There are so many benefits of living in USA that Americans take for granted.
As an Australian who has recently made the move across the Pacific, I have been exposed to a number of things that make me squeal in delight. The benefits of being a temporary United-Statesian are consistently brought up in conversation when I Skype my family back home.
Of course, every country has its pros and cons, but I have to say the United States really has a lot going for it. Here are a few things I love that you can only find in USA.
Bagels. Perfectly simple, carb-heavy, toasted deliciousness. Honestly, you have no idea how great it is to be able to find bagels everywhere, and for them to cost less than $2.
If I wanted a bagel back in Sydney, I’d first have to search the entire city for a specialty store that sells them, and then I’d probably pay over $7 for it. No joke.
2. Cold brew coffee
How did I not know about cold brew before now! This stuff is liquid gold. It’s no secret that I’m a coffee fanatic, but we all know how unappealing it is to drink a hot beverage in the sweaty summer months. The answer? Coffee brewed in cold water overnight, and served over ice.
It tastes just as good as regular coffee but conveniently cools you down at the same time. I’m a convert, never again will I drink hot coffee in summer.
3. Fast internet
This sounds like something that every first world country should have, but believe me, Australia does not. Our previous government’s effort to install a National Broadband Network for slightly faster internet was thwarted, upsetting just about every Gen Y and Millennial in the country.
Living in USA, where the internet is as fast as it should be in this day and age, is beyond amazing for someone who has been residing in a country way behind the times.
4. Cheap flights
There’s so much competition between airlines in USA that the cost of flights is actually accessible to the average person. If you book far enough in advance, you can get basically anywhere in the country for under $150. And if you want to go international, it’s only a tad more!
Back in Australia, you’re bound to spend way too much for only a short flight as there are only a precious few airlines to choose from. The one reason I have never seen Uluru is because it’s a minimum $250 flight, one way, from most of the major cities in Australia. Insane, I know.
5. Superior candy choices
Head to the candy section of any US supermarket and you’re met with so much candy that you’ll have no idea where to start (and probably just end up purchasing one of everything). Milk duds are my fave, and yes, I did devour the remainder of this packet once I’d taken the photo.
6. online ordering
You mean you can order anything online and receive it in 1-2 days? To an Australian, this convenience is incredible. First of all, we would normally drive to a store to buy something, and then cart it home in our excessively oversized car. Here, you don’t even need to lift a finger except to type what you want into the search field and click ‘order’. We’re living in the future.
7. Healthy food
You heard it right. Along with all the disgustingly unhealthy chain stores, there’s a huge movement towards healthy food here that you just don’t see anywhere else.
Getting organic vegetables or preservative free foods in Australia requires you to do a fair amount of research and a long drive across town to the only store that sells such things. Here in USA, there’s literally an entire chain grocery store (Whole Foods) that sells healthy stuff only, and even the local grocery stores have huge sections for vegan, organic, and non-GM foods.
8. CHEAP ONLINE SUBSCRIPTIONS
Netflix, Spotify, everything you think is fairly cheap and can accessible is not so in Australia. Here in USA it costs about 1/3 less, and the selection of music/movies is so much bigger. It’s really no wonder Australians are some of the biggest illegal downloaders, when there’s hardly anything decent we can actually pay for.
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