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hey everyone! I have recently decided to go over to Oz as a solo beginner female backpack on a working holiday visa...needless to say I am pretty lost in all this what to get what not to get crap. I have many questions but I'll try to keep it short! 1. I am going away for a year and feel as though a 70L bag is a good size, but I'm starting to second guess myself. I would be getting the osprey meridian bag that has convertible wheels but now my concern is will i have to check this bag or can i bring it as a carry on? i will be traveling to Oz, New Zealand and Brazil (possibly more) and i don't want to risk having a missing pack. (also if anyone has this pack feedback would be nice) 2.is it really worth it to buy the expensive clothing made for trips like this, or am i okay to just pack the cloths i own that are mostly cheap buys. 3. Packing cubes? compression bags? rip off or not? i have more things to ask to come! Thank you -Gabi
Hi all, My husband and I are hoping to make the move in 2015 with our 3 children. Realistically we don't expect to have more than £10k in savings. We're currently renting (never owned a home), and had initially planned to buy somewhere in the UK first. However, saving for a deposit has proved difficult and house prices don't seem to be rising enough to make us a worthwhile profit in 2 years time once fees etc are deducted. Im concerned that we will find that buying a house in Aus is just as difficult to achieve as it is here in N. London. Should we consider delaying our move and buying a property here, or just go for it and see how things go in Aus? Any experiences would be great. Lucy
Hi This may be a stupid question, but as I search around for more details on relocating I am coming across information on a First Time Buyers grant in NSW. It appears to be very generous ($15k up to Jan 14) and $10k normally. What I dont know is if this grant is open to new residents on a 457 visa. Technically I will be a first time buyer, but I it sounds to good to be true to get some help from the government (seeing as I get nothing from my own government here in the UK for anything). Does anyone know what the rules are around this? I am assuming I will be on a 457 initially with an aim to get a PR asap. My budget for the house is up to $650k which appears to be the cap for the grant. Any guidance appreciated.