A never-end­ing sum­mer for Ella

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NAME: Ella Blu­men­röhr AGE: 18

HOME: South of Ger­many

THIS worldly 18-year-old de­cided she would be bet­ter off hav­ing a gap year, rather than launch­ing straight into fur­ther study, be­cause like many young adults who fin­ished school she had “no idea” what she wants to do.

Ella is trav­el­ling with her best friend from school, Kim. The pair de­cided they’d be the per­fect travel com­pan­ions be­cause they “never fight”.

This is Kim’s first trip with­out her par­ents, so per­haps it’s lucky she’s with Ella, who has trav­elled ex­ten­sively through­out Europe, Asia, the US and now she’s up­side down in the south­ern hemi­sphere.

Ella de­cided on Aus­tralia be­cause it’s a pop­u­lar back­packer des­ti­na­tion and she thought she’d be safest. She also liked the idea of spend­ing New Year’s Eve in Syd­ney.

She has no solid plans, and will flit off home to Ger­many when her money runs out – judg­ing by the Wool­lies Vegemite scroll she was munch­ing on, she’s de­ter­mined to get the most bang for her buck and be here as long as pos­si­ble.

What’s your favourite Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tion so far?

I re­ally loved the Great Bar­rier Reef, it was amaz­ing. We saw a big fish called Ge­orge. I am look­ing for­ward to By­ron Bay, ev­ery­one says it’s amaz­ing.

What’s the weird­est thing about Aus­tralian cul­ture?

I’ve only been here for a week, so noth­ing has stood out to me yet... maybe be­ing in the lo­cal pa­per is a bit weird.

What’s your favourite thing about Aus­tralia?

I love the warm weather – I flew into Mel­bourne but it was too cold, so I flew up north. It’s good how you can choose, I guess.

How do you think travel has changed you?

I think it makes you more open to the world and other peo­ple. If you only stay in your coun­try for your whole life, your views on the world are go­ing to be a lot dif­fer­ent to the views you have if you’re bold enough to put your­self out there.

What’s your top Aus­tralian travel tip?

I would say don’t plan too much and just see how things go, and go with the flow.

PHOTO: GE­OR­GIA SIMP­SON

TROP­I­CAL PAR­ADISE: Ella loves the steamy, trop­i­cal weather and doesn’t fancy go­ing too far south.

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