I'm looking at heading out to Oz around Oct/Nov 2013 on a WHV. Probably looking at Melbourne first. Be good to have some contacts before heading out.
I went to Thailand in Oct 2012 solo for the first time! Was nervous as well before going but, honestly, you have nothing to worry about. Going alone is class! You meet so many more cool people and you only have yourself to babysit.
For any of you guys going to Oz on a Working holiday Visa, how much cash are you getting together prior to going? I keep getting different answers. £2000? £5000?
Does anyone know where they are staying when first there? Im thinking Wake Up! Supposed to be party central which is a plus? Eeeeek ]]
Im also in same boat, booking up to go end of Oct-Nov, im just planning on going 4-5 weeks
then coming home.
I was wondering what you guys are doing for your internal flights?
I have never travelled alone before and never booked anything like this either
Would it be best to book all round ticket or internals when i'm there?
Visa here is 609 euro
Sounds like you're going through a third party to get your visa. Don't do that! The official site of the Australia department of immigration is the best place to get your WHV; any other party will need to go through them as well, and will charge you for the privilege. The current cost of the WHV is AUD $365, which is €305 (according to the currency converter from the same site). I hope you haven't paid yet!
Oh, and hostels in Australia are absolutely excellent places to stay at. They have well-stocked kitchens, good clean bathrooms, really helpful people at reception, and always a lounge to sit back at, read a book, or swap travel tips with fellow backpackers. As with everything, you get what you pay for, so there certainly are some dodgy hostels around as well, but if to begin with you stick to YHA hostels (which have great minimal standards, even if they're not always to everyone's liking), that should give you a baseline feel for what a decent hostel is like.
[ Edit: Edited on 16-Jan-2013, at 22:53 by Sander ]
Hey everyone :D
I'm Callum.. and I have literally just decided I want to go Australia for about 9 months! I don't have anyone to go with.. I don't even no where to start in Australia! Just trying to make some connections so will be a lot easier. I want to go August at the earliest, not sure how much I need to save up or where's a good place to start in Oz.. any help is greatly appreciated
[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jan-2013, at 17:20 by C.Hearn91 ]
I’m Alana, 25 from Glasgow. I’m planning on going to Oz travelling solo in November for 3-4 months depending on what cash I can get saved!!
My plan is to fly to Cairns and work my way down the coast so I’m in Sydney for NY. My cousin lives in Brisbane so I think I will be spending Xmas with them then flying from Brisbane to Sydney!
I can’t wait to go!! I’ve been thinking of going for so long but due to other commitments I’ve kept putting it off!!
I’ve had thoughts of going to Thailand before or after Oz but I’m not sure how confident I would be going myself! Does anyone have any tips or experience of going to Asia and travelling solo??
Im the exact same as you, time kept going on so i thought i need to just book it and go.
Im heading to thailand first, doing 4weeks there, then heading onto oz. im also travelling solo.
i'm from germany and 'm planning on going to australia in oct/nov 2013 as well
Can't wait, but i'm going alone, so i'd love to hang out and travel with you guys, cause i'm more of a social person who wants to be surrounded by people
what are your skype names? maybe we can have a chat?
Hi what are your plans, where u flying to first?
haven't got a clue...
i'll try to figure that out in the next few months,
do you think the tickets will be a lot more expensive then?