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1. Posted by abi888 (Inactive 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

[b]Hi everyone,

I am a 27 year old girl and i plan to travel for roughly about a year in January 08. I am starting in thailand with a friend who i will only be with for 3 weeks as she only wants a holiday. I then plan on going to Sydney on my own. I have planned on doing 3 months of travelling and then 3 months of work as i wont have enough funds to keep me going for a whole year.Then on to New Zealand to do the same.
I make friends quite easily but i am feeling a bit worried about going on my own and would like to hear how others have got on. Would it be better for me to save my £s and work for the first 3 months in sydney rather than travel first? How easy will it be to find a bar job or waitressing? And how easy will be it be to find a house share for when i am working?

All your answers would really help me out.

Thanks x

2. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey there, i´m travelling around south america solo at the moment, have met heaps of people in hostels, while doing hikes and when wandering aimlessly around town. I love travelling by myself, lets you do what you want when you want. I´ve done quiet a few short trips with people I meet that want to do the same things.
Work in sydney should be easy to find, as should somewhere to live.

3. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

i'm not the most experienced traveler i've only done a few short trips in europe but some of them have been on my own. I've started in the UK and Ireland when i was 19 and it was great on my own, therefore after i came back i left to berlin on my own and half a year later i've spend new year in madrid on my own. Well on my own, most of the time when i was just sitting writing my postcards or something like that, somebody adressed me and 2 hours later of talking we've decided to get some dinner, ended up in a romantic restaurant, got lost, got back to the hotel again. He was suppose to leave the next morning and that day i did a trip to another city with another girl from the hostel and in the evening i met the same guy again and we ended up spending new year together in a group of people from the hostel..

sleeping in hostels is great when you're on your own it's always 'hey neighbour..where are you from? what are you going to do, what have been doing so far' and sometimes it clicks and you do something together. I've had picknicks on the beach will groups of people... just because i wanted to see the sun going under on the beach and 2 other girls agreed and suddenly we had a group of 16 people on the beach..
but also when you don't want to speak to anyone, just look like this and they will ignore you.

i only sometimes missed my friends but letters and email is great for that..
go for it! that's all i can say.. when you are alone it's so much easier to speak to others and it's so great to wake up in the morning and be the only person with whom you need to discuss the plans of that day..

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello Abi:)

I often travel alone, and I have gone alone to live in other countries.
I have only once not been able to find a job. That was in a village, in Germany.
Everywhere else it just took me a week or less to find a job and someplace to live.
I think it is wise to not let your money run too low, before u start to look for a job.
Maybe it is best, to work in Sydney, before doing most of your travelling. Then u will know better how much travelling u have earned enough money to do.


5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Abi,

I am addicted to travelling on my own now. It's the only way to do it, in my opinion. Thinking about all the what-ifs before you go is the worst part. Once you actually are out there, you will never be short of people to hang out with. I even found on my own travels that there were times when I craved a bit of alone time.

And you dont have to be one of those super-confident extrovert types to make friends. As long as youre not a total plank, you'll always have someone to hang out with

As for work, it's pretty easy in Oz and NZ to pick up work as a temp. Register with as many agencies as you can and you should be able to pick up office work pretty easily for 3 months. The hourly rate isn't bad (I can only speak for NZ) but it lies between about $16-25 an hour, depending on what type of work and your experience.
You can always supplement that income then with a bar job at weekends or something.

House shares for 3 months can be a bit iffy and what a lot of people do is just live out of a hostel for that length of time. In lots of cities, there are hostels which take long-term guests and it can actually be a pretty convenient set-up. No bills, no house-share hassles, no deposits.

Anyway, whatever you do, best of luck. Don't worry too much about the travelling alone part. Things just have a way of falling into place. You'll have a great time!:)

6. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

it would be a perfect situation if you travel solo and use your common sense.

7. Posted by abi888 (Inactive 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all your answers i feel a bit better about going on my own now.

I know there are going to be ups and downs throughout the trip but i have always wanted to travel and there is only one way to find out how i will get on.

thanks again

8. Posted by marmite888 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi abi888

u have got some sensible replies, GO 4 IT,
yes i agree that work when u want and when u can, u dont want the trip spoilt with money worries.
I spent 3 n half weeks in NZ south Island, it wasn't long enough 4 me i luvv'd it, i had 2 return back 4 business commitments and promised myself that i would go back and also take in the north Island. still not been back yet !!
I went 4 xmas n new year which as u probably know is a HOT time 2 go 2 NZ, lots o warnings about the sun.
The best thing that i have found about travelling solo is u r never far away from making a friend if U want 2, so u r not really alone. U can go where u want 4 as long as u want without the hassles, but every so often i wish that some1 close could share the new xperiences.

Buena Suerte

P.S. curious y u use 888 ??? i do 4 everything, email, fone Nos, business etc etc

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