If you are a regular traveller, you will quickly come to realise that the ways that you have become accustomed to doing things at home may not necessarily be the same wherever you go. In fact, you may find yourself in awkward situations if you’re not careful, as you may broach taboos, accidentally act in inappropriate ways, or cause general offence without meaning to. But don’t worry. We’re here to help! Here are a few basic dos and don’ts to bear in mind when traveling Australia. Of course, nothing is set in stone, and different individuals may have different outlooks. It’s also important to bear in mind that Australia is an extremely large country and what rules apply in one area may vary in another. However, hopefully, these will help to get you started on the right foot!
Tipping tends to be a point of contention from one nation to another. Some countries such as the United States have set rules regarding exactly how much you should tip servers after they have provided you with a service. However, in Australia, the rules are much more relaxed. In fact, there don’t tend to be any set rules. Servers receive a minimum wage for their work, so are less dependent on tips, and it is generally seen as a compliment for good service rather than something owed to them.
Use of Drones
Now, every traveller loves a little footage of their adventure. This is why we take so many photographs and videos while we are away. We want to document what we’ve been up to and to be able to look back on our memories fondly. However, technology is always expanding, and now many of us are interested in investing in drones. These take our recording equipment off the ground and allow us to capture wide aerial shots which would be pretty much impossible on a handheld device. But it’s also important to remember that there will be different rules about using these contraptions and whether you can navigate airspace or not depending on where you are. When it comes to flying drones in national parks, you need to check up on the rules and regulations of the given part. Some, such as those in Queensland, tend to be pretty lenient. However, others, such as Western Australian parks, require written permission. Some will even give you a resounding no.
There are certain sayings that are associated with Australians. “G’day mate” is one of them. However, if you’re not Australian yourself, it’s generally best to avoid using them. It may come across as though you’re mocking or imitating others and, really, they just don’t sound right unless you mimic the accent too and this could, again, be seen as offensive. Also, avoid hackneyed sayings like “put another shrimp on the barbie”. These are often slogans from ad campaigns and not something that any Australian really comes out with.
Generally speaking, as long as you are respectful and willing to learn, people will be accepting of your efforts. So don’t worry too much! These are just a couple of tips to prevent you from getting into trouble and to get your journey started on the right foot!