‘This is something all visitors to Australia need to know’: American expat reveals the bizarre habit Aussies have when it comes to visiting friends
- A US expat living in Australia has revealed Aussies have a habit of ‘dropping in’
- Meghan Maire said she gets stressed when a visitor shows up unannounced
- She urged foreigners to brace themselves before they move Down Under
An American expat living in Australia has issued a warning to others who are planning to visit the country about Aussies’ unusual habit of showing up at the homes of their friends and family unannounced.
Meghan Maire who moved from Houston, Texas to regional New South Wales admitted that she is always ‘stressed’ out when a visitor ‘drops in’ unexpectedly.
In an amusing TikTok video, the young traveller urged foreigners to brace themselves before they move Down Under.
American expat Meghan Maire who moved from Houston, Texas to regional New South Wales said she’s always ‘stressed’ out when a visitor ‘drops in’ unexpectedly
‘If you’re American and you’re thinking about moving to Australia, there’s something you need to know…’ she said in her video.
‘Something you need to prepare yourself for. Something that will stress you out, and that thing is… dropping in. Australians will just show up at your front door, unannounced with no pre-arranged plans.’
Despite the ‘stressful’ situation, Meghan said she has learned how to cope when someone casually rocks up at her front door.
‘It’s ok, all you need to do is offer them tea and coffee,’ she explained.
‘Your house won’t be clean but they won’t care. You won’t have any proper food to offer them and they won’t care.
‘You might not be wearing pants, and they won’t care. You will never get use to this, and it will always stress you out, welcome to Australia.’
Meghan added: ‘I do love the idea of people just wanting to spend time with their mates, no matter the circumstances. It’s just taking some getting used to.’
Her video has since been viewed more than 390,000 times, with many Aussies admitting they too feel ‘stressed’ when someone ‘drops in’.
‘I can’t stand it and I’m Aussie,’ one wrote, while another added: ‘Australian here, can confirm, this stresses me out but yes, it happens.’
Other Aussies shared amusing ways to avoid seeing people who ‘drop in’.
‘Australian here who will turn off the lights and hide if anyone shows up,’ one woman wrote, while another said: ‘I do the hiding if people come to my home. I’m more of the visitor and like to go to them.’
However, some Aussies revealed it’s not common for them or anyone they know to drop in on each other unannounced.
‘That’s not really a thing and I’ve been here my whole life. Only very good friends might do that… and that’s rare,’ one man wrote, while another added: ‘Aussie here, I would never do this and I’d be annoyed if my family or friends just rocked up.’
One woman said: ‘Nope no one does this to me and I’ve lived here my whole 31 years… thank goodness.’
While another pointed out: ‘It’s very true for country Australia but not so common for people living in cities.’
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THE WEATHER: The sun in Australia is strong. I didn’t respect this at all when I arrived. I neglected to buy decent sunscreen and paid the price with bad sunburn. My skin blistered and peeled off for weeks afterwards. The sun is deadly in Australia, take precautions or you’ll end up redder than a lobster!
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MAGPIES: I was attacked by a magpie in the first month in Australia, had no idea you could be attacked by a bird in the street.
COFFEE: Coffee in Australia is so much better than any of the rubbish they drink in America that it’s almost sad.