While exploring the world, many travellers take note of certain places where they wouldn’t mind putting down roots. Whether it’s the architectural beauty of Barcelona, the bustle of Bangkok, or the wonder of Buenos Aires, travellers can find themselves drawn to the very essence of a place, without quite knowing why.
There comes a time in most people’s lives when they feel like settling down. This doesn’t mean never travelling again, but it does mean staying in one place for longer periods of time. That’s why moving overseas can be so appealing – a break from the place where you grew up, and a whole new adventure.
Many who travel to Australia seem to fall in love with the place. With its diverse landscapes, its coastal cities, its relaxed atmosphere, and its weather. Some travellers love it so much, they choose to stay.
However, as you would imagine, uprooting your life and moving overseas does come with its complications. There is a lot to be organised, and it can seem daunting. If you are thinking of moving to Australia, here are a few things to add to your checklist.
Find somewhere to stay
It’s a good idea to book into a hostel or hotel before you leave home. This means you have somewhere to head to when you arrive at the airport. Also check out transport or shuttle options to find the easiest/cheapest way to get where you’re going.
If you are unsure of the area and want to move, find places to stay in Adelaide on Expedia and try a few nights in different hotels or hostels to get your bearings in the city. This can help you to work out where you want to stay long-term.
Decide if you like it
If you have been here before, then you probably have a good idea about what to expect in certain cities in Australia. However, living somewhere is different to being a tourist. Get the feel of the place before you make longer-term plans like getting a lease on a flat or getting a job. Don’t be afraid to pack up and move to another city, or even out into the sticks if that suits you better.
Get the financial stuff sorted
If you are staying somewhere for any length of time, you will need to sort out your financial affairs. In Australia, this is pretty easy. Take your ID and go into any bank to open a bank account, or look online to find out what each bank is offering.
Get an account with a Visa or Mastercard debit card, online access, and minimal monthly account fees. You probably want to set up a linked savings account, and a superannuation account (pension). You will also need to apply for a Tax File Number to be allowed to work.
Get a job
If you are looking for a casual job, you can look on job search sites or Gumtree. You may need to get barista training if you want to work in a coffee shop, and in some states, you will need a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate or a Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) to work in bars and restaurants.
For a more permanent job, get a good resume, good references, and search the internet and job sites to see what jobs are available. Remember to check for work regulations attached to your visa.
Whether you moved out to Australia with the intention of settling down permanently, or you fell in love with the place and decided to stay, setting down roots can be complicated. If you are looking to buy a house, remember property prices in Australia can be higher compared to other countries.
You will also need to arrange insurance. Think about getting home insurance for your house and belongings, income protection insurance to protect your income, life insurance to protect your family (check out GIO if you don’t know where to start), and health insurance to help cover medical bills.
Settling in Australia could be the best decision you ever make. Just be sure you are prepared, you have the correct visas, and you are ready for a whole new exciting adventure!