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1. Posted by amyp (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Im travelling to Oz at the end of May on a working holiday Visa. Ive been so excited the last few months but as it gets near the time im starting to feel less excited and more nervous. This is probably because im going on my own and have never been out of the UK on my own before.
Is anyone else going on their own? Are you worried?
Ive got a flight held until tomorrow so i need a bit of a push to make me actually book, if any one has got any advise or any great stories to tell it would be good to hear!


2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I used to travel on my own for nearly all of my trips and there's always a time when you get really nervous and feel like cancelling the whole thing, happened to me a lot. But once you're there you'll have the best time of your live and it's going to be over way too soon.
And I also had a similar experience when I came to Ireland for work, 4 years ago. I was on my own, didn't know anybody here and I had doubts if I was doing the right things for a while before I left. But I never regretted that decision.
Just go ahead and book the flight, so there's no turning back and just relax and enjoy the fact that you'll be gone soon and make new experiences.
Travelling teaches you some of the most valuable lessons in life, you'll learn to adapt to and cope with difficult situations, you'll meet loads of new people (some nice, some not so nice) and you'll have stories to tell to anybody who wants to listen.

3. Posted by amyp (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks! That helps!
Have you been to Oz?
Are most people travelling on their own or are they in groups?
Also, i wasnt sure which was the best bus to go on - greyhound or Oz experience? Im doing the east coast from Syd - Cairns.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Amy,

You should have no problem at all! I travelled in Australia and it's the perfect place to travel by yourself if you want to meet up with people. It's so easy and there are so many others in exactly the same situation!! Another idea is to travel with one of these organizations that arranges a flight and group departure, that way you get to know some folk before you leave..... but really, if you are even remotely social ( :) ) you will have no probs in the hostels in Sydney. Stay in hostels though, hotels won't get you very far trying to meet people. Most people are either on their own, or with one other person, although they might have arrived in a group flight like mentioned above.

If you're travelling alone and want to be sure you'll meet other people, oz experience is definitely a good way to go! Be aware though, it's a party bus so you have to be ready to party a little on the way :)



5. Posted by amyp (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I was told today that the Oz experience company has been bought out by another company and they are not really doing the hop on hop off thing....Think i'll have to look into that....Unless anyone else knows???;)

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You're well informed :) But I don't think they are going to change the way oz ex operates too much... at least as far as I know of ?!?

7. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

do it do it-listen to me,lol!!

I have just booked my ticket to Oz and like you i have never been anywhere let alone on my own. I am planning to go on my own in October!!!

Be sure to let me know how it goes!

8. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

It doesn't get any easier than Australia! It's so geared up to independent travel that it's practically a way of life.
My (elder) brother is a bit of a cycnic at times, but even he said that "No Worries" isn't just a phrase, it's a way of life.

9. Posted by helly20 (Budding Member 8 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I'm not sure if this is going to help but I need to share in your nerves!

I'm travelling on my own for the first time and leave next week, in 8 days! I am currently very nervous, every now and again I remember how excited I am but the most over-riding feeling is nerves and a bit of sadness cos of leaving family and friends and my boyfriend for a while.

The bit that keeps me sane (ish) is thinking what I would be doing if I wasn't going away...sitting in an office staring at a computer screen and dreaming about going travelling!

If I keep telling myself that do you think I'll be less scared? I'm hoping!

Good luck, go for it, if you don't you'll always wonder 'what if?', and if you really hate it you can always come back early, there's no shame in trying and finding it's not what's right for you.

10. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Speaking from experience; don't even consider not going. Nerves are natural, and I certainly felt my fair share of them. Before leaving I wondered to myself how long it would take for me to want to pack it in and head home. Oddly enough, after a year of traveling on my own, not only did I not ever want to pack it in, but I was actually quite depressed about having my travels come to an end so soon. That said, you'll have your ups and downs, but the ups far outweigh the downs. Guaranteed. Australia is amazing.

If you travel by bus on the East Coast (if you decide to pass on Oz Experience), I'd say that 90 percent of the passengers are travelers just like yourself. I believe the company is called McCafferty's.

Good luck.