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As long as you have a smartphone and a decide plan(in case you are not at home for a quick chat).
Wifi and a decent broadband connection will suffice at home.
I find Whatsapp and hangouts excellent voice quality. Dropped using Viber as was painful to move chats to different platforms.
Video is still very dependant on your ISP, Skype etc can be great one day and not so good another day. But hey its free, take the bad with the good.
I suppose the older generation find it harder to transition. My mum in her 70's is all good with it, sometimes to good. But my Dad will not touch the stuff.
Why not give it a go, life is short and you can always go back if you don't like it. It is hard doing this alone. I don't have any family or partner and I'm the wrong side of forty. But I didn't want to regret not giving it a go. Probably made a bit of a mistake going rural but I can always move to the coast later on.
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My dad is pretty savvy with Skype/Viber/Facetime etc. This is what helps us keep contact while he lives in Greece and me, in the UK. It'll be the the same in Australia with the advantage that our time zones will be a couple of hours closer than the UK.
True; my flat is rented and I'm going to vacate it in a few months anyway.
It's also true that what suits you won't suit others. I know fellow Greeks who have been here for as long as I have if not longer and wouldn't think of living anywhere else. But, me, I decided it's no longer for me. Dublin certainly sounds like a good place for software professionals. If I were to return to the UK I'd move to Edinburgh or Bristol; smaller towns with tech activity. However we don't know what's gonna happen with the Brexit and Ireland has expressed interest in the UK tech pie when it brexits anyway.
At 40 I'd say I can't count myself as 'young' anymore but, isn't it true that 40 is the new 30? :)
I'd eventually like to buy a flat while my age still allows to get a mortgage and pay it back and this could set me back by a few thousand pounds. If there's one major thing I'm giving up it's this.
The way I'm envisioning the move is to sell my furniture and some other expensive stuff and take a few suitcases with me so I don't think I'll need to use storage.
I didn't use to see it as such a stark choice until my father attempted to talk me out of it; I have a feeling he won't stop even as I'll be saying goodbye to him at the airport. He thinks I'm running away from my problems and I can have a pretty good life in Europe but if he had his own way I'd now be married with a nice Greek girl having moved a few blocks down from where I grew up. This isn't what I wanted for myself; living someone else's idea of 'real' life; it's what I was thinking when I moved to the UK. I am running away from something: the idea of the 'proper' way of living my society has. In the next few months I'll be finding myself answering the same questions defensively but that's probably his way of processing this in his mind. I think he may worry that I'll find a nice Australian lady and stay there!
I think there's got to be something more to life than working, paying taxes and bills and then dying.
elderberry: Good luck with everything; as we're moving past the festive season the market will pick up.