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1. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

I am/was planning to travel Oz in October time, but lately i have come to a hault with my planning and things have taken over and i really want to get into planning again and i just need a little help and all the advice i can how to go about things, i just want to plan...well...EVERYTHING and have some solid bases-if you get what i mean.

What airlines should i be looking into, the best hostels to stay in etc.

Ive never travelled before and am not exactly what you would call street wise! i think my nerves may stop me from going-and i dont want that to happen. Its prob because i'm going alone!

I am only planning to go for 3 weeks just for starters. i am getting annoyed at myself for giving up all the time i want to make this reality!

Jas x

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Lil, buy yourself a picture book on Australia. Look at all the places you can go, the things you'll see. Write them down, and trace out how you can get from one to the other. Look on discounted-fare sites, find a travel agent and bombard her with questions. Buy some new clothes (well, why not!), a backpack, some shoes (and break them in...).

Best advice: buy your ticket. Then you know you have to go, and you'll have to plan!

As someone here said in one of the forums, we only regret what we don't do. You'll be much happier telling your grandkids about the time you got lost in Sydney because you took the wrong bus and then fell asleep on some stranger's shoulder, rather than the fact that you wanted to go but just never did.

You can do it! You'll see, it's easier and more exciting than you think. Baby steps!

3. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 11y

I have the philospoy that you only live have to seize the day. As Tway says, buy all the books you can and start to plan. You always have to think the easy option is to stay at home in comfort, but think of all the things you will miss out on. If you have the chance to travel, then do everything you can to make it happen. It is the bets thing ever!

I know I am scared of looking back at 50 years old and saying 'I wish...', but I'm determined never to say that!


4. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

Buying the ticket is a pretty good way to solidify your plans and re-motivate you. But I think it's normal to put your planning aside sometimes, especially when you have such a long wait in front of you. I'm planning on going to Ethiopia in December, and I probably won't start any concrete planning until mid to end of the summer. But what Tina suggested is pretty good. Buy yourself a book, or print some pics and have them in your room at home, or in your wallet or wherever, and it will remind you of the trip. Don't worry about concrete planning until about June. Four months (in my opinion) is WAY more than enough to come up with a plan. Another good way to keep the motivation going is to read travel stories about Australia, watch movies set in Australia, read Australian authors, etc.

I read a pretty old book (it was also made into a movie) called "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute, and it got me wanting to go to Australia (not that that's a hard thing to do!). It was set in post-WW2 Australia, in the Outback. I loved the way the main male character was talking and I began using "crook deal" a lot! Just a suggestion if you're in for a serious, old-fashioned story. Just keep your eye on the prize!

5. Posted by kkwijibo (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

Judging by the number of posts you've got against your name I would've thought that you're a seasoned traveller.

But anyway, just look at it this way...
...3 weeks isn't exactly a very long time, once you've got yourself on the plane you can start worrying about what to do once you get there, as I can guarantee that you'll not get to do all the things you've jotted down not matter how much you've planned. As for being street wise, I'm afraid that that's something you can't teach someone to be... only kidding just use common sense, thats all I can say, plus Oz is an english speaking country so no there should be no worries there.

Just a side question lil j, where abouts are you from in the UK and did you go to public school?

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

[BIG PUSH] Jas gets her arse pushed onto a plane next stop Aus, and never looks back!ยด

Basically, don't get too involved in it. There's so much info, advice, confmlicting stories, ideas etc out there that if you try and take it all in you can end up scaring yourself stupid and not going at all.

The best way to get into it is do as travelover says. Buy your ticket. You don't need any other plans at this time, but the fact you've forked out a huge chunk of money should mean you have to concentrating the mind a bit. And even if you do no othe rplanning at all, you'll still have a great holiday.

Other than that, try looking at smnall things at a time. Not the big picture. Work out a few places/things you REALLY want to do. Then try and build out from that slowly. For yourt first trip, try and plan the first few days/maybe week, but no more in huge detail. have ideas etc, but don't overdo it. Otherwise you can end up regretting it. So many people book everything and then end up stuck to their plans when they actually want to be doing different things/be elsewhere when you actually get there and get into it.

As to first thing - Search for flights. Pick 2 dates (or windows at least). Search London-Sydney, and look at prices. Then compare where (if anywhere) you would have the possibility of a stop off - airlines tend to go via their own hub, so you almost certainly will get a chance of Dubai/Delhi/Hong Kong/Singapore/Bangkok and maybe one or two others, and see if you want to consider that eitehr on th eway there/back/both. When you've more or less worked out, BUY THE TICKET. No turning back at that point, and buying ealry should be cheaper than waiting.

7. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 11y

Definately buy the ticket! I always wanted to do the "Round the World" thing, and then packed in my job in London to move home and save, then got comfy at home and thought it wouldn't be so bad staying in sleepy Wirral. Luckily, my boyfriend who was going with me was a bit more keen and we went to STA and booked the tickets, then I was committed, no turning back etc. To be honest, we really didn't plan anything, just landed in Asia, then started to look at the guide books. Wouldn't really reccommend that though because we have wasted alot of time planning and when we should be having fun and exploring. We now move to Vietnam in 5 days and I already have a shortlist of places I'd like to see and a general idea of the order to do it in. We have made sure that our planned route is shorter than the time we have there so there is room to move around a bit more, or stay in some places that bit longer so hopefully that should work out alot better!

I know it's so easy to say, but just go for it!!

8. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

Jas!! Whats this??!! What about you and James and I getting drunk in Sydney;) If you really want to make sure that you go, do as Tway said and commit yourself to the ticket.

Don't be scared though, its much easier than you'd think and the 3 weeks that you have will make you crazy for more.

Ok, hows this.....i'll buy the first round?! Come on, you can't refuse!

9. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

My adice is to tell everyone you know that you're going. Once it's publicly known what your plans are it'll be harder to put the planning aside, and back out.

Also everytime someone asks about it, it's a good reminder of what's left to sort out.

and as everyone else says: BUY YOUR TICKET!!!!

once you've got that sorted everything else will fall into place.

Good luck & have fun

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 11y

C'mon Jas, you can do it : )

I pretty much agree with the other comments. I think the best thing you can do first is just book a darn ticket. Go to a travel agent and get their cheapest quote (maybe compare with another agent) and you're done - it's easy. Then, as others suggested, just have a look at pictures, read a bit about oz and pick maybe three things that REALLY appeal to you. Space them out over the three weeks and plan some random travel dates between them. There's bound to be things to do around each of those highlights as well, so just fill in your time with that (well, maybe there's not so much to do around Uluru if that's on the cards).

May I suggest a few thing to look into for Australia:

- Great Barrier Reef
- Whitsundays
- Tasmania (some really beautiful hiking to be done there!)
- Great Ocean Road
- Blue Mountains
- The cities (Melbourne being the best of course :))

Just have fun reading about the places, with the great feeling that anything is possible! Specifics tend to fall into place.

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