Moving to Australia and Living on the Northern Beaches, Sydney

by Lesley Snell My day starts the same way every day….I look out through my bedroom window at the trees in Garigal National park. Our house backs onto “the Bush” yet I am right in the suburbs of Sydney. The Kookaburras start around 5.30 a.m. followed swiftly by some pretty noisy Cockatoos !! But I … Read more

The Value of Mateship

by Suzer After I got all of my spousal visa paperwork submitted for my move to Australia, a slim envelope turned up in my mailbox with another form to fill out. It was called an Australian Values Statement, and required my signature as acknowledgement that I would accept certain Australian values as a newcomer to … Read more

How to park a car – Aussie style!

by Vicky Parking in Australia is free in most places, barring airports and Hospitals. Unlike in Essex where I was horrified to discover that I had to pay and display at my local Somerfield store, even when I was just popping in for a pint of milk and some peanut M&M’s. I was reimbursed … Read more

Go Back to the UK or Stay in Australia?

by Viveca Trader Some time ago you decided to make the big move to Australia, either by yourself or as a family. It has now been a year or more since you arrived in Oz. You wonder why you are not that happy living there. Before you arrived in Australia, you dreamed about having a … Read more

Where to go in Sydney, Australia

by Dina Zavrski-Makaric Seventeen years ago, when I arrived in Sydney, it was still trying to find itself and shape its character. Today, its personality is defined by 200 nationalities that live here, speaking more than 20 languages. There is something for everyone in this city of diversity. I remember arriving on a late spring … Read more

Where to go in Melbourne, Australia

by Dina Zavrski-Makaric When we migrate from one country to another we are often very soon faced with the difficulties of starting to create our new life in the new surroundings. This quest can be easier for some, and harder for others. We are all unique in how we go about living our lives; however, … Read more

Moving to Spain – Tips and Lessons Learned

We were internet marketers that needed a break…so we started a tapas restaurant in Spain! Some said we were crazy, some said we were brave. We say we are a little bit of both. Read our story, the lessons we learned and our tips… It has been almost three years since we moved to Spain … Read more

How to avoid… (in Spain), Part 1

by Mark FR Wilkins, The Rights Group in Spain The Off Plan Market How to avoid…getting ripped off in making an "off plan" purchase You’ll have seen the wonderful images at the Property Show in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow or Dublin and you’ll have been very drawn to the idea of getting in early on the … Read more

Check list for British expats moving to Spain

by Mark FR Wilkins, The Rights Group SL In the same way that removals companies have countdown diaries to help you remember all those important elements needed before the “Big Day”, I felt it would be useful for those seeking to relocate to or acquire a holiday home in Spain, to have a “Check List” … Read more

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation! A new life in Spain – Part 2

by Mark FR Wilkins, The Rights Group Would-be relocators who have followed my family’s migration from South West London to our new home in Spain may have already been assisted in their search for that dream home by our initial six easy lessons for a comfortable transition to life in Spain. We have been asked … Read more