Air­lie wel­comes Cana­dian charmer

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NAME: Olivia Ber­telsen AGE: 21

HOME: Canada

AR­RIV­ING in Syd­ney six months ago, Olivia be­gan her Aus­tralian ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with short trips to see the sights of the Blue Moun­tains and the ever pop­u­lar By­ron Bay coast.

Olivia is now work­ing her way fur­ther a field to the Sun­shine Coast and then Fraser Is­land.

The 21-year-old Cana­dian will now spend some qual­ity time on the water in the Whit­sun­days.

Study­ing as a den­tal hy­gien­ist, Olivia made the de­ci­sion it was not for her and she headed off on an over­seas ad­ven­ture to dis­cover her pas­sion.

“I just quit my job and made a spon­ta­neous de­ci­sion to travel and it was the best de­ci­sion I have ever made,” she said.

Bas­ing her­self at Mag­nums, Olivia has a two-day sail­ing ad­ven­ture on the boat Avatar, which she was very ex­cited about.

Favourite Aussie des­ti­na­tion

Just the vibe, there is some­thing about it. It’s a very spe­cial place and ev­ery­one is so free and laid back and the beach is beau­ti­ful and re­ally fun place.

Top travel tip

I think it is re­ally good to be open. I don’t have a spe­cific travel plan so I can keep my mind open to the pos­si­bil­ity. You never know who you are go­ing to meet or what op­por­tu­ni­ties are go­ing to present them­selves. You might ar­rive in a place and fall in love with it but if you have ev­ery­thing pre-booked, you can’t do that.

How has travel changed you?

I think trav­el­ling is so good for evolv­ing and chang­ing as a per­son. Your usual rou­tine is changed and you are meet­ing so many new peo­ple and see­ing new places and I think that is such a good way to open your mind and change your per­spec­tive. And you do learn so much about your­self, es­pe­cially if you travel alone and are forced to rely on your­self.

What is the weird­est thing about Aus­tralia?

There are very dif­fer­ent ab­bre­vi­a­tions and we don’t have say­ings like d--k head and f--k wit. But I am to­tally go­ing to use these words now, it’s a re­ally good way to de­scribe some peo­ple.

PHOTO: PE­TER CARRUTHERS

BEACH BABE: Olivia Ber­telsen, from Canada, en­joys the sun­shine at New­beach on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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