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Foreigners reveal the telltale signs a traveller is Aussie

From struggling to work out the correct amount to tip at a restaurant to forgoing shoes in public and packing their own luggage into a taxi, Australians are comically easy to spot in a crowd, foreigners claim.

So a group of overseas travellers have come together to reveal the telltale signs that a tourist is from Down Under.

Aussies, particularly older generations, usually have a ‘peculiar set of lines’ around their eyes from so many years exposed to the harsh sun, according to respondents on a Quora forum asking the question: ‘What screams ”I am Australian”?’

No matter the season, Australia experiences heat and sunshine all year long, and according to people from other nations, the scorching heat leaves a mark on the everyday Australians’ skin.

‘The squinting shows. Not all Australians have that look, but those that do cannot come from anywhere but Australia,’ one person wrote.

Aussies, particularly older generations, usually have a ‘peculiar set of lines’ around their eyes from so many years exposed to the harsh sun

‘Australians have a tanned, slightly tougher look to them. They have lines around their eyes that come from not wearing sunglasses and living in a glarey environment, and they have more coarse skin than most people.’ 

Others pointed out that Australian men in particular have a unique sense of fashion.

First and foremost, they are usually donning a pair of shorts – no matter the weather or occasion.

Next, they tend to put their sunglasses on top of their caps and aren’t too fond of shoes.

‘If you see a bloke overseas with this ensemble on his head, there’s a 90 per cent chance he’s Australian. If you see him in Bali? That shoots up to 100 per cent,’ one person explained. 

Others pointed out that Australian men in particular have a unique sense of fashion. First and foremost, they are usually donning a pair of shorts - no matter the weather or occasion

Others pointed out that Australian men in particular have a unique sense of fashion. First and foremost, they are usually donning a pair of shorts – no matter the weather or occasion

Australians are likely to load up a backseat or boot of an Uber or taxi themselves before hopping in the front seat

Australians are likely to load up a backseat or boot of an Uber or taxi themselves before hopping in the front seat

‘Ever been to Fiji or somewhere with a lot of Australian tourists? If they are not wearing shoes while walking around the hotel or elsewhere, they’re most likely Aussies.’ 

Australians are also likely to jump in the front seat of an Uber or taxi… after loading up the boot with their own luggage and insisting they don’t need any assistance from the driver. 

One glaring difference foreigners notice regularly is the Australian approach to taking care of the environment.

Aussies are more likely to reprimand somebody for not putting their rubbish in the bin or leaving a tap dripping.

In Australia, school systems and television advertisements hammered home an anti-littering campaign for years. 

One respondent said if you're holidaying and see people walking around barefoot - they're likely Australian, particularly inside resorts

One respondent said if you’re holidaying and see people walking around barefoot – they’re likely Australian, particularly inside resorts

In Australia, school systems and television advertisements hammered home an anti-littering campaign for years

In Australia, school systems and television advertisements hammered home an anti-littering campaign for years

The easiest ways to spot a travelling Aussie 

 – They’ll be holding a beer at a pub or in a social setting

– They will load their own luggage into a taxi or Uber 

– The men will be wearing shorts  

– They’ll be working out how much is an appropriate tip at a restaurant 

 – They reprimand littering and will hold their rubbish until they find a bin

– They’ll frown upon long showers or wasting water 

– They’ll avoid wearing shoes 

– They’ll have lines near their eyes from too much time in the sun 

The result is that even young children know the pitfalls of littering and the damage it can cause to our environment. As a result, it is rare to see an Australian littering overseas, the forum concluded.

Similarly, so many Australians have been forced to endure drought and water restrictions. Overseas, they’re more likely to keep their showers short and snappy and turn taps off tight enough to avoid any waste.  

While most of the telltale signs are complimentary, others were quick to point out that Aussies – along with the Brits – are usually the loudest and most cavalier after a few too many drinks. 

‘If the traveller is holding a beer, they are probably Australian,’ one person wrote on the forum.

One of the final glaring differences most foreigners noticed was the way Australians managed tipping when travelling to nations where tipping in restaurants is the norm.

Respondents said Australians were usually the diners who appeared concerned while looking at the bill, often trying to calculate the appropriate amount to leave without appearing stingy or spending too much.   

While most of the telltale signs are complimentary, others were quick to point out that Aussies - along with the Brits - are usually the loudest and most cavalier after a few too many drinks

While most of the telltale signs are complimentary, others were quick to point out that Aussies – along with the Brits – are usually the loudest and most cavalier after a few too many drinks

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