Travelling solo, especially as a woman can be unnerving! However I changed my views after this unforgettable trip to the Oceania - Australia in Dec'16. I was discouraged by many to do this trip especially when I had a family back home, But what matters is - if your family supports, nothing else matters!
I did a lot of research on the place – the do's and the dont's, the places of visit, and most importantly – a budget trip. I travelled during the Christmas and the New Year. So, it became all the more important to plan well in advance to cut cost at least on the accommodation. I was sure, once this is done, a major part is done. I chalked down four places of visit – Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Cairns for almost a 3 weeks' trip including the travel time. Check out my detail post on Cairns at https://spicyroutes.wixsite.com/spicyroutes/post/cairns-and-the-great-barrier-reef . I will soon post a write-up on Sydney and Canberra.
Thanks to my friends in Sydney – I could cut down the accommodation cost. As for the other places, I was put up in hostels. Hostels are of great value and a great way to meet the other fellow travelers/backpackers. I preferred to stay in female dorm just to feel secure. All hostels provide free Wi-Fi facility. This reminds me that I actually got a local sim card for $25 with unlimited local and ISD calls & message plans. In a way, you are always in touch with folks. Also the hostels I was put up had good kitchenette facilities.
Food is not at all cheap in Australia. Even the most decent restaurants would cost at least 15 -20 AUD. Most of my money was spent in food. The best pick would be fast food costing anywhere between 10 -15 AUD. And if none of the restaurants work for you, you could go and grab food for one from the three dominating supermarkets – Woolworths, Coles and Aldi located almost everywhere in the city! I could guarantee, you wouldn’t starve. Tap water is very clean and safe to drink. So carry your bottle with you. This is the only one which is available for FREE!
Travelling in Australia is easy. The mode of transport is good. I could very well say that the whole of Australia is well-connected by road, rail and air. What I really cannot forget is the sparkling blue sky, the colour changing sea and the shimmering rays of the sun sinking into the horizon. What I really cannot forget the place is “The People”. They were so friendly, caring and loving. I was not left out even for a while.
And at the end of the day, I could only say – I am more self-confident, independent and more open. In the end, we only REGRET the chances we didn't TAKE! Live the moment