a very quiet person myself but it is genuinely easy to make friends especially in hostels which may also lead to sharing a flat with some of the people you meet. A flatshare is cool but don't feel you need to accept the first thing that comes along cos there are a lot of bad places out there that rip off travellers. If you wouldn't live in them back home then there's no reason why you should live in a dump in oz cos there are some realy nice places out here.

Average wage is circa $500 per week which should tide you over fine and generally you can get a single room for about $150 per week (obviously this is variable to where you live etc.)

Anyways make sure you do it, just 5 months ago I was in the same situation and i haven't looked back since, i've never met a traveller who has regretted their journey even if it didn't go quite to plan.

3. Posted by phil767 (Budding Member 54 posts) 9y

Quoting austind

Sydney can be both the most fun city and the most lonely city. It depends on how much you put yourself out there. Generally it is wise to spend the first week or so in a hostel and thats where you're likely to make loads of mates cos i did it the wrong way and its taken me longer to get a group of mates together but now everythings sweet.

Most backpackers get lured in to the typical sales jobs like smart and bizsavvy and various other sales positions but the reality is they can not guarantee you good money - it comes down to how good a salesman you are as they are normally 100% commission based. However, you can make good money from them and i do know people who have made plenty of money working in those types of environments and they normally have a great social structure to them where you will meet loads of likeminded people.

Whatever you do don't be put off from travelling on your own, i'm generally a very quiet person myself but it is genuinely easy to make friends especially in hostels which may also lead to sharing a flat with some of the people you meet. A flatshare is cool but don't feel you need to accept the first thing that comes along cos there are a lot of bad places out there that rip off travellers. If you wouldn't live in them back home then there's no reason why you should live in a dump in oz cos there are some realy nice places out here.

Average wage is circa $500 per week which should tide you over fine and generally you can get a single room for about $150 per week (obviously this is variable to where you live etc.)

Anyways make sure you do it, just 5 months ago I was in the same situation and i haven't looked back since, i've never met a traveller who has regretted their journey even if it didn't go quite to plan.

Thanks austin, I bet when i get there i wont want to ever come back to england, maybe at that time when it's time to come back to rainy england i should get a job at STA travel or something:)

4. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Not sure if you're still checking these but I'm currently in Sydney and whilst it is a wonderful lifestyle over here, yes it is rather hard to meet people if you're not on the backpacker scene. I'd suggest doing a bit of travel first as once you get here you tend to stay and as any major city in the world, it's expensive compared to the likes of Perth. Haven't got to Melbourne yet but friends that live there find it much friendlier than Sydney. However, it's colder so depends whether you want the sun or not ...

Lots of people work in hostels to get board - usually a few hours a day depending on the hostel and you'll meet fellow travellers of all ages and see where it leads you.

Best of luck