A right of passage for young people from Australia and New Zealand is “the big OE.”
Short for overseas experience, OE describes a common journey that young Antipodeans take discovering themselves and their world. Given the huge distances between these two countries and pretty much anywhere else on Earth, the idea of spending a year or two traveling all in one hit makes sense. And like the classic Men at Work song, the idea of a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis traveling the world in a “fried-out Kombie” is very much a reality.
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