Moving overseas permanently, need moral support!
September 7, 2011 9:04 AM Subscribe
My husband and I have decided to "settle down" in Australia - his home country (I'm from California); we'll probably make the move in about a year. I've lived in Australia before, but the permanency of it is...new. I was wondering if anyone had any advice or knew of any good resources for expats or "lifers".
posted by jrobin276 to travel & transportation around Australia (12 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
A little background info... we decided long ago that since we like our families, we should live near one or the other. It just wouldn't make sense to go get jobs in Chicago or London or something.
Australia just "won" due to: national health care, living wages (we easily made enough in Oz for me to visit my family, but he'll have not been back in 2.5yrs - and at that we're moving), federally mandated maternity leave, half the unemployment rate (of CA, anyway), vacation time (to see my family!), more flexible education/work force system etc...
We both have college degrees and good professional experience, and are lucky to have found work in CA... but we don't make much, and while my husband's job offers *some* benefits, mine offers none. The whole "OK where are we going to settle down" issue came up when discussing a)my husband's (in)ability to visit his family - ever, and b)we're 29 -- the whole "kids" thing...and the fact that though I think we're ready, getting preg. now would be financially devastating. I am awfully tired of what should be a happy, exciting thing being this huge worrying weight.
I'm realizing that the America I perceived of as a child is closer to Australia than it is to the reality of the current US. It's devastating; yet at the same time I feel so lucky to have an "out".
I would love to hear from other expats and other couples making similar decisions.