Planning a move to Australia
For me, 2013 really is the year of excitement and change. In the next couple of months my life will flip upside down (literally). I will be will be calling Melbourne my new home, leaving the lovely London in my wake to set up shop down under. I plan to document my journey along the way, as there are a number of loops and hoops to jump through to make sure it all goes to plan.
The main considerations so far have been:
Travel – Getting out there cheaply and efficiently.
Work – Getting some income in as soon as possible – How i’m going about it.
Accommodation – Where am i going to live and why?
Setting up the finances – Bank accounts, Tax File Number, Health Insurance, Visas and all that jazz
Other life maintenance tasks i cant think of right now – But primarily sorting out things this side of the ocean before i go. Dumping old clothes, sorting out my current apartment handover and seeing loved ones and family before i leave.
There are a number of reasons why my girlfriend and I have decided to take the step to moving to Australia. We discussed it a year or two ago, but decided to go for it late April. Our decision has been based on a few key factors.
Quality of life is an obvious one really. Australia is a very expensive country to live in (food and alcohol for example are very expensive), but this extra cost is offset by fantastic weather, friendly people as a whole and a whole lotta uncharted territory to explore. I love the idea of sitting outside and enjoying a nice coffee in the morning in the sunshine, rather than wrapping up in jumpers and scarfs to keep warm.
There’s also something to be said for venturing to the unknown - It’s kinda a big deal for those infected with a sever case of wanderlust . Knowing what will happen a week down the line isn’t as thrilling as that slight hint of uncertainty around the corner.
Australia is also much closer to alot of the world i have yet to explore. A weekend trip to New Zealand is no longer an impossibility when you live in Oz. A quick stop in Fiji – why the hell not? It also opens up travel to Asia and a raft of other countries that are on the ‘must visit list’.
The economy is also booming like no other. Australia is in a huge period of growth and development; both economically, but also environmentally and socially. Salaries for example in the industry I work in are roughly 40-60% higher than in the UK, which is great if you want to save up a few $$$ for a deposit on a house or for that next big trip.
All in all, its a new chapter in my life. I can’t really do this after i turn 30, so we may aswell go for it now. If it doesnt work out – we can always jump on a plane home. But for now – i cant wait!Scott on Google+