WHY AUSTRALIA IS AWESOME

I write these words about 6 months after our family trip to Australia.

Here are some of my observations about Australia. I like to think they’re what make it an awesome place.

Also, below these observations I link to some other posts I just wrote about our trip. Be sure to check them out.

Note: Keep in mind that we visited the Sunshine Coast during our stay. So these items many only apply to that area. 

  • People go to sleep early – around 8:30 or 9pm seems to be the average. The late night show airs at 8:30pm.
  • People travel internationally more than the average American. Even baristas, waitresses, etc. will abroad often and for long periods of time.
  • The average vacation time seems to be 5-6 weeks a year, as opposed to the 2-3 weeks a year for the average American. Oh, and they call it “holiday” rather than “vacation”.
  • There is no wifi at coffee shops. Instead people talk to each other. If alone, they read a book or magazine. No one is glued to a laptop or a mobile device. They’re not a bunch of humans disconnected from each other in their own little digital worlds. They’re fully alive, present and connected to the world around them.
  • Tips aren’t expected. Baristas and servers get paid good. I think like $20/hour. I still tipped 10% most of the time, which was greatly appreciated.
  • People are not driven to make money, like back in the U.S. They value a balanced lifestyle of health, work, rest, play, etc.
  • Their pace of life seems a bit slower than the non-stop business of the average American.
  • People are generally not on mobile devices all that much.
  • The yogurt is the best on the planet – couldn’t find anything remotely like it when I got back to the U.S.
  • The people were really awesome.
  • What’s on the T.V. and radio is about 10-15 years behind the U.S.
  • The use of the phrase “No worries” was used at least 5 times or more by any local we talked to.
  • Paper towels aren’t really a thing. They are hard to find.
  • At the typical restaurant you order food at the counter, sit and they bring you the food when it’s ready. Much quicker and efficient in my mind.
  • Smoothies are actually milkshakes.

Well, there you have it.

One of the thing I love about travel is how it expands my world, my viewpoint on life, questions my belief system, helps me connect more to myself and others, and teaches me lessons about life that I take back home.

Australia did not disappoint in this area. It taught me a lot of life lessons.

Here are some of the highlights of our trip that I just posted. Keep in mind, this is just a few. I’m just getting started posting them:

VIDEO OF US DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD

WE CLIMBED MOUNT COOLUM

OUR FIRST DAY OR SO IN AUSTRALIA

Check back soon. I plan to post a lot more.

Oh and just in case you don’t click the link of us climbing Mount Coolum. Here’s a pic of us on top of that mountain. Climbing it was one of the first things we did upon arriving.

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