I am planning a big trip this summer to Japan and Australia, departing from Belgium. I have 2 months to travel and this is going to be a 'once in a lifetime' experience. When I get back I know it will be a long time until I can do a trip like that.
The Japan part of it is sure and well-planned: I will be visiting Tokyo (really want to visit the Ghibli Museum!) and Kyoto, Miyayima and Osaka (+ Koyasan). I have consulted previous threads
I am an experienced solo traveller but of course Japan is new to me. This weekend I've done extensive research and I'm sure I will be fine.
I am still wondering about Australia. In August it will be winter there and I fear that I will miss the "real Australia" because of that. Then again I heard that winters are very mild and actually make it tolerable to do some hiking.
What I am wondering about is Australia's compatibility with solo travel. A lot of the outdoor activities and ways of travelling seem geared towards groups (e.g. hiring a jeep, camper) and activities (outdoor BBQ, surfing, diving) do not make much sense to do solo.
I like cities but fear that the cities (especially Sydney) might not be much "wow" after having seen London, Paris, SF, NY, Bangkok and then Tokyo.
I love being in a place for a longer time and have it feel like I have spent some time "living" there instead of going from tourist place to tourist place.
My interests vary but mainly music (rock, electronic), going out, photography, snowboarding, gaming, technology. If anyone has any general recommendations that would also be awesome.