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1. Posted by amy27 (Budding Member, 22 posts) 19 Jun '12 00:48

Hi

I'm Amy, 27, friendly easy going person. I live near brighton. Ive been wanting to go travelling for a while and have finally booked my tickets.

Bit nervous of doing it on my own so would be great to hear from anyone there around the same time.
I will be in....

Perth: 5 th to 15 th feb
Cairns to Sydney :15 th feb to 23 march
New Zealand : 23rd march to 27 April
Figi : 27th April to 6th may

I'm into nature so really want to go snorkelling / diving on barrier reef, Fraser island, whitsundays , rainforest, blue mountains.
Would love to hire a camper van if anyone is interested. Was looking at getting a stray bus pass for new Zealand? And greyhound for aus ?
Anyone used these companies before and what did they think?

I'm the sort of person that likes to be kept busy with day trips and the odd relaxing on the beach. I'm not really into going out drinking- once or twice maybe! Would rather spend money on seeing things- plus I suffer bad with hang overs these days - lol!! Must be my Age!!!

Don't really know how much to budget for these places and wether its cheaper to book any trips here before I go?

Thanks in advance! I'm hoping my thread isn't going to appear twice as wrote one out yesterday but doest seemed to have appeared- I'm new to this forum but glad I found this site !!

Look forward to hearing from anyone :)

2. Posted by shubhra2 (Inactive, 3 posts) 19 Jun '12 01:33

Hi,
Interested in doing the same places.so lets enjoy!

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1740 posts) 20 Jun '12 09:13

Australia is very big so it can be best to take some flight, like Perth on the west coast to the east coast. Flights are cheapest booked before arrival and as early as possible.

I found a few days in Perth enough.

If you hire a vehicle and do not drop it off where you pick it up, you pay have to pay a big one way charge. You can travel about by public transport and hire a car for "local travel".

A camper van is expensive, uses lots of fuel and can be difficult to use in towns. You cannot just park (for free) by any road side but often must use trailer parks and the like (where they will often have good showers and electricity).

Car hire is expensive but it does allow you to stop at cheap B&B's, guest houses and the like outside towns, particularly in New Zealand.

If you fire a car in NZ, normally you can drop it off at a depot on one island take the ferry across as a foot passenger and pick another car up on the other island without incurring any penalty charge.

Such a journey is very easy to do on your own.

Be careful when you've had a few too many drinks that you don't have everything stolen from you. How to manage with money:

http://www.moneysupermarket.com/prepaidcards/?feature=PrePaid&cardtype=CreditCard&p=0&ef_id=AFhP2J3QODkAABrG:20120613140400:s

How much you need depends on what kind of lifestyle you want though having said that, neither country is cheap and the £ exchange rate has been going down for years. For 3 months, I'd like at least £6,000 for what you plan, and a good bit more if you want regular nights out, restaurant food, etc. I am happy to eat on the road. Garages in NZ have a very good selection of hot pies, and don't forget fish and chips which seems to be a bit of a national dish there.

You could prebook some accommodation. Hostelbookers have some hotels at not too bad prices.

Flights, try kayak.

4. Posted by navilink (Budding Member, 2 posts) 20 Jun '12 17:55

If you're travelling alone in New Zealand, hop-on hop-off bus (as you said Stray bus) is the cheaper and better alternative compared to renting a car or campervan. You'll get to save and meet a lot of travellers. I've been with Stray bus before, and I can say it's a mix of sightseeing and adventure activities. You'll also can pre-book accomodation through the bus driver. During the night you can have meals together or a drink or two if you can find companies in the bus :)

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Cheers!

Edited on 20-Jun-2012, at 18:00 by navilink

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by claire le pon (Budding Member, 2 posts) 24 Jun '12 10:44

Hi, Im looking to do a bit of travelling come the new year.. Have you worked out a budget for all of the places, im unsure how much and where to start on planning!

Im easy going, friendly, good craic, and big into adventure holidays..

Claire

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7. Posted by amy27 (Budding Member, 22 posts) 24 Jun '12 23:46

Thanks for all the advice guys :)

Hiya Claire- was looking to take at least six grand spending money and try and book as much stuff beforehand like the bus passes. They have a deal on at the mo for new Zealand passes with stray. Are you on Facebook? :)

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9. Posted by Carrielouise123 (Budding Member, 32 posts) 16 Jul '12 05:30

Hi Amy

i am 21 and am hopeing to do the exact same i am saving my pennies at the moment but am aiming at going to australia around jan/feb 2013.

we should meet up if we are over there at the same time as i am also travelling alone .

10. Posted by amy27 (Budding Member, 22 posts) 31 Jul '12 13:10

hiya carrie

when are you looking at booking your flights- have booked mine now and dates are just a little differnt from what i had origianlly put in first post. leaving oz on 27th march now not 23rd- all other dates are pretty much same give or take a day.

would be great to meet up if dates work out the same

amy
:)