06 February 2013
A lot of people are moving abroad and relocating to Australia. The two standout reasons for this lay at both ends of the gamut – adventure and retirement. Many young couples take a year out to travel throughout Oz, taking in a few major cities, sampling the lifestyle, the scenery and the culture. Others look to Australia as a way of putting on the brakes; in contrast to the UK, Australia seems like a more relaxed setting in which to approach semi-retirement. The weather helps too. If you’re in either bracket, you may find the following tips in this blog entry (and future blog entries) useful ahead of any decision you make.
Many people choose Australia for its intoxicating coastlines. It’s true that the country has numerous hotspots for swimming, snorkelling, surfboarding and much more, but if you’re on a limited budget, remember that the closer a home is to the coast, the more pricey it’s going to be.
There’s no denying that if you’re moving to be with friends or family who have also made the big jump, then you will be in a better position than someone who is not. But this doesn’t mean that those without that familial safety net with come trudging back to Blighty six months later, deflated. You just have to know how to make a connection. If you like sports, join a local club or a gym. If you have children, get them involved in community activities. Unless you’re moving to the far reaches of the Australian outback, you will be moving to a neighbourhood that will provide ways of making a connection.
One of the most off-putting factors about moving to Australia for many is the presence of spiders. Here are the facts: Yes, some of them are big. Big and crawly. Yes, some of them are poisonous. However, no one has died from a spider bite in Australia for over 30 years. So if you can get past the size thing, you’ll be fine. Here's some more about Australian spiders and other unpleasant creepy-crawlies.
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