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Kathmandu gear and a pre-flight Maccas: How to spot a traveling Kiwi

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Kathmandu gear and a pre-flight Maccas: How to spot a traveling Kiwi

For a people named after a flightless bird, Kiwis are renowned for their love of travel.

Name any destination in the world, no matter how far-flung, and you’re likely to encounter one of us there.

A UK travel company recently came up with a list of traits that gave away British travelers at the airportso we thought we’d share ours, too.

Here are 10 tell-tale signs you’re a Kiwi heading off overseas.

It's not hard to spot a Kiwi overseas.

Rudolph Cech

It’s not hard to spot a Kiwi overseas.

1. You’re wearing jandals and shorts

Our travels often have us traversing multiple timezones, so you can understand us wanting to be comfortable. And that means donning our national uniform of a t-shirt, shorts and jandals.

2. You have a suitcase full of Kathmandu gear

No need to worry that we’re underdressed for the weather – in our suitcase, we’ll have an arsenal of thermal wear, courtesy of Kathmandu. The Kiwi outdoor clothing brand is where every traveler and their mum goes to stock up ahead of an international adventure, whether it be climbing Mt Everest or going on a Contiki tour through Europe.

Jandals are considered as appropriate for travel as they are for the beach.

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Jandals are considered as appropriate for travel as they are for the beach.

3. Your carry-on is full of treats for your mates overseas

The world is full of homesick Kiwis, who are desperate to try Whittaker’s latest release.

4. You’re enjoying a pre-flight Maccas

Nothing signals the start of a holiday like a cheeseburger at some ungodly hour. At Auckland Airport, McDonald’s is pretty much the only restaurant open for 24/7 dining – and we’re not mad about it.

5. You’re impressed by how flash other airports are

Speaking of Auckland Airport, to get between terminals, we simply follow a green line painted on the footpath. So we get a little overwhelmed when we find ourselves in airports with high-speed transfer trains and other sophisticated amenities.

The iconic green line is the start (or end) of any great journey.

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The iconic green line is the start (or end) of any great journey.

6. You’re rushing to make your connection

Our trips overseas often require multiple stops, which make for some nail-biting connections at airports. We’ll be the ones sprinting through the terminal (listen out for the sound of jandals slapping against the floor), trying desperately to make our next flight.

7. You’re sleeping on the floor

Sometimes we have the opposite problem, where our itinerary includes a 12-hour layover. Most of us are too stingy to cough up for an airport lounge or hotel, so you’ll find us having a wee sleep on the floor by the vending machines.

8. You’re presenting your passport with pride

It might not be as powerful as it used to be, but you can’t deny the New Zealand passport looks pretty special, with its black cover emblazoned with the silver fern. We like to flaunt it in the immigration queue, secretly hoping a fellow traveler will comment on it so we can say, “yep, I’m from New Zealand.”

It's a good-looking passport.

It’s a good-looking passport.

9. You’re overwhelmed by the heat

Coming from a country that hasn’t been particularly blessed by the weather gods, being taken back by any temperature over 25C is a trait we share with the Brits. Stepping off the plane in the likes of the Pacific Islands or the Middle East and being hit with that first blast of hot air, we can’t help but comment: “Oof, she’s a bit warm.”

10. You’re putting your own luggage in the boot of the taxi

We like to think we’re a pretty egalitarian bunch, and would hate to be accused of posh behavior like having someone assist us with our bags. Truth be told, we also want to avoid being stung with any extra charges – so don’t expect any generous tips from us either, sorry.

What have we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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