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1. Posted by CatF (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hey there,

I am looking to fly to Brisbane maybe april/may, I will be travelling alone and I really don't want to do that long trip alone, plus I am afraid that I will not meet people when I get there. A few of my friends have already being there and said that it is so easy to make friend etc. I will be travelling from Dublin, also I am 30 so I have to go before I turn 31, leaving it a bit later, but better late than never


[ Edit: Edited on 03-Jan-2013, at 00:57 by CatF ]

2. Posted by HeyMem (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi Catherine,
I'm hoping we can help each other out with information here. I am 30 living in Australia. If you are planning on staying in Backpackers etc I don't think you will have any trouble at all making friends etc. There are tours you can join but public transport is reasonably priced so it is a waste of money joining tours. One recomendation is to read reviews of the places you are thinking about staying, a couple have a shady reputation or are a 24 hour party, and I am considering my 30 year old self when I say this because sometimes I want to actually sleep in a Hostel. I am positive you will easily meet like minded travellers!

My question for you is similar to what you have asked. I am 30 (also leaving it late) and coming to UK and Ireland next year. My stresses are exactly the same. Everyone keeps telling me I will meet up with people and make friends easily. Is this the case with the backpacking scene in ireland?

Thanks Mem

3. Posted by CatF (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mem,
Thanks for getting back to me, I have friends living in Brisbane, but I only want to stay with them for a week ot two then head off and meet new people. I did hear that a few of the hostel's are 24 hours parties I wouldnt mind that sometimes but as you said I like my sleep too.

You will have no problem at all meeting new friends in Ireland, everyone is friendly anytime I am out with my friends we always get chatting to people that are travelling and we always have good fun. I am from Dublin which can be a little more expensive than other parts of Ireland and would be more expensive than the UK, but I think a trip to Ireland would be worth it, you will love it.


4. Posted by kmwain (Budding Member 77 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi There Catherine..

I am looking to head there in either May or June of this year. Like yourself, I will be heading there alone!

I'm very nervous and so anyone that I meet that is in the same position will only ease these nerves for me! :)

5. Posted by CatF (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kmwain

I know is is very scarey doing it alone but it is a chacne of a life time, I dont know anyone that is going they are already there or are just back. I have to go before June so I need to get my act together. Where are thinking of going to when you get there? Are you flying from Ireland?

Catherine :)

6. Posted by kmwain (Budding Member 77 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi Catherine

I have no set plans yet...
I know I want a working holiday. Looking to do 3 months agricultural work so I can apply for a second year. Just need to focus on where to start! Ill be flying from London.

7. Posted by ClareM84 (Budding Member 23 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hey Catherine,

I'm actually flying out to Sydney in 3weeks on my 2nd yr visa Eeek! I'm not entirely sure of my plans as yet other than loosely I want to go to Melbourne at some point then prob fly up to cairns/Brisbane around April-may for awhile following the weather... Obviously plans change all the time and Aus is such a huge place but keep in touch and u never know we may be in similar areas at same time!
Clare x
ps look for Facebook group for Australia 2013 as there's loads of us on there chatting/sharing info etc

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9. Posted by CatF (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hey Kmwain,

I have no set plans either I am just going to go with the flow, I did want to start in Brisbane, but I dont really mind where i go first. Are you going to do your 3 months when you get there or nearer the end? I havent thought about doing that suppose I'll have to see how much I like it there. :)

10. Posted by CatF (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hey Clare,

You lucky duck heading in 3 weeks, when were you there before? Did you go aline the first time you were there? I am just real nervous going alone, I am really easy going but I'd be afraid in case i dont meet people when i get there. I am not really pushed on where I fly to I said Brisbane because my friends are living there, I would love to go the Melbourne and maybe visit Perth. Yeah defo keep in touch and as you said we could bump into each other wherever we end up.

Catherine x