Should you move to the city or regional Australia? It’s a BIG question for people migrating to Australia, and one that we could discuss forever. It’s also highly personal, so please remember that this article is coming from my own experience. It doesn’t mean I’m right (even though I tell my husband I always am).
For me, the answer to this question is actually quite simple. And at the end of this short read, I’ll tell you why.
But before I go into my views on this much-debated question, we have to acknowledge that there are both pro’s and con’s to city life and country living (or regional as we refer to it down under). So, here’s a list that might help you to decide where to call home…
Regional living all the way. That’s probably no surprise after reading my notes on the pro’s and con’s. Here’s why I feel this way…
I moved here to change my lifestyle completely. I’d had enough of the relentless life I was living back in the UK. Whilst we earn less money, we have found ourselves feeling richer than ever. We literally feel like millionaires, yet we are far from it. In my view, it’s not money that makes you rich, but the lifestyle you live. Getting your head around this can take time, but after living in a regional area for a while you soon realise that a salary is just a number. It’s how you live that really matters. We seem to need less money than we ever have. I think that’s because we love where we live so much and have created a beautiful home for ourselves.
We have more time together, beautiful scenery every which way we look. The outdoor activities are endless and usually free. I feel like we have really discovered ‘the dream’. I couldn’t have imagined for such a transformation in my life to be possible, and I put that down to the area that we have come to call home; a regional surf town with a laid-back holiday vibe.
There are actually heaps of English people in our little town, although our good friends are a mixture of mainly Aussies and Brits (with the odd kiwi and international thrown in for good measure). Most people are here for the same reasons, to live a better lifestyle and have fun. Their welcoming and positive attitude have been the biggest asset to us as a family.
I walk on the beach before I head to my home office. I watch the whales migrate past our doorstep every year. Yes, I still work and have bills to pay, but the emphasis is on life and not work. I’m just not sure we would have had the same balance if we had moved to a city. I’m not even sure we would have stayed. But remember, that’s just my view and sometimes you have to try more than one place to get it right!
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