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first time traveling alone Australia 1 year.Need some advise

Solo traveling to Australia first time traveling alone could use a few pointers, the questions and details inside. I'm a little nerves
8 years ago, November 1st 2011 No: 1 Msg: #146258  

I'm 22 years old male i have traveled to Holland with family and also the Virgin Islands and did Cube after high school with 6 other friends. I have recently decided to go off to Australia for at least 1 year and as of right now i have 1 friend deciding if he will come, I'm 80% sure I'm going this journey alone at least in till i meet someone on the plane or when i land because I don't think he will be making it to be honest. I was wondering i plan to leave Calgary Alberta Canada on Jan31-Feb5 I have not Booked flights yet but will be shortly.

A. Wondering the time of year I'm deciding to go where would it be best for me to land to take best advantage of the weather?
B. I plan on using First Visa to get my working travelers visa bank account ext... Good idea or bad?
C. What would be a safe amount of Money to take with me for arrival and to support me in till i find a job? Be realistic i can buy food and cook at hostels and be pretty cheap. Yet I'm an athletic guy and happen to eat a lot.
D. I'm kind of really nerves will i meet some people down there I'm a very social guy i can get a long with anyone, i have no set plans as of yet either at all non.
E. I have a lot of trade skills ( construction work ) been doing it for 5 years will any of that come in hand down there at all for work?

P.S any other advise for me would be amazing I'm a real rookie traveler but I'm so excited and I'm not waiting on any friends to be able to go I have to do this now it just feels right I'm sure a lot if not all of you understand Reply to this

8 years ago, November 1st 2011 No: 2 Msg: #146323  
Hello Roelof and welcome to Travelblog!

Having been born in Australia, I can provide you with some pointers on most of your questions:
A. Anytime of year is good in Australia becuase it is such a large country and there is always good weather somewhere on the continent. In the summer months, it is best to stay in the southern part of the continent, and in the winter months, it is better to head to the northern areas.
B. Not an area which I have any knowledge.
C. Australia is an expensive destination, both in accommodation and food, and even food purchased in a supermarket is going to be expensive compared to even Europe. Try to bring or have access to as much money as you can.
D. Australia is known the world over for being a friendly and relaxed place to travel. You will have no problems meeting other people here.
E. There is a lot of construction work currently in Australia, especially with the rebuilding of places after the floods and cyclones here in Queensland.

My general advice for people travelling the first time, is that most fear of travel is based on fear of the unknown, and once you have arrived at your destination, these fears will quickly disappear. You'll then laugh at yourself as to why you were so worried in the first place! Reply to this

8 years ago, November 2nd 2011 No: 3 Msg: #146325  

I'm a 24 year old female and will be traveling alone to Sydney, Australia! I have never been half across the world and I'm excited to go! Yes, of course I am a little nervous of the unknown, I don't know the country and the people. Heck, I don't mind the challenge a little bit. I'll be there for about a year and maybe longer if I really like being there!! But it wouldn't hurt to get some traveling tips for a first-timer, that's one of the reason I joined the travel blog. Where can you find a pay as you go cellphone? And do you need a sim card? Is there a lot of jobs available? I hear that's its easy to find a job. I have a work-holiday visa, so that's one good thing to have with you. I was thinking of getting a job at the airport in customer service or work in a bar or restaurant as a waitress.

What are the basic things to know about travelling alone? Any advice will do!

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8 years ago, November 2nd 2011 No: 4 Msg: #146326  
Hello Ravenne and welcome to Travelblog too!

I can answer the phone question for you. If you are staying in Australia for a while, it is far better to get a local sim card for your cellphone (called mobile phones in Australia). Just ensure that your phone is unlocked prior to leaving your home country so that it can take other sims and networks. All you need to get one is some form of ID (thus your passport is an excellent start).

Re travelling alone as a female (or even a male) there are a number of rules, but most importantly remember that you are isolated from your normal surroundings, so you need to be more conservative in your approach to life than is usual. Here are some basic pointers.
- Don't accept food or drink from strangers or those you don't know well.
- Don't tell strangers or those you don't know well where you are staying (be vague - i.e. "I'm staying somewhere near the post office".)
- Do not lose control of yourself (through alcohol or drugs) unless you have someone you know very well to look out for you.
- If out late at night, being in a group is safer than being alone.

