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1. Posted by mandylou4u (Budding Member 73 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi I'm Amanda, 20 from Guildford. Someone please tell me I'm stupid but I'm really worried now about travelling Oz on my own in Sept for 3 months. One day I'm excited and tell myself I'll be fine, the next day I can't stop crying and thinking what the hell am I doing! Dreading the flight from Heathrow on my own and I'll be leaving my other half here. Walking away at the airport is going to be so hard for me as I'm going to miss so much, feels like I'm going to live in a paralell world! I need some serious talking to so if anyone out there can help me please reply to this thread, I'm desperate!!!! Thanks, Manda xxx

2. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Amanda,
Lots of people get the jitters about heading off, but once you on your way you wil love it.
Adventure, enjoyment and a load of laughts, Aus is a great place.
Relax, when the times comes to come back to the UK, you'll got wow that was bloody fast !!!

3. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Amanda, think of what you'll miss if you dont go - surfing, seeing Oz, meeting loadsa new friends, would you really wanna look back in 20 yrs time and say i didnt go to Oz cos i was afraid to - nah you wouldnt! Like me i wouldnt either - im for going in Oct and i really wish i could go on my own now - ive been on my own before and its a great experience - my wee bro is coming now - and it's gonna be so much more hassle for me - but im gonna have to try and get on with it.

Funny somedays how one thinks - i woke up on sat morning past thinking about all the snakes, crocs and shark wot if wizzing in my head - i dont really know where all that came from - but then i realised nah im not stopping just for that -theres so many other good things to do and see apart from that. Im definitely going - nothings gonna stop me now

Sorry bout the long rant, but im only trying to encourage you to do it - it'll be the best thing you could do - oh im wishin im on that plane thundering down the runway now on my way to Oz - i cant wait. Do it amanda - who knows we'll maybe even meet up.

4. Posted by jen81 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think you should go 4 it! Im going on my own in about 2 wks, flying to sydney and im really nervous!! But i just keep thinking if i dont do it i know i'll regret it! I can imagine how hard it'll be 4 u leaving your boyf but im sure he's very supportive of u and that should be some motivation 4 u 2 go! My good friends boyf went out there last wk and she'll miss him loads but it just has 2 be done especially if u have got the drive and want to go!!
Go 4 it girl, i'm sure ul love it and when u finally do come back into the arms of your man u will b so glad u did it!
Good luck

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think if you dont go in order to stay with your guy you may end up resenting him for holding you back from taking this step. What you will have to do is put your self out there - deep breath and approach people and try to make friends they will help you through the adjustment period. The world is so much smaller these days and you can communicate daily via email or txt. And by the time 3 months flies in you will be a so much more confident self assured person.

Have you told your boyfriend how your feeling?

Take Care


6. Posted by robbo_gsi (Full Member 81 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hey manda!

I totally understand how you feel but am lucky enough to go to Oz along with my friends. Am leaving my g/friend of 3 and half yrs behind for a year and a bit and its gonna break my heart and hers, but its something that I HAVE to do now before i settle down etc. thankfully she's understanding which makes it much easier for me...

You'll just have to be brave and think positive about it, if its something you really wanna do, you'd be absolutely mad to give it up!

good luck!!

7. Posted by dannyboy7 (Full Member 167 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey amamda,
I'm off to oz for 3 months on the 4th sept on my own and i'm going thru the same emotions so don't worry..... i had to go thru the whole "goodbyes at the airport" when my girlfriend left for south america last september and i'm not gonna lie to you it's hard but if it's something you've always wanted to do you just gotta do it....i'm heading for coogee beach in sydney for a week or so then up to cairns and backpacking my way back down to sydney.
but i have second thoughts everyday....and i know i could find a thousand reasons not to go but i know i'll only regret it if i don't so come on..... it'll be a great experience.
have a good trip hun...

8. Posted by Vlakvark (Budding Member 40 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Amanda,

I have just returned from Oz and NZ and it was GREAT. The Aussies are a bit arrogant - as we all know - but what nice people they are. Friendly, helpful and bloody good at sports, well except for football that is.

Please go. You owe it to your grandchildren, otherwise what bedtime stories are you going to tell them?

Good luck!

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

I know exactly how you feel Amanda - its actually quite nice to know im not the only one who feels like that! I went out to Oz on my own last year just for 3 weeks for a taster and i loved it. Im now in the process of planning a years career break from work and going out there for up to a year in jan 07. Im still really nervous about it all though and keep putting off actually booking anything incase i change my mind! Im sure ill go though becasue i think ill regret it more if i dont. I just keep telling myself that even in the worst case scenario - that i come home early - at least i will have tried! And hopefully ill have had some great experiences along the way!

Go for it - you'll regret it if you dont and its obviously something that you really want to do otherwise you wouldnt have planned it all in the first place!

Good Luck :)

10. Posted by patience (Full Member 118 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey I jumped on a plane from Heathrow on my own to syndney without a plan and was nervous but just take it one day at a time or one moment at a time and you'll be fine.
My sleeping bag fell off my backpack in hong kong I think, never did find it!, and there were no buses to take me to my hostel when I got there even though i ordered one to pick me up but I just got on with it.
There are lots of places to stay, things to do and lots of people to meet who are friendly and helpful so dont panic too much. Enjoy it and dont be surprised at the end of the 3 months if you want to stay longer because australia is an amazing place. Especially sydney which is like a second home to me now. you'll love it.