My names Claire and im 22 and planning a backpacking trip in Jan. Was going with a friend who has since changed her mind. Am still going, alone but would love to find people to meet up with along the way. Am still in the planning stages so am open to suggestions!!
Also this is my first time travelling so if anyones got any tips on places to go/ things to do that are not too commercialised and slightly different then please let me know. Am looking to explore the culture, history and bits you wouldnt usually see in tour books. Also extreme sports are gonna get tried and tested this year. Anyone fancy a bunjee jump from the grand canyon! lol
Any sugestions welcome!!
When are you arriving in Oz? Don't worry about travelling alone, you will meet loads of people in the same boat as you.
Im leaving uk on 5th Dec and should still be in Oz for February. Would be great to meet up.
Extreme sports sound fun, I really want to do a sky dive and also white water rafting. My social budget has been slashed so I can afford to do all the things that I want to do in Oz.
You will find so much information when you get there, great travel centres where you will find endless leaflets about trips. Also hostels nearly always have leaflets and information in reception area. Staff in hostels are helpful and more than willing to help out and recommend places to go and things to see.
Thanks for your reply. Am actually leaving uk on 5th Dec but stopping in Asia before i actually hit oz.Do you have a work visa? I think ive saved enough to not need to but would rather have a back up plan!!
Ive already met a few people who will be in oz at the same time, and would be great if we could all meet up at some point.
Keep me posted and i will let you know the plans as things progress.
Hiya Claire (and Cat)
You won't be alone, like cat says you will meet loads of new people, I've learned this from visiting this website and i'm really glad i did now. I'm actually looking forward to my trip... roll on the the 28th Nov!
Hiya! im Beck, im 18,im also going alone! i leave on 1st Feb, my first stop is Bali, then i go to perth 16th Feb and go across to adelaide, up to alice springs etc, then to cairns and down the east coast to syney! i spend 3months in Oz, then on 17th May i arive in NZ and spens a month travelling around there! Then on 15 june i fly to figi for two weeks, then 3rd july i fly to LA, where i travel down to San Diego, Gran Canyon, death vally, las vagas, san fransisco, beverly hills, hollywood etc and then to vancouver for two weeks! so im really excited but pretty nervous about going on my own, but there is no turning bak coz my tickets have been booked and paid! eak! so we could meet up if your in the areas at the same time!
Hi Claire! My name is Lindsey, and I'm also 22 and planning on a backpacking trip to Australia and potentially other places. I'm done university in December and so I'm planning on leaving here (Canada) in Jan or February. I haven't planned out any details, and am a bit apprehensive about travelling around by myself, so that is why I'm on this site looking for other people in my same situation! I've never been to Australia before, or any other real backpacking trip so I'm quite excited and also a little nervous.
Let me know what your plans are like etc. if you ever want to meet up!
News at last. Have finally booked a flight!!! Will be arriving in Bankok on 6th Jan and have 4 weeks to get myself to Singapore. Next stop Sydney!!! Will be arriving in Sydney on 1st Jan and then have a whole year to fill. Will probably go to fiji at the end of the year before a quick stop in New Zealand and then off to LA. Would be more than happy to meet up with people along the way so mail me when you have dates and well see what we can arrange!!!
i am planning on going to Oz via Thailand in early Jan 05, no fixed plans as yet but i am travelling alone and it will be my first time.I hope to see the islands of thailand for a few weeks then head to NE Oz and work my way down towards Sydney, but will just really see where i end up, dont want to give myself any deadlines.
it would be great to hear back from anyone planning something similar, whether just to meet up along the way or share ideas.
hopefully hear from you soon
Just to let you know, check out flights before you make any plans. Im in Thailand in Jan and flying to oz in Feb but that wasnt my plan. Jan is apparently a real busy month and i couldnt get a flight out of Thailand in January at all.Ive got a flight for feb but am flying out of Singapore!!!!
It is possible i just chose a crap agent but check it out!!! I used STA so they should know what theyr talking about.
Ive noticed accomodation is fast booking up to,especially for singles,so best check that out as well.
Hope that helps.
Just discovered my mates girlfriend works for STA travel, so thats really handy, she is pointing me in the right direction!
Plan now to see some of Asia first, maybe Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore before going to Oz.So maybe we will all get to meet up somewhere along the way!
All the best Baz