Dating in the UK for Aussies

As an expat Aussie, you’re probably finding out some interesting facts about the UK. Having relocated to the other side of the world, you’ll have made some adjustments to your lifestyle, such as remembering to carry an umbrella, and ordering pints rather than pots, schooners or whatever the beer measure was called in your Australian state.

When you’re considering dating someone in the UK, it’s helpful to remember that some aspects of English culture may be quite different from Aussie ways and habits. The contrast may be quite small and subtle, or as vast as the difference between Marmite and Vegemite. Because in the UK (as in Australia, up to a point), social customs vary widely between people of different age groups, from one part of the country to another and from various backgrounds, it’s hard to be very specific.

The best advice is to observe the interactions between people in your work and social environment as you learn your way around the local conventions and traditions. Particular areas to be aware of are humour, dress codes, ways of showing affection, tipping and pub rounds.

As an Aussie in the UK you’ll probably be considered a little exotic and refreshing. You’ll often be forgiven for not knowing your way around the social minefield. But to make the most of your UK sojourn, it’s helpful to at least be aware of the local conventions, even if you choose to be unconventional.

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