I am in the very early stages of planning a trip to Thai/Oz/Nz for aug/sept '14. Not sure how long for - mayb just 3months to begin with. (i dont want to work - just have a gd time!)
The idea of planning/booking and going solo is very dauting! All my friends are at very different points in their lives but scared if i dont go now ill be trapped in the NHS forever having never left my Brighton bubble! (Im a midwife - for my sins!)
Can anyone guide me on where to start with this planning mallarky and let me know if anyone is in the same boat/would be up for meeting up/being a travel buddy etc? (i realise its a year away!!) Would love to chat/have some pointers!
What part of the planning are you finding difficult?
1.) Thailand is arguably the most popular "foreign" backpacking destination in the world. It has hosted western budget travellers for decades so it's covered in great detail by a multitude of excellent guide books and travel websites. It has one of the most extensive backpacking infrastructures on the planet. It is FILLED with countless first timers just like you so going solo is immaterial.
2.) Australia and New Zealand speak the very same language as you, watch mostly the same movies, listen to mostly the same music, eat mostly the same food, wear mostly the same clothes, etc. They both have a superb support network for foreign tourists including budget backpackers. They both have a long and intricate history and cultural ties with your home country. In other words neither country is exotic or intimidating or a difficult destination in the slightest. They're both super easy places to travel and just different enough to be really cool and fun.
Bottom line: You're not attempting anything unique or difficult, millions before you have done the very same thing.
Relax and have fun with your research. You're going to have a gas!
Iv been planning to go alone too as none of my friends can go for different reasons and I'm quite worried goin alone, I want to go to aus for 6 months and New Zealand for 6 months, there's a group called ozintro that seem to help a lot and iv had good feed back bout them, I too want to go in September Jess x
are you still planning to head off to Thailand and Australia?
Im kind of interested too and never been to thailand australia nor nz amd indonesia..anyone ?
I am planing to travel between 4-6 weeks in Australia and maybe to NZ in October. No set plans but have some things I want to do. Looking for å traveling buddie so send me a massage.
I am interested to join you guys. Been to Bangkok twice. Awesome place. Would like to go again but friends are busy with work. Would like to try something different this time. Perhaps going to the outskirt of Bangkok.
Abit about myself.
Pushing my degree in singapore.
I was in this position last year, I ended up booking something with Ozintro and went from there, they were absolutely brilliant. I did Oz then NZ then moved onto Asia and it was the best decision I ever made.
Hope this helps.