I have to say I feel pretty much like the OP. I've just been back for the third time in almost 21 years and would return to live in Sussex tomorrow if I could. Having spent a considerable amount of my life in Sussex this was the first time I have ever appreciated what a beautiful place it is, and have realised how much I miss it, especially the easy access to open, public countryside and all things historical. I saw very little signs of recession there, and all of my family and friends I caught up with are doing extremely well financially. Hypothetically if we went back, my hubby would be on a fantastic income, and even at my age I don't believe I would have trouble finding employment - was even offered a job on my visit.
But .......... I have grown up children, and grandchildren in Adelaide. We are not in a monetary position to make any move - even down the street! And my hubby loves it here. So I'm making the most of it ...... we're staying put!
I think in your circumstances I'd give it a go ............. you really don't have much to lose, and at the end of the day you can come back.
To LadyArkles .... had to laugh at the boyfriend analogy ........... split up with mine in 1977 after 2 1/4 years ..... finally married him in 2007 after 30 years apart ...... and we are so very happy together now. We hadn't see each other for 27 years when we met up with each other again, and all those reasons we split up over were resolved and in the deep, dark and very distant past! Just had our 5th wedding anniversary and he's still as gorgeous and sexy as ever!!