What basic tips do you have for foreigners, out-of-towners or other visitors to where you live?
Things that all the locals know, but visitors are probably ignorant about.
Here's some of mine:
LOCATION - QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
Swim between the flags.
Everyone who's grown up here knows that the red and yellow flags mean you need to swim between them because they're the areas lifeguards observe. But this isn't passed on to international visitors on their flight or in arrival literature.
Consequently a lot of tourist who can't swim very well get fooled into a false sense of security by all the other beach goers - and end up being dragged out by rips, or just going out too far in unpatrolled areas - and either drowning or needing rescue.
There was even a TV show about it here called Bondi Rescue.
Ladies - don't walk alone at night in public parks
Sad to say, but there's been a spate of recent murders and assaults on women, both local and overseas, in Queensland's capital city Brisbane. Probably because Australia is mostly a law-abiding society and everything looks clean and modern - these poor women haven't thought there would be any danger walking through a park or public area late at night.
The police here have been accused of victim-blaming by telling women not to be alone late at night, but whatever your thoughts about that, in the meantime a bit of forewarning might help.
Don't cross a flooded road through a creek/crossing/river
Every time there is flooding here, as there was last week, people think they can cross a flooded area, and people die. Five people perished trying to cross flooded roads this time, and that was just in two days.
People are used to thinking of their vehicles as big, heavy pieces of metal - especially their 4x4's.
But they don't consider that the side of a vehicle is a fantastic sail for water to push against, that the contact area of their tire on the ground is about the size of a deck of cards, and that even low-level water has tons of pressure behind it.
I think there's also some kind of return-to-home trigger in their minds when conditions are bad, that pushes them to do something foolhardy.
Where there's drinking there's fighting
If you go out to a pub or popular nightlife area in Australia, especially where younger people go, there is a reasonable risk of some kind of fight or assault. King hits (being hit from behind), glassing (being stabbed in the face with a broken beer glass), drunken brawls etc. are not rare these days. In Brisbane, Fortitude Valley is the most notorious.