Moving overseas is one of the most exciting adventures you can have. It’s not everyday you pack up everything you own, say goodbye to your friends and family, and start anew in a different country.
But there is plenty to think about before you make the move. Here’re a few quick pointers.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO LIVE?
It may take a while to find somewhere you can call home. It’s advised to spend some time renting first to become familiar with the area. Be sure to ask about local facilities, transport and schools.
The cost of living in both countries is fairly similar. But remember, places like Sydney have notoriously high cost of living, due partially to rent and housing prices. Whereas moving to somewhere outside Auckland would keep living costs fairly low, but may also limit your earning power.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
Which brings us on to work. For the past 20 years, Kiwis have been migrating across the Tasman to Australia. This is partly a product of increased opportunity in Australia. The migration has slowed recently, with many locals returning home and more Australia’s moving to NZ.
Either way, it’s a good idea to line up work before you go. Highly skilled office work will likely revolve around working in one of the major cities. If you’re looking for more of a sea-change, then the regional towns will offer you a more relaxed environment.
BRINGING THE FAMILY?
When moving involves the whole family, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. Thankfully when moving between Australian and New Zealand you don’t have to learn a whole new language – probably just some new slang.
If you have children, be sure to prepare them mentally for the change. When they arrive, help them get set up meeting new friends and enjoying school. The school systems are both very similar, and you should have little trouble moving from one to the other.
WHAT ABOUT MY THINGS?
Moving all your furniture and household items may not be the most cost-effective way to go. One area that is worth taking a closer look into is moving your car. It is often much cheaper than you’d expect and can be less expensive than selling and re-buying.