Travelling alone in 2006 - any advice???

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

hey i'm 20 and i have just got back from Oz today. it's brill, i am going to go back on my own for longer like 3/6 months or maybe even a year or two. I met a lot of people. Especially if you go with Oz Experience or something similar (not so much the greyhound-so ive heard!) as you are guaranteed to meet people and people in your room in hostels, most people talk, particularly if you are in the same room, then you end up going for dinner or something together.

I not a loud in your face person but i really liked travelling by myself!

You've got to do it and just go for it, you won't look back! Trust me on this one!

12. Posted by johnnyr (Budding Member 17 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Agree with Michael completely, those cheap boxes of wine are a great introduction to anyone you would ever like to meet. Just take it in moderation because you wanna remember some things that you do;). Cheers to the good times ahead...

13. Posted by magsa (Budding Member 11 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys for all your comments! It was lovely to read all those positive messages, and you're right, sometimes you just have to get on and do things and enjoy them while you can! xxx

14. Posted by redrachel (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hi all,

i'm rachel from hong kong. i guess i understand magsa's situation. i've already got a working holiday visa, and haven't made up my mind to start my journey. i worry that i'll be too old to start a new career when i come back (i'm nearly 30). and many friends told me, it's not easy for me to find a job if i stop working for one year.....
but yes, you are right. i have nothing to lose. i'll regret later if i don't even start to do it. thank you for your advice.
magsa, let's meet in australia!!

15. Posted by dee. (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

It is so nice to hear there are so many of us in the same boat. I am 33 yrs old and am arriving in Oz on 31st Jan travelling the east coast. I was going to go by grehound but am not sure. I thinkl I will decide once in Cairns and see what people have to say.

I was in a ten year relationship which ended a year ago, it has been my dream to see Oz and am finally doing it. I am scared and nervous having never travelled on my own before but decided if I don't go now I never will.

It is very reassuring reading the comments from people who have done the trip and made friends and who have no regrets. It gives me reassurance and a little confidence.


16. Posted by TravelMc (Full Member 93 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone
The overwhelming response here seems to be 'Go for it' so adding my 2 pence worth may seem redundant but as a 28 year old Kiwi living in the UK I can tell you you only put your life on hold by NOT doing stuff. Who knows what you will find onthe other side of the world and if you have a working visa you could end up getting further ahead in your career than if you stayed at home. Take the chance. If you don't like it or find you really miss home you can always go back - you can't change your mind if you don't go!
And the only way you wont make friend is by sitting in a small dark room not speaking ot anyone. Travellers network (as this website will atest to) and you will find yourself smiling at someone struggling with a suitcase of backpack at the train/bus station and next thing you know your inthe middle of a huge conversation and taking contact details and so it all begins! Its a small world, you're never far from home but it will all pass you by if you don't getout in it!
Best of luck and travel safe to everyone who is getting out there! And smile when you see a fellow traveller - it could be any one of us here!:)

17. Posted by James1976 (Budding Member 41 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Magsa,

Im also a 29 year old and i'm off to Oz next march for 6 weeks on my own. I wouldnt worry, lots of my friends have been (some by themselves) and they said its brilliant and you meet loads of people! I think you will have a great time. Im fairly quiet myself but decided to go before im 30! :o)


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

hi, im sue 24 from liverpool, plannin to do the same thing leavin for oz end of july beginnin of june next year!! so if ur mad for jackin it all in an travellin alone then me too!!

19. Posted by jn2 (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I too am thinking of going to Oz on my own, it really is daunting but I think once your there, all the uncertain feelings you have will disappear. I also think the idea about the wine box is kool, will defo give that a try. I think this forum is a good port of call to contact people whom are also are alone and would like to meet up for a drink.

20. Posted by phantom (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

yea mate im doin the same thing and im 28 started 2 think i was takin life way 2 serious so thought pack in the work and go on a little adventure b4 i start collecting me pension im goin out there in march and im lookin 4ward 2 it i was abit like u mate thinkin am i doin the right thing but we only live once so pack ya bags and head out there and think about wat ya gunna do wen ya get bak enjoy yaself while ya can