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if you were in my poistion with 2 kids 3 and 8 both girls and my wife is a specialist nurse, where would you consider the best place to move to from N.Ireland.

we wanta nice live for our kids and good school, good bit of sunshine and time to spend with them. maybe alot of things to be able to do parks, theme parks, etc etc.

we are looking into Oz but on some forums alot of ppl slate it, for one reason or another, expensive, to far from every where, boring so on so on.
would USA be better to go, or Canada, the only thing is my wife is so so scared of the whole GUN culture in US, so would need to convince her to move by other ppl's opinions.

from your own exp's where would you reccomend. if you had the chance to go.

USA !
OZ !
Canada !

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Hi Chris,

Have you been here?

I didn't consider USA or Canada since we came here to Australia on holiday and loved it. I've been to the USA on short trips for conferences and it didn't even dawn on me to move there.

Cost of living I find more expensive than the UK.
Housing I find a lot cheaper than when we moved from just North of London but then we don't live right on the coast and we live down South in South Australia since we didn't want the heat or humidity of the North.

Sport is very popular here and there always seems to be loads to do for the kids (my friends have kids).

I don't see how anywhere this big can be boring :) but I've read those posts too. It really depends on what you want and what you are willing to put in. We love it here but we chose where we lived based on the lifestyle that we wanted and that seems to have worked.

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Hello Chris,

My chioce is Australia!

I have lived in the US for few years and definitely it was a pleasant experience and my sister is still living there for decades now, and the weather varies from warm in the south to very cold in the north, but unfortunately the recent recession left deep scars on the employment market there so the chances of getting a job among 300 millions in the US is fairly low.

Canada, I have not been there but for me, it's too cold to spend my life there!

I have visited Australia, been to Melbourne and Sudney in 2008 ( not too long ago), as Kaz mentioned it depends on your life style that you wish for, so I didn't find it boring, many parks, malls and diners, as well as sports facilities, the weather is beautiful ( although in Melbourne is kinda tricky) but it remains acceptable.

The cultural diversity, the job market, health care and education also are key factors at which I found Australia standing out.

I am an electrical engineer with 10+ years of experience and I think ( out of personal experience and Internet searching) that there are plenty of jobs, but also I realized a huge demand in the medical field such as nurses.

The cost of living is high compared to the US for example, but also I think it remains within "livable" limits based on the choice for life style.

I am lodging my application soon (preparing some documents) to Australia, and hoping it will be choice for better future for my family and for myself.

Good Luck!

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Hi Chris, if u ask this in Au forum, trust me, 90% will vouch for australia :). we too had an option for US, OH's skill is in Canada skill in demand and australia, we prefer australia for same reasons, better lifestyle, not too much stress, no running all your life to make ends meet, sunshine, not too cold, etc etc..
 

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if you were in my poistion with 2 kids 3 and 8 both girls and my wife is a specialist nurse, where would you consider the best place to move to from N.Ireland.

we wanta nice live for our kids and good school, good bit of sunshine and time to spend with them. maybe alot of things to be able to do parks, theme parks, etc etc.

we are looking into Oz but on some forums alot of ppl slate it, for one reason or another, expensive, to far from every where, boring so on so on.
would USA be better to go, or Canada, the only thing is my wife is so so scared of the whole GUN culture in US, so would need to convince her to move by other ppl's opinions.

from your own exp's where would you reccomend. if you had the chance to go.

USA !
OZ !
Canada !

thanks

chris
As a brit who has been living in US for 11 years,and now awaiting my AU visa, I would say go to Australia. When i first moved to US I thought it was great, but that feeling has deteriorated over time. The economy is in the tank, violence is growing, the politicians are idiots and country is half full of republicans. People are ignorant and self absorbed, there's no sense of community, and someone is likely to sue you just for breathing in their space.
 

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if you were in my poistion with 2 kids 3 and 8 both girls and my wife is a specialist nurse, where would you consider the best place to move to from N.Ireland.

we wanta nice live for our kids and good school, good bit of sunshine and time to spend with them. maybe alot of things to be able to do parks, theme parks, etc etc.

we are looking into Oz but on some forums alot of ppl slate it, for one reason or another, expensive, to far from every where, boring so on so on.
would USA be better to go, or Canada, the only thing is my wife is so so scared of the whole GUN culture in US, so would need to convince her to move by other ppl's opinions.

from your own exp's where would you reccomend. if you had the chance to go.

USA !
OZ !
Canada !

thanks

chris
It all depends on your likes/dislikes..... the USofA is an awesome place I love to visit but not to live - Canada - Hey I could live there..... Australia, well, its the 51st of America somewhere in the Pacific. (its like ground-hog day here)

Don't stress about GUN culture.... and don't believe everything in the media... Most parts of the USA are so safe its not funny (I have been to 25 states) - They are all good choices depending on what you want out of life.....
 

