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1. Posted by nykky (Full Member 76 posts) 12y

nykky has indicated that this thread is about Australia

I'm about to purchase my ticket for my first rtw travel and am shitting it, big time This is like the biggest thing I've done - EVER!!

I need to hear some good stories of adventures in oz or thailand = this may or may not make me feel better

I think if I was travelling with someone else it wouldn't be so bad but to think of the first few days on my own, well I'm sure a few of you have been there, right?

It's not until November so I've got a few more months to get my act together and stop being a big baby hehe

Come on, tell me some good stories .. . . pleassssssseeeeee
Nx

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 12y

Hi Nykky,
Stop worrying and start reading! Have you decided where you're going first? Sydney or Melbourne will be an easy start, with so much to do and people to meet.
Best to read about places a bit before you go, so that you don't end up 'tagging along' with others and ending up somewhere you don't want to be.
Have an idea of where you want to go and be flexible -ish.
If you like beaches, you're in heaven. Get to the Great Barrier Reef - it really is as good as they say.
You are going at the best time - beginning of summer.
Just relax and enjoy.
As for Thailand, is that just a stopover?
Bit trickier to find good accommodation - there's plenty of it, but it won't all be nice! Mind you the people are very friendly, so you shouldn't have a problem.:)

3. Posted by laoskijgah (Full Member 41 posts) 12y

I'm leaving my beautiful Australian home to go to yours this Oct, so I know how you feel. But don't worry at all, its so gorgeous here!! Your coming over at a great time, summer is great here!

4. Posted by hillary (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

Nykky, you'll be absolutely fine. My husband and I just returned from a 13-month RTW trip, and I don't have a single bad story to tell. Granted I was not traveling alone, but no worries -- you will have the time of your life. We didn't go to Oz, but Thailand was fabulous. Are you a diver? Definitely hit the south, and if you don't dive already, get certified -- this is an underwater dreamworld.

You're not alone in being scared before leaving. It's always difficult to leave everything and everyone you know, especially if you have a home and a good job. (Trust me, we were both very established in our careers, and everyone thought we were crazy. No matter -- we look back with not a single regret.) You'll worry about it until...oh, about 2 minutes and 26 seconds after you board your first flight, and then you'll forget you ever had doubts.

You'll meet zillions of travelers on the road who will share stories, advice, and even a few days if you're up for a companion. It's far less scary than it seems, even in less-traveled areas.

The most important thing I learned in my time away was this: the world is not a scary place. People are GOOD, despite any previously held notions we may have. And ultimately, people welcome you with arms wide open when you visit their country.

Enjoy every moment.

5. Posted by nykky (Full Member 76 posts) 12y

Thanks for this reply Hilary!

I am starting off in Thailand but at present am unsure where to start, any pointers would be appreciated

Koh Samui was my first plan but questions like, how far this is from airport made me think twice need to get some idea from people on where's the best places before I start booking you know!!

Nx

6. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y

hello hillary, just wanted to know roughly how much each you spent. im planning(hopefully!!!) to travel alone for 6months. i have £5000 but i am clueless as to-well EVERYTHING! thailand seems a popular place, ive only just started looking into it all really. just looking around and hearing about other peoples experiences first.

jas
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