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  1. 3 points
    You gave Australia a few years and it obviously didn't suit you. You found Sydney small compared to London, Perth parochial, yadda yadda yadda. Heard all this over a hundred times on this forum from various people who have gone back to the UK. That's fine but do we really have to read about it over and over and over again. I've already got one forum member on *ignore*. Boy was he a repetitive, non-stop whiner about his utterly boring life in Perth. Still and all, that particular poster stuck it out for 10 years. Talk about a glutton for punishment. As HappyHeart said above, all very tiresome. I haven't lived in Perth for donkey's years but I always find myself supporting the place. Just waiting for Mr Flu to come back with a list of the things wrong with his city. Top of the list being the problem with drugs. Why aren't the police doing something about it for goodness sake?
  2. 2 points
    I’m so bored with these discussions about Perth. Tiresome and puzzling. Let’s just agree, it’s shit. Stay away.
  3. 2 points
    Welcome to the world of the mixed marriage! It is what it is and you’re stuck now and probably for the rest of your days will look out of the window and say “is this it?” Sadly, there isn’t going to be an easy answer and, to a degree, I felt very much as you did for the first 20 years - apart from the weight, I packed it on here, big time. Having a workaholic DH and two sporty kids didn’t do much for the family time either. But we got to the point that it was easier to stay here than move on. In hindsight I regret not making the decision to move on while we were younger - have another adventure - but it didn’t work out that way. Are you going to be ok to spend the rest of your days and pop your clogs in Australia? If not then perhaps you need to have just one more adventure. I will say you are very lucky to have a DH who is prepared to give it a go and move - mine wasn’t ever going to live in U.K. again (he’s Aussie) until 10 years ago yesterday when we arrived in U.K. on holiday and decided pretty much on the spot that we couldn’t leave and needed to stay and support my parents. Best thing we ever did, I lost about 50kg, got fit, saw the country, spent a lot of wonderful time together and cared for a pair of nonagenarian parents. We came back last year at the start of COVID, and it’s “is this all there is?” Again. Could your DH take a career break, rent out your house and see what happens? Have one last adventure. Then you’d know where you want to be. Either way your kids are going to have grandparents and whichever grandparent doesn’t have them around is going to feel like sh!t but that’s the way it goes, you can't live your life for the grandparents. Good luck, whatever you decide isn’t going to be easy.
  4. 1 point
    Hi, I met my partner who is pretty much Aussie in the UK. He grew up in different countries of the world and has a head for Australia but heart for the UK I think is safe to say. I always wanted to have a stint outside the UK and didn’t know where I wanted to be but wanted adventure. I remember working in the UK and looking out the window thinking ‘is this it?’ My MILs family are all based in London and my FILs family are mainly based in Australia. Ive been in Perth WA for nearly six years now. I have Australian citizenship and so do my kids. My children were born here and it’s really all they’ve known. We’re very close to my in laws but I sometimes feel I don’t have much of a say because it’s simply just not my family and all families are different. Whilst we often have times of ups and downs as is normal I love them very much. The same can be said for my own family all based in the UK. I bloody love Perth for my young children. The parks are fantastic and safe and some of them are down right beautiful. I love the lifestyle that we have here. I’ve lost 17kg and kept it off. I’m healthier. I make better decisions for food and exercise and even alcohol consumption and think this has been excellent for me and my health. Australia’s bumped my life ten years ahead financially. We have bought a house that has made profit and we are in a good financial position. Australia has enabled me to not have to work but to raise my kids and we live on one salary. Although we’re fairly frugal we have a good life. My husband finishes work every day around 230. We go on family walks together with our two dogs and I have made a couple of lovely friends here. One of my friends have also just moved here as a returning Australian family so we have that connection. but……….. coronavirus has made things difficult. I’m one in millions of people who want to see my family in the UK. My daughter has never met my mother. My mother is getting older every day and my father had a kidney transplant that whilst life changing won’t last forever. My parents and brother and sister simply do not know my children. That hurts my soul. So I’m stuck in a mental jam between bit really being done with Australia because of friends and family here but being torn to wanting my family so very much. Being jealous that my partners family know my kids so well whilst mine don’t. Not wanting our work life balance disrupting. Not wanting to sell a house to not be able to buy in the UK. I also think I will eventually get bored of Perth and think it would be be great for an introvert teenager but taking my kids from their beloved grandparents would be so painful too. My partner is happy to move if it’s what I want but I don’t really know what I want and every list I make basically says the financial tie wins because it’s less stressful for us. I also don’t want to move to spend less time with my husband and I would definitely have to find full time employment. Something is missing for me in Australia. It’s been said before that it’s history and what I recognize as growing up with in the UK as to what I’m showing my kids here that’s just alien. help me I’m confused!
