You don’t have to be within ear shot of the Australian accent to determine if that guy or girl waiting in line at the airport is an Aussie. That’s because Aussies are identifiable in a multitude of ways…
Of course, not every Australian is identifiable by these cultural markers, but many are. Most of the time they’re all totally unconscious and simply a symptom of cultural conditioning.
So if you’d like to strike up a convo with another Aussie or meet another travelling pal with the same passport, here are five signs to look out for.
LOOK FOR THE BEER
If you’re on the lookout for some Aussies the next time you’re abroad, just look for the beer. Aussies are known to gravitate towards the suds wherever they roam, and so you’ll find them around the stuff.
They’ll either be holding a beer, sipping a beer, or waiting in line to buy a beer. In sum, find the beer and you’ll find the Aussies.
LOOK FOR THE SINGLETS
Contrary to what you may think, this sign doesn’t only manifest itself in Bali.
All over the world, from India to Europe to South America, singlets and Australians go together like ham and cheese (or should be say vegemite and toast), and even the most non-occa Aussie will pack at least one in their suitcase/backpack on their adventures abroad.
So if you spy a bloke or couple of lads sporting singlets down the road or waiting around for bus, you’re most likely looking at Australians.
LOOK FOR THE THONGS
The clink-clonk of thongs down the pavement is the trademark sound of the Aussie. If you hear it or see the thongs coming at you from down the street, chances are high you’re about to pass an Australian.
If they’re carrying a beer and wearing a singlet, they’re definitely an Aussie and you’ll know it before they even open their mouths!
LOOK FOR THE SHORTS
Even if it’s chilly and everyone else is wearing pants and jackets, it’s in the Australian DNA to wear shorts; they can’t help it!
The next time you scan the room out of boredom and spot a scantily dressed character over in the corner who looks remarkably comfortable in their shorts despite the single digit temperature, bet on them being Australian – you can’t go wrong!
LOOK FOR THE SUNNIES
Along with singlets, shorts and thongs, sunnies complete the Australian look, and you’ll see them either worn as they should be or parked on the crown of the head.
Like shorts, many Australians wear this item of clothing even in the most unsuitable weather, even on cloudy days!
What do you think are the tell-tale signs of an incoming Australian? Enlighten us in the comments below!
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