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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,
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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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