I'm heading over to sydney australia for 4 weeks in december/january, I'm going on my own and i'm starting to get a little nervous about being on my own out there. People keep telling me that i'm bound to meet people but just how easy is this?
Also, was thinking of taking my macbook with me so I can store pictures, browse internet etc, a lot of the hostels im looking at have security lockers in the rooms so o you think this is safe enough or will i get my computer nicked?
Sydney is one of the friendliest cities on the world. If you can make friends anywhere you'll do fine. And unless you've work to do on it, I wouldn't take a Macbook with you, there are internet cafes everywhere and you can up load images to the web for safekeeping, or burn CDs to back them up.
In fact internet cafes are a great place to meet fellow travellers - 2 birds, 1 stone.
You can leave the laptop in those lockers while you go take a shower or something, but don't leave it in for an entire day; they're a useful deterrent, but not actually what you'd call "secure". (That said, I can highly recommend bringing your laptop; the hassle of needing to look after it is totally worth it for the convenience (and online security) of having your own machine with you. See for example this recent thread for more discussion on that.)
As for meeting people: it of course depends complete on how open you yourself are, but I at least never considered it an issue. Just sit down in any hostel's lounge, and chances are you'll be happily chatting away with some fellow backpacker within the next ten minutes. (Assuming there's no TV in said lounge. TVs kill conversation like you wouldn't believe. We hates them!)
Cheers for the reply, I've been told about the friendliness by others so slowly starting to feel better about it.
In regards to laptop, im still in 2 minds...
Hey dude, honestly don't worry. Within one day in a hostel, you'll have made friends. There are so many people in the same boat, and especially in Dec / Jan, peak season, there'll be parties every day, nothing like a bit of alcohol to get everyone talking! I know it does seem a tad scary, but you'll be amazed how easy it is, and you'll feel dead proud of yourself and so much more independent afterwards.
As for the macbook, I defintately would not take it - those lockers are never 100%, and anything else could happen, someone could spill beer on it, ask to borrow it and break it, see you using it and break into the locker - not to go back over what I just said about having nothing to worry about and being easy to make friends, because 99.9% of people who are in hostels are there for a good time, but personally I woudn't want to risk that .1%, especially for something so expensive, and when there are stacks of cheap internet shops that should do you til you get home.
Make sure you book your accomodation early as they book up pretty quickly at that time. Make sure to ask if they are doing anything for Christmas also (if you celebrate it).
Have a great time!
Please don't take your laptop for the sake of 4 weeks! You'll be having so much fun and partying that it will just become something to take care of (having to lock away and be aware of it) and if anything happened to it like a drink being spilled on it, stolen etc you would totally kick yourself. There are internet cafes everywhere in Sydney and they're normally a buck an hour!
Pack light and enjoy - I'm very jealous
I agree with a previous reply about finding out what ever hostel you are staying in is doing for Christmas - sometimes they ask you to pay on arrival for christmas dinner (even if you don't celebrate it!).....
Make you sure you get the ferry to Manly from Circular Quay - $15 all day ticket means you can go on all transport for the whole day including the ferries Or if you are going to be travelling around Sydney on buses for the week buy a red weekly ticket for £33 - all buses,trains and ferries for a whole week!!
Many thanks for your replies, appreciate the help.
I've decided to leave the laptop behind - as you say, far too much hassle.