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Gcol77
Post subject: Lone traveller
PostPosted: 22:22 on 27th Nov 2012

Joined: 22:12 on 27th Nov 2012
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Evening guys

I am toying with the idea of travelling to Oz next year for the first two tests on my own.

Myself and a friend had been looking forward to this trip of a lifetime for around a year but he has had to pull out due to illness.

Question is, have any of you seasoned tourists travelled on your own and is it easy to meet new people and still have a good time? I am not shy but not totally extroverted.
Guess I'm just after some reassurance really as still want to go but don't want it to be a disaster due to having nobody to bounce off if I don't meet anyone.

Anybody else done this and regretted or really glad they chose to travel alone.

Thanks

GLENN
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plymouthjames
Post subject: Re: Lone traveller
PostPosted: 22:54 on 27th Nov 2012

Joined: 16:50 on 25th Jun 2012
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Gcol77 Wrote:
Evening guys

I am toying with the idea of travelling to Oz next year for the first two tests on my own.

Myself and a friend had been looking forward to this trip of a lifetime for around a year but he has had to pull out due to illness.

Question is, have any of you seasoned tourists travelled on your own and is it easy to meet new people and still have a good time? I am not shy but not totally extroverted.
Guess I'm just after some reassurance really as still want to go but don't want it to be a disaster due to having nobody to bounce off if I don't meet anyone.

Anybody else done this and regretted or really glad they chose to travel alone.

Thanks

GLENN



I am by know means a seasoned tourist of oz and am in fact heading over next year for the first time, however I know plenty of people who have travelled on their own around oz and many other parts of the world and have indeed made friends for life and that is without having the cricket as a common interest!

I also know someone who is going out for Perth and Melbourne on their own, they are going with an organised tour, not my preferred option but if you want to be with a like minded group from the off this may be the route to go down.

Either way I am sure you will have a cracking time and certainly won't regret it.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Lone traveller
PostPosted: 23:09 on 27th Nov 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Gcol77 Wrote:
Evening guys

I am toying with the idea of travelling to Oz next year for the first two tests on my own.

Myself and a friend had been looking forward to this trip of a lifetime for around a year but he has had to pull out due to illness.

Question is, have any of you seasoned tourists travelled on your own and is it easy to meet new people and still have a good time? I am not shy but not totally extroverted.
Guess I'm just after some reassurance really as still want to go but don't want it to be a disaster due to having nobody to bounce off if I don't meet anyone.

Anybody else done this and regretted or really glad they chose to travel alone.

Thanks

GLENN


My advice is to stop toying with the idea and get on and do it!

Life is short and you never know what's around the corner that could prevent you from following your dreams in the future.

Just be open and friendly and you'll meet loads of other travellers in the same position as you. Most people are much more approachable when travelling than they are in everyday life.
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Gcol77
Post subject: Re: Lone traveller
PostPosted: 08:16 on 28th Nov 2012

Joined: 22:12 on 27th Nov 2012
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Cheers for the responses,

been looking forward to it that long, didn't want to give up on it!

Just looking for kick up the arse I suppose.

Thanks

GLENN
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Big and Bald
Post subject: Re: Lone traveller
PostPosted: 21:14 on 7th Dec 2012

Joined: 16:57 on 30th Jun 2012
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I've travelled extensively on my own and love doing so. Have done several cricket tours and everyone is so friendly and I never really feel alone, I soon meet people to hang out with, especially with huge numbers there for the same reason. The other grreat thing about travelling alone is if you find yourself hanging with people who bore or irritate you, it's easy to find other people to hang out with!!
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JimmyRiddle
Post subject: Re: Lone traveller
PostPosted: 09:08 on 8th Dec 2012

Joined: 17:02 on 8th Dec 2012
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I am thinking of doing similar and would be grateful if someone in the know could give the pros and cons of each of the test venues/cities. Probably only going to have the chance to get to two, Adelaide and Perth looking best for me with dates but would like to make an informed decision so any advice appreciated, cheers.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Lone traveller
PostPosted: 13:23 on 8th Dec 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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JimmyRiddle Wrote:
I am thinking of doing similar and would be grateful if someone in the know could give the pros and cons of each of the test venues/cities. Probably only going to have the chance to get to two, Adelaide and Perth looking best for me with dates but would like to make an informed decision so any advice appreciated, cheers.


Brisbane - Ground a characterless concrete bowl, normally with a flat pitch. City a bit dull. However the long gap between Brisbane and Adelaide Tests gives lots of time for sightseeing and/or a leisurely overland journey, and there really is a lot to see and do in Australia.

