Travelling alone in 2006 - any advice???

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1. Posted by magsa (Budding Member 11 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone
I am strongly considering travelling to Oz next year by myself.. for various reasons it won't be until June next year, by which time I will be almost 27. But you know how it is, my career is going nowhere, want some excitement before I am too old etc etc.
Anyway, was just wondering if any of you guys had any advice, like will I be too old to make friends when I am out there?! Or just some re-assurance that I am not mad for considering chucking it all in and having some fun and not worrying too much about the whole career thing...
Any words of advice from anyone who has already done this, is out there now, or is considering doing the same thing would be very much appreciated.
Cheers guys!
Mags xxx

2. Posted by cow25 (Budding Member 9 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Go for it! You'll regret later otherwise. I'm from Melbourne and have done the same thing in England, was there for 2 years and am coming back in March. It's the best experience ever, you get to learn so much about yourself and meet the most amazing people when you're travelling, people you wouldn't think you'd be friends with at home.
If you're coming in June, head up north first, the weather is always so much nicer, Melbourne and Sydney can be pretty miserable at that time of year. But it's worth heading down south for a while later in the year.
You've got nothing to lose, a mortgage, marriage and all of that will still be waiting for you when you get back to England. I know so many people that wish they could up and leave but now have got too many commitments, career, house etc. So now is the time to do it, when there is nothing to hold you back.
Just book your ticket and take it from there.
Hope this has helped and please feel free to ask me anything if you need more info.
Good Luck

3. Posted by leeann (Budding Member 17 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

i can't say that I have been to Australia yet, although I would LOVE to go, it's on my long list of places to go. Although the pint about being to old to meet friends don't worry. I an 18 year old gal from Canada, living in Guadalajara Mexico right now, and one my good friends here is a a 29 year old gal from France. I find that being young and travelling, i have been forcued to grow up, and those that are a bit older are forced to be young. It' great and I hope you have a lot of fun, oh man i wish I could join you.

4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 618 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mags,
When I was 28/29 I decided I would mark my 30th with something special, and did Kilimanjaro. On that trip I met a couple of friends who suggested we meet again in 2000 in Nepal. We all went, but on different treks! I went to Everest Base Camp.
Around the same time, I met a divorcee with 2 kids and thought my travelling might be over, even though I was happy with life.
But one day we decided (long story) to up and leave and travel the world - kids and all. We spent 9 months doing Europe, Asia, Oz, NZ, USA.
So don't hesitate - obstacles are in the head. They can all be overcome, it just takes a few simple (if big) decisions, and it suddenly becomes remarkably simple.
Although older than you and with our kids, so not sampling too much nightlife, we met an American couple at the opera in Verona, who let us stay with them when we arrived in California, six months later! Then we stayed with a friend I'd made in Nepal, who was from Chicago.

And Australia is the most traveller-friendly country in the world. People there are brought up to expect it. And to go anywhere in their own country, they have to get used to travelling huge distances, so it's all geared up for it.
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5. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 618 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

I meant to say don't worry about the career thing unless you are particularly focussed that way. If you are capable of travelling the world, you are capable of finding another job when (if) you return.

6. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

It sounds like your mind is already in Australia; just steer the body down to the Travel Agents and book the ticket. Stevieh's post says it all: it's not so much about the destination, its about heading into the unknown. You won't help your career with a short holiday simply because its too hard to leave yourself and life behind, and you all to quickly return to the parts of you that you did leave behind. You need longer. Going it alone? Personally I think that being unencumbered with friends or baggage from home is the healthiest option - for some. As for making friends, well, there's thousands of 25 - 35 year old people from all walks of life in Australia: locals and travellers.

And almost 27? Goodness me, you're nearly a Grandmother. Get this trip out of the way and book your bed in the nursing home before your brittle old bones crack under the pressure of youth ;).

7. Posted by cathyb (First Time Poster 1 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I'm new to this forum but I found it, and this thread in particular, because I was searching for the same thing. I'll be nearly 29 when I go next year but I think if I don't do it now I never will! I'll be with friends some of the time but I'm a bit apprehensive about the times when I'm not! But it's reassuring to hear there'll be others there like me and hopefully this will reassure you too Mags. Enjoy!

8. Posted by drewbuz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!


I decided in the summer to take time off work (6 weeks) and am heading to Australia in November and Fiji (December/January). All my friends are settled down etc. so I'm going it alone! Sometimes feel it is a bit daunting, travelling all that way and not knowing anyone (my sister has contacts from her travelling days tho') but know I would regret not taking the opportunity while I can, at the end of the day there are thousands of people in the same boat. Don't worry grab this oppertunity with both hands and go for it and enjoy!!!!!!

9. Posted by IainOB1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Once you spend a couple of days or weeks out there you'll suddenly realise what a good decision you made. I too am planning to head to Oz, probs in May next year, I'll be packing in a well paid job and leaving my old life behind and it feels great to be doing so. What would you rather tell people in years to come that you have travelled to some great places, met great people or sat at home in the same routine that we have had for years. I’m starting in OZ and not having any fixed plans but will head to New Zealand too. With age limits to visas its now or never for me too for Oz and New Zealand. But by all accounts they seem the best places to start travelling on your own.
Hope you have a great time

10. Posted by ozintro (Full Member 56 posts) 18y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mags,
Firstly, I don't think you're ever too old to make friends.
My advice.. on your first night in Australia, buy a box of wine and some plastic cups and head for your hostel's common room.
Keep an open mind and don't be shy.
That's all it takes.
Have fun!