A British woman who moved to Australia has shared the biggest cultural differences she noticed there.
Victoria Whitehouse packed up her life in England to settle down Sydney on a working holiday visa – and documented much of his trip on Tic Tacwhere she has accumulated over 86,000 followers under her handle @vic_whitehouse.
In a video filmed eight months after her move, the travel influencer revealed what she loves about Australia that’s missing in the UK – however, there’s still one thing she misses about home.
The clip titled: ‘Differences I’ve found as a Brit living in Australia’ has already been viewed by more than 91,000 people.
Read on for the TikToker’s full recap of how life compares on the other side of the world.
Victoria Whitehouse packed up her life in England to settle in Sydney on a working holiday visa and has documented much of her journey on TikTok, where she has racked up more than 86,000 followers.
Public transport is better
Victoria told viewers the number one thing that’s better in Australia than at home is public transport.
She exclaimed: “Australia’s public transport is absolutely sensational – it doesn’t even come close to what we have at home.
“It’s much more efficient, it’s cheaper and when there’s a railway workers’ strike and the trains aren’t running, they put buses in to take you to those destinations and it costs nothing.”
The TikToker laughed: “The UK could never, but yeah, transport is insane.”
Supermarkets are more efficient
The next thing on Victoria’s list, which she calls “absolutely brilliant”, is how Australians are restocking their supermarket shelves.
She explained: “I don’t think it’s in every supermarket, but certainly in most of the ones I’ve seen.
In a video filmed eight months after her move, the travel influencer revealed what she loves about Australia and misses in the UK. However, there is still one thing he lacks about her.
“When you’re in the refrigerator section and you open the refrigerator to take out, say, milk, the refrigerators are open and there are people behind it, so people can restock from the back.
“I don’t know if that makes sense, but it blows my mind because it means you don’t have to remove all the products to restock, so the oldest products are up front.”
“You can restock from the back of the fridges – how cool.”
Cafes close earlier
Moving on, the Brit mentions the one lifestyle difference she’s not a fan of in Australia: the way cafes and cafes close “very early”.
She revealed: “It makes me quite sad. Most cafes close between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and close at 3 p.m.
“My friend and I tried to get coffee at 2pm and they said they were closing and couldn’t serve us, which is crazy.
“Some cafes are really good: they open as a cafe during the day and turn into a bar in the evening, which I think is an incredible idea.
“But yeah, sometimes I just want avocado toast after work and I can’t get it.”
You can’t buy alcohol in supermarkets
On her fourth point, Victoria explains: “Next, you can’t buy alcohol in supermarkets.
“Everyone has a bottle shop or liquor store next to a supermarket, but you can’t buy a bottle of vodka at your regular grocery store.”
The TikToker didn’t say whether she preferred the concept or not, but she said she found it “really funny.”
People start their day earlier
Another thing Brits “love” about Sydney is how people start their days earlier than the UK.
She said: “You can get up at 5am and there are cafes opening, there are people going for a run, there are people on the beach and I love it.
“I love that people get up so early in the morning for the sunrise or get up early, but not just to go to work, which I love.”
Australians abbreviate everything
Finally, Victoria spoke about “the way Australians abbreviate everything.”
She revealed: “I love it because I’ve definitely adopted some of the abbreviations they use.
“McDonald’s is ‘Maccas’, a gas station is a ‘servo’, a bottle shop or liquor store is normally a ‘bottle-o’ and what I find funny is that they are also announced like this.
“It’s not just that it’s abbreviated and people pick it up – sometimes they’re just called that, that’s what they’re signed on the outside, which I find so funny and I ‘love it’.
Viewers are divided in the comments section on the points made by Victoria, with one user writing: “They do buses here too…”
Another added: “It would take a six month debate in the UK to get a bus instead of a train.”
Meanwhile, an Australian man chimed in to explain: “Cafes open very early in the morning to meet the needs of traders, and therefore close mid-afternoon,” to which Victoria replied: “But I just want from breakfast to dinner.”
One Brit joked: “You’ve never been to London, have you?” and another asked: “Haven’t you ever heard of a ‘rail replacement bus service’ – it’s literally every weekend in the UK.”
It comes like thousands of Britons trade dark, rainy skies for the Australian sun.
The number of British citizens leaving the country to migrate to the United States is the highest since 2012, according to Statistica.
Meanwhile, a study last year found that almost one in two Britons believe it would be better to leave the UK for Australia or New Zealand. Whether it’s a sunny lifestyle, better work options, or more affordable housing, something draws people to start a new life on the other side of the world.