British expat: The one huge difference between Australia and England
I’m a British expat and this is the one huge difference between Australia and England that I will never get over
- British expat Jordana Grace said Aussies have no concept of distance
- Regularly travel long distances for small items unlike Brits, where distance is big
A British expat and radio host living in Queensland has revealed why distance is ‘not a concept’ in Australia – and if you want to know how far away something really is, you need to ask for the travel time in minutes.
Jordana Grace has become known for sharing videos about differences she’s noticed since moving Down Under.
In her latest clip, Jordana highlighted that the main difference she’s noticed about the UK and Australia is that Aussies aren’t afraid to travel – and travel big distances.
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A British expat and radio host living in Queensland has revealed why distance is ‘not a concept’ in Australia (Jordana Grace pictured)
Jordana said in the clip: ‘Things they should tell you before moving to Australia: how distance is not a concept.
‘In England, if I had to go from Swindon to Bristol, a 45-minute drive, it’d be a full-on day excursion.’
Jordana explained that for such a trip, she would ‘turn my TV off at the wall’, feed her cat enough for a week and re-direct her mail:
‘Mentally, it’s a big deal,’ she said.
But on the flip side, because Australia is ‘the size of the moon’, distance doesn’t faze Aussies in the same way it does Brits.
‘Australia is a state of mind,’ Jordana added.
‘I know Aussies who will drive an hour and a half just for a doughnut – each way!’
Jordana (pictured) said because Australia is ‘the size of the moon’, distance doesn’t faze Australians in the same way it does Brits
Jordana’s biggest piece of advice for other British expats is to be careful with ‘sneaky’ Australians, and make sure you pull them up on the details if they ask you if you want to go to the beach.
‘If you ask how far it is, they’ll reply with either “oh, not far” or “just down the road”, but that road could be 1,000 kilometres,’ she said.
‘Always get the travel time in minutes.’
Finally, she said if you want to act like a local and as if distance ‘doesn’t bother you’, then just act nonchalant when someone says the distance and either respond with ‘too easy’, ‘cruisy’ or simply nod.
Jordana’s biggest piece of advice for other expats is to be careful with ‘sneaky’ Australians, and make sure you pull them up on the details if they ask you if you want to go to the beach
It wasn’t long before thousands of Brits and Aussies shared their own opinions, with many agreeing with Jordana.
‘I totally agree. I regularly drive an hour to the next town for fish and chips because they are better,’ one Aussie said.
‘Love this because it’s true,’ another said.
A third wrote: ‘We take a seven hour drive to see parents’.
Others admitted that this opinion is true everywhere in Australia, except Tasmania.
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