Student won't let alert stop Bali trip

ST JOHN'S College Woodlawn HSC student Ryan Timperley is still heading to Bali for schoolies celebrations, despite the current terrorist alert.

The Federal Government is warning travellers to steer clear of the popular holiday destination for fear of reprisals in the wake of the executions of terrorists Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra.

Virgin Blue and Jetstar have agreed to waive charges for passengers wishing to put off their Bali trips.

However, Ryan, 17, said he was keeping an eye on the situation, but was reluctant to change his plans.

“If there was a bombing before I went, then I would maybe reconsider going,” he said. “I might go to Hawaii instead, because there's good surf there this time of the year.”

Ryan said he had made inquiries about changing his flights, but if he was to cancel his ticket he would forfeit $400.

“But if I go to Hawaii the return flight would cost $800, so it would be about the same cost.”

Ryan said there was a group of nine students travelling with him to Bali on November 27, and only two had cancelled their trips because of the terrorism risk.

“I know there are other schoolies who have changed their tickets and are heading to Thailand instead,” he said.

Ryan said his first destination in Bali was Kuta.

“I'm staying there for five days, then I might head out of that area and go surfing in Uluwatu,” he said. “Obviously I'm going to be careful while I'm over there.”

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