Australians love to travel, with millions of Aussies heading overseas every year. Travelling is often about letting your hair down and relaxing. But don't leave your manners and common sense at home when you get on the plane.
Respect the local culture
Travel is a great way to immerse yourself in new cultural experiences. Many cultures are very different from what you'll be used to in Australia, and some differences may be confronting. Don't dismiss or mock local practices because they're unfamiliar or you disagree with them.
Local temples and cultural sites may be a fun day out for you, but these places aren't just tourist destinations. They often hold deep significance for the local people. Be respectful and follow the lead of locals.
Understand that expectations of behaviour and clothing can vary widely between countries. Make an effort to adjust what you do accordingly. Remember that you're a guest in someone else's home, and badly behaving guests can be asked to leave. Many countries will cancel your visa if your behaviour is considered offensive or disruptive to the locals.
Follow the local laws
It's your responsibility to research the local laws in your destination and obey them. Even if they seem harsh or unfair by Australian standards. Like in Australia, local police are unlikely to accept 'I didn't know' as an excuse for breaking the law. Don't expect to be treated differently by local authorities because you're Australian.
The Australian Government is limited in how and when we can help if you break the local law. We can't get you out of trouble, out of jail, or pay your legal bills or fines. Stay within the law, and you won't need our help.
- Read the travel advice for your destination.
- Learn about where you're going before you get there. Understand the local culture and laws.
- If you wouldn't do it in Australia, don't do it overseas.
- Use local behaviour as a guide for your own.
- If in doubt, ask. Your tour guide or accommodation manager can advise what you should and shouldn't do.
- Remember, you're a guest. Be respectful.