Leaving Australia to live overseas.

raskolnikov

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I lived in Russia teaching English for four years. Loved it and often wish I was still there. Moved back because the pay, while quite good for Russian standards, does not make it a viable option if you have any plans to retire in Australia. I also taught in Taiwan for a couple of years. Liked it ok but no desire to stay there long term. Happy in Australia now but plan to travel a lot.
 

Angus Young

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I lived in Russia teaching English for four years. Loved it and often wish I was still there. Moved back because the pay, while quite good for Russian standards, does not make it a viable option if you have any plans to retire in Australia. I also taught in Taiwan for a couple of years. Liked it ok but no desire to stay there long term. Happy in Australia now but plan to travel a lot.
This is an interesting conundrum to have....

Do you live in a cool, exciting place, having fun, new languages, different culture and earn less money or live in oz on better money...
 

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Trotts

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I'm currently 5 weeks in to a 12 month stint living in Vancouver. Moved here from Perth on a working visa.
All good so far, amazing scenery and a great place to live. Definitely no regrets at this stage and hard to imagine there being any.
It was a bit painful sorting out the house, telstra, phone, bank etc but all definitely worth it.
Although I'm here with my wife so 2 incomes is certainly handy..
 

Angus Young

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I'm currently 5 weeks in to a 12 month stint living in Vancouver. Moved here from Perth on a working visa.
All good so far, amazing scenery and a great place to live. Definitely no regrets at this stage and hard to imagine there being any.
It was a bit painful sorting out the house, telstra, phone, bank etc but all definitely worth it.
Although I'm here with my wife so 2 incomes is certainly handy..
Would you consider staying there/
 

thejockey

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Lived in England for two 6 months stints , playing cricket and work on the side

Initially I found it pretty tough, was only 19 at the time and my first time away from home . So was quite an adjustment , but forced me to grow up in a few areas

Downside was the weather and cost of living at the time . Really grew to love the 'pub' culture and socialising , plus the local town/village feel.

If anyone has the opportunity to live os I would recommend it
 

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sabre_ac

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Why? Always dreamed of living overseas, reached that age where everyone was settling down and realized my window could be closing
Where? Canada
How long did you last? 7 years in, unlikely to return home anytime soon
Regrets? None. I moved when I had a career sorted which meant it was easier to stay, I did meet some 19-year-olds and was a little jealous of being that age and being abroad, particularly if studying.
Good move? Yes
Difficult? No, though i was single, I'd imagine it would be a lot harder moving as a couple, you're less likely to meet locals and take chances (in my opinion)

I should point out that I'll always call Australia home and love the place, I think its important when making a move like this to do it for the right reasons and not to run away from anything. It also helps to have the means of returning home to Australia regularly, I'm not sure if I'd have stayed abroad if I couldn't go home regularly to see my family and enjoy a couple of weeks of the Aussie lifestyle.

I've never met anyone that regretted any period of time abroad and the ones that had the best time did it alone, I'd suggest choosing a place where there aren't too many Aussies (at least initially), it's nice meeting Aussie expats now that I am 7 years in but it helped to be the only Aussie initially.
 

Catfish Alley

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Very similar to above. Moved to Canada over 7 years ago. My wife is Canadian and she lived in Australia for 8 years with me. It never really felt like home for her and we were always travelling back for holidays. We didn't really like that we could see how our lives were going to plot out so we bit the bullet and moved to Vancouver - a city I had only spent 6 days in ever.

My only real regret was that I didn't have a job to go to. It took me a while as an immigrant to land a decent professional job. Apart from that, it was a great move and we've made our life here now. As for the future, we just upgraded to a house where ideally we'll be living at least until my boys are teenagers (a decade away).
 

jd2010

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Why? To travel more around Europe
Where? London
How long did you last? 2 years
Regrets? Not getting an EU visa and staying longer
Good move? Yes
Difficult etc etc Yes initially it definitely was. A lot dodgier over there and the class divide is a big shock.

Why? Partner's city
Where? Auckland
How long did you last? 2 years
Regrets? Moving here after the property prices got crazy.
Good move? Yes
Difficult etc etc Yes. Pretty big culture shock for someone sports mad how little sport they have here. Also very expensive
 

GotTheGoodes

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I had a job offer in the US a few months ago but turned it down.

