But after a horror 56-hour journey to their destination, the young Queensland woman ended up fighting for her life in an Italian hospital.
After departing for Italy at the end of June, the pair missed two flights and spent more than 24 hours stuck in a Chinese airport.
“Only took two days to get here,” Bianca wrote in a Facebook post on June 28 before she started to feel extremely unwell the following day.
“56 hours in transit. Got stuck in China airport for 26+ hours, missed two flights… Finally in Italy with wine cheese olives and swollen ankles.”
But as Karlea has explained in the GoFundMe page set up for her friend, Bianca was suffering from more than just swollen limbs from the exhausting trip.