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