I think it’s safe for me to assume that if you’re reading this, then you are an Australian person who is thinking about travelling to the UK. If you’re not one of these people, then you should really be doing something more useful with your time than reading a list about Australians and their holiday habits. I am actually English and so to help you get the hang of it, I’m going to write this article in the British vernacular, as you’re going to have to get used to it pretty soon.
Driving in Britain is bit easier for Australians than it is for Americans, because you already drive on the left, so that aspect isn’t as confusing. However, driving in Britain will feel weird because of the size difference. Whereas your country is massive, Britain is a tiny little island of land that looks like it might just blow away at any moment. There is, however over 64 million people living here which is 40 million more than Australia. It is pretty cramped here, as you can imagine, and because we like to preserve the country side, everyone is even more packed into towns and cities, meaning that the roads are very small and you’ll have to get used to trying to squeeze cars through tiny gaps. It is also a very good idea to familiarise yourself with road signs and the like by visiting toptests.co.uk. This site features mock theory tests which means you can learn what all of our funny signs mean.
The most dangerous animals in the UK are wasps and bees (although they are thinking of reintroducing wolves to Scotland for some reason). Feel free to roam our woods and fields, swim in our lakes and rivers, and generally frolic in the greenness of England without fear of being eaten by crocodiles, kicked to death by kangaroos, nipped by spiders, injected with venom by snakes, stung by murderous jellyfish and any other gruesome death at the hands of the creatures that live in your country.
It is a myth that British food is bland and boring. This myth was started by the American soldiers in the 40s who were stationed in the UK during the war and had to live on rationed food which consisted of potatoes and parsnips and not a lot else. The food in Britain is an eclectic mix due to the mass of different cultures that call the UK home. You could eat a meal from a different culture every day in London and be able to do that for a couple of years, probably.
Finally, we come onto the Brits themselves. We may seem rude and snobbish, but we’re not really, it’s just that, generally speaking, we don’t like bringing attention to ourselves, showing emotion or causing a scene (which can include anything from laughing a little too loudly or tripping slightly on a pavement slab) and so we find it best to go about our business and not make eye contact with anyone. That said, if you smile or talk to us, you’ll definitely get a friendly reception.
That’s probably all you need to know if you’re deciding to travel to the UK. I hope you have a great time.