Life lessons learned on the road

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NAME: Jose­fine Hen­rites­son AGE: 19

HOME: Gothen­burg NAME: Ven­dela Werner AGE: 19

HOME: Gothen­burg

WALK­ING through the Air­lie Beach Lions Foreshore Mar­kets on Satur­day morn­ing, these two Swedish high-school friends stopped to ask where was the best place to swim in Air­lie.

Josephine and Ven­dela had ar­rived in Air­lie with two other travel com­pan­ions by Greyhound Bus that morn­ing and checked into No­mads.

The duo was trav­el­ling the world on their gap year be­fore head­ing to univer­sity.

Jose­fine plans to study vet sci­ence and Ven­dela com­puter en­gi­neer­ing.

What are your travel plans?

WE WENT to Perth for three weeks, New Zealand for one month and we are spend­ing a month trav­el­ling up Aus­tralia’s east coast be­fore head­ing to Bali.

What’s your im­pres­sion of Air­lie?

IT’S prob­a­bly the nicest town we have been to. It’s fresh, clean and has such beau­ti­ful clear wa­ter.

We will head out on the boats to snorkel the reef while we are here.

What have you learned trav­el­ling?

WE HAVE learned a lot about keep­ing track of our own econ­omy. It’s in­volved a lot of grow­ing up from find­ing and cook­ing food ev­ery day to com­mu­ni­cat­ing with dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

Trav­el­ling in a group of four friend s you learn to pick your bat­tles and how to deal with sit­u­a­tions bet­ter be­cause you are al­ways around each other.

What are your top travel tips?

WE WOULD def­i­nitely rec­om­mend trav­el­ling New Zealand and in Aus­tralia we loved Fraser Is­land.

Josephine: Make sure you pack light, be­cause in­evitably you will buy things and our bags are pretty full now.

Ven­dela: Al­ways have emer­gency money for when flights are can­celled etc

What do you think of Aus­tralians?

YOU can al­ways make friends with an Aus­tralian. They are re­ally re­laxed.


FAST FRIENDS: Jose­fine Hen­rites­son and Ven­dela Werner from Swe­den are trav­el­ling the world in their gap year.

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