I am a British expat and this is the huge difference between Australia and England that I will never get over
- British expat Jordana Grace said Australians have no concept of distance
- Regularly travel long distances for the little things unlike the Brits, where the distance is big
A British expat and radio host living in Queensland has revealed why distance isn’t a ‘concept’ in Australia – and if you want to know how far something really is, you have to ask for travel time in minutes.
Jordana Grace has been known to share videos about the differences she’s noticed since moving to Down Under.
In her final segment, Jordana highlights that the main difference she notices in the UK and Australia is that Australians aren’t afraid to travel – and travel long distances.
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A British expat and radio host living in Queensland has revealed why distance isn’t a ‘concept’ in Australia (pictured by Jordana Grace)
Jordana V said sectionThings 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 would be a day’s journey.”
Jordana explained that on such a trip, she would “shut my TV up against the wall,” feed her cat a week’s worth and forward 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 bother Australians in the same way it bothers Brits.
“Australia is a state of mind,” Jordana added.
“I know Australians who would drive an hour and a half just to get a donut – every way!”
Because Australia is “the size of the moon,” Jordana (pictured) said, distance doesn’t bother Australians in the same way it does Brits
The biggest piece of advice Jordana gives other British expats is to be careful with ‘sneaky’ Australians, and be sure to let them know if they ask you if you want to go to the beach.
She said, “If you ask about the distance, they will either respond with ‘Oh, not far’ or ‘Just on the road,’ but that road can be 1,000 kilometers.”
Always get travel time in minutes.
Finally, she said if you want to act like a local and as if the distance “don’t bother you”, just act nonchalant when someone says distance and either respond with “very easy” or “quick” or simply nod your head.
Jordana’s biggest piece of advice to other expats is to be careful with ‘sneaky’ Australians, and make sure you give them the details if they ask you if you want to go to the beach
It wasn’t long before thousands of Brits and Australians shared their own opinions, and many agreed with Jordana.
‘I totally agree.’ One Australian said I regularly drive an hour to the next town for fish and chips because they are better.
Another said, “I love this because it’s true.”
A third wrote: “We took a seven hour drive to see the parents.”
Others have admitted that this view is true everywhere in Australia, except for Tasmania.