Right - Everything Is Booked! -So Why Do I Feel So Scared!

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1. Posted by bananas76 (Budding Member 7 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Guys,

My tickets are booked I arrive in Sydney on August 23rd - and the nerves have suddenly hit me.... I am travelling alone and being female and normally of the "If I can't wear my heels/straighten my hair/wear something slimming - I'm not going" type of person it has suddenly hit me how scary this is...

I know I probably sound really stupid- but now that I only have a few weeks to go - my nerves have kicked in.... I have never travelled before let alone by myself and certainly never been as far afield as Oz. I have been reading the boards about how easy it is to make friends and meet new ppl when your on your own - but for some unknown reason I am still bricking it!!!

I have ready my lonelyplanet book (s) (yes books!) I have been reading these and other Oz travel related boards and I have every intention of packing duct tape (still not sure what for .... )

So anybody -female or male out there who will be Sydney roughly the same time as me that wants to say hello - maybe have a beer and compare sunburn???

I'm in Australia for 7 weeks and during that time I hope to go from Sydney to Brisbane - then onto Cairns - Uluru - stopping over in Perth for a day or 2 and then onto Singapore for my last week (haven't even started worrying about that!)

I am going to stop now as I have just realised that I am waffling - any tips/advice gratefully received....


2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nush,

just a quick message to say don't be at all nervous about travelling alone in oz, I did the east coast on my own 4 years ago and had a brilliant time. i am also like you; ie don't like to go out make-up- less etc!! you will meet people in every hostel you go in and of course you instantly have something in common with people becuase you are doing the same things. there are loads of people travelling alone so everyone is eager to meet other people. it's really easy to get around etc - many of the hostels will pick you up from bus stops. it's a fab country, the people are lovely and you will have a fantastic time. singapore is fine on your own too.

I am quitting my job and leaving for oz again on 1st october for 3 months to do the bits i didn't see last time and am going alone again.

have fun and don't worry!:)

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nush, I agree with Becky; you will be fine!!!! Plus you are going to be arriving in Sydney in one of the periods where it is really starting to fill up with newly arrived backpackers, right after the European summer ;)

So, you will certainly not be alone!


4. Posted by bananas76 (Budding Member 7 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


Thanks guys - I am ditching the straighteners and embracing my inner charlie's angel circa Farah Fawcett Flicks!!!! (not pretty - but hey am thousands of miles from home - so who cares ;) )

Thanks again!


Ps: only have to worry about footwear and clothes now - oh joy!

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Enjoy the pre-travel nerves - they sure beat the hell out of the post-travel blues!

Have fun in Sydney.

P.S. I live in Sydney and I have no idea about the duct tape!

6. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

im terrified too.im going to be in new zealand on my own, i know im going to be fine i just get scared when i start to think about the first couple of days on my own. but at the same time i am sooooo excited.
cant wait.