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I will be going to Brisbane in August 2012 for two weeks on a holiday by myself as no one else I know can afford or is scared to fly. :D My questions are has anyne done this by themselves? And did you feel lonely or scared going by yourself? I know I am going there regardless, but how hard was it to converse with others?
 

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Hello T.C.,

I have not been to Australia on my own. But I have been there on two occasions. The first one I stayed with friends of the family. The 2nd time was with a relative. It will not be hard to converse in Australia since they speak English. Considering you are from the US as well, you don't have to know a different language. However, depending who you meet, there might be a slight accent that you might not be used to.

If I could say what it's like, consider it like visiting another state in the US. Of course, they drive on the opposite side of the road that we do so make sure you are looking at the correct side before crossing any streets.

I would say plan out where you will stay, what places you will visit, and look in Google maps or some other website to see where these places are located. Review the public transportation such as buses and trains and how you would plan in taking which bus/train route. Make sure that you know the times the routes end so that you are prepared to have transportation if you stay out late.

When you have things planned out, the anxiety will not be so bad. Sort of familiarize what you plan to do. If you visit the tourist places, you will likely be amongst other tourists from around the world. There are many other people that do travel on your own.

I had travelled to Paris, France on my own one time. Since I don't speak French, it would be a lot harder to communicate with most people. But to my surprise, there were some people who did speak English to help me if I got lost or wanted to purchase things.

I haven't been to Brisbane but only to Sydney and Melbourne. To make it easier for yourself, you can set up a shuttle or some other transportation to pick you up from the airport and to your hotel.

If you are bringing a laptop, you can get wireless internet access by getting the USB stick and sim card any any of the Australian phone companies. I know upon exit of the Sydney airport, there was a Vodaphone stand where they would sell this. I am sure the airport in Brisbane would have a similar set up. If not Vodaphone but maybe another phone company. I would say this would be cheaper than what you would pay for hotel internet access. Unless of course the hotel you stay may offer free wi-fi access.
 

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I will be going to Brisbane in August 2012 for two weeks on a holiday by myself as no one else I know can afford or is scared to fly. :D My questions are has anyne done this by themselves? And did you feel lonely or scared going by yourself? I know I am going there regardless, but how hard was it to converse with others?
Hello tcscivic12,

You should have no trouble conversing with others. I went alone my first trip to Mexico, and I didn't speak Spanish. Sometimes, others transferr their unreasonable fears to us. For every negative comment I heard about Mexico, I found a dozen positives. I suppose that is why I've been back 32 times, and would love to go again.

I've been living near Brisbane since January 2010. My Australian friends and acquaintences like my southern accent (Texas). I know I have brought some good things into their lives also, since I cook some very good things, with recipes from the low-country of South Carolina, and other recipes including Cajun and creole.

Never let unreasonable fears prevent you from experiencing life. Life thrives on diversity, not only of thoughts and sights, but more importantly from strong links to other humans. We build these strong links, by expanding our horizons and venturing beyond our normal neck of the woods.

You might decide what you would like to see, and plan out your tour.

Enjoy your trip,
Cheers
 

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Hello tcscivic12,

You should have no trouble conversing with others. I went alone my first trip to Mexico, and I didn't speak Spanish. Sometimes, others transferr their unreasonable fears to us. For every negative comment I heard about Mexico, I found a dozen positives. I suppose that is why I've been back 32 times, and would love to go again.

I've been living near Brisbane since January 2010. My Australian friends and acquaintences like my southern accent (Texas). I know I have brought some good things into their lives also, since I cook some very good things, with recipes from the low-country of South Carolina, and other recipes including Cajun and creole.

Never let unreasonable fears prevent you from experiencing life. Life thrives on diversity, not only of thoughts and sights, but more importantly from strong links to other humans. We build these strong links, by expanding our horizons and venturing beyond our normal neck of the woods.

You might decide what you would like to see, and plan out your tour.

Enjoy your trip,
Cheers
Thanks for the info. Then I know they will love my southern accent to being from South Carolina.
 

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Hello T.C.,

I have not been to Australia on my own. But I have been there on two occasions. The first one I stayed with friends of the family. The 2nd time was with a relative. It will not be hard to converse in Australia since they speak English. Considering you are from the US as well, you don't have to know a different language. However, depending who you meet, there might be a slight accent that you might not be used to.

If I could say what it's like, consider it like visiting another state in the US. Of course, they drive on the opposite side of the road that we do so make sure you are looking at the correct side before crossing any streets.

I would say plan out where you will stay, what places you will visit, and look in Google maps or some other website to see where these places are located. Review the public transportation such as buses and trains and how you would plan in taking which bus/train route. Make sure that you know the times the routes end so that you are prepared to have transportation if you stay out late.

When you have things planned out, the anxiety will not be so bad. Sort of familiarize what you plan to do. If you visit the tourist places, you will likely be amongst other tourists from around the world. There are many other people that do travel on your own.

I had travelled to Paris, France on my own one time. Since I don't speak French, it would be a lot harder to communicate with most people. But to my surprise, there were some people who did speak English to help me if I got lost or wanted to purchase things.

I haven't been to Brisbane but only to Sydney and Melbourne. To make it easier for yourself, you can set up a shuttle or some other transportation to pick you up from the airport and to your hotel.

If you are bringing a laptop, you can get wireless internet access by getting the USB stick and sim card any any of the Australian phone companies. I know upon exit of the Sydney airport, there was a Vodaphone stand where they would sell this. I am sure the airport in Brisbane would have a similar set up. If not Vodaphone but maybe another phone company. I would say this would be cheaper than what you would pay for hotel internet access. Unless of course the hotel you stay may offer free wi-fi access.
Thanks for the information and taking time to help jb12!
 

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Hello tcscivic12,

Getting the 3G WiFi SIM card locally makes a lot of sense. Free WiFi is almost non-existent here. I had a 5 star hotel on the Gold Coast near Brisbane quote $25 per night for WiFi. Of course since I have a cell phone here with data service, I just plugged my cell phone into my laptop and used the 3G on my cell phone.

In Mexico, I went to a Telcel and got a prepaid SIM card with wide area service (no roaming in all of Mexico). They have free WiFi at most hotels. Here, a prepaid 3G SIM card from DoDo is probably your best bet. You could stay in touch with your family by email and even SMS if you have a Google Voice account. I have my Google Voice account set up to forward SMS from the USA to here, and then I can handle the USA SMS from my email account.

https://connectto.dodo.com/Prepaid-Wireless/PlanSelection.aspx?

I used to have the DoDo 3G prepaid account. I just scanned my USA Passport and set up the account. They mail the SIM card to you, and you are ready to go. If your cell phone doesn't support Internet Sharing (this allows you to use the phone's Internet on your laptop), then you might also need a USB modem.

Cheers,
 
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