  5. 1 point
    I'm not sure it's anything to do with gaslighting, it's just human nature. Just look at kids - telling them not to touch something makes them desperate to do it! I know people who whinged for years because the flat they lived in didn't have a balcony. Then when they moved to one that did have a balcony, they never used it. A real estate agent was telling me that people pay a premium to live in a block that has a pool and a gym, but then never use them. We all like to know we have freedoms even if we don't get around to exercising them. I have also been surprised by the number of people fretting about not being able to see family, when most migrants of my acquaintance are lucky to see their families every 3 or 4 years at the best of times. I know there are people who travel more frequently but I wonder if they are really so widespread.
  6. 1 point
    It’s a bloody nice place to visit!
  7. 1 point
    That's a great outcome. I agree that it is not for everyone. On the flip side however I would say that Uni is not just for the school leavers or teens to twenty-somethings. Entering Uni as a mature age student was a great adventure for me sometime ago, and it was never envisaged as something I would ever do when as school leaver. Mature aged students tend to be employed in a career or they are financially independent.
  8. 1 point
    Uni isn’t for everyone. Some of my kids went, some didn’t. My youngest chose a uni not too far from us so stayed living at home. It was quite a drive to get there but they only go in three days a week so no big deal. Covid put a stop to going in at all. I was quite keen for him to go away and live the experience but he had lots to give up and chose to stay home. It turned out to be a great decision because the students that went away ended up paying £7000 a year for accommodation they didn’t need thanks to Covid. He’s two years in and on a year placement now so has a final uni year that starts next September. Him being at home saved both me and him a lot of money. He has his student loan which is unavoidable but he didn’t need to take a maintenance grant as he had no accommodation to pay out for. That’s a lot of debt he wont have at the end. My only costs are to keep him at home which I was doing anyway so I haven’t noticed any difference. I don’t give him money although continue to pay his phone contract. He has a good part time job in a local supermarket (on hold now but they’ve kept him on the books so he can return next September) and he lives off that. I sometimes treat him to things and deliberately spend more at Christmas so he gets plenty of nice clothes. He’s a good lad and never asks for anything. I won’t need to this year though as his placement salary is quite impressive.
  9. 1 point
    I think parley is talking about personal wealth, in which case most of us are. If you want to ask if the country is better off you will need to rephrase the question.
  10. 1 point
    IKNWC but I’ve met some truly beautiful people via this forum. Some right A holes too but the beautiful ones make up for it.
  11. 1 point
    Depends how many people would transit through Darwin. Getting to Darwin from anywhere in Aus is a pretty long expensive flight, same getting from Darwin to anywhere else. NT will be just as worried about importing covid, specially with their indigenous population being a bit lazy with the vaccine. I think Qantas are just trying to cause trouble, they are desperate for any flights. Personally I'm not that bothered about travelling yet. Spring is here, weathers only going to get better, all my sporting equipment is here and there are events on to compete in. Love to go on another swimtrek holiday when things settle down. Probably Greek Islands again. No rush though.
  12. 1 point
    Hi guys. Some of you will remember me, some of you won’t. I tend to dip in and out and ‘read and run’ these days. But I wanted to say that after 3 very long years I have just completed my nurse degree! I already have my English test booked for next month (to try and get as many points for a visa as possible). I know times are difficult and I don’t know what the future holds. Chances are won’t get PR from here, but will instead try for a 491 and then go for PR onshore. Time will tell but I’m closer then I’ve ever been before at making the move. [emoji3526]
  13. 1 point
    Any of the agents who regularly contribute to the forum have good reputations.
  14. 1 point
    I do worry that people who have returned to the UK because of COVID travel restrictions may well regret it. I was talking to an ex pat the other day who was considering it simply because she can’t go and see her UK family at the moment. I asked how often she normally went…………in 10 years she had been back to the UK twice and none of her family had visited her here (not due to lack of funds as they had been on plenty of overseas holidays to USA and Europe!) . I think not being able to go had become a big thing in her mind and moving back was the only answer. Her husband was rolling his eyes so I changed the topic, I doubt they will go but …………..
  15. 1 point
    A waste of time. The majority of the 230 Covid 19 cases and the 13 deaths in Tassie were all from the Ruby Princess.
