3 1/2 years, then a year in Melbourne and another in Brissie
Originally Posted by soggy
Donít get me wrong I like, and still do like, Adelaide as a city and I didnít say that South Wales is better than Adelaide, itís purely that when you return you donít have many options of where you go, you have to find work and somewhere to live, you can only put on relatives and friends so much before problems materialise. Imagine having no home of your own, no car and all your belongings in suitcases! No matter how pretty or idyllic a place is you have to live your day to day life and in Aus it can be a tough grind, why do you think they call them Ďbattlersí. Nearly all the families that were there the same time as us have returned and we were of the same opinion as you before we arrived there. Adelaide is a nice city and the environment and beaches are clean, but when you donít have work, no money coming, and your savings are rapidly disappearing, the heat and the mossies are driving you batty, these become secondary to say the least. I know people who have been there for over 30 years and would love to come back to the UK but canít because their families now live over there. Basically until you have done it yourself you canít and wonít know what itís actually like and once you have youíll be different to people back here who havenít done it, itís a life changing experience for good or bad!
Originally Posted by dave&jacky
I guess it comes down to do we want to change our life, if we did not I don't think we would be moving across the world, if we don't make the move we will never know, and that may be the biggest mistake in the long run, anyway I will let you all know in a few years if I change my mind:):).
Originally Posted by Ranger
Hi there, I also read that post you are describing and felt exactly the same as you guys. Some of the comments were really worrying and i had a crisis of confidence which was boosted back up by the people on here. I guess what ive learnt is that these forums are for everyone to offload and sometimes the people in oz need to have a moan and are going through the difficult adaption period and need support. Im sure i'll need to do the same when i arrive. And just like some of our worries are irrational and unfounded so are some of theirs. I dont feel its a negative thing that we are getting info on the place not being perfect, im trying to see it more as a way to begin adapting before we even get there. The first few years will be tough enough without going in completely blind. Forewarned is forearmed so they say.x
The line between "Realistic" and "Negative" can be very fine, sometimes people interpret what someone says has happend as that person trying to be negative when that is not necessarily the case, all they might be trying to do is forewarn others that certain things happen over which you have little or no control. OK that could well be the case here in the UK, but the likelyhood is that you have a network of friends, relatives, neighbours work contacts etc who can help and provide support . So when I say that finding work can be hard I'm not saying you won't get any, merely that it might take a lot longer than anticipated. You might think that you will have more time to spend with the family, this is possibly unlikely, in fact it may well be the opposite and you could well find yourself working longer hours. Again this is not intended to be negative but a realistic scenario. Some tips - rent close to the beach preferably within the city suburbs (you can feel isolated once you leave the city limits), don't say you're not coming back (better to say you're going for a few years, maybe get your citizenship, and take it from there), keep your UK credit cards and bank accounts (if you're out out of the country more than 3 years you no longer have a credit rating here!), make sure that wherever you rent has both heating and aircon, Brighton high school has a very good reputation. Take out an international driving licence, you have to sit a driving test to get a SA driving licence, if you fail it twice you revert to being a learner. Make sure you car has aircon. Try and be close to a station or the tram. Visit the dentist before you go and sort out any work that needs to be done.
There is no longer a requirement for poms with a full UK driving license to sit a test in SA.
Originally Posted by Ranger
You get a license which enables you to drive the same kind of vehicles that your UK license allows. There may be extra requirements for large commercial vehicles, I'm not sure on that.
You give them a copy of your UK license and they give you an SA license. However the cost is much more than in the UK: its an annual fee which you can pay a few years in advance.
It used to be that UK drivers only needed to sit the written road rules test and if you passed that then you got your SA licence straight away.
Hi Sarah, nice to hear you're sticking up for Adelaide, I was getting a bit worried then with other comments. My boyfriend and I plan to apply in Aug for Indep. skilled visa following advice from the SA Gov at the skills expo this weekend, Wayne is a self employed electrician but won't have 12 months exp. till then.
Originally Posted by likesshopping
I am a graphic designer but hope to work from home as I now do in the UK. I have started a small business in hand made invitations, table plans, favours etc. I am also training in Reiki at the moment too. Do you think the Ausie's and ex-pats would go for Reiki treatment?
We were looking at Seaford as a possible area to buy a house and settle, maybe have kids, is it a good area then? Seaford Meadows appealed too. We have friends in Noarlunga South, they love it too.
Do you think there would be plenty of domestic electric work to be had if my boyfriend works for himself over there? i.e. household maintenance, re-fits, re-wiring etc etc. We would both prefer to work for ourselves if possible.
The events/outdoor gigs etc. also appeal to us, I have a big book on Adelaide and we think it would be just up our street, we're only 8 miles from the centre of Manchester so we like to get out and about a bit if we can, we're similar ages to you and your husband so perhaps we'd feel the same as you do about Adelaide, well we're gonna give it a good go if we get there anyway.
Good for you, hope everything carries on well for you all.
I agree, I have also had my confidence battered and fried, I suppose it's wise to realise that everyone has a different opinion, likes, dislikes, reasons for moving in the first place etc. All I can say is that sometimes I think would I miss the UK? Then I think well it's worth a shot, not much can be worse than living in a grey, dismal place, where the politics are getting out of control, the health service isn't that great and waiting lists are huge, I don't see my family and friends that much now so what's the problem there, I don't have a fantastic house with a garden, I have a terraced house with a yard and drive a P reg car, mmmmm let me think, maybe I might have a better lifestyle in Oz? And if not, then I've tried to improve things, at least I won't regret not having the balls to try something new.
It's scary but also exciting, life's for living and you make your own destiny. I'd rather swap sitting inside watching TV keeping warm and dry on a Saturday afternoon with getting into scuba gear and going off for a 30 minute dive any day, bring it on I say!
The Wrong Way Round?
Hi all. I am hoping to move to Adelaide in October, so have been checking out websites such as this for hints and tips to make the move easier. My brother made the move 4 years ago and spends 1 nanosecond thinking about the reply to a question about regrets - "Absolutely none!"
The way I see it (and I frequently do...I work as a Clinical Psychologist) is that we try to shoe-horn ourselves into jobs, houses, cars, etc. and often the 'fit' is just not there. Making a decision to move halfway across the world is a very personal decision and requires making sure that Adelaide has to offer the lifestyle that you hope it does, and making sure that it matches what you want out of life. Moving to Adelaide will not change your personality so try not to be fooled into thinking you will suddenly become an outdoor adventurer when you never did that in the UK.
We have visited Adelaide 3 times in the last 3 years. It offers us the opportunity to do more of what we already do in the UK - that makes it right for us, but it certainly wouldn't be everyones choice!
Oh, and Seaford is a great place. It is 45 mins from the CBD and a stone throw from the beautiful Moana Beach. With snow forecast for much of the UK this weekend, I know where my thoughts will turning to!