From Czech Republic to beautiful Samoa
Alex Pucek, 36, is a long way from home.
The man from Czech Republic is on a three-week holiday in Samoa, looking to learn as much as he can about the destination and what makes Samoan people tick.
Alex has been in Samoa for two weeks now and is looking forward to visiting Savai'i.
He has already done a trip around Upolu island visiting popular tourist attraction sites including To Sua Ocean Trench, Lalomanu Beach, Piula Cave Pool and Togitogiga Waterfall.
"They are very good people," he said of the Samoans. "There’s not so many foreign money, it’s good for Samoa maybe but it’s not good for tourist and its good location to hike and climb the forest."
Alex traveled with some of his friends to Fiji, but decided he wanted to visit Samoa also, by himself.
"My friends are in Fiji and I need a break from them," he laughed.
"From Fiji I was going to Samoa and from Samoa I go back to Fiji and then go back to Czech Republic."
He said he would like to someday to drag his friends to visit Samoa as well.
Asked what makes Samoa different from Fiji, he said, it's the people.
"Of course, Samoa is more truly than Fiji I think because when I’m going on the streets in Fiji I don’t know if only a game they are playing with me for my money or real friendship. In Samoa of course people are wanting to get money but when you say money they are OK and they are still friendly," he said.
The lone traveler also commented on Samoa's colorful buses and told Dear Tourist team that he feels safe here.
"I like your buses, they are very funny. You are a very colourful country. Your buses are colorful and your forests are colorful.
"Samoa doesn’t have anything much bigger in the world but it’s a small island and there are many reasons to be here.
"I think there is no violence, which is very good. Because when I was in the United States or Europe, you have some problems in some parts and I have been in the villages and in Apia and beaches and everything was okay," he said.
Alex is staying at Valentine Motel and said he would love to take Samoan shirts with him when he leaves.