US ad­ven­ture

An un­ex­pected sale lead to the trip of a life­time, writes Jade Kennedy

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

For Clon­curry girls Dee Sal­va­han and Sel Charol, both 27, a web sale led to the hol­i­day of a life­time. ‘‘ We saw a sale on V Aus­tralia for cheap air­fares, so we just booked them,’’ Dee said.

‘‘ It was $ 1000 re­turn be­tween Bris­bane and LA, which we thought was a pretty good deal.’’

‘‘ It was all done very last-minute,’’ Sel added.

‘‘ We saw the sale, booked the flights and there were about four months be­tween then and when we left.

‘‘ Most of that time was spent book­ing tick­ets to shows and tourist at­trac­tions, so all of that was paid for be­fore we ac­tu­ally left.’’

The girls’ hol­i­day lasted nearly three weeks, in which time they took in the sights of LA, Las Ve­gas and. . . Vir­ginia? ‘‘ We spent a week with friends in Vir­ginia,’’ Sel said. ‘‘ It’s a bit out of the way – around a five-hour flight from the West Coast and there wasn’t much to do there, but we were there for my birth­day so I got to spend that with peo­ple I don’t get to see much.’’

‘‘ The ab­so­lute high­light of the trip was the Grand Canyon,’’ Dee said.

‘‘ It’s amaz­ing, you just can’t un­der­stand un­til you see it for your­self.’’

The girls said they did all of the usual touristy things, tak­ing in Hol­ly­wood, Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios and Dis­ney­land.

‘‘ Dis­ney­land was so much fun,’’ Dee said.

‘‘ It was funny see­ing all these tourists go­ing on the scary rides not un­der­stand­ing what was go­ing on and get­ting scared wit­less.’’

De­spite spend­ing so much time in Los An­ge­les, Dee and Sel said their first celebrity sight­ing was on their way back to Aus­tralia.

‘‘ On the way back at LA we were in line for the se­cu­rity and bag scan­ning when we saw Bren­dan Fraser,’’ Dee said.

‘‘ He’s not as good­look­ing in real life.’’

‘‘ He’s not as tall as I’d thought, ei­ther, ’’ Sel added.

Sel and Dee at the Grand Canyon ( above) and with new friend Mickey

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