Australia and America: 14 Differences That Can Get You in Trouble While Traveling
The USA and Australia are great countries to visit, but beware the unexpected differences between the two cultures. There are many and they could get you in trouble.
Travellers to foreign countries will always notice how different other cultures are. We often expect some differences, but may still be surprised when we get there and discover just how diverse the world is. Nothing could have prepared me for the first time I stepped off a plane in South-East Asia, but the biggest surprises always come when I travel to the USA, expecting no surprises but receiving many.
As it turns out, no two countries are alike. Some of the greatest culture shock that travellers experience is when they travel to a country and don’t expect any differences. People jetting between the USA and Australia are likely to experience some of the greatest culture shock of all.
USA and Australia: The Similarities
The physical geographical size of Australia is almost exactly the same size as mainland USA (without Alaska).
Both Australia and the USA have coast lines on the Pacific Ocean.
Both countries have deserts, mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches, islands and snow. Yes, it does snow in Australia and many Australians are keen skiers.
USA and Australia: The Differences
An iced coffee in Australia is a tall glass of cold milky coffee topped with whipped cream and icecream, and served in a sundae glass. It is more like a dessert than a beverage.
An iced coffee in the USA is a tall glass of cold black filter coffee served with ice, much like iced tea.
An Australian thickshake is an American milkshake. I don’t think there is an equivalent of an Australian milkshake in America, and by that same reasoning Americans don’t have thickshakes, either.
An Australian milkshake is made by mixing milk, flavour and sometimes a very small scoop of ice cream in a blender. The result is a froth-filled milky beverage, sometimes served with whipped cream on top. An Australian milkshake can easily be consumed through a straw.
An Australian thickshake, and an American milkshake, is mostly ice cream. This “thick shake” is difficult to slurp quickly through a straw. Thickshakes are much colder than a milkshake due to all that ice cream.
A thong is an iconic piece of Australian strappy footwear often constructed from rubber and sold cheaply in supermarkets (known as flip flops or jandals in other parts of the world).
An American thong is a strappy piece of underwear worn (preferably) by slender, tanned women with Brazilian bikini waxes (also known as a G-string).