Anywhere and everywhere you go, you’re bound to meet an Australian. That distinctive accent is everywhere, filling trains and planes and boats. Why are Australians always on the go? Why are they perpetually traveling from one country to another? It may seem like a strange coincidence or maybe a cultural quirk, but there are actually some very good reasons why you constantly run into Australians during your travels.
Australians have plenty of time to travel. The law requires that employers give their workers a minimum of 20 paid vacation days per year. Americans, on the other hand, are entitled to exactly zero. Many employers give paid leave, of course, but most offer nowhere near twenty days. Twenty days is quite a lot—it adds up to four weeks! This gives Australians plenty of time to travel and explore the world.
Speaking of good working conditions, Australians also make a lot of money. The average income in Australia is almost $65,000 USD, which is ten thousand more per year than the average American. This comfortable income allows many Australians to afford travel, despite the long distances they must fly to get anywhere else in the world. Besides this, lower transportation costs for Australians in recent years have led to more frequent trips. Finally, the Australian dollar is strong, making exchanges with other currencies in Australians’ favor. It’s safe to say that most people would travel more if they had more spending money; this is exactly what Australians do.
3 They’re Stuck on a Rock
Australians are sort of stuck on a rock. It may be a really, really big rock, but there’s no denying that Australia is one of the most physically isolated countries on the planet. Now and then, it’s nice to get off the big rock and see what the rest of the world is up to. Although there are a whole lot of cool things to see and great places to visit in Australia, there’s nothing quite like seeing an entirely different culture and way of life. Besides, Australian laws may be great as far as wages go, but they can be pretty suffocating in other areas. I mean, a $40 for leaving your car unlocked? Really? I mean, it’s a pretty stupid thing to do, probably, but a fine is rather harsh. Getting away to another country is a great way for Australians to do things like leave their keys in the car (not so likely, but hey, whatever floats your boat) or do other things they can’t do in their home country.
4 Immigration and Family Roots
With the exception of the indigenous people groups, Australia is generally a country of immigrants. Close ties with Great Britain have forged the way for many Australians to spend years studying, living, and working in the United Kingdom. The large percentage of the population that are not ethnically British may also want to travel to the county of their family’s origin. Many Australians still have family overseas, and others have family and friends who live as expats abroad. Foreign connections draw many Australians off the continent to the places where loved ones live.
Of course, these aren’t the only reasons Australians love to travel. Australians also travel for the same reasons that the rest of us do. Australians love to take vacations, learn about new cultures, and join humanitarian efforts. They enjoy sipping smoothies on the beach in the Caribbean as much as an American, have fun on the alpine slopes alongside Canadians, love to taste Italian culture, crave adventure on safari, and drool over Russian art. However, Australians tend to travel more often just because they can!
I think it’s safe to say that under the same circumstances, the rest of the world would travel as much as well. When we inevitably run into an Australian tourist during our travels, we can be thankful that such friendly people (with great accents, I might add) are the ones we can so often share our world with.