With the trump crap & my life here in Oz why would you subject yourself to that crap?? Yeah change is good but holy crap we're lucky here in Oz & have no freakin idea half the time IMO.
 

footy75

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I had a job offer in the US a few months ago but turned it down.

With the trump crap & my life here in Oz why would you subject yourself to that crap?? Yeah change is good but holy crap we're lucky here in Oz & have no freakin idea half the time IMO.
whats the real reason?
 

footy75

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Who here has left Oz to go live overseas?

Tell us your story.

Why?
Where?
How long did you last?
Regrets?
Good move?
Difficult etc etc
Lived on and off overseas for years..

Where
- UK, Asia, South America
Why- Because Adelaide is a boring shit hole if your not interested in settling down and having a family
How long- 6 months to 3 year stints
Good move-For social reasons, learning languages, being stimulated, challenged.... best move ever
Regrets-No... but financially would be wealthier if I stayed put.
Difficult- the first few months is always difficult but you have to ride it out and then u get into your groove.

There's no easy answers.. you have to weigh up what makes you happy, what you want to do with your life and financial decisions.
There is no right or wrong. Some people are happy being in their comfort zones etc and not interested in travelling and that's fine, it's all about being true to yourself.

For me you get one shot at life and it passes by quick. Try and find/do what makes you happy.
 

The Dice Man

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When I was a kid my street was my world, I'd ride my BMX up and down.
When I was a Teen, Frankston was my world, I'd ride my skateboard all over town, towing behind buses and occasionally trips to Pahran and Mordi.
When I was in my 20's Australia was my world, well the east coast anyway
My 30s took a pause and I believed Australia was still my world.
My late 30's changed my world and I saw so much more, and it continues.
In my 40's, the World truly is my World.

The Best things I ever did was leave. Leave my street, Leave Frankston, Leave Melbourne, Leave Australia. Discover, Live, and keep moving.

If in doubt, Leave.
 

GotTheGoodes

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Trump prevented you from doing a stint in the US? C'mon man!
turning down an opportunity in the US because of the President is a bit weird. I doubt Americans really notice him in their day to day lives.
whats the real reason?
Ok ok. Fair call. It obviously wasn't just that. However, that did go into my reasoning.

What I was trying to get at was stability.

I like & have stability here. The area I was offered a job in the US wasn't as beautiful or in keeping with my personal tastes as where I am now. Would love to holiday there but I love the more laid back lifestyle that I can get here. What you may call boring I call chilled & I enjoy it.

Money wise I'm better off here.
Family & friends are all here.

A heap of reasons.

I think when I go to the US I'd rather it be when there's a little more stability over there.
 

Shell

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I wouldn't exactly call it live- but I have worked in the States for two summers on the Camp America program. 2001- A tiny town called Linden, in Michigan, 3 months, no regrets, absolutely loved it- even though it was bloody hard work. Being up in the morning from 6/7am and going until 10pm, taking care of kids. (We had a 2 hour break tho each day) then,

2003- A camp located in Boca Raton, Florida- which was amazing. Was based on a College site- had air con, pools, etc. Again, hard work, early mornings/late nights. We had Fridays 3pm - Monday 9am off tho, which was great. After that I went onto London with the plan of living there. I shared a house in leytenstone in East London- but I just decided I didn't really want to live and work in London. So I didnt- just spent my own money supporting myself and did some travel- Ireland/Paris, then returned home in December.
 

footy75

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Ok ok. Fair call. It obviously wasn't just that. However, that did go into my reasoning.

What I was trying to get at was stability.

I like & have stability here. The area I was offered a job in the US wasn't as beautiful or in keeping with my personal tastes as where I am now. Would love to holiday there but I love the more laid back lifestyle that I can get here. What you may call boring I call chilled & I enjoy it.

Money wise I'm better off here.
Family & friends are all here.

A heap of reasons.

I think when I go to the US I'd rather it be when there's a little more stability over there.
I respect that... good call.

It's a wise choice.

Sometimes I wish i could be like that.
 

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