Travelling ALONE!!!

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1. Posted by Tricia B (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyon.
I'm new to all this and have decided enough is enough over here in england, travelling is something i have always wanted to do, trouble is none of my friends are fussed about it, they are all in long term relationships (yawn) so i'm forced to travel alone, anxious but also damn excited!!

has anyone ever travelled alone?? any tips on what to look out for?? also any links on jobs whilst i'm there would be great.

Im looking to save £3000 in total for 6 months, that needs to include flights and visa's.. will this be enough??

2. Posted by rach6083 (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Just go for it, you'll have an amazing time! Lots of people travel alone (including me) but you're never really 'alone' as such, you meet so many people. You also have the added bonus of doing whatever you want to do instead of compromising with someone else!
£3000 would be enough to set u off on a good start, but obviously it depends on where u go, as to how far that money will go. It'll go a lot further in Asia than in Australia/New Zealand.
As for jobs....when I was in Australia, I wanted to do something different, so I worked in the outback as a nanny and also worked at a cocktail bar by the beach. Its best to find a job by word of mouth or hostel noticeboards once you are there, or you could try WWOOF, where u work a few hours a day in exchange for accommodation, which tends to be in rural areas.
All the best!

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Travelling alone is the way to go!! And as a Brit going to Aussie, you'll have absolutely no worries meeting fellow UKers, its a popular destination with you guys it seems ;) Rach is right, when it comes to finding work as a backpacker, word of mouth is invaluable, and hostel noticeboards are great. I also always recommend the site - its a great site for checking out seasonal/part-time vacancies all over Aussie. The Harvest Trail (fruit picking/packing) is also popular with backpackers, have a look at or Good luck getting your plans together, you'll have an awesome time

4. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tricia,

LOL - you had me in fits of laughter over your description of your friends!!

My personal opinion is........... you just go for it!! You sound like an adventurous person willing to explore this amazing world of ours.......... before YOU too finally get "caught"! LOL

Now on a more serious note....

When you say "visas" - do you mean a working visa as well? If you are going to have a working visa then yes I feel that you could get moving on the amount you are talking about - it translates to approx $6700 Aus. It really depends on how much your (return) ticket will cost you as well as other related costs.

My suggestion would be that you have at LEAST - a return ticket and approx $5,000 Aus. The reason I put that amount so high is, through experience with backpackers, it is hard for some people to leave the "booze cruise" of the capital cities and/or the east coast. These can be very very expensive.

As Rach and Hey Monkee have said as long as you are willing to get out of the rat race and really experience Aus - then you will have a ball! There are many many totally diff sorts of jobs to be had and therefore many many different experiences you will not have at home.

There truly is no problems with travelling alone - you WILL meet many of your own countrymen here - as well as a veritable United Nations of every other nationality!! You WILL make friends really really quickly.

Go for it girl - and have a BALL!

If you would like any further assistance please contact me.

With regards


5. Posted by towander (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tricia .. you will have a blast.

There is so much to do and you will be blown away by the actual size of Oz and the many things to do.

I am from Western Australia and there is work everywhere here, particularly in the Hospitality industry, they cannot get enough people.

Another tool that I use when travelling and works fantastically in Australia is Couchsurfing. (
You will meet lots of people, hear all the local gossip and can find places to stay.

Go for it and give me a call when you get to Perth.



6. Posted by WelshEmma (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey Tricia,

I will be travelling to Aus too, not sure when, hopefully leaving around May. Will be meeting up with friends but also travelling alone too, my friends are also setlling down - so not ready yet! :) I'm nervous too but kind of excited too

7. Posted by Vixen1201 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


My friends sound exactly the same as yours! I am also heading over to travel in May,
think I will get a working visa to help fund some of my way! I'm nervous, but I think
it will be soo fun!! :)

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

Just wanted to apologise to everyone I haven't yet replied to.

I haven't been able to get on to this site for months beacause my password was incorrect and all sorts of email changes happening. But also I had forgotton this site all together..

I now have a friend to travel with - YAY. I see alot of you are recommending the travel on your own thing, however I am not the shapest tool in the box and always knew i would need the help of another brain in order to survive.

If anyone is out there and wanting to hook up I'll be in Sydney from Sept onwards, staying in wake up hostel. From my research this looks the most reasonable of the one's i have looked at.

Also if anyone has been gone or there at the moment, wanna know all there is to know as it is coming up really quick and the more i hear about it the more excited I get. Think all my friends have well and truely had enough of the 'A' word..

Good Luck to everyone reading this and if you're unsure as I was - just buy a ticket, get your arse to an airport get on a plane and the rest is history, I keep telling myself that and it works

Trish x

9. Posted by Paulard (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Tish! I'll be in the same hostel round that time. I think I'll have atleast one of my buddies from Canada with me. I'll be sure to save a sharp knife for you haha.

10. Posted by Suz2424 (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone

I too am doing it alone and arrive in Sydney in September and staying in Wake Up! Seems the best place to go first so fingers crossed!

I haven't got to the nervous stage yet and am so excited and doing it alone is scary but hey, there are a lot of us in the same boat!!!

I'm guessing we're all going to be great and will look back and have made some great new friends