Samoa couldn’t have been a better choice for a first time traveler overseas.
Rachael Wake from Brisbane, Australia spoke highly of Samoa’s warm and welcoming atmosphere that attracted her when she set foot on Samoa’s shores.
“It feels like I am living my life for the first time ever, it has been fantastic. It is as much of a culture shock like probably for everyone, it is just mind-blowing,” she said to the Dear Tourist team.
Rachael flew into Samoa with her two other friends and so far, they’ve explored most parts of Upolu.
“I am so glad that I came here and not to Fiji or Vanuatu, which are more known. It is just something about Samoa.
“I guess because it is not super build-up, it is not so touristy so you get that kind of authentic experience. The resort of course is different, but you still get the opportunity to get into a fale or the fresh coconut at the Toasua Ocean Trench and around the waterfalls. These certain things to do, which you probably can’t in the more buildup countries, make a difference,” Rachael said.
She said the Samoans have been amazing and she loves her stay so far.
“The people are amazing never had so many people smiling at me it is just so friendly here and welcoming. I can’t imagine anywhere else being like this.
“When you look out the oceans you can’t see land anywhere, you got this wonderful feeling being away. It is great, totally disconnected where you can forget about your daily stuff.”
Rachael said her first glimpse of village setting when she drove from the airport tells her that the locals are happy and content with the little they have.
“You see the condition the people are living in but it doesn’t confront you and the people are still smiling and waving at you and it still gets that feeling of safety,” she shared.
“If the resort wouldn’t be here, not having the option of going somewhere more to what we are used to, that would maybe not be for everybody. I really enjoyed sleeping the first few days at the beach and just having cold showers. I think it is good to have the opportunities to do both.
“I think it would kind of ruin it if there were more places like the resort. I don’t think there are more needed then now.”
Rachael said there’s a good balance of traditional and modern cuisine available in Samoa.
“In town you got the normal café kind of things you are used to. I think it is great to go out and try something new, but then as well to have the things you know already. I feel there are enough restaurants out there.”
She said that her choice has not disappointed her and she highly recommends Samoa to any traveler wishing to get an authentic getaway.