  16. 1 point
    When I worked in Cairns I lived just down the road from Palm Beach in Trinity Beach, for 3 years. It's a slightly cheaper suburb and in my opinion has a bit more personality than Palm Beach. A word of warning, if you're looking to buy an apartment/unit in FNQ then the bodycorp fees can be exorbitant due to the cyclone risk. It's a beautiful location, but unless you're into fishing or diving in a big way, it's definitely too boring to retire there! I think S E Asia is only really an option while you're in good health and even then you need health insurance, but it's a option for the more adventurous due to the low cost of living. Also, you don't need a particularly large pension to obtain a retirement visa for either Thailand or Malaysia.
  17. 1 point
    I'm an Irish citizen, so I don't need to go through any visa rigmarole because I have EU residency rights. However, my wife only has British citizen, but my understanding is that obtaining residency for spouses of EU citizens when living in Europe is much more straightforward (and less expensive) than spouses of British citizens living in the UK, where the process bleeds you dry.
  18. 1 point
    I can definitely recommend go Matilda
  19. 1 point
    Just posting again as some of you missed this post and ive just removed almost 2 pages of posts. Cal x
  20. 1 point
    www.suncoastmigration.com done mine for me and were first class from start to finish, Highly recommend them. @paulhand
  21. 1 point
    Suncoast Migration, Go Matilda, Andre Burger
  22. 1 point
    Definately cost of renting in reginal Italy likely far less than Australia. But with Brexit other than for a period would that still be feasible? I was thinking the same, but France to buy, where I lived prior to returning to Australia and had a permanent right to stay now expired and experiencing some difficulty in dealing with bureaucracy to regain any right to remain. It would probably require a move to UK to have any chance of mounting those hurdles and even then.... I've checked up on UK NI payments so could I suppose remain in UK , which I find cheaper than Australia with free NHS, free public transport or very cheap for over sixties in much of UK, (hence do away with the upkeep of a car) better walkability in many areas to keep fit and closeness to Europe which would be a very big factor. (more to do in retirement in theory , I find people have more hobbies in UK than Australia, some rather obscure but not as active outside of walking, well my perspective of things) But we are still thinking of Cairns in QLD. Palm Cove have been checking out houses , in what is supposed to be the best area of Cairns. In many cases remaining in Australia with personal allowance amounts permissible makes possibly more sense but need to probably go far deeper into it. Like your comment with regards to Malaysia and Thailand would Cairns get boring over time?? Actually Malaysia was a country long under consideration before the virus, as know it well and love the food, like the people, as well as in an area which avails itself to easy and cheap travel within Asia and used to be at least cheap enough to fly to UK/Europe. Never really taken to live in Thailand, been many, many times, but know people that did indeed take that as a retirement option and appear happy enough for now. Although two others, over the course of time did return to original countries of Australia and UK when serious illness struck. What I do find with ageing is the process of decision making becomes so much more difficult. One becomes far more risk adverse (obviously) and in my case anyway seem to find so many reasons that nullify change , but fully aware present situation cannot remain for a host of reasons. Hard to say yearly cost. I find eating out takes up quite a bit even with pruning back but enjoyable to meet up with others, that seemingly the most common way to do so. But not paying heating bills saves a lot. Don't use the car much living so close to the city. While Australia is expensive it's still possible with some care to live on a budget. It helps to be debt free though and not trying to live beyond means and being a saver as I've always been.
  23. 1 point
    I'm running a 4 bed home (no mortgage) and feeding two of us and paying all bills on under $30000. prior to one of my sons joining the navy I was feeding 3. I don't scrimp on utilities or food, and don't, and never have, taken any keep off my son(s). I run a fourby that's over 20yr old but prefer many short stay trips as opposed to long holidays. With what Qld has to offer I have no desire to travel further than within the state and perhaps a few trips to NNSW
  24. 1 point
    Thank you both so much. There is some very useful information there. My superannuation people here said I still qualify to receive it over there but it will be taxed. Hopefully I can get a good 10 years of work over there too! I really appreciate your time. I’ll let you know how I go
  25. 1 point
    This is a good point, because you need at least 10 years' NI contributions to qualify for even the smallest pro rata pension in the UK. However, it doesn't need to be 10 years in a row. if you get moving NOW, you would have another 10 years' working life to make NI contributions, plus the years you spent in the UK before you left. I don't know if you'd be able to backpay missing years or not, it would be worth enquiring. You may not be aware that if you leave Australia before you reach pension age, you won't be able to claim the Australian government pension. Which means you either move now and rely on building up the British pension, or stick it out in Australia until whatever the pension age is for you (which, the way they're going, would be 70). The other alternative is to move to the UK now, enjoy the time you have with your parents, but plan to move back to Australia when you get to the point where you need the Aussie pension to shore up your savings. If you move back, you can claim your Australian pension as soon as you arrive (but then you have to stay in Australia for at least 2 years, or they take it away again).
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