Mazza

Emigrating alone. Anyone done it?

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    My circumstances have changed and I now must decide in next day if I should emmigrate to Adelaide alone. Can anyone advise especially if anyone has done this alone?

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    Mazza I'm sure you've made your decision by now as to whether to make the move but thought I would still reply. I moved to Adelaide a little over 2 years ago on my own and I'm in my 30s. I didn't have any family or friends in SA so you could say it really was a 'big step'. I've made some good friends and have some great work friends. If you are determined enough and use the social networks to meet new people then it is possible ;-) Whatever decision you have made I hope you are happy.

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    Guest Dooney

    Hi there,

    I will be emigrating as a single parent in July as my circumstances changed too after visas were granted. I have been planning this move for so long that I'm determined nothing will stop me! I'm sure once I start working & the kids settle at school there will be plenty of opportunity to start socialising.

    good luck x

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    So you guys that emigrated alone - how has it worked out. Was it difficult job wise and making friends - renting etc.

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    Yep I moved to Adelaide alone- though didn't actually plan to be here long term - I was originally on a one year working holiday, based in Adelaide. Go for it... what do you have to lose? Personally I think it's easier to make friends and settle when you're on your own - it forces you to put yourself out there. As a couple or family you could easily spend all your time together, but as a single person you are forced to be brave and meet people.

     

    Things that helped me settle were moving into a shared house rather than renting a room/alone (though I was happy to do that at 23, doubt I would be now at 30), saying YES to everything and anything I was invited to via housemates and work at my first temp jobs (including inviting myself to lots of things), going along to 'meet up' events, etc etc. Don't be hard on yourself and remember it takes time and you can't force friendships.

     

    I spent time doing things when I knew I'd be around people even I wouldn't necessarily make friends - eg exercise classes instead of gym alone, short course at a local education centre, etc. Didn't make any long term friendships from those avenues but nice to be around people in the early days when everything felt quite daunting!

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