Hello boys and girls,
I've been in Sydney a little over a week. Im staying with relatives for a very short time (they cant put me up very long) and i wake up each morning feeling very home sick, soemtimes on the verge of tears. i come form a pretty close family and to make things worse, i'm here by myself as well. i was hoping i could get some advice or encouragement i suppose. im not very good at talking to random strangers, even though im in my mid-twenties.
What you are feeling is perfectly natural and something that I'm sure most travellers feel at some stage, and certainly at the start of a trip. Having to get over tiredness and jetlag certainly doesn't help either and it's sometimes hard to think rationally when you are so exhausted.
I think you will actually feel better once you leave your family's place and start staying in hostels and meeting other travellers. Although you say you are not very good at talking to random strangers I think you will find it's totally different when you are travelling. I am a shy person but I had no problem at all meeting and talking to others when I was travelling -I met so many people! lots of people are travelling alone and are in the same boat as you, and you instantly have one big thing in common with everyone, which is travelling! Don't think of it as marching up to someone and randomly talking - it will just happen without you needing to think about it.
I'd say stick at it as you'll feel better once you get into a different environment with other travellers and start doing some activities and sightseeing etc. Sydney is a great place with loads to keep you occupied and take your mind of any feelings of homesickness.
Hey Kieran -
That's incredibly honest! I always have little pangs of homesickness - missing family and friends and feeling insecure in my surroundings, even in a country I've visited numerous times - and I travel a LOT for work.
I don't imagine there's any sure-fire cure but I reckon you'll begin meeting people once you've had to go it alone in a hostel....and definitely choose a hostel over a hotel/private accom. It's a fantastic way to meet people.
Have an amazing trip!
Thanks for the replies and advice. Im now here 2 weeks and have gotten to know a few people. Not very well granted, but its a start. I'm leaving the relatives and moving into Wake Up near Central Sydney. I'm actually starting to get excited. I need to stop worrying about potential problems and start focussing on getting the most from my time in Oz.