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1. Posted by LeanneS87 (Budding Member 11 posts) 5y

Hi everyone

Im a 24 yr old girl who has recently lost her travel buddy (dont worry, it wasnt fatal, just changed their mind!)....

My original plans were to leave the UK at the end of Sept and do a month travelling Thailand and a week in Bali before travelling down the East Coast of AUS for a year (working along the way) before heading East to Fiji and the US... since my 'buddy' backed outta things I am now a little worried about doing Asia on my own and a few people have suggested travelling straight to AUS, making some friends with like minded intentions and then going backwards up to Thailand and spending time there before heading back down to AUS.

So i guess my question is the following:

Does that seem the better idea to people who have a knowledge of it all? In regards to the safety aspect and also cost? Its almost as expensive to get a flight straight to AUS from the UK than it is to include Thailand and Bali on the way (the multi stop comes in at £350 more expensive)... and I imagine going back up from AUS once already there will be a lot more costly? Most people I know are now a little (cough) concerned for my safety if i were to travel Thailand on my own ... so i guess another question would be 'could anyone on here confidently say its safe to meet people who you've been in contact with via forums or would it be better to go straight to AUS and meet real life people, build relationships etc before heading back to Thailand?'

Anyway, sorry to babble and i appreciate its not a 'lively' travelling post but I really dont know what to do for the best as it will be my first time travelling alone and I am wanting to book ASAP... any help/advice would be GREATLY appreciated.

Many thanks


2. Posted by Gooner_Ali (Budding Member 73 posts) 5y

Hey Leanne

Im no expert on this travelling malarky, as i'm going for the first time to Australia next year. But since deciding to go I have read loads of forums about places to go etc.
What I understand is that places such as Thailand etc is just as popular with Backpackers, you will meet people easy and most of them will be English speakers if your worried about the language barrier. Safety is just like with everywhere, keep your wits about you and you will be fine.
All in all if its cheaper the way you did it I would just stick to your original plan, and as thailand is much cheaper than Oz you will be able to spend more on the "fun" things.
Hope this helps, and doesnt come across as complete b****cks...ha


3. Posted by tomhump10 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Hey im off to Brisbane on the 24th of September, I wanted to go to Thailand before i got there. But i think its a better idea if i meet people in Aus and then see if anybody wants to go to Thailand, because i know me being on my own in Thailand wouldnt be the safest thing to do aha!

4. Posted by k_yool (Budding Member 36 posts) 5y

Hey Leanne,

I decided to leave Thailand until i've done a little of Australia first... mainly for the culture shock and its my first time travelling but also because it gives me a little "holiday"

the main difference is my buddies aint dropped ha, we land in Cairns 28th September, then down to Sydney for xmas and new year! Everything in between is a guess

Whats your plans for when your in Australia?

Karl x

5. Posted by Kaz88 (Budding Member 36 posts) 5y

Hi Leanne,i'm heading to oz around october. I was in Thailand last year for a weeks hol with some friends and it can be quite an intimadating place but I think at the same time if you keep your wits about you you would be fine. There are so many backpackers that your sure to make friends. Anyway i'm hoping to fly into Melbourne around October so feel free to give me a buzz if your around.
Karen x

6. Posted by LeanneS87 (Budding Member 11 posts) 5y

Hi everyone,

Thanks for replying and giving me a bit of advice...

I think i am going to go straight to AUS (and hopefully make a few mates) and then head back to Thailand as I think it will be the safest option for me personally as I'm not a confident traveller and will be my first time abroad completely on my own.

I appreciate that Thailand will be full of travellers but i think its the initial arriving in Bangkok at 3am and not knowing what to do and where to go thats scaring the sh*t out of me (and my mum!).... and i think i quite like the idea of having the wonder of Thailand to enjoy with people i know a little!

My plans for AUS are to arrive at the end of Sept (looking like the flight i am booking leaves London on the 25th Sept) and arrive in Cairns approx 27th their time then hope to spend about 4 - 6 months travelling down the East Coast working in bars and fruit picking before ending up in Sydney and prob having to get a 'proper' job for a while to build the funds back up for the last leg of my trip to the Pacifics and the US. And obviously at some point I wanna go back up to Thailand for a month.

Anyone kinda on the same route?


7. Posted by tomhump10 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Hey sounds a good plan. I am hopefully transferring with Starbucks to Brisbane if not will see if i can find work, Otherwise will be going down to sydney. Sure il find work there! Also want to get to Sydney for New Year.

I want to move about after the first 6 months as i can and finally end up in Thailand.

Have a good trip :)