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Jennifer Tice, Sydney

My name is Jennifer Tice – Former Marketing Manager and now travel blogger at www.jennifertice.com. I decided I needed a big change in my life, sold all of my belongings and headed overseas for an indefinite period of time. So far stops include two weeks in New Zealand, one year in Australia, and then off to Asia.

What challenges did you face during the move?

I found that once you really commit yourself to the trip things seem to fall into place. At first it was difficult to sell all of my belongings, but after a while it became a very freeing experience, and a good way to get some extra cash for traveling.Can you tell us something about your property?

Since I have been moving around Australia every few weeks/months, I have stayed in a variety of places. Hostels for places where I am only staying for a few weeks, and then share apartments for longer stays. Gumtree.com.au is the best resource over here for looking for short term accommodation.

Are you employed or self-employed? What challenges did you face in either finding employment or running your own business?

Finding a job abroad is all about timing, and knowing what skills you have that are applicable to vacant jobs overseas. I first found work with a temp agency for office placements which was great. Not long term contracts, but good to start getting a few days/weeks of work here and there. Then I worked in hospitality at a restaurant in Sydney for about 4 months – if you are looking to work in this field, everyone hires like crazy during November. After that time period it is going to be a lot harder to find work.

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Are there many other expats in your area?

Sydney is quite a diverse city, really reminded me of Vancouver, Canada. There are lots of people from all over, both travelers and expats. You are bound to run into other people from your country no matter where you are from.

What is your relationship like with the locals?

Australians are laid back and easy to get along with. Go down to your local for a beer, watch some footy and you’ll be part of the crowd in no time.

What do you like about life where you are?

Beautiful beaches, great weather, and a culture similar to Canada’s.

What do you dislike about your expat life?

Familiar faces from home.

What advice would you give to anyone following in your footsteps?

Plan ahead for the big parts of your trip – flights, timeline, budget, travel insurance etc, but leave the small details up in the air. Being able to change your plans and schedules as you go is part of the fun!

What are your plans for the future?

Currently living and working on Hayman Island in the Whitsundays, which has been one of the best experiences so far. Plan to be here for the next few months, then head north to Cairns, west to Perth, and then off to Asia!

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