Why I chose to leave Australia & live in the UK.
From as long as I can remember, I’ve always been curious about the world. It wasn’t until moving to Melbourne from a small country town that I really got a grasp just to how many different cultures there are in the world.
I really enjoyed how multi culture Australia was. I was meeting people from all walks of life, each person inspired me in different ways to leave my own country.
I was living in Richmond an inner city suburb of Melbourne, I was in a share house my uncle owned & I got to choose my housemates. My two years in Melbourne I got the chance to live with people from all around the world.
The convo you often have with other travellers, is why did you come to Australia. Which would in return end with a why would you want to leave Australia.
So here are some of the reasons I decided to leave Australia & start a new life on the other side of the world.
- Australia is extremely isolated and so far away from the rest of the world. Although It is a beautiful country with a great economy & climate, when it comes to travelling or going on a holiday it really cost a fortune. Even a holiday in Australia cost a lot. In fact its a lot cheaper to holiday in Thailand & Indonesia.
- I’ve always wanted to travel Europe. A lot of Aussies go on that dream euro adventure where they save a wad of cash & just go crazy for 3 months. Rushing around trying to visit as many cities as possible. Although this suits some. This never appealed to me. I wanted to travel Europe at a steady pace. When it suits me.
- Every Brit I met while living in Australia was lovely. The accent was a novelty for me as a teenager & I knew I’d get there one day.
- It’s too hot! So personally I prefer colder weather. Australia has been in a draught for the last 10 years & there have been record temperatures. This would be a dream for some people. I am not a beach or sun person. My favourite kind of weather is around 1-5 degrees and sunny!
- I wanted to see where my Grandmother grew up! Ma grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland and she spent the last 50 years of her life in Australia! I was very close to her and really loved her Scottish accent! Edinburgh is simply breathtaking and one of my favourite cities in the world.
- I simply love seeing how other people live! After spending 2 years in the UK I can safely say from my observations that Australians have a higher standard of living.
- It’s only a 2 hour flight to most parts of Europe from England! This is mind boggling for us Aussies. To board a cheap plane and be in a completely different culture in 2 hours is every travellers dream! 2 hours doesn’t get you have in Australia.
- The culture. I am very social & knew the UK was known for its pub and laid back drinking culture.
- The history. So I’d admit I didn’t really know much about the world 5 years ago. I always wanted to learn and I thought the best way to learn about a country is to just pack up and move there. Theres only so much that you can read about a place. I’ve found you learn so much more just immersing yourself in it all.
- The size. I like how the whole of the UK is the size of Victoria, Australia’s smallest state. You can get from one side of the UK to the other in no time at all.