i have strong views on this.....
forums are saturated with dreaming and irrational behaviour - anyone who dares challenge that gets shot down on forums ive seen...........problem with this small forum is its all nice n friendly around the fireplace - reality checjs sometimes needed......
i wonder how many of the high posters who dont last down under have the courage to post their after thoughts........the courage to say they hadt prepared - 50% return within 3 years statistic is it ???
how irrational is it to go to the other side of the world having never visited a place - some buy a house before arrival......i cud go on but i fear it bursts the bubbles of the romantics out there........
well weve sold our mansion given up cracking salaries and am counting down til mid august - funny thing is i feel quite neutral - maybe cos i know whats to come - away from the beach its going to be hard work alot of networking begging and pleading and alot of stress until we get salaries coming in - then only then we may purchase and commit and give it 3/4 years and ask ourselves have we improved the quality of life for all the family - weve given up alot in the uk and many have told us how brave we are to have done that
yep im a romantic fool but images on tv and forum mentality account for little of our background research and visits to the land down under - but hell i want my kids riding in clean surf and snapper point sure sounds cool ;)
be realistic and leave the materialistic british mentality in the uk - thats about my only dislike with the uk
Interesting post muppetbro.
If you have a mansion and high salaries why are you going? As you say its a gamble. If you go and its not for you then how long will it take you to recoup your life as it is at the mo? What has made you decide to go? Nosey ain't I?:D
We are going coz we are struggling to make ends meet here. Over there we will have a similar income but a cheaper way of life. So should have more spare cash to give our children a better start in life than we could ever dream of over here. When Jack reaches adulthood, how will he be able to buy his own place in this country?
Yes there will be downsides to living over there of course there will. But, pros (in my opinion) way out number the cons.
If it doesn't work for us out I will be the first to post on here what went wrong and why we came back (not that we will;))
Hmm, this is getting deep. We're flying out 26th July and we get married next Saturday so that all our friends and family can be around us to celebrate and to say goodbye. The pressure from our families is already pretty intense, my mum cried her heart out when I told her we'd booked the flights. I know that our families are devastated that we're leaving and if I'm honest there are times when we wonder if we're doing the right thing, taking our children away from their cousins, grandparents and friends. But I know that we'll make friends out there and I know the children will be fine. I'm hoping that we'll be able to meet people from this forum who are already out there so that we can start socialising straight away and likewise, when other people move out after us we will try to welcome them to Adelaide. All I'm saying is, it's natural to get the jitters, there's one hell of a ride in front of us!
Liz and Rich
Agree Pete,i think if you have loads of money then the uk is great but for the middle to lower class peeps it sucks, i work my socks off, have my own business, live in a great part of the uk, love my house, but this place (uk) is getting worse and i hate to think what it will be like for the kids, we are keeping the game plan to a minimum so to have no dissapiontment and giving ourselves a minimum of two years to make things work we all have to be realistic. Cheers Graham
I just want to say thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread. I think this forum is fantastic in the way that people share their help and support.
I know that we probably would have a had a lot more wobbles if we hadn't found this site. It has helped us in many ways and we probably haven't contributed as much as we have gained.
I know I will continue to use it over the coming weeks and after we get to OZ. I really hope that when we get to Adelaide we can meet up in person.
mansion to me is a house you live in with happiness and good health as a strong family unit - we are two teachers so combined imho we had a great salary to afford comfort living in the nw - house prices near blackpool dont reflect london prices so my true wealth is my good health :D
we have enough funds to purchase modest 3 bedroom house mortgage free - what im trying to relay is oz isnt often the materialistic improvement people think it offers given earning power isnt as strong.........
some good points and rightly so many pomms are disliked because their materialistic and arrogant traits - the reasons why brits globally are not so pupular!!! -
lisa great to hear but - please these are points for discusiion and i would say them to your face over a devon cream tea - you are still in holiday frame of mind - give it time as you have imho rightly done re the house purchase
how i wonder do people live after a month or two when they realise there living in the wrong street the wrong town or even the wrong country as they havent really dont the logical thing
i agree pete with many of the issues re housing market for young - one factor were thinking is a big plus for our kids
p.s. head south to see proper oz surf - that aint good oz surf lisa cos the penninsular and roo island blocks out the ground swell - go to middleton see the whales and look to your left and you will see true miles of oz surf
i do resist many postings but its not so bad on occassion to throw in a few warts
i know in pm conversations peoples experience are vaery accurately reflected and as is rightly mentioned - its one hell of an emotional roller coaster
live that dream - but please plan and prepare and consider ALL factors
stay safe mart
Thank you for everyones replies. Some controversy going on - but hey everyones opinions were asked for. And by God I got them.
Still having a case of the wobbles unfortunately. And my Dear Husband is feeling a little like this, so its bad timing, as we cant convince the other that its the right thing. Only time will tell.
Im afraid I cant really do that much research, as you only know a place once your there. And going on a rekkie, well Im not sure whether that will solve it, as we will be in Holiday mode.
Jobs is one of the issues, and whether we would get fixed up. Steve especially as he hasnt got a trade, and Metal Polishing. Well how many of them are needed.
Also childminding. Were lucky that we have great parents here, who help out all the time. Over there, Molly will only be in Kindy and we will have to use a childminder. Firstly they cost, and secondly would we trust. I would happily stay at home, but financially ??? who knows.
Well Ive said enough. Will watch with interest.xx
I know exactly how you feel! We (me mostly!) are dithering about where to choose to live ie Adelaide, Perth, QLD. We also are not in a position to do a reccie visit and the more I research, the more undecided I become. All I know for certain at the moment is that I am prepared for the ups & downs of immigration (we lived abroad before), want a better quality family life and better, safer future for my boys. Fortunately I am a nurse so work for me will not be an issue wherever we decide but my OH is a retail manager & not having much look finding info on his prospects anywhere!
My only advice is to think long & hard about what you will be gaining v what you will be giving up.
Best of luck!