If you’re curious why so many Australians flock to the USA for vacations and light trips, here’s a text that will not only explain the fascination with the States but also inspire you to pack your bags and fly across the Pacific.
The US is cheap
More and more airlines are flying from Australia to the US and more competition means lower prices. Additionally, the cost of living in the USA is still cheaper than Oz. Eating out is very affordable, even when you count in tipping. The cost of shopping is also better, particularly when you hit large malls and stores. These almost always offer great discounts and provide huge savings.
It offers a break from the weather
Since Australia and the US have opposing seasons, it’s really fun to escape horrible heat or boring winter of Oz and enjoy something a bit different for a few days. If you have the chance, try to visit the States in the winter. It’s really a wonderful experience seeing winter in New York when everything is covered in snow yet illuminated with Christmas lights and filled with music, colour and cheer.
It’s practical for Aussies
While travelling to Europe or Asia offers a great adventure, traveling to the US is just very convenient. Americans speak English, share similar lifestyles and are super friendly and ready to party and share a conversation. Plus, since the States are very tech-forward, you can expect great WiFi (especially in California, Illinois and New York). If you want to stay in touch with your fellow travellers, grab a practical USA SIM card before you hit the road, and you’ll always stay connected during your trip without astronomical phone bills.
You can learn about the history
While the States don’t really have a long history, it surely is very interesting and dynamic. Most Australians love learning about Natives of North America as well as about famous cities, sites and buildings of the US. One really cute site to visit if you’re a history buff is St. Augustine in Florida—the oldest town in America, founded in 1565 by Spaniards. All in all, there are over 35,000 museums in the States ranging from historical museums and war memories to art galleries and science centers, so you’ll surely find something that tickles your fancy.
You’ll get to experience true Halloween and Thanksgiving
While more and more people in Australia participate in Halloween, the best way to experience it is in the US. Everything is covered in pumpkins, bats, spiders and other spooky things. If you can, make sure to grab a costume and take your kids trick-or-treating. Another unique holiday in the States is Thanksgiving. You can watch the parade, learn about settlers, and if you meet some friends in the country, you might even be invited to the Thanksgiving feast.
The food is great
Aside from turkey and mashed potatoes which are a must during Thanksgiving, American cuisine is quite diverse just like its people. Some classics are definitely fried chicken, cheeseburgers, mac and cheese and tuna casserole, but Mexican and Italian cuisines are very widespread. If you get the chance, make sure to try a famous American BBQ.
You can see famous sites
The USA is full of iconic places, but a few stand out. There’s no better place to live your Disney fantasy than in the States. You can experience all your fave childhood tales and characters and really have the time of your life. Or, if you’re more into live-action movies, you can hit Hollywood. This is probably the most unique and surreal place on Earth, so make sure not to miss it.
Nature is gorgeous
The States are really blessed with gorgeous and diverse natural wonders. If you’re thirsty of adventure, make sure to go hiking the Appalachian Trail or try to conquer Mount Whitney. On the other hand, you can hit the Grand Canyon and snap some gorgeous photos. If you prefer the south, you can explore the Everglades and learn plenty of interesting things about its diverse flora and fauna.
If you’re an Aussie ready to pack their bags and hit the road, make sure to consider travelling across the Pacific and into the States. You’ll not only have a stress-free trip but also get to experience all those iconic things you only see on the telly.