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    • El_W
    • By El_W 31st Aug 17, 7:36 PM
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    Travelling alone
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    Travelling alone 31st Aug 17 at 7:36 PM
    I'm strongly thinking about taking a 12 month working visa in Aus. It's basically now or never for me and I don't want to look back and regret it.

    I'm a very shy person (to begin with) and don't tend to get involved in things much unless pushed, so I'm wondering if going solo would literally make or break me? I never hear of people who go out on their own and don't like it but I'm always worrying about what could go wrong.

    I'm 25 btw.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 31st Aug 17, 7:42 PM
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    So if invited on a weekend trip down the Great Ocean Rd, would you say yes or I'm staying in to watch a box set of the Real Housewives of Melbourne or similar?
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    • heatherw_01
    • By heatherw_01 31st Aug 17, 7:47 PM
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    I travel to the US and Europe alone 7/8 times a year. Always alone for various lengths of time. I love it!
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    • El_W
    • By El_W 31st Aug 17, 8:21 PM
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    I travel to the US and Europe alone 7/8 times a year. Always alone for various lengths of time. I love it!
    Originally posted by heatherw_01
    Do you stop in hostels?
    • Clumsy22
    • By Clumsy22 31st Aug 17, 9:12 PM
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    • 31st Aug 17, 9:12 PM
    I travelled alone across Australia last year and loved it
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    I stayed in hotels but sometimes wished i had stayed in a couple of hostels , especially in Cairns as the people i met had a great time in Hostels, Loads of single people backpacking in Australia and meeting on tours etc. I never had a quiet night in Cairns, Port Lincoln or Adelaide, always met someone or a group of people to hang with..... Sydney was quite boring though.
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    • By jazz 31st Aug 17, 11:25 PM
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    We are old but stay in some great hostels in Oz - (we have a private room though not a dorm) but the kids there seem to have a great time. Always something to do, people to chat to, film rooms and some have pools. If you get to Hervey Bay stay at Flashpackers, best hostel we have ever stayed in.
    • heatherw_01
    • By heatherw_01 31st Aug 17, 11:36 PM
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    • 31st Aug 17, 11:36 PM
    Do you stop in hostels?
    Originally posted by El_W
    Only if they have private rooms, I haven't stayed with strangers nor want to. I go for budget hotels. Cheap as possible
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    • sarah69696pink
    • By sarah69696pink 1st Sep 17, 9:54 AM
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    Go for it. I know friends who put off going for ages for similar reasons but met other more outgoing people on their travels and got dragged alone into things and think its the best thing they've ever done. I've not done a long trip travelling alone, but have often done shorter breaks and love it. It can be scary at times - but the rewards outweigh the fear you may have now and again. Would definitely advocate staying in hostels so you will meet people
    • dawyldthing
    • By dawyldthing 3rd Sep 17, 12:08 AM
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    I travelled around Oz for 7 weeks (was at one point tempted to do the working holiday but unmed and arred for ages and just decided to go on holiday.

    If you want to go for the year I'd have a fair bit of money behind you - it's not cheap out there (and when I went 2 years ago nearly it was over $2 to the pound, I think it's $1.60 ish so will cost a fair bit more still. I think a lot of the jobs are farming/ hospitality but you can get some jobs that will give you accommodation. There's a lot of nannying jobs too but there not brillantly paid, but you can save up to help you travel more.

    I loved Oz though. You can stay in cheap hostels - I stayed at the asylum hostel in cairns which was really cheap but basic and did the job. I'd also definately make sure you have time to travel too as there's lots to see and go. And go on the Great Barrier Reef - it's amazing!
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    • Chlorine7
    • By Chlorine7 6th Sep 17, 2:20 PM
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    I don't want to look back and regret it.
    Originally posted by El_W
    This

    If you get out there and hate it there's nothing stopping you from getting on a plane and coming home at any time. At least you know you will have tried.
    • Doshwaster
    • By Doshwaster 6th Sep 17, 2:54 PM
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    There are some really inspirational channels on YouTube from people who finance their globe trotting by creating video content wherever they go. They are really good for destination ideas, travel advice and budgeting.

    Some to get started:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/FunForLouis
    https://www.youtube.com/user/PsychoTraveller
    https://www.youtube.com/user/soniastravels
    https://www.youtube.com/user/nayders07

    ...but there are loads more.

    The most important thing is to have a realistic budget. There are many people who head off with a plan to travel around the world in 12 months but end up spending all of their money in the first few weeks and have to phone the Bank of Mum and Dad to pay for a flight home.
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 7th Sep 17, 10:08 AM
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    Do it. Do what YOU feel comfortable doing, but do it.

    You will come back braver, stronger, and with lots of stories. Or - you'll do what my daughter did, and end up meeting a fabulous Aussie guy and staying out there (she went for 6 months 5 years ago...).
    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 7th Sep 17, 10:42 AM
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    Do it. You won't regret it as others have said. I went alone at roughly that same age and the truth is you can very easily hook up with other travellers as much or as little as you want. Its much better going alone than with others from home because you feel tied to them whereas if you start travelling with a group and don't get on, you can just leave them again.
    What could go wrong? For me it was mostly related to money as I didn't have much in reserve, no credit cards or anything so I worked some tough jobs to keep me going. But if you have some reserve funds you won't have to rough it so much. Having said that I view those hard times as very positive.
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