Australians have a free-spirited nature. This always results in them moving abroad. However, they will soon long for their home after the excitement of living abroad wears off. Here are 15 things I’ve missed upon moving away from Australia.
1. Chicken salt
Sprinkling chicken salt on chips has been an Australian’s favourite since the 1970s. Although the rest of the world has yet to discover the wonders of chicken salt, it would be something Australians cannot live without.
2. Vacation time
The Australian society places a great importance on balancing work and life. This enables Australians to have at least four to five weeks of leaves in which they still get paid. Australia also has seven national public holidays with each Australian state having an additional one.
The weather in Australia is generally warm as cold months have sunshine as well. The temperature during winter time drops to 13⁰C which causes expats to not be able to withstand the extremely cold winters of Northern Europe and various places in the U.S.
4. Great coffee
Australians take great pride in their coffee in terms of its origin and quality which causes them to build a close relationship with their baristas. Some Australian favourites are flat white, latte, mocha, piccolo and espresso.
5. Health care
Australia has Medicare, a scheme funded by the government covering bulk billing GPs, hospital care and subsided prescription medication.
Australia has a variety of beautiful landscapes like breath-taking beaches, wild bushlands, lofty green forests and the burning hot red outback. This is something Australians will always appreciate.
7. Australian snacks
Australia has a variety of snacks which are a favourite of every Australian person. These are snacks like Lamingtons, Tim Tams, Twisties, Milo, Burger Rings, Iced Vovos, Arnott’s Mint Slice, Golden Daytime, Caramello Koalas, Freddo Frogs, Minties, Cherry Ripe, Wagon Wheels and Paddle Pops. These are snacks Australians will always love.
8. Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment
This special ointment helps heal minor burns, cuts, cracked skin, insect bites and other ailments. It is impossible to find this ointment overseas.
Tipping is not a norm in Australian culture as Australian workers are paid sufficient wages. Other countries may require tipping and Australians have no idea how much money to tip.
Australia has more than 10,000 beaches. An estimated amount of 80% of Australians live 50-100 kilometres from the beach. This clearly illustrates how much Australians love beaches. The beaches in Australia are vast and have golden sands.
11. Laid-back attitude
Australians are generally very laid-back people. They are down-to-earth, friendly, approachable and value friendship over anything else. As a result, they would generally talk to anyone with their friendliness being laced with a larrikin sense of humour.
Wildlife in Australia is diverse as there are many animals like magpies, kangaroos and koalas in suburban areas as well as along country roads. These magpies love singing and are extremely adorable.
13. Summertime Christmas
Australians have always wanted to have a white Christmas but still end up preferring a Christmas during summertime full of barbecues, street cricket and days of relaxing at the beach instead (Missing it now!).
Australians are made up of different ethnic groups which results in a multicultural population. As a result, people get to hear more than 300 languages upon walking around the streets of Australia due to many Australians being originally born in different countries.
15. Wide-open spaces
Regardless of where you are in Australia, you can enjoy areas that have fresh clean air and are full of wide-open spaces. Escaping urban life in Australia into these places is only a drive away.