Brit em­braces bare­foot lifestyle

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NAME: So­phie Bren­nan AGE: 20

HOME: Manch­ester, Eng­land

A FAM­ILY hol­i­day in Aus­tralia last year was all Bri­tish back­packer So­phie Bren­nan needed to es­cape Sains­bury’s su­per­mar­ket and fall in love with Aus­tralian beaches and lifestyle.

The first stop was Cairns as So­phie trav­elled down the east coast with a quick trip to Mag­netic Is­land be­fore ar­riv­ing in Air­lie Beach last week.

De­spite suf­fer­ing from a week-long bout of jet lag, the young ad­ven­turer is back in ac­tion and fo­cus­ing on five weeks of back­pack­ing be­fore head­ing to Bris­bane on a work­ing hol­i­day and Sydney early next year.

What has been your favourite Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tion so far?

I liked Cairns, but I like here too. I can tell I’m go­ing to re­ally like it here.

What is the most in­ter­est­ing thing you’ve done in Aus­tralia so far?

I vis­ited Mag­netic Is­land which I re­ally liked. I’ve also done div­ing on the Great Bar­rier Reef which was amaz­ing. I haven’t done much yet though. I’m just try­ing to get over jet lag to be hon­est for like the first week. Peo­ple keep ask­ing me for di­rec­tions and it was like ‘I don’t even know where I am’. I had to use Google maps for ev­ery­thing.

What’s the weird­est thing about Aus­tralian cul­ture?

Prob­a­bly that you walk around bare­foot, but I quite like that though. I kind of got into it even though you get re­ally dirty feet. It takes ages though, how do you scrub your feet every day? That’s what I don’t un­der­stand.

What do you like most about Aus­tralia?

The weather and the lifestyle. The lifestyle is spot on. The near­est beach to me in Eng­land is about six hours away for me so I just like the beach to be fair.

How has travel changed you?

I’d say it def­i­nitely boosts your con­fi­dence be­cause you’re forced to talk to peo­ple. I wouldn’t say I was shy be­fore but I was def­i­nitely more re­served be­fore I came here

What’s your top Aus­tralian travel tip?

Just start a con­ver­sa­tion with any­one, lit­er­ally any­one. That’s what I’d say. Just talk to any­one.

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA ALP

BEACH BABE: So­phie Bren­nan says the beaches and lifestyle are what drew her to Aus­tralia.

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