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1. Posted by charleypaayne (Budding Member, 27 posts) 13 Mar '13 13:26

Hey!

I'm planning on travelling alone to Australia this Autumn/Winter. Starting off in Perth, where i'll stay with my family for a few weeks, and then heading on my own to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

I'm hoping to stay for around 2 months in total, but i just wanted some advice on travelling alone for the second half of my trip. I'm a little nervous about being completely alone, whether i'll meet new people or will i be on my own for the whole time!

Also, if anyone has any good idea's for trips on the East Coast to take up some of my time.

How much do you think would be suitable to take on a trip like this...

All advice is welcome, would be lovely to chat to a few people who are in/have been in the same situation :D

Charlotte x

2. Posted by oscar-kese (Budding Member, 2 posts) 13 Mar '13 13:35

hi my friend...I probably going to do the same at the end of this year but alone...I´m thinking of staying there probably for a year....I have asked many people and i think after your family leaves and you are alone you will probably need about 3000...but of course its up to you how you manage your wallet...but if you stay in hostels you should be fine...I probably do the same and to be honest I am also little scared but you will meet many peoples for sure and try to just avoid meeting strange people:)

3. Posted by charleypaayne (Budding Member, 27 posts) 13 Mar '13 13:41

Hey!!

It's so exciting, but scary at the same time. I'm pretty lucky that i'm staying with my family first, and then i'm on my own!

Yeah, hopefully through staying in hostels we'll be able to meet people.

Where about are you thinking of going in oz??

4. Posted by askgudmundsen (Respected Member, 59 posts) 13 Mar '13 19:12

If you're going on the most common backpacker trails, there should be no problems in meeting other people at hostels, tours and so on...

One advise would be: Don't bring a laptop/smartphone, or if you do don't use it in common room in hostels and so on.. First of all people (including myself) tend to hide behind the screen instead of engaging in the more challenging concept of 'starting conversation' and 'forming new relationships to strangers'.. Fewer people also engage in spontaneously conversations with you if you sitting on Facebook or Travellerspoint all the time...

That said, I'm very biased against almost every kind of electronics people bring with them on the road - and as a general rule isn't is hard to meet people on the hostel scene if you just trying a little bit :)

Edit: Just adding the bias-part for good order

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Mar-2013, at 19:19 by askgudmundsen ]

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4394 posts) 14 Mar '13 00:20

Quoting askgudmundsen

Fewer people also engage in spontaneously conversations with you if you sitting on Facebook or Travellerspoint all the time...

I would so totally start a conversation if I saw someone browsing travellerspoint! :) Unfortunately all I see in hostel's lounges are people on facebook, which yeah, is a major reason not to start talking with them. (Still much better than people watching TV, though. Laptop using people do look up and chime in if there's a conversation happening around them.)

6. Posted by charleypaayne (Budding Member, 27 posts) 14 Mar '13 10:00

Yeah, hopefully it'll be okay meeting people. It'll be nice to share the experience with other people travelling alone, and meet some new people as well :)

No, i'll probably just bring my phone to skype with family etc to keep in contact... but when in australia, are you really going to want to be scrolling up and down the facebook home page than sitting on the beach :P haha.

Yeah, thank you! Luckily, i'm not a very shy person, and can literally talk to anyone, so hopefully i'll get chatting to a few people :)

7. Posted by ChrisyQue1 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 16 Mar '13 21:43

Hey, I'm in brisbane just now been here for three days, add me on facebook if you like as i shall be flying solo the same with you haha Chrisy Quinn - scotland

8. Posted by askgudmundsen (Respected Member, 59 posts) 19 Mar '13 02:53

Quoting Sander

Quoting askgudmundsen

Fewer people also engage in spontaneously conversations with you if you sitting on Facebook or Travellerspoint all the time...

I would so totally start a conversation if I saw someone browsing travellerspoint! :) Unfortunately all I see in hostel's lounges are people on facebook, which yeah, is a major reason not to start talking with them. (Still much better than people watching TV, though. Laptop using people do look up and chime in if there's a conversation happening around them.)

Haha - yeah, so unfortunately there aren't any TP-moderators around the hostel I'm staying at right now

You might be right on the last part.. Given that they don't also bring a decent pair of headphones

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