Helping support my love for Australia, I’ve got another great guest post from Roxana, an adventure loving traveler from Sydney who’s worked in the travel industry as an freelance alternative Sydney tour guide. She’s also a blogger/editor at stylebyasia.com and highstylife.com.
Moving to a new environment, be it a city or a suburb, necessarily brings a lot of changes, but moving to a whole different continent is a life-altering experience. If you ever thought about moving to Australia, no matter what state you have laid your eye on, it will probably end up being the biggest step you have ever taken in your life. If you are seriously considering this option, first you need to learn about tips and tricks for moving to the land down under.
Dodging all the legal issues
Moving to Australia can be an arduous process that requires a lot of knowledge and advice from people who had already done it. If you decide to move, you will need all your documents accounted for the entire time. Having everything in one place is never more important than during the years of transition – it takes a lot of paperwork to get “green lit” for Australia since there are a lot of people who want to start enjoying its amazing lifestyle.
Therefore, you need to buy two folders (or, if you will, travel files) that will contain your ID, driver’s license, birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, mortgage and bank statements. The other “travel file” is for copies of the aforementioned documentation. Additionally, electronic copies on a stick (or two) are practically mandatory by now. Do not forget to bring along your pensions documents and print out the latest statements that will show the balances.
Do not forget to finalize and close accounts – such as the internet, phone, power, etc. Additionally, cancel your house and car insurance. Severing these ties might seem a bit hard at first, but it is all a normal part of the process of moving to a different continent.
A matter of medical issues
The integral part of moving to Australia is the transition between doctors. It might take some time before you find a new doctor in Australia, so it is a good strategy to buy medication in your hometown – it should be a supply that will last you at least several weeks, just in case.
Do not forget to bring additional medical appendices, like dentist files and copies of particular test results, for example, ophthalmological results are crucial when it comes to renewing your driver’s license in Australia. If you have children, do not forget to bring both original and copies of their immunization records.
It is also crucial to review life insurance of you and your children and check if it is valid overseas. Even if some administrative aspects are not compatible with the Australian system, there should be a lot of options to make the transition without too much headache.
The UNDP study has shown that Australians are some of the most empowered and happy people in the world. This is due to the fact that its infrastructure takes care of people of all generations. Cities like Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide are leading university cities of the world and most metropolises have carefully planned urbanization that takes care of all the children needs (including countless venues that offer fun activities).
You can find amazing options when it comes to over-50s villages which are specially customized to tend to all the needs of the citizens who have reached a ripe age. Australia is also renowned for its resorts and spas which help countless people with chronic medical issue get better. Overall, the tropical climate of the region is a fantastic change for people of all generations.
Moving to a land down under is a perfect opportunity to start fresh. Even though you have probably moved due to all the benefits – which include stable socio-economic infrastructure, vibrant environment filled with multicultural citizens and overall better healthcare – there are a lot of new and unpredictable things you will have to accept and embrace as a newcomer. With a clear goal in your mind, this should not be all that hard and you are bound to appreciate this as the best decision you have ever made in your life.