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Over the last couple of weeks I have shared what I did and what I ate in Sydney but today I thought I would reflect on a different aspect of my trip. My ten day trip to Sydney was the first time I’ve ever traveled alone (and not had someone waiting for me at the other end).
When I was planning my trip so many people said to me “who are you going with?” and were all very surprised to hear that I was going alone. I wanted an opportunity to test my ability to travel alone and a short trip to somewhere not too far/different from home seemed perfect.
I’d never flown internationally alone before and I made the silly mistake of buying a hot chocolate right before going through security, only to have to throw it in the bin after two sips. I think that was due to 5am brain more than anything else.
After that my flight went smoothly, I had all my travel documents, passport, and money in a travel wallet which made it easy to keep track of. I was pretty dozy on the flight but I made it to Sydney in one piece. Navigating the airport was a bit challenging as it was busy and I was hot and tired, but I managed to buy an Opal Card and get myself on a train to Central Station, as my hostel was right near by.
It was the first time I’d ever stayed in a hostel but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone traveling alone. I met a handful of lovely girls from all around the world, most of whom had been in Sydney for a while and were able to give me lots of tips of things to do and where the best nightlife was. I was unsure how I’d feel sharing a room with 5 other people but it didn’t even matter as pretty much the only time I was in the room was when I was asleep! You do have to be a bit prepared in case you wake up before the others or get home late. I made the mistake on my first night of coming home at 7pm and turning the light on, not realising my roomie was already asleep because she was jet-lagged.
If anyone is ever going to Sydney and looking for a hostel I would definitely recommend the 790 on George hostel. It’s a great central location, just a few minutes from the central train station but also within walking distance of a lot of the main sight-seeing spots and shops. It was really affordable too, $27 a night for a bed in a single-sex dorm with five others. The facilities were clean, kitchen well stocked and staff helpful and friendly.
I was slightly concerned with security but the hostel was very secure, with a swipe card required to get anywhere (including bathrooms) and lockers provided in each rooms. Out and about in Sydney I kept my wits about me and never felt unsafe. In such a big city there was always people around, even late at night.
I’m such an extrovert and I feed off other people’s energy, so I was worried that travelling solo wouldn’t suit my personality. But between the girls in my room, shop and attraction staff and other people around the city, I never felt alone.
I loved the independence of traveling by myself. I never had to change my plans to please anyone else and got to do all the things I wanted to do. It also gave me a lot of time to think and reflect on myself and the other things going on in my life.
All and all the trip was a success and it’s just made the travel bug itch even harder. I’ve proven to myself that I am capable of traveling alone. My advice to all of you is to definitely take the opportunity to travel alone, you’ll learn a lot about yourself.
I’d love to hear what you think about traveling alone, let me know in the comments.