It's normal to be nervous, but when you arrive here, you'll wonder why you were nervous in the first place! As I mentioned in my previous post, Australians are a welcoming and friendly bunch, so it is good destination for the first-time traveller. Reply to this

8 years ago, November 2nd 2011 No: 5 Msg: #146400  

I wanna say thanks for the advise, we all have to experience the first solo trip and there is only one way to do it and that's to dive in and go for it and just let the best happen.
I plan to bring a fare chunk of money down 7k ish? but I'm planning on working a decent amount, Use to working 60-65 hour weeks here, i know i can't and will not be working that much but will help traveling. I would really like to know is there a "best" town to stop in to learn how to Surfing or the Top 3 towns would even be better.
Also what in your opinion has more to offer the west or east coast as far as activity's, job, other backpackers, and over all? One thing i wanna do as much as possible is Surf i know it not the same but I'm a Huge snowboarder back here in Canada I ride a ton and i think its right up my ally i feel like i would be a natural even though ill probably suck for awhile.
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8 years ago, November 10th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #146731  
Hi Roelof,

I live on the Sunshine Coast in SE Queensland. That's an area where you can learn to surf. In fact anywhere from there south. Look up surf schools on the net. (Sydney, Byron Bay, Gold Coast and here, just to name a few places)

Best not to have too much cash on you. Credit cards are common as are debit cards.

Most backpackers travel the east coast but if you're staying for a year, make sure you head west as well. Central and northern Aus are also worth a visit. Western Aus could be good for finding work. Do some research on the net to give you an idea of what jobs are where. Reply to this

8 years ago, November 22nd 2011 No: 7 Msg: #147317  
Hello Roelof and Welcome to travel blog.

Hello Ravenne and Welcome to travel blog.

As stated above Australia is a wonderful choice. The people are warm and friendly. You will make many new friends. Staying in hostels will allow you to meet many people. When we spent two months in Australia we had no problems.

Ravenne, if you are taking a laptop with you on this trip you could use skype to call friends and family at a very cheap price. You may want to check out setting up an account.

I would not take 7k in cash. I would leave it in your bank and make ATM withdrawals as you need it. If you run into the wrong people you will never get it back.

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8 years ago, December 3rd 2011 No: 8 Msg: #148253  

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Hi Roelof, what an excellent adventure...i'm sure you'll have a fantastic time!

I am in Perth, Western Australia (bottom left) and although we are very isolated from the rest of Australia and the many tourist things on the east coast we have lots of 'hidden treasures' on our side of the country! And more importantly for you we have a massive mining industry so there is no recession here! Tradies are worth a bundle and you can easily earn 6 figures over here... of course that means cost of living is fairly high too.

Pretty much North of Perth will be very hot in December, January and February. Last year we were still getting 40 degree weather in APril and today (2nd Dec) it is 36 degrees. We have a dry heat here in perth and you will find equally hot weather on the east cost at the same time although it is the wet season as you go north acorss australia. It is also cyclone season in the northern area until about march/april so it is off season for tourism. But i travel around Aust a fair bit and i've never put off a trip to go north because of cyclones or the wet - it makes it cooler to have a bit of rain 😊 The coldest months are june/july/aug across australia and Perth will be down in the low-20's maybe 18ish while cities like melbourne and sydney will be down in the 5-10 degree range maximums.

With your experience in snowboarding you might be able to get a winter job on the ski slopes on the east coast? I would maybe bring $200 with you and use an atm to get out more money when necessary. Most Ozzies wouldnt carry more than $100 on them at any time and the use of eftpos/atms is very prevalent and you would have to be in a very country town to have to use cash.

Oh, i was going to say that all of our big cities are on teh coast so there is heaps of surfing nearly everywhere. In Perth we have a beautiful coastline with heaps of surfing and down in margaret river (wine country 3 hrs south) they have professional surf competitions etc. We have a big river through the city centre so heaps of sailing over summer and if youre happy to travel up we have monkey mia where you can see heaps of dolphins or coral bay/nigaloo reef where you can see amazing fish right 1m off the coast and dive with whale sharks. there are some amazing gorges and the pinnacles if you are into landscape and if you go south it becomes quite green and lush and there are heaps of wineries and fancy restarants.

so hope that gives you some info about perth. make sure you come and visit no matter where you end up being based
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