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31. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Go for it!

Women-hey clubbing is wicked-recent clubby music and the alternative indie scene-cant beat that-bit of a mix! its all gravy baby!!

32. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You can tell how old and uncool i am, but the idea of going to a club where gravy is required/involved just scares me somehow. Yorkshire pud? Maybe. Gravy? I'm just not digging that, even if it is bisto's finest. You kid´s these days have the strangest ideas ;)

33. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

oh rich your sooooo funny its totally cool! (i mean its totally gravy baby!)

Your only an ickle baby yourself!

Us essex people-we do like our gravy!-funnily enough ive had a roast dinner today-how funny-and now ive got all the washing up-oh which reminds me about the story you was going to so kindly share with me Rich, hmmm????

34. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Respected Member 550 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Also, if you could personally design a country specifically for backpackers then you would end up with Australia. It's got loads of class things to see, (e.g. Ayre's Rock, Great Barrier Reef, Penguin Parade at Philip Island), cool cities and towns to visit, (e.g. Sydney, Melbourns, Cairns), loads of tours you can do which make getting about easier (and which are also excellent for meeting other backpackers), cheap booze (beer by the jug), cheap backpacker discounts for stuff like coach travel, tourist atractions, cinema, etc, and an all-round general chilled atmosphere.

But Colin Butts explains it much better than me so definitely read 'A Bus Could Run You Over.'

35. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Respected Member 550 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

And going to the travel agents is definitely a step in the right direction as well.

They'll probably try to get you to buy loads of tours and hostel accomodation from them as well though, so tell them you haven't got any definite plans as yet (re: dates, places), so at the moment you are just after flight prices.

Then once you have decided when and where you want to go, book your flight (ASAP) but don't book anything else from the travel agents initially. If they offer you any leaflets or print-offs about tours/hostels then take them to have a look at, but I wouldn't buy anything other than your flight just yet. The cheaper flights can get booked out a few months in advance, so the sooner you book it the better, but stuff like hostels and tours can be booked much closer to the time or even once you get to Australia.

I generally prefer to just book my flight through the travel agency (and maybe my first two night's accomodation) and then book my tours and stuff once I get to Australia, as many hostels/tour desks in Australia give you discounts/free night's accomodation, etc. if you book stuff through them, so it's sometimes cheaper to do it over there.

Also, this gives you more flexibility, as you will almost certainly meet other backpackers and will probably want to travel around together, and if you plan and buy everything while you're still in England you won't have this level of flexibility.

Either way though, I wouldn't stress about it. The important thing is to decide roughly where you want to go ASAP and then get your flight ticket sorted out ASAP.

36. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Emmmett that is all REALLY, REALLY helpful and is very much appreciated. The only thing i'm thinking is that i can only book off three weeks at work-if i'm lucky enough-should be okay! and that will leave me with just over 2 weeks-what a bummer ay! its the flight thing, now would it be more expensive to get a direct flight-or can you not? As i do not want to stop over anywhere-well at least not spend a day or so there, i just want to get to Oz as soon as really.

The prices ive seen have been just under £800 but considering i want to book for October (although i have taken into consideration that this is their summer!)

Well i assume the travel agents will do the searching, i'm sure they will get more results than little old me!

the book-really can't wait, he! he! ;)

37. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Respected Member 550 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Flight tickets without any stopovers are generally slightly cheaper, as tickets generally go up in price the more stop-offs you want. When I went to Oz without any stopovers I paid about 800 pounds but I left it late and booked up three weeks before I left, so if you book up now for October I would expect that you'll be able to get a much better deal than I did.

Also, some companies (or maybe just Qantas) do a return ticket to Oz which includes two free internal flights in Oz. These tickets are generally slightly more, but work out cheaper overall than buying a return flight and then internal flights once you get there. So if you want to visit places which involve a lot of travelling, i.e. if you want to go to Alice Springs, Darwin or Perth, then this might be the option to go for.

Also, when I booked up my choices of where to fly into and out of were limited because I left it so late to book up, but if you book up early you should have more flexibility for where you want to arrive and depart. You may still find that the cheapest tickets fly into and out of Sydney and Melbourne, but booking up ASAP should still give you more options.

So anyway, make a decision regarding a rough plan of the places you want to visit ASAP, and then head off down the travel agents.

38. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Respected Member 550 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

And if three weeks is all you can get off work then don't worry, you'll still have a cool time.

The first time I went to Oz I stayed for three months (initially booked for two months but had such an excellent time that I extended my ticket), but I went back again last year for two weeks and it was still brilliant.

39. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Open your computer lil j,search a site where you can book flight-tickets to OZ,search a day what suits for you,click ok,confirm the tickets?Click yes!You can do it!!!Go for it!OZ is the place!Stayed there for 10 months and never regret!Going back there aswell.;)Just do it!

40. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Jas

How're the travel plans coming along? Any developments?