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any advice for a first time lone traveler?

Travel Forums General Talk any advice for a first time lone traveler?

1. Posted by jordancarney68 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 20 May '12 17:26

hi every1

my names jordan this will be my first time traveling alone im thinking off heading to thailand for a month then going to australia for a year just travelling up the west coast doing the typical travelers jobs fruit picking etc. il be headin to thailand is sep prob around the 14th was thinking of going to koh phangan because i would like to do some partying and just get a chance to chill out aswell. have you ever been? any good?

any travel buddies would be welcome if any1s doin the same kind of thing going round the 14th of sep 2012

any advise would be really helpfull as im new to this and a bit nervous

cheers

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1747 posts) 21 May '12 09:35

Weather is still variable in Thailand in September and even October and you could get some heavy rain with nice days. November onwards is better.

You get 30 days visa free on arrival in Thailand which includes the day you arrive and day you leave.

The later you book your flight, the more it will cost as cheap seats are filled up. kayak is a good site to use.

844,224 British people visited Thailand last year. There are always plenty of foreigners there and if you want to meet people and make friends, there are many to choose from. No need to be nervous with so many other Brits there, among their 11 million visitors each year.

Thai people are usually easy going and most problems can be solved with a smile. As a tourist many of the Thais you will come into contact with will speak some English.

Don't think you can just walk into a fruit picker's job in Australia. Huge numbers of people visit the country each year thinking they can do that and don't get a job. It's hard work for not much money so some who think they can do a bit of fruit picking then party or go to the beach are frequently disappointed. You will of course need a work visa to work in Australia.

Do consider other jobs. There are a lot easier jobs than fruit picking. Pop into an employment agency there, or check out some online beforehand.

If you are not sure when you will return home, you might try for an open return date but don't turn up in the middle of the busy season in Australia and expect a flight home next day.

Book a flight to Australia with a stopover in Thailand. Maybe on the way back too. It's a long flight so many do break it up with a stop in Asia.

Check the Daily Mail for Saturday or Sunday and as well as some cheap flight companies in their travel section and consider a year insurance (not too much money) in case something unexpected happens.

As strange as it sounds, you are more likely to encounter something poisonous in Australia, particularly fruit picking or even in a garden, than you are in Thailand.

3. Posted by jordancarney68 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 25 May '12 02:47

cheers for the advice matey