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1. Posted by Gord5 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hey all

I'v been thinking of going on a trip to either OZ or NZ under a working holiday visa or through a company such as ozintro. To be honest I'v no idea what to do, what companies to avoid etc. My friend is going to OZ through OZintro in february which has just tempted me more!!

I don't know if I'd be keen on going with a huge group partying all the time, some of the time however is great :), not sure I'd want to go solo either. As you can see I'm not sure what to do or what options would suit. I'v looked at some info on some sites but nothing really concrete. What I'm asking is if anyone can point me in the right direction, if say I go solo or take a partner etc? and what sites they would recommend or avoid and general tips?

Any help would be appreciated. :)

Thanks

Gordy

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 7y

Anything is possible, so it's hard to really advice.

However, what I can tell is that when I was a newbie traveller, I went to New Zealand on a WHV (and continued straight on to Australia for another year after that) completely solo and without any company providing assistance, and I found it a complete breeze. Both Australia and New Zealand have perfect infrastructure for backpackers to get around independently, and there's so many around that the both countries are pretty much set up to make life easy.
As such, the services of a company like Oz Intro are generally considered to be superfluous (everything they provide you can do yourself, cheaper and without any hassle) - although it's great that such companies exist for those who want a bit of hand-holding anyway.

The only thing you really need insofar as preparation goes is to read the Directory and Transportation chapters at the end of your Lonely Planet, to book a hostel for your first few nights upon arrival (to sleep off jetlag and get your bearings), and then a rough plan of where all you want to go. (Doesn't need to be too detailed, as your plans will constantly change anyway based on recommendations by other travellers or your whims based on the direction the wind blows; it's just good to have a general idea of "next destination" to fall back upon when you want to get out of a place and don't have time or inclination to do much research.)

A lot of people find that solo travel is the way to go; you have ultimate flexibility, the freedom to do only the things you really want to do (including nothing at all if you need a break or have an off-day), and the ability to discover what it actually is that you want to do (solo travel is great for self-reflection and learning who you are free from the constraints of people having preconceived notions about you) - and it's still really easy to meet up with fellow travellers in hostels and travel together for a couple of days to a couple of months.
If you have a friend or partner who wants to come along, that can be great too, though - shared experiences are always better - but beware of the strain which travel can put on any relationship. After a few weeks you might be screaming for some alone time. If you do travel together with someone, you need to be prepared for that in advance and both allow each other the time and space to do your own thing, or even split up for a couple of days or weeks and meet up again later on.

3. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 7y

You will be really glad of having someone you know over there, it will be a totally different holiday.

4. Posted by divaboy (Full Member 75 posts) 7y

I'm going over on my own in about 40 days time. My take on it pretty much what sander said.

If your on your own your more likely to make an effort to get to know people and appear more approachable. I cerratinly wouldn't entertain the idea of going with ozintro seems a bit expensive to me.

However don't let me put you off. But i'd do some research before that's all your paying them for .

hope that helps :)

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

I wouldn't bother with Ozintro - there is no need to go with a company like this in Oz where it's so geared up for travellers. If you really don't want to go solo, it should be easy enough to find other travellers in hostels/bars or on tours etc who you can hook up with and travel onwards with. I met loads of people when I went travelling alone and wouldn't have had it any other way. You can be your own boss, choose exactly what you want to do and when but with the option of being able to hook up with others if you like.

6. Posted by MFnice (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

I am leaving for OZ on 10 days and I will be traveling alone. I wouldn't have it any other way. If you are really interested in seeing as much as possible, I feel like traveling with someone will only hold you back. Unless you share all the same interests and will want to do all the same things. My plan is to meet people who are headed in the same direction I am and hopefully travel along with some really cool people. I am not going to be backpacking, I will have a permanent apartment in OZ, but plan to travel as much as possible.

This is my first time doing this and I did go through a company called Bunac. It sounds like it is like OZintro. They do charge a fee, but really were helpful when it came to getting everything set up and were able to answer any questions that I had. They set you up for your first two nights in a hostel and I think it just makes the transition a little easier. Check out their website, www.bunac.org. Or you might be better off googling it. Hope this helps.