Air­lie es­cape for Amer­i­can pals

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NAME: Vita Fron­lich and Saige Lantz

AGE: Both 18

HOME: In­di­anapo­lis, Amer­ica AIR­LIE Beach was the meet­ing point for these to high school friends af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

Saige Lantz has trav­elled the world since grad­u­at­ing and chose to stay in Aus­tralia a lit­tle longer than usual as an au pair, in Brisbane.

Vita Fron­lich de­cided to make use of her mate’s new found lo­cal knowl­edge and spend spring break in Air­lie with her friend.

Vita has three lan­guages un­der her belt and both she and Saige know a thing or two about trav­el­ling.

What do you do back home?

Saige: I’ve just grad­u­ated high school and will start col­lege at Pur­due in Au­gust.

Com­puter science is what I plan to study.

For the past four months I’ve been an au pair in Brisbane and will con­tinue for another two af­ter this hol­i­day.

Vita: I grad­u­ated at the same time as Saige and will go to col­lege at In­di­anapo­lis Univer­sity in Au­gust.

I plan to study in­ter­na­tional busi­ness.

How long is your stay in Air­lie?

Saige: We’re here for five nights in to­tal and flew in yes­ter­day.

What are your plans whilst in Air­lie Beach?

Vita: We came here to be by the wa­ter and are keen to get out on it.

Saige: We are go­ing out on the At­lantic Clip­per this af­ter­noon for two nights. We booked it a long time ago so hope­fully it’s good.

Where are you stay­ing? Saige: We booked a re­ally nice Air BnB for our first night, but are stay­ing at Mag­nums af­ter the boat.

What is your top travel tip?

Saige: Look out for snakes and to just go with the flow.

Peo­ple get re­ally stressed on hol­i­day and there is no need.

Vita: Don’t leave any­thing be­hind, check ev­ery­where.

When you check out, dou­ble check the cup­boards, bath­room, ev­ery­where.

What is your favourite thing about Air­lie so far?

Saige: The mar­kets are re­ally cool, good vibe, good mu­sic and juices.

Will you visit Aus­tralia again?

Saige: Yes for sure.

Vita: Some­thing will bring me back.

PHOTO: TAMERA FRAN­CIS

TRAV­EL­LING TO­GETHER: Amer­i­can stu­dents Vita Fron­lich and Saige Lantz ex­plore the east-coast.

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