I just wanted to tell my story for you guys who are thinking of coming back to the UK. My now husband and I went to Australia on a working holiday visa in Aug 2009, we travelled for 2 months and then settled in Adelaide for the rest of our time to live and work and see if we wanted to immigrate (a luxury I know). For the first 4 months in Adelaide I loved it and had pretty much come to the conclusion that we should move to SA permanently, but then my birthday came in March and all of a sudden I had no friends to celebrate it with as the few I had made were busy. I was devestated as I have always had lots of friends round to celebrate with and, if I'm honest, make me feel loved.
After my birthday I became so home sick all I wanted was to come home. I created this perfect place in my mind where everything was wonderful and I had friends constantly around me and I was never lonely. I couldnt wait to get home and was over the moon when our visa ended and we came home to get married. For the first 3 weeks it was perfect and great to be home. Our friends all wanted to see because we were back and a novelty. But then things started going back to normal and I started to remember all the reasons why I had prefered Australia before I got home sick and to be honest its just got worse and worse. 3 months later I was pinning for Australia worse than I ever did for England. Having been homesick for England and then return I realised that was all it was, homesickness.
Our visa's were granted for permanent residence in March and although I'm still freaking out about being away from family and friends I now have a balanced view of going and coming back. None of you are some crazy person who, on the spure of the moment, decided to move your family to the other side of the world. You thought long and hard and worked tirelessly to get there because in your heart you knew it was for the best.
England is a very depressing place to be right now. As i sit here we have had almost consistent rain for 3 months, no exaggeration!! I know its only weather but everyone is still in winter mode, no ones socialising and everyone has that gloom about them that comes with winter. Along with the weather we have the highest unemployement figures for years and everything is ridiculously expensive.
Youve moved so far out of your comfort zone your bound to have a period of thinking you've made a mistake. Remember us humans like stability and routine not massive great big changes lol.
Homesickness is a bugger and can change your whole mind set not always in a balanced way. I just wanted to say if you're missing England come back for a few weeks, look for a job, buy some petrol and settle in for the weather because a lot of your ideals of the country your missing will suddenly return to being the reasons you wanted to leave.
Whatever you decide good luck x