This post is inspired by the simple formula of Monopoly (the game about luck, strategy and people skills):
- Buy property
- Build house
- Turn house into hotel
Dare to leave Australia and move to the UK in 4 steps. Done!
In simple terms I could say that moving from Australia to the UK is similar:
- Flip things
- Get to the UK
- Set up shop
I know it’s a little bit more complicated. Following is my simple list expanded.
- After deciding to live somewhere new – work out how much money you need.
- Raise money by spending less, earning more and selling stuff.
- Decide which of your possessions you are going to trash (sell or gift to others) or treasure (take with you, send over later or store until you return – if that is your plan).
Get to the UK
- Moving from Australia to the UK to live permanently is easiest if you can get citizenship from your parents or spouse or get a UK Ancestry Visa. You can then live and work without too many restrictions on your path to obtaining UK citizenship (if that is your goal). Otherwise, there are other visa options for Aussies to get across temporarily or permanently (eventually).
- Get a UK Ancestry Visa – our plan.
- Get ready to go by tidying up your affairs in Australia. You need to plan and have a checklist of what you need when you get to the other side. Do not under estimate this step!
- Understand what you are getting yourself into and how to prepare for the differences in laws, local customs and lifestyle.
- Close up shop in Australia.
- Fly across the world.
Set up shop
- Do the legal things first!
- Get a permanent address.
- Enrol in school/training/education.
- Get a job.
- Manage the risks and deal with the challenges.
- Enjoy your new life.
- Work, rest and play with new friends.
- Remember why you moved over (what you were excited for in the UK).
- Remember why you left (what you were tired of in Australia).
The 4 steps in detail…
We shared a dream to move to the UK for 20 years.
We made the decision to move to the UK 9 months before moving.
We researched and planned our first 8 weeks in the UK.
We achieved all of the important elements in our first 3 months in the UK.