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Just an update.

 

Our 5 year PRV expires at the beginning of January (2014) and OH is now 50, so we've come to the end of the road. Unfortunately, the GFC has claimed another victim. When we started the whole migration lark, the $ was 2.20+, which would have had us nicely set up with a new dream life. We subsequently did a $1.80 redraft of figures and we still haven't been able to make it work. We've put our names down for 2 x schools, who, after taking our $100.00 each have said that they don't have vacancies (nice little earner that!!). I always said I wouldn't move unless OH has a job, that there is a good chance that I would get a casual job, the kids were in a good school, and we could live in a gorgeous house. Materialistic I know, but if we want to move to the other side of the planet, we want to make it worthwhile. However, we've watched the currency crash and this would no longer be achievable. We run our own business, and each project has a run-off of 12-18 months, with the bulk of our fees being paid at the end of each one, so uping and leaving wasn't an option either. We had a little "bugger this, lets up and leave before the end of the year" moment, but this isn't realistic and we would unable to leave Oz for 2 years and the feeling of being trapped fills me with horror. Eldest worked her socks off to get into grammar and youngest is so happy at his current school that the thought of making them leave is also not nice and I don't think they would forgive us! We visited Oz (Melbourne) twice and absolutely loved it, and we were all up for it, but things are different now. So long term, I think that in a few years time, we'll do a long-term road trip around Oz and in the meantime, count our blessings, accept that it wasn't to be and appreciate our lives here. I do have concerns for the UK (not going to be negative or start a war), but I've just got to hope that things come out in the wash. My biggest fear is the kids not being able to get jobs, but I guess they can just venture further afield abroad (and achieve what we didn't). So that's it. Good luck to all the brave souls who just went for it without all the hangups that we've had and have made it work and also to those who tried and it didn't work out - respect. I'm not leaving the forum and enjoy looking in, but we just aren't migrating. XXX

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Everybody has their own criteria for moving,especially those with kids,and that's only right and sensible,some just wing it as you've mentioned(again,harder with kids tho),and some like security,jobs to go to etc,no right or wrong way,each to their own,it might not have worked out anyway,who's to know,very best of luck with your future anyway girl:smile:,and nice to see yer posting again btw:wink:


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Life does toss you curve balls and it sounds like what you have is pretty good anyway. Hope you can come to see what a fabulous country you do live in - sadly the contempt of the familiar often blinds us to the beauty and wealth of opportunity here. You can still take holidays!

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You may not be able to follow this particular dream Supa, so instead find a new one and follow that.

 

It sounds like things are going well for you anyway. The old saying 'everything happens for a reason' seems fitting, it may mean you have something else wonderful around the corner instead, best wishes to you and yours :hug:

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It may well be for the best. Think $1.70 rather than $1.80 anyway. If you are 50 and reasonably well set where you are it becomes a massive gamble. Youngsters have more time to recover from mistakes so can more easily follow their heart rather than their head. Tough though to wave goodbye to dream but you can't live in a dream; enjoy what you do have. UK has much to offer.


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Good luck in whatever the future brings. Sounds like you have it pretty sewn up where you are Who knows what the future holds eh?

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Thanks for your responses all - very kind of you. You are right Pablo (as usual, of course!) we do all have our own criteria. Like so many things in life, kids do completely change your take on life; sometimes for the better and vice versa. Probably because the reality of it all finally being over, I've kind of been grieving as it was such a huge part of our lives for so long. We still love Oz and will definitely go back - we don't rule out retiring over there (once kids don't need us any more and our folks have popped their clogs). In retrospect we should have just gone for it in the beginning and not held on for so long - life kind of passed us by. Note to self, make a decision and bloody well stick to it!! I'm certainly not leaving the forum though - too many no-Aus things to look at!

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What exactly were you waiting for. Divine intervention?

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Its lovely to read your positive approach to the situation, sometimes we live and learn and I think sometimes these things happen for a reason. Either way, we have to just figure out how to make the most of what we have and enjoy it and look to the future. I am so sorry things haven't worked out the way you had planned but I hope that the future works out well and you have some amazing adventures in Oz along the way when you visit.


 

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Good decision, we all have to be happy with the way things pan out and confident...or at least indifferent that we can cope should things not go well...we 'winged it' I imagine if our move had been stressful..in that I mean long and drawn out ..we'd have thought twice..as it was..not much time for wobbles..who's to say if consideration and time is a good or bad thing..main thing is youre happy with your decision...its right for now. Best wishes for the future to you and yours..

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