Moving to Australia is something that many people want to do. After all, the idea is that the culture in Australia is much more relaxed, and of course the climate tends to be better. However, these two things alone shouldn’t be the sole reasons for moving to an entirely new country halfway across the world. Whether it’s for work or for a whole new life, there are definitely some things you need to think about before you emigrate. Read on to find out what they are.
Despite what you might think, it’s not always hot and sunny in Australia. In fact, the weather can vary hugely, and because the country is so big, when you have bright sunshine in one place, you can be guaranteed to have a chilly, rainy day somewhere else. Brisbane, for example, tends to have a warm climate most of the time, but Melbourne can see rain, wind, hot sunshine, and cold temperatures all in one day and is very changeable. You can even ski in Australia due to snowy areas, although not many people know that.
Before you move to Australia, you are going to need to work out just what kind of weather is going to suit you best, and that will help you to determine whereabouts you are going to find your new home. Remember also, when the sun shines it can be incredibly dangerous, and there are lots of rules in Australia regarding wearing hats and sunscreen.
What Will You Take?
Moving to a new country temporarily is one thing, but if you’re starting a whole new life somewhere, you are going to have to make a lot of different plans and get many things organized before you go. One question you will need to ask yourself is what are you going to take with you? You might want to import a car to Australia with Autoshippers, for example, especially if you don’t think you will be able to immediately afford to buy one when you are there but will need one for work or simply to get around (some areas of Australia are extremely remote with very little, if any, public transport).
Apart from the larger items, what about your possessions? You can get these shipped over separately too, but do you really need them? If not, you can organize a big garage sale or sell them online. Not only will this give you more money, but it will save you having to pack everything up and either store it or transport it unnecessarily.
Storage is an option, however, and if you want to be sure of your new life before committing to transporting or selling your items, a storage locker can be an ideal solution.
Even if you don’t know a lot about Australia, there is one idea that permeates everything; the animals. Australia is known to be home to a great variety of dangerous animals, from spiders to snakes, sharks, and many more. This idea was perhaps cemented when famous wildlife expert Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray.
The truth is that although these animals do live in the land, air, and sea around Australia, the statistics show that they aren’t as dangerous as people think. For example, only two people have ever been killed by stingrays in the country (one of which was Steve Irwin), and there are only two types of deadly spider there – plus there is anti-venom available to combat their bites should you receive them (comfortingly, the last person to die of a spider bite in Australia did so in 1979).
If it is the wildlife that is concerning you about your move to Australia, it shouldn’t. Although there are dangerous creatures living there, the same could be said about any country, and as long as you take precautions this shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, don’t forget all the wonderful, non-deadly animals that you are going to see a lot more of such as kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies.
Have Your Finances In Order
Australia is one of the most fascinating, diverse, beautiful countries in the world, but it is also one of the most expensive. Knowing this in advance is crucial, since you will need to ensure you have your finances in order before you go. If you are moving for work, this should all be taken care of, as the cost of living should be accounted for in your salary (although it’s still best to check that you are going to be able to afford rent, bills, food, and have money left over to enjoy yourself with).
If you haven’t yet secured a job, you are going to need a good amount of savings or be able to access money until you do. Make sure you have a list of the money you’re going to need to spend out each month, and check that you will be able to do it, otherwise you might have to change your plans completely and leave Australia before you’ve had a chance to enjoy it.