Adelaide - Had the best ground in Australia if not the world, but most of it has now been flattened and turned into just another Australian Rules football stadium. They're keeping one of the two grass banks, but expect that to be extremely crowded. The city is pleasant, and there are wineries and beaches nearby if you decide to spend some time there.

Perth - Not a picturesque ground, but the last true cricket ground currently hosting Ashes Tests, and the hardest to get tickets for. Unfortunately the grass banks there are alcohol free. The city has a good restaurant district (Northbridge), but pretty much every building of character or historical interest was torn down years ago. Neighbouring Fremantle has a microbrewery, and Rottnest Island is worth a short visit. For an excursion between Perth and Adelaide Tests, consider heading north along the vast and very sparsely populated coast as far as Exmouth, taking in The Ningaloo Reef, and lots of deserted beaches, or alternatively head south to Margaret River.

Melbourne - The largest cricket ground in the world, or more accurately the largest AFL stadium in the world. The city has lots of places to eat and drink. Sightseeing opportunities include the chance to visit the set from Neighbours.

Sydney - The ground still has features from the old SCG, but the famous Hill is gone, and it has been AFL-ised. Tickets sell out very quickly. The city is the best of the lot and has something for everyone. It has everything from iconic landmarks, to fine dining, and good cheap eating as well if your budget doesn't stretch to fine dining. It has beaches too. Everyone knows about Bondi, but try catching the ferry from Circular Quay to the English-style seaside resort of Manly. Or catch the train to Cronulla. In fact do both! From Cronulla you're just a short hop by ferry from the Royal National Park, where you can reportedly walk for days without seeing another person. I've never tested this out, but it certainly doesn't feel as if you're so close to a major city. You can also take the train up into the Blue Mountains, or sign up for one of the excursions aimed at backpackers to take you there.
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Braze
Post subject: Re: Lone traveller
PostPosted: 22:18 on 21st Jan 2013

Joined: 22:09 on 21st Jan 2013
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I to will be on my own for the first 3 tests anyway! Does anyone have an opinion on the best way of going about it as someone on there own in terms of meeting people and not being sat in the middle of loads of aussies on my own at the games! Taking cost out of it would booking a tour with the BA be better or just stay in hostels and sort tickets myself!

Thanks
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addtamx
Post subject: Re: Lone traveller
PostPosted: 22:55 on 21st Jan 2013

Joined: 21:02 on 9th May 2008
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Location: Australia
Braze Wrote:
I to will be on my own for the first 3 tests anyway! Does anyone have an opinion on the best way of going about it as someone on there own in terms of meeting people and not being sat in the middle of loads of aussies on my own at the games! Taking cost out of it would booking a tour with the BA be better or just stay in hostels and sort tickets myself!

Thanks


Hi Braze and welcome :D

Traditionally the only way to get seats in the Barmy Army area of the grounds is to book an official tour through operators like the Barmy Army or Gullivers etc. However, keep an eye on updates in this thread www.barmyarmy.com/forum_new/index.php?v ... =36&t=7502

The BA has made a very reasonable request to CA to consider making ticket only packages available to them as many of our members prefer to travel independently and sort out their own, flights and digs etc.

So it really depends on how important it is for you to be sat in these designated England areas, as it comes at a cost (unless we get a favourable response from CA). But trust me, wherever you are in any of the grounds you will be around fellow Brits, plenty of Ex Pats and independent travellers end up dotted around the grounds.

And if it is anything like last time, after day 2 or 3 we'll have the grounds to ourselves anyway :lol:

My advice, tickets generally go on sale around Jun or Jul, wait and see the outcome of our request to Cricket Australia which I guess should be known before then. Then decide if you are going to fork out for a tour or organise your self.

Either way, you'll have no troubles meeting up with like minded folk.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Lone traveller
PostPosted: 22:37 on 21st Jan 2013

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Braze Wrote:
I to will be on my own for the first 3 tests anyway! Does anyone have an opinion on the best way of going about it as someone on there own in terms of meeting people and not being sat in the middle of loads of aussies on my own at the games! Taking cost out of it would booking a tour with the BA be better or just stay in hostels and sort tickets myself!

Thanks


There's no simple answer if you leave the cost out of it. Everyone is different and wants different things from their trip.

I've always toured independently on the cheap, and have never failed to meet lots of people and have a good time. Doing it that way means being able to afford to tour more often, plus it becomes more of an adventure. On the other hand it does mean that I don't always end up sitting with the main Barmy Army contingent. It all very much depends what's important to you and what you're comfortable with really.
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