Being from the Land Down Under generally equates to being a curiosity. The following points are designed to help avoid a Star Wars Cantina scene while travelling solo in Europe. With the following, you will have made travelling buddies and be well on the way to having the time of your life!
1. Don’t be a regular John.
As Australia is mostly of European origin, the name you chose to introduce yourself by can be dull. The method of delivery should be considered, for example: “My name is ……, but my friends call me the ……..” Some examples that have caused interesting reactions include The Pineapple Prince, Eric Banana and Dragon Lee.
2. Buy a round.
After several integration drinks, you’ll be well on the way to “understanding” that foreign language in no time. Even if you don’t understand what’s being said, smiling and nodding works!
3. Be as dry as a dead dingos donger (although not literally).
Use Aussie slang where appropriate. Some examples include “g’day mate,” “crikey,” and “righto.” Be on the lookout for blank expressions – this usually mean someone is not following. Swearing in the correct circumstances can also be advantageous (although the c-bomb may be a bit much).
4. Drop bears, not koala bears.
Have a story involving dangerous creatures. There is an international perception that Australia is full of dangerous sharks, snakes, and spiders and that everyday life revolves around survival. Have a story that verifies this. Have a look for these guys on the internet if you are struggling for material: Steve Irwin, Alby Mangles and/or Les Hiddins.
5. Don’t mention the war.
Some cultural sensitivity is recommended, although not too much. Some people admire those who speak their mind.