10 Signs You’re An Aussie Traveller (Mate)

You can’t spot an Australian in a crowd the same way you can an Asian, but believe us, the strong accent isn’t the only telltale sign of an Aussie traveller. In fact, the accent doesn’t even make our list.

Ed’s note: No Australians were offended in the writing of this piece. Or so we hope…

#1 For the Love of Thongs…

What are flip-flops?
What are flip-flops?

Thongs and comfort aren’t usually strung together in the same sentence, not unless you’re a larrkin with a natural fondness for Havaianas flip-flops. Hey, it saves you all that suitcase space, after all.

#2 …Or Nothing At All

Feet in the sand, head in the clouds
Feet in the sand, head in the clouds

We could end this list at thongs, but then we wouldn’t be able to include the barefoot way of OZ culture. Because shoes are so overrated. And bacteria, obviously.

#3 The Singha Singlet & Boardies

As important as your passport!
As important as your passport!

A faded singlet and boardies take an Aussie abroad from arvo to night, rain or shine, winter or summer. The sheila option: have your swimmers underneath. Because suitcase space, people.

#4 “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie”

All together now!
All together now!

Oy, oy oy! When a simple ‘G’day mate’ won’t do, there’s only one other alcohol-induced way to greet fellow Aussies abroad.

#5 Splitting the Bill

Cough it up, mate
Cough it up, mate

For ‘cost-conscious’ folk (hey, you know it), Australians spend heaps on booze and entertainment. But when it comes to the bill, it’s time to go Dutch or er, Australian.

#6 You Find Yourself in Bali…

'Straya 2.0
‘Straya 2.0

Where you meet about 10 other ‘Strayans. An Aussie may not have travelled fully in his own land, but they’ll know pretty much everything about Bali.

#7 You’re Everyone’s Mate, Mate

Mates like mates with ice-cream
Mates like mates with ice-cream

An Aussie name generator would do one of two things: give you an abbreviation ending with a ‘za’ (e.g. Gary becomes Gazza), or the classic fall-back of ‘mate’. You can’t go wrong either way.

#8 The Classic Meet and Greet

Yeah, not really interested…

When they ask you “How’s it going”, they’re not actually expecting an answer. Don’t bore them with tales of your breakfast buffet.

#9 They’re on the Hunt for a Good Cuppa

Now this is coffee
Now THIS is coffee!

None of that basic Starbucks stuff either. Nothing says ‘Straya better than a bloody good flat-white.

#10 They’re the Life of the Party

When all else fails, look for the loud, tanned big bloke with a beer in hand and you’re sure to have a big night out. Just errrr, remember to get your half of the bill.

Let's call him David, or Davo
Let’s call him David, or Davo

We took the mickey out of Asian travellers too, read here! 

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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