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Mike, Perth (Western Australia)

Published Sunday January 12, 2014 (20:37:11)
Who are you?

I'm a family guy first, trained as a mechanical engineer and working in the Oil and Gas services industry.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We were living in our home town of Edmonton, Canada and were offered a position by my company in Perth, Western Australia. The thought of having an "Australian Experience" on the company dime was too great to pass up.

What challenges did you face during the move?

The relocation company we worked with was very experienced moving people from the US but was very unfamiliar with Canada.    more ...


Lauren Kicknosway, Sydney

Published Sunday January 05, 2014 (21:35:10)
Lauren Kicknosway
Who are you?

Hi, I’m Lauren Kicknosway, an American expat living in Sydney since 2008 and owner of Sydney Moving Guide where I write and curate articles specifically for people moving to Sydney, Australia from all over the world. Sydney Moving Guide is exactly what I was looking for back in 2008 when we deciding to move to Australia even though we had never been.

Since launching SMG in April of 2013, I’ve built a network of migration agents, recruiters, shipping companies and other Sydney expats that contribute to SMG regularly. The best part is meeting expats face to face in Sydney that have used the site to help them with their move. I get personal emails from people everyday full of questions about their move to Australia. It’s the best feeling in the world being able help out others and decrease the stress of an international relocation.    more ...


Sofia Machado, Kingscliff (NSW)

Published Monday February 11, 2013 (20:32:55)
Sofia Machado
I am a teacher and blogger. Also, a talented dreamer, have terrible curiosity and am definitely a passionate traveller not sure what exactly is the meaning of "settle down".

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I have always loved travelling and have lived abroad twice so far in my life. I have been living in Australia the longest- since 2009- and hope to stay here longer. I ended up here because I met an Australian, Paul, travelling in Montenegro. We lived together in Portugal but the idea of moving to Australia was just too exciting for me and it didn't take too much to convince Paul to head back after living overseas for a few years...    more ...


Cosette Paneque, Melbourne

Published Saturday October 20, 2012 (12:34:51)
Cosette Paneque
My name is Cosette Paneque. I was born in Havana, Cuba in 1977, immigrated with my family to the United States on the Mariel boatlift in 1980, and grew up in Miami, FL.

I came to Australia for a three-month visit earlier this year and have been back now for about two months. I came to be with my Aussie partner.

The biggest challenge was making a decision about whether to bring my pet cat or leave her behind. I think I made the right decision in leaving her with my mother. Bringing a pet to Australia is complicated, expensive, and stressful for an animal. Still, I miss her and sometimes question my decision.

I don't have much of a relationship with the local people yet. I haven't made any friends yet. Most people make friends at work or school. When you don't go to either, it's more challenging. I've joined some online groups and expat communities and have begun attending events and meeting people.    more ...


Danielle Duffy, Melbourne

Published Tuesday March 13, 2012 (00:48:54)
Danielle Duffy
Hello, I am Danielle Duffy, an American citizen currently living in Melbourne Australia with my family. We moved across in September 2008 for my husband’s job and have been so happy living here for the past three and a half years. There were of course many challenges that we faced during the move, especially since our sons were 18 months and 3 years old at the time. I always think back to “the big day” and what a sight we must have been at the airport: 8 massive suitcases, a stroller, 2 little boys and 2 car seats. It was quite a feat for us to manage everything! We also didn’t pack a lot of the things that I wish we brought along and had to go buy duplicates, as 90% of our belongings are in storage in the States. I think we went to IKEA everyday for the first two weeks to purchase items that we forgot!

We were lucky enough to find our suburb at the recommendation of my husband’s co-worker, we are really happy living a quick tram ride away from the city and across the street from the beach.    more ...


Sami Veloso, Perth

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (05:59:06)
Sami Veloso
My name is Sami. I am Portuguese by birth, but have lived in South Africa (20 years), Germany (6 years) and Portugal (12 years). I moved to Perth to accompany my husband who had been offered a job. We came in January 2007. Although we were happy in Portugal, there was always a wish to go somewhere else where we could provide our children with a better future, and to an area where we could eventually explore the Asian countries.

What challenges did you face during the move?

We were lucky that the company that sponsored our move/visa paid for a removal company, so it make our life easier. We had to give away a lot of stuff as not all fitted in the container. Of course leaving family and good friends behind is heart wrenching but we had made the choice!    more ...


Stella Hartley, Coober Pedy

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (05:54:31)
Stella Hartley
My name is Stella Hartley, a police woman from Barnsley, UK.

I needed a change, simple as that. I wanted a better lifestyle and quality of life and was in desperate need of some sunshine. It really was all about me. I had no real commitments in the UK, and although the decision to leave my family and friends was tough, it felt right.

I knew that when I wanted to move I would stay in the police force. I saw that the South Australia Police was recruiting at the time and I had seen some TV shows about Adelaide and it looked great so that’s where I set my sights on. Prior to the beginning of the recruitment process I had no particular links with Adelaide, let alone Australia; I had never even visited the country.    more ...


Sarah Husselmann, Sydney

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (05:48:56)
Sarah Husselmann
I’m Sarah Husselmann, a British freelance writer, who moved from London to Sydney in January 2010. I relocated with my husband and two preschool children. Whilst settling the children into their new home, I’ve created a blog and website providing help for mums moving to Australia- Mum’s gone 2 Aus. I’ve been thrilled with the following it’s received and I’m happy to be helping families from all over the world with their relocation or visit to Australia.

Our decision to move to Australia took some time. My husband and I obtained permanent residency shortly after getting married but I got cold feet and didn’t want to leave the UK. I was concerned about missing my family.    more ...


Suzer, Adelaide

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (05:45:32)
My name is Suzer, an expat originally from the US. Initially, I moved to England for post-graduate study. While I was there, I went on a backpacker tour of Ireland for Christmas, and met a bloke from Australia, who ended up becoming my husband. We spent a year in New Zealand before settling in Adelaide, South Australia. That was about 3 years ago.

The biggest challenges for me were that my husband was from Adelaide, and already had his social circle / support network / family and interests here, and I had to start from scratch.

How did you find somewhere to live?

That was the easy part, as my other half already owned a house here!    more ...


Russell Ward, Sydney

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (05:41:42)
Russell Ward
I'm Russell Ward, a thirty-something expat living on Sydney's northern beaches in New South Wales, Australia and the writer of an expat blog, I divide my time between government consulting, travelling the world, enjoying a bit of cooking and gardening, and writing whenever I can.

I lived in the UK until 2003, before emigrating to Canada (Vancouver and Ottawa), then most recently to Sydney, Australia (my wife's home city). I moved abroad in search of a life less ordinary, different to the hum drum of the 9-5 routine and the weekends spent in shopping malls or spent nursing a never-ending hangover from the night before. I went in search of the great outdoors and a more positive way of looking at, and living, my life... and, to be perfectly honest, it's worked.    more ...