All the way from Gore, New Zealand, is where friends and workmates, Julie and Julie are from.
They are having many breakthroughs and wow moments here in Samoa - especially for Julie Carr whose trip to Samoa marks two firsts for her: a first time to Samoa and a first time out of New Zealand.
The friends prefer to avoid the glitzy resorts and like to wander around of their own accord making no plans.
“It was extremely hot when we got here and it was quite dark when we arrived so that was interesting,” Julie Carr said
“You felt like saying, where the heck are we going?. It was hot but I sort of expected it. We just got a car and go. We headed the wrong direction several times but it doesn’t matter, it’s part of the experience. And it’s pretty funny trying to find a park here and we took a photograph just in case,” she laughs.
Julie Tozer is definitely the more laid back of the two and it was clear that she had a distaste for fluff and glamour preferring to have simpler accommodation and would rather spend more time and money on exploring.
“I can’t be bothered with all this five star accommodation and being waited on. Accommodation is just somewhere you got to sleep. So long as you got a shower, a private bathroom and a cup of coffee – that’s all you need that’s all I care about.
“I prefer somewhere relaxing - not the big cities and shopping centres and stuff like that. This is what I like; Samoa is ticking all the boxes for me. We definitely feel relaxed.”
Julie Carr is very excited about visiting all the hotspots and being that this is her first time out of New Zealand, there were some surprises in store for her as she cruised around Apia.
“It’s bigger than Gore, it’s got traffic lights, we don’t have traffic lights in Gore.
“When we saw them, we were like “ WOW they’ve got traffic lights. There’s more multi storey buildings here than we got in Gore. We might have two storey buildings but thats about it.”
“We’re going to the To Sua Trench and we will definitely go down… I’m not sure whether we’ll be able to get out of it. We’re looking forward to the beautiful beaches so we came in to town today to get some supplies and go exploring for the next couple of days.”
Julie and Julie are both employed as support workers for intellectually disabled adults back in New Zealand which can be challenging at times and so the two friends were looking for a quiet Pacific getaway.
They both saved up money and leave together in order to get here.
They are really enjoying going with the flow and seeing Samoa as it is without all the frills and extras and now that Julie Carr has been bitten by the travel bug she told us that she would definitely be returning.