Hours spent googling images of Samoa sparked the imaginations of the trio of best friends.
Today, Breanna, Nicole and Monique, all 23, and from Melbourne, Australia, have found themselves in Samoa in search of that promise of lush tropical forests and refreshing waterfalls.
Monique however, had a big part to play in inspiring her other two besties to come with her to Samoa, having been here before with her family 14 years ago.
“I had been to Samoa when I was nine years old with my family. It was unforgettable and so I recommended to my friends to come back. I’m 23 years old now. I loved the cultural side of things and the people here are so friendly. I just remember everyone being so friendly to us and welcoming. It was such a beautiful place from what I remember so I told my friends we should come back.”
Nicole was all about the nature and out of the three she was probably the most excited which is not surprising considering that this is her first time in Samoa and outside of Australia.
“We just wanted to see all the nice waterfalls and nice beaches,” she said.
“It’s been such a beautiful place so far We definitely did a bit of a google and saw all the beautiful pictures of Samoa, so this week we’re going to see the water falls and check out the trench and then we are also going to go and do a tour around the other island Savai’i. This is actually my first trip, I’ve never left Australia before this so this is my first trip overseas.”
Breanna added that Samoa wasn’t just featured on the internet and when asked if she had been to any other islands, she had an interesting answer.
“And also Samoa is featured on TV at the moment back home, because Australian Survivor was filmed here and we see all the pretty pictures through that as well. I haven’t been to other islands … but we’ve been to New Zealand before? That’s a big island.”
The friends had gotten up quite early to get a good start to their day and were planning to do as much as they could.
“We are going to go have a look into town and have a look at what’s around like the markets and also plan our tour of while we are here.”
The girls erupted into fits of laughter and Dear Tourist asked the friends whether they would be hitting the local bars and clubs as any 23 year olds would do.
Breanna and Monique said they might look into it as they were looking for the relaxed life however for Nicole, it won’t be all nature walks for her as she was keen to get out there.
“Well, I don’t know about these two but I’m a bit of a hoon so I will definitely go out on the town.”