I'm 28 year old Irish female. I booked my flights back in January to travel Oz for a year on my own. I've been mostly excited up until now. HOWEVER, my nerves have kicked in big time! I'm absolutely terrified and trying to remember my reasons for going in the first place! I've never done anything like this before and i'm afraid i'm gonna land in the hostel, put my bag down and say...............NOW WHAT?????
Please please, anybody advice, virtual slap etc etc to snap me out of this fear. My stomach's been sick for the last few days and i'm sleeping either. Dreaming about Auzzie tax forms the other night!!!!!
Sorry, i'm never this dramatic but this fear has come over me so suddenly.
I've never done anything like this before and i'm afraid i'm gonna land in the hostel, put my bag down and say...............NOW WHAT?????
......yeah thats what I was like too, had a one way ticket to sydney on a years WHV, had booked a few days in my first (of many)hostel and then wasn't sure what to do, but I met people, figured out (vague) travel plans and went with the flow! It all worked out fine, you have no need to worry!
If you're worried about being on your own, don't be, there are so many people over there doing the same thing in the same situation.
If you're worried about not getting a job, just be open to any work, there will always be something available.
If you're worried about tax forms and getting you tax back, there are companies that can sort it all out for you.
and if all of that hasn't helped...here comes the other thing you asked for......*VIRTUAL SLAP!!!!!!*
There is absolutely nothing to be terrified of. You will be arriving in one of the friendliest and laid back countries on this planet, with balmy glorious early autumn days to keep you company. Don't make too many plans for your first few days - just allow yourself to acclimatize; you have all the time in the world to figure out larger plans later on. Just go wandering through the city at a leisurely pace, sniffing up atmosphere and getting a feel for it all. You'll be surprised to see how swiftly things become familiar. Sydney is a large city, but it's not an overwhelming one, and especially the Glebe area where you're staying is great for feeling "homely". After checking in to the hostel (and/or waking up the next morning, depending on what time of day you arrive), just walk to the bakery cafe at the top of the hill two cross-streets on, sit yourself down and order a cup of tea or coffee with one of those delicious pastries or cakes or whatever else grabs your fancy, and start looking at your Lonely Planet's map to decide where you might go. Feel the freedom - you have no obligations, nothing that must be done. You can linger all day right there in Glebe, or perhaps hop onto bus 431 when it comes by and ride all the way to Circular Quay. That's always a good area to start with getting a first feel for Sydney - gaze at the ferries and the Opera House, and then wander over in the direction of the Botanic Gardens. Look up in wonder as you hear a loud screech and see the majestic form of a sulfur-crested cockatoo glide over the harbour, and then head into the park which invites you to please walk on the grass. Spot the insane amount of flying foxes hanging from the huge trees near the center of the gardens and realize that hey, you're not in Ireland anymore, but you could grow to like this place.
- I hope that helps a bit.
I felt exactly like you do now so don't worry ..honestly....you'll be surprised how many people are on there own so you won't be the only one feeling a little lost at first.... just make the effort to chat and get involved in activities and you'll soon make freinds that are doing the same as you so you'll probably tag on with them and travel together... after a few days you'll wonder what all the worry was about..... just relax and have a great experience.... It's great to be in a new city alone so take a few days to just wander about and see everything.....you'll make freinds weather you want to or not....but the experience of going alone is really cool.
enjoy yourself..... it's fantastic.
wish i could do it again.
i know exactly how you feel,
I arrive in sydney in May, got loads of stuff to sort out like selling my car, tv, ps3, decks etc.
Also not got round to sorting out my ozintro paperwork and banking.
just finished work spent 8 hours stressing about it all, thats why i am on here.
The way i am dealing with it all, is not over thinking about all and just going to let it happen, I found reading other people stituations/ questions on here a good way of getting an insight but also can may you worry.
I am sure you will be fine, once you arrive there.
I am the same in the plans of traveling to sydney in Jan 09 if al goes well with the cash, traveling alone is nerv wrecking but im excited at same time to meet new people and hopefuly travel together with them
im doing the same thing as you at the start of june. I know im alittle worried but im sure it will all be fine. After reading this forum for the past few months i haven't seen one person that says he or she has had troubles finding friends ect in sydney.
Good luck and enjoy yourself.... I intend to !
Everyone who has posted so far has been absolutely right - I went to Oz on my own years ago when I was just 19 and like you was terrified of it all...my fears lasted about half a day which is how long my first invitation out for a drink took to come I travelled from Cairns down to Sydney, starting on my own, and by the time I got to Fraser Island there were 18 of us travelling together (of all ages too, don't worry about being stuck with a bunch of teenagers!)
It's an amazing country, and an awesome opportunity and don't forget that if you don't like it you can just come home!
I felt it appropriate to say something as well...
Im headed down to NZ and OZ for a total of 9 weeks. Have no set plans except a flight there and back and a hotel for the first two nights in Auckland. Having the jitters would be an understatement. Im doing my best to keep and open mind about it all and enjoy/embrace this opportunity.
You're not alone.
Oh, usualy by nightime I grab myself an adult beverage and within minutes my nerves turn to smiles and I get super pumped for the journey..... Just a thought.
You have nothing to worrie about....i arrived in Perth 6wks ago all on me own, i wont lie tho i was bloody nervous before i left. But looking back i have no idea what i was worried about!
I stayed in a few backpackers and you are never alone, all the girls i met and some of the guys were all travelling alone so i made loads of new friends. Infact some of the guys i met i now rent a house with. I also have a job so life is pretty sweet....im feeling quite settled now!
Australia is an amazing place and the people are so friendly. Always talk to everyone u meet, find out the places to go where to stay. Backpackers have the best storys and the best advise aswel and as someone mentioned above your'll meet loads of new people and up travelling with them!
So stop with the nerves and start getting excited this will be the experience of your life and you will never want to come home.....good luck on your travels everyone!!
Take Care x x