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1. Posted by Jenwallace (Budding Member 2 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi all

I am a 26 Irish girl hoping to be travelling to oz early in the new year and will be embarking this on my own as my friend has changed her mind and can't go for different reasons. this is something I have wanted to do for a very long time now so I think I just need to bite the bullet and go but am slightly aprehensive about travelling on my own. My main concern is arriving in Sydney (i'm assuming I'll fly there first as its cheaper) and not knowing what to do then i.e where to stay etc. Any advice for me would be really appreciated.

Cheers :)

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5778 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I understand perfectly what you say. I had the same 5 years ago, arriving alone in auckland, new zealand. First of all, just let things happen and all will be ok.
I guess you must have a guidebook with some hostels in it. There are mostly a lot of possibilities to get from the airport to downtown sydney. If you are not on a tight budget, just pick a taxi for one time.
Just ask people at the airport which is the best way to get to town. You will be allrigh and meet lots of people. Just enjoy!

3. Posted by Jenwallace (Budding Member 2 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Cheers for that - Yeah guess I'll just play it by ear and see how things go everyone keeps telling me I'll meet loads of people over there and will be fine, but like I said its just the initial bit of finding my way around - ah I'll be grand just need to keep telling myself that

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi jen!

Dont worry at all. You'll find that once you check into your first hostel you'll just naturally get chatting to people, and things tend to just progress naturally from there. As the days and weeks go by, you'll really relax into your trip and start to feel more confident :) Then you'll start thinking your invincible because you've done it all on your own!

Go for it! You'll have a deadly time travelling solo. I would recommend it to anyone. ;)

5. Posted by TravelMc (Full Member 93 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jen

Its easy enough to get things sorted after you've arrived. Its always quite good to get at least your first nights accomm sorted (especially after a long flight) just to have that extra bit of security that you will have a bed to sleep in on that first night. Start talking to people and saying your going too - you'll be amazed at how many people suddnely tel you they know someone you 'really must stop in a see'. You'll have a phone book full of numbers in no time if you put the word out that you are off to Aus. And if not a lot of peoples names a lot of places to visit. If you have time stop for half an hour in a book shop and flick through the travel guides to get an idea of what kind of hotels and hostels are on offer and what prices you can expect to pay to help you decide what you can afford to do too.
Have a great time!

6. Posted by scotty85 (Full Member 88 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

hey im going by my self too, in october 2006 for a year, its pretty scary but i know ill have a great time an meet heaps of new friends.
if you fancie a beer or two give me a shout if you like, -snip-
all the best with ur trip.

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7. Posted by luckyirish (Budding Member 4 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

hi jen,
You wont have anything to worry about, i did the same thing less than a month ago and im getting on great. i stayed in the wake up hostel on pitt street and i definately recommend it. try book into 10 bed dorm, then you have more people to meet and become friends with. try going to organised events hostel run, you'll be amazed at the amount of people on their own, i was. dont be shy, most people are friendly and just make chit chat, ask them have they been travelling long and people usually tell you their story and you go from there.
Are you planning on staying in sydney for a few months? work and little then travel?
if your looking for work this site will help you
Sydney is a really friendly city, I was scared about coming on my own but try not to be too scared, you'll be fine and loving it, and the weather is getting really good......woohoo.
Hope you enjoy your trip.

8. Posted by carosterns (Full Member 159 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I have done a lot of travelling on my own over the past few years and find I meet more people when I travel alone than I do when I travel with someone else. I agree with luckyirish, stay in larger dorm rooms as you can't help but interact with other people. And if you can, stay in hostels that have a communal kitchen. I always find people love to chat while cooking because they can't really go and do anything else.

I definately agree, get a taxi from the airport to the city. The best part of Sydney is the airport is so close so it doesn't cost a bomb in a taxi, and if you are pre booked they will take you to the door. Saves trying to get your bearings when you are dead tired.

Sydney is full of single travellers and before long, you will be begging for some time to yourself.


9. Posted by angelab (Budding Member 14 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Just a thought, I am biased cos i live in the best city in the world - Perth :-), but check out flying in to Perth first and then travel overland North from Perth (or South) and arriving in Sydney as a seasoned traveller!! Look at a map and think figure 8 in your planning and you'll see most of the main spots along the way!!Makes sense when you fly from the UK/Europe?
I can't tell you how often i hear of people wishing they had been given that advice BEFORE they arrived in Oz. Instead they have to spend more money backtracking. Definitely the way to go if you plan to stay more than 3 months in Oz and want to see ALL of it! Fly in to Perth and fly out of Sydney when its time to go!!
Check out Jump On, Jump Off tour/transport options as it is a GREAT way to meet other travellers - especially when you start off on your own!

10. Posted by hopper (Budding Member 4 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

hey jen and other solo-travellers, i'll be in sydney soon too on my own, i booked a dorm bed in tokyo village which came highly recommended to me. if you're feeling overwhelmed and want to get in touch, i'm always up for meeting fellow travellers. -snip-


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