Between the UK voting to Brexit and Donald Trump winning the US Presidential election, 2016 was a pretty tumultuous year for global politics. For many, all the upheaval and uncertainty has created or accelerated plans to move overseas. If you’re considering moving to Australia in 2017 there are many things you’ll have to take into account when it comes to planning the move – like visas, employment, property and finances, but there are also some things you should know about the nation. Here we offer up 5 facts about Australia you really should be aware of before you plan a move to the nation…
- The Sun isn’t Always Shining
One of the first things that springs to mind when thinking about Australia is the weather, with some people assuming the nation is always a sunny paradise. However, before you start packing your shorts and sunglasses and ditching all your scarves, it’s important to research the weather conditions of the particular area you’re moving to. Australia is a vast region, and the climate can vary dramatically from state to state. The north of the nation is tropical in climate, while the centre/south of the country is home to dry desert regions. To the south and south east are the temperate regions, which have more distinct seasons than some other parts of the country. While winters are typically warmer than in most European nations, the weather can be changeable and both New South Wales and Victoria often see snowfall during the winter months. If you’re in a position where you can pick exactly where you want to settle in the nation then do a little research into the climate of your chosen destination beforehand so you don’t get any unpleasant surprises.
- Beware the Wildlife
In the UK the most dangerous animal you’re likely to come across is a disgruntled cow, but in Australia there are quite a few creatures you’ll probably want to avoid. There are several easily google-able lists of the nation’s 10 most dangerous animals, typically based on both how much of a threat they pose and how likely you are to run into them in everyday life. In the top ten we have critters like the box jellyfish (native to northern Australia) the honey bee (a deadly threat to a small percentage of people) the bull shark (believed to be behind many dog disappearances in the nation) and the eastern brown snake (responsible for the most snake bite fatalities of any Australian snake). Of course, Australia is also famous for its crocodiles, deadly spiders and octopi. While the country’s medical system is well equipped to deal with any injuries sustained by these critters, it pays to be aware of them and keep your eyes open – particularly in more rural surroundings.
- Thongs Aren’t What You’d Think…
As an English speaking nation, it would be easy to assume that a move to Australia would require little linguistic adjustment. While this is true to an extent, there are particular turns of phrase which might catch you by surprise at first. For example, in Australia a thong is not a ladies undergarment but a pair of flip-flops. Similarly, ‘ripper’ means really good, ‘sook’ means to sulk, ‘togs’ means swimwear and a ‘servo’ is a petrol station. Once you’ve moved to Australia it won’t take long to pick these terms up, but you may want to look up a complete list of Australian slang terms before you go to avoid any confusion.
- It’s Better to be Sociable
Australian’s are notoriously friendly, love a good chat and are often the life and soul of events. If you’re of an unsociable disposition, Down Under might not be the emigration destination for you. However, if you’ve got your heart set on moving to the nation, make the effort to talk to the people you’ll be living alongside from the outset and you’ll probably find you settle in far quicker. After all, in Australia good neighbours can become good friends.
- In Australia, Everyone is Equal
In Australia there aren’t the same class divides present in other nations. As an egalitarian country, Australia really promotes the ethos that everybody is the same – no matter how much money they earn, who they’re related to, what their surname is or what school they went to. Trying to get ahead by putting others down really won’t get you far, and hoping others will pay your way won’t be too popular either. Try to live by the adage ‘treat others the way you’d like to be treated’ and you should fit in fine! If these points have helped you decide that a move to Australia in 2017 is the right choice, it’s worth mentioning that you could save time and money on your currency transfers with the right support. Working In Money Transfers offer excellent exchange rates, fee-free transfers and a range of specialist transfer options which help make your money go further.