Always searching for the next excursion, traveller Shoshana Robbins, aged 20 from Illinois, North America, chose Samoa as her latest destination.
“I came to Samoa because I love to travel and experience new cultures, so I thought Samoa would be a fun one to immerse myself into,” she said.
Samoa has been full of new opportunities for Shoshana, as she travelled down to the South Coast of Upolu to see the Waterfalls of Sopoaga.
Overawed she added, “The falls were breath taking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something more beautiful. I was in amazement the whole time and could not believe they were real.”
Samoa is abundant with natural wonders, from waterfalls, exotic beaches and cool cave pools, to blow holes and rocky mountain ranges.
Tourists are often shocked at the wide range of scenery on show in Samoa.
The picturesque views aren’t the only thing that has shocked Shoshana.
The slower pace of life has also come as a great surprise.
“Life in Samoa is very different from life back in America. It took some time adapting to how slowly things move around here because back home everything moves so quickly,” she said.
She added, that the change has enhanced her experience of the island.
“I’ve found it’s a nice change in pace as I’m actually able to enjoy everything to its fullest.”
Perpetual traveller, Shoshana spent last summer in Thailand, and will be here in Samoa for a month in total.
“Sadly I’m already two weeks in,” she is enjoying her trip, but it seems to be going much too fast.
Staying in local accommodation with a family, is something Shoshana would definitely recommend as they have created a home from home.
“My accommodation is wonderful. The family has been nothing but welcoming, which is nice since I am so far away from home. They have made adjusting to Samoan life much easier and I am so grateful to have them.”
This weekend Shoshana and some friends she has made here on the island, plan to take the ferry to Savai’i in search of a more traditional Samoan experience and endless sunny beaches.