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Travelling Oz April/May 2013...Also a solo traveller!

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1. Posted by katielou87 (Budding Member, 6 posts) 29 Dec '12 14:39

Hi all.

Katie, mid 20s planning to travel and work in Oz from April/May 2013...First stop Melbourne. Anyone else heading out at the same time?

And any advice on backpacking would be really appreciate, this time of travelling is new to me!! :)

2. Posted by SeattleTraveler (Budding Member, 2 posts) 29 Dec '12 15:13

Hi Katie,

I just got back from Australia this month. I was only there for a couple weeks but I saw most of the West Coast (Perth, Coral Bay, Monkey Mia, etc.) while I was there. I am also planning on returning to Australia in either April/May 2013 or September 2013 (Still deciding...) for a year to work and travel.

From what I've seen (and yes, my view of the country was somewhat limited due to time), Australia is absolutely amazing and very welcoming. You will love it. Even as a female, traveling alone is very safe and you'll probably have a better time traveling alone then you would with someone else because there is so much to do and so many people around all the time. I did a tour when I was there and the tour was nice because it took care of arranging travel, hostels, etc. for me, and introduced me to a lot of people on the tour, but you can definitely do without it.

The only advice I can offer on backpacking, as I haven't done a long backpack trip yet, is to pack light. Pack what you feel you need to survive and then throw half of it out. Australia is an advanced country so anything you need, you can buy there.

I would love to chat more though and see if our timelines line up in Australia. Send me a message if you're interested. My name is Melinda, mid-20s, female, from the US. Looking forward to hearing from you!

3. Posted by katielou87 (Budding Member, 6 posts) 30 Dec '12 13:26

Hi Melinda.

Really great to hear from you and thank you for all the advice.

Have you decided which part of Australia you are going to start in?

I will let you know of my progress, hopefully we can meet on our travels!

x

4. Posted by EricKK (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 30 Dec '12 14:16

I would love to go but it is just too expensive

5. Posted by SeattleTraveler (Budding Member, 2 posts) 30 Dec '12 15:51

Hey Katie,

I'm thinking about starting in Sydney because that seems to be the cheapest route to fly into the country. I'm still investigating that though. I'm so drawn to the west coast, it's going to be hard to stay on the busy east coast! Where are you thinking about starting?

Melinda