I booked a flight to Australia and I plan to fly to Cairns, work there a while and then make my way to Sydney using buses/hostels. The return flight is a year later. My friend had been planning to go to Oz since last December and I was talking about going with him, but eventually decided to go on my own because he has to get his own way all the time, and is far too set in his ways. I pretty much palled around with him since I was 17 (24 now). I went on a holiday with him and some other guys last summer and didn't enjoy it at all. My life is fairly stagnant at the moment and that's why I quit work to go to Australia. I suppose I could do with meeting a few new people and do my own thing. Anyway, since I booked my friend is pretty determined to meet me over there (a few weeks later) and then follow my plans exactly. He'll be going over with another friend of mine who more or less sees where I'm coming from when I said I'd prefer to go on my own. The problem is with my first friend (who I sorta would consider a best friend despite what I wrote in this post). How does one go about saying "oh, by the way I don't want you with me in Australia"? It sounds a bit harsh!