The Courier-Mail

LONG TRIP, BIG SMILES

- JEREMY PIERCE

IT’S a long way to come, so Jessica Fuentes is making the most of her time in Queensland.

The 25-year-old teaching graduate is on a twoweek trip Down Under with her boyfriend Russell Adams.

Loving the weather and the weakening Aussie dol- lar, the Chicago native said she was enjoying time in Brisbane and Surfers Paradise before heading south to Byron Bay.

With only two weeks to spend in Australia, she is already planning another trip so she can visit the Great Barrier Reef.

“That’s definitely on the bucket list,” she said.

The exchange rate and off-season airfare specials were compelling reasons to come.

“Americans who know about Australia consider it to be a very expensive country,” she said.

“So when the exchange rate was pretty much oneto-one it would have turned a lot of people off.

“Now it is a lot more affordable.”

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