Getting by in Australia require a basic understanding of the local culture and geography. Once you have mastered how to throw a couple of shrimp on the Barbie, you will be well on your way to acclimatizing to the southern hemisphere.
Here are seven things that you should know before you pack your bags and move.
#1 Australians Don’t Care About Class
Australian is an egalitarian country, and no-one cares if you have a fancy education or millions in the bank. Aussies are generous and share in many of the things they do. Expect to split the bill when you are out with friends and remember to check the local currency rates before you tip a taxi driver.
#2 It’s HOT!
Australia has a hot climate. If you live near a coastal city, you can expect hot, humid days during the summer. Always cover up when you out in the sun. A sunburn could take a few days to recover from, and it only takes a few minutes to burn English skin in the strong sunlight. Remember your sunblock and stay hydrated, drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day.
#3 Australian Humour
Australians enjoy dark humour. Roll with the verbal punches and keep the slapstick going, everyone will enjoy a bit of wit and sass.
#4 Sport is a Priority
Australians are crazy about sports. The favorites being rugby, cricket, and football. Aussie rules football is somewhat of a hybrid between regular football and rugby. Attending a game can be a thrilling experience, but remember to go with a group. Things can get heated at local matches and safety in numbers will do you well.
#5 Local Greetings
‘G’day,’ ‘Hi how are you going?’ And ‘Hi how are you?’ are typical casual greetings in Australia. However, these are questions that do not require answers, so answering back with the same question is a fairly standard response. Mate is the standard reference to friends, and since the UK uses the same slang, you should fit in perfectly.
#6 The Worker’s rule
Australians believe in a fair day’s wage for a fair days work. Workers’ rights are big in Australia, and you will find some of the best employment conditions available worldwide. The minimum wage is high, and most Australians enjoy bonus pay or double time if they work weekends or holidays.
#7 Remember the Respect
Aboriginal people were the first settlers in Australia. However, their culture was decimated by the invading English when they colonized the land. This depopulation has led to widespread poverty in the community. Remember to respect the local people and do what you can to help.
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