Schoolie trip could bomb

FOR six years, Hollie Burgess has been dreaming of a holiday in the sun as a reward for completing her Higher School Certificate.

And all that was set to become a reality, when her and four of her Woolgoolga High School mates booked a schoolie trip to Bali earlier this year.

But now, their dream holiday - as well as their $1600 payment - is in doubt, after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued warnings against high terrorist threats in the region.

“I've been so excited for this for so long now, and now everyone is saying not to go,” Hollie said.

She said unless the warning is upgraded, she and her friends will have to decide whether or not to go - but if they don't, they risk losing their $1600.

“At this point, we're just waiting to see what will happen. They're (the government) only advising us not to go, so if we don't, I'm pretty sure we don't get any of our money back.”

“At the moment everyone's hesitant, but I'm still going at this stage.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have warned on the Smart Traveller website that people should reconsider travel to Bali due to “the very high threat of terrorist attack” and “exercise extreme caution.”



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