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Thanks everyone for your reviews! I guess it depends on what we are used to before moving. For us, we would love the fact we can be outdoors a lot more, even when it's cold in winter, it would be warmer than here and wouldn't stop us heading for the beach with a flask of hot chocolate to keep us warm!
Hi Mazza227, Do you like to read out a comparison between Adelaide and UK or general views of Adelaide ?
What can start out as a novelty, for some people can then become an issue. Some of our friends returned to the UK after living in Australia for 6 years and while I wouldn't say the weather was the main reason for returning, it did add to their reasons to return.
Everything comes down to personal taste/choice - what suits one person doesn't suit another.
Last edited by Jessica Berry; 13-11-2014 at 11:30 PM.
We have lived in Adelaide for coming up to 8 years now. Our visa entitled us to settle anywhere in Australia without any restrictions. We sold up in the UK (house and all its contents, car etc) and we arrived without any jobs, nowhere to live, not knowing anyone in Adelaide and carrying a couple of suitcases and holdalls with mainly clothes in and we got stuck in with starting our new life. I had previously travelled/lived around Australia coming over on a working holiday visa (although it was 10 years later when we emigrated) and thought Adelaide would suit us as a couple the best, my OH had never been to Australia until we arrived and trusted my judgement. We are both glad we chose Adelaide and we have established a good life for ourselves. It is an easy city to live in and we have a higher standard of living here than we did in the UK. Of course this will not be the case for everyone, everyone is different.
I am not sure if you watch 'Wanted Down Under' but when we returned to the UK for a holiday earlier this year, we watched the episodes from Adelaide that my parents had recorded for us. At the start of every episode we watched Nicki Chapman says something along the lines of a third will return to the UK and basically it isn't what people think it is going to be. In the time we have been here, I have seen many migrants come and go. My personal feeling is a lot comes down to peoples attitude and approach, their expectations and how adaptable and resilient they are. It can take time to re-establish yourselves from scratch (often years) and people need to be honest with themselves and their families if they are up for the challenge (if they need to be).
The Adelaide job market has been struggling for the past couple of years, but it depends what work you do, my OH for example has been in demand skills wise since we arrived and that hasn't changed in the last 8 years. I have had to be adaptable in my job search and have worked in industries/job roles that I had never worked in the UK, but I have gained new skills, made quite a few friends through the different workplaces I have been at, I have gained additional Australian qualifications which have helped me secure roles and I have tried to keep myself as employable as possible in a challenging job market.
I agree with the comments that other people have made. If I had my time again would I migrate here? probably not but I am here now, I have a job, a house, a lifestyle. I have been here since 2001. One makes huge sacrifices coming here, my sister had a baby one month after i left the UK in 2001 and really I have missed her growing up. I have had some stumbles along the way and the grass is always greener. Would I go and live in the UK now? probably not!