We paused the page on the bills costs for both countries and almost ALL the costs of things were far much cheaper in OZ than the uk, but the wife wouldn't have been working so thats where the £900 deficit was from. The figures made it look as though it was cheaper in OZ and me being pro-OZ could hide behind these figures and say, its cheaper there, but i won't lie to people, i thought OZ was slightly dearer than the uk when i was there not so long ago, but only minimal and nothing to be that concerned about.
Definately my grass is greener, I dont think I have ever felt so relaxed in my life, I love the country warts and all... no expectations and pleasantly surprised.
Every picture tells a story!
"Hiya peeps on this forum a merry christmas to all here and down under.
I have travelled most of OZ lived in Perth and Melbourne mostly on holidays and working student visas. Have been sucked back into the English way of life and am now to scared to leave because I think it would be tough to rebuild our life back in the UK i believe or maybe i have just been made misrable and negative by living in England for to long.
We have a baby boy and thinking about moving to OZ on a skilled migrant visa. I moved back 4 years ago after missing family and friends. I now have a my own family and feel bored living in the uk sitting on the sofa wathcing tv and miss the lifestyle but am afraid to up sticks with my little boy and would like more children but worry about the lack of support going it alone in oz.
Is the grass greener should we bite the bullet and give it a shot. Any comments appreciated. I have had a flying visit up the east coast but hear the suburbs of brisbane is a lovely place to bring up a family. I found Perth a little cut off and Melboure suited my single gal lifestyle. My partner is an estate agent/commercial property valuer. "
I joined this forum recently to sell some furniture because we're moving back to UK after 5 yrs in Brisbane. I vowed I wouldn't get caught up in any threads about returning to the UK, but I couldn't resist replying to you. I hope my response is a balanced one:
When we first came out here, we never said, we'd never move back, although my husband was far more settled than I originally. I settled in very quickly considering. At the time our two girls were 6 and 7 and a half.
5 and a bit years later, we are planning on going 'home'. We love Australia, can't run it down at all, but we want to be back with our families. We've had a fantastic 5 yrs, some brilliant experiences and a wonderful life.
Things have got more expensive since we've arrived, and I believe this is also the case in the UK, but due to us making money on our two properties we have built here, we will actually be much better off in the UK (esp with the current exchange rate).
England will take some adjusting to again, the lack of space, the grey skies, the number of people, but we believe life is what you make it, doesn't matter where you live, and we just want to go 'home'. We believe we will be just as happy back there.
Moving to Australia to live for 5 yrs has taught us soo much. It has made us 'gel' as a family, made us realise what is important in life, and our girls now 13 and 11 have had a great experience too.
Life is an adventure. Go for it! Try, and see how you get on, even if it doesn't work for you, it will be a fantastic learning experience. We don't regret it one bit. One thing we've learnt, is to never say 'never'. We have Aussie passports, so may even come back again!!
Like a few people have said, the grass is always greener, but still needs mowing! No where is perfect. Good luck with whatever you decide, and keep us posted.