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1. Posted by jn2 (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello All,

Ive been lucky enough to visit some great places around Europe, North america and areas around the Mediterranean, I didnt backpack through them but have lived abroad in cyprus for 5 months supporting myself and have experience of staying in hostels and getting here and there in foreign lands. My dream for the last few years has been to tour Australia, New Zealand and maybe even some pacific islands. But there is one critical problem, and that is I have no one to go with, whenever I have travelled before I gone with someone and the thought of living and travelling around Australia on my own is daunting. I have friends that would love to go but they either have no money or have commitments etc etc etc, I could wait for my friends to get into a position where they could go but I could end up waiting all my life. Question to you all is should I do it and go alone? Perhaps one of you has done it before and has advice.


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

Deffo go on your own! You'll miss the oppurtunity otherwise! Im heading out to Sydney on my own..working for a while then travelling. Im nervous as I am a little bit shy when it comes to new people but adds to the experience i guess!

Trust me..go otherwise you really will be waiting for your friends forever!

Good luck!

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm with LondonGirl, definitely go even if it means going by yourself.

If you DON'T go, will you look back in years to come and think "that was a good decision of mine not to go to Australia." I doubt it.

Lil j is a member of this board, and she recently did her first overseas trip from the UK to Australia, and had a blast by all accounts.

4. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey james-we'll have to actually go for that drink next time! I meant to have met with you when i got back to Sydney but due to delays only ended up having one night there.

Anyways-i would say go-you have to do it. i used to be such a shy person a couple of years ago. Seriously my family really didnt believe that i was really going to go (or a few on here or myself!!) and then i booked my ticket and the rest is history.

Now i've got my visa and said that i could be there for up to a coupla years-they belive me this time! Think it was quite a shock!

I loved it on my own, i enjoy meeting people, love the social thing but also like being by myself at times. You are bound to meet people, spec. if you are staying in hostels-i ended up going out with people from the rooms that i stayed in!

Life is waaay too short-bite the bullet. If you wait for someone then you could never end up doing it.

You have the advantage of being well-travelled. I had never been to an airport in my life!

Personally i think that you get much more out of it by going it alone.

5. Posted by frsydtke (Budding Member 33 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

For sure.

I am in the same boat and nervous as hell, and spoken to plenty of friends you have done it in the past who are so inward and nervous and they have come back changed people.

So you will be fine.

Spent the last 5 years working on my own company and now 30 going in Feb on my own as friends have all dropped out due to work stuff, relationships etc so your not alone.

If you do not go you will regret it for ever!


6. Posted by jn2 (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Cheers for the post peeps, the replies have been great. It’s encouraging to know that that travelling alone isn’t such an alien concept. So as I write this I’m finding out as much as I can, and if possible I will do it this year

‘ LondonGirl ‘ probably summed up near on what I want to do, which is to work in Sydney then travel around preferably in a car and see it all at my own pace. I’ve looked at some threads suggesting gaining work in Oz isn’t such a hard thing. Is this true? As some threads suggest there are jobs in IT etc as well as the usual bar work and fruit picking.