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thanks thanks thanks

i appreciate all the views and ideas.

i think i am maybe just picking holes etc, maybe we just need to do it and stop think and think etc, but i am sure you all have went through this b4 lol, :)

family, friends, etc, worried i am going to riun all our lives by a mistake moving. kids missing there G/parents, friends or even my wife missing all back home. or mostly when someone gets ill we will be so far away you cant do much or visit them etc tec.

see i told picking holes lol
 

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i appreciate all the views and ideas.

i think i am maybe just picking holes etc, maybe we just need to do it and stop think and think etc, but i am sure you all have went through this b4 lol, :)

family, friends, etc, worried i am going to riun all our lives by a mistake moving. kids missing there G/parents, friends or even my wife missing all back home. or mostly when someone gets ill we will be so far away you cant do much or visit them etc tec.

see i told picking holes lol
I don't think it's all picking holes. Some people do move back to their home country because of family and having their kids know their grandparents. And certainly I decided to move to a regional city with an airport so I would be able to get back to the UK quickly if anything happened to my parents.
 

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Hi Chris:

Actually the kids and you could end up seeing the family for more days. I did a calculation based on my parents.

Let's say I lived in the same city as my parents and I was a good kid and dutifully visited them once a week, that's 52 days a year I see them.

Now let's say I was instead living in another country and my parents came for a 3 month visit (they're retired). I actually see them for 90 days :)

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Right now my parents are here for a 6 month visit. They're skipping Winter in the Northern Hemisphere AND I get them for 180 days.

Now I would have to visit my parents > twice a week back home if I was to beat that.

As for friends: You make new friends, that's what I did and what my wife did. I always have an open invitiation for family and friends to come on down (I visit them all when I go visit my family). And again that 1,2,3 weeks is > time spent with them than I would if I lived in the same city.

Funny how that works out.


i appreciate all the views and ideas.

i think i am maybe just picking holes etc, maybe we just need to do it and stop think and think etc, but i am sure you all have went through this b4 lol, :)

family, friends, etc, worried i am going to riun all our lives by a mistake moving. kids missing there G/parents, friends or even my wife missing all back home. or mostly when someone gets ill we will be so far away you cant do much or visit them etc tec.

see i told picking holes lol
 

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As a brit who has been living in US for 11 years,and now awaiting my AU visa, I would say go to Australia. When i first moved to US I thought it was great, but that feeling has deteriorated over time. The economy is in the tank, violence is growing, the politicians are idiots and country is half full of republicans. People are ignorant and self absorbed, there's no sense of community, and someone is likely to sue you just for breathing in their space.
Australia isn't much different mate.

People who migrate to Aus for those reasons usually go home within 2 years. Go to Australia for a new adventure not for a better life.
 

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we are looking into Oz but on some forums alot of ppl slate it, for one reason or another, expensive, to far from every where, boring so on so on.
would USA be better to go, or Canada, the only thing is my wife is so so scared of the whole GUN culture in US, so would need to convince her to move by other ppl's opinions.

from your own exp's where would you reccomend. if you had the chance to go.

USA !
OZ !
Canada !

thanks

chris[/QUOTE]

Hi Chris,

As an Aussie who lived in the US for 15 years I would say the gun culture is prevalent in certain places but definitely not everywhere - most Americans I hung out with (including my hubbies family) did not own a gun. Some places are safer than others but there are many places you can have a great lifestyle without an exhorbitant cost of living. The economy is terrible right now however if your wife is a specialist nurse she could get a job anywhere - probably the best profession to be in these days :) The U.S definitely has many opportunities and choice, also things are cheap but certain items such as healthcare are extremely expensive - getting a good reasonable healthcare plan is key.

Our move back to Oz was prompted by wanting to spend time with the aussie rellies and to have a bit of an adventure before deciding where to put down more permanent roots so the jury is still out on where we'll end up (only been here 2 mths). Stuff is way more expensive here but healthcare is affordable and the lifestyle is enjoyable...

As for Canada - have only been to visit. It's a beautiful country and folks are friendly but it's a bit short on sunshine at times. If you end up in Florida or California during the winter months you'll find yourself surrounded by desperate Canucks trying to thaw out :D

It's a tough decision but you just have to go with your gut. I will say, whatever you think it might cost to relocate somewhere - double the figure :p
Good luck in your search!

Cheers,
Rhowena
 

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I am an Australian living in Canada and who regularly travels to USA.

I don't think you could go wrong with any of your three choices. It really depends where you decide to settle down in each country and that you give the place a chance and don't expect it to be an exact replica of the UK.

All three countries are huge geographically and research on sites like this is very important. As someone said previously in this thread treat it as a great adventure and face it with an open mind. Accept that not everything will always run smoothly but that is half the challenge.

Nurses are in demand everywhere so getting a job shouldn't be an issue.

In Canada have a look in the Okanagan Valley where I live. It is beautiful and a great place to live.

In the USA I recently spent time Washington State and Oregan and was mighty impressed.

In Australia have a look at SE Queensland, particularly the Sunshine Coast or Toowoomba which a few years ago was named as the best city in the world to live in.

Good luck with your move wherever you choose to go.
 

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Hiya,

We've only just arrived in Redcliffe, QLD.... day 9. and there is no other place I would want to go. I think it all depends on youreself, your likes and dislikes etc. We're a young family, daughter's 14 and son is 7 and we wanted to get them away from all that was going on in the UK. I was worried about how my kids would turn out etc. We've visited North Lakes which is real nice, there are a lot of people who have re-located and are living there esp from the UK but it's all families. The place is newly developing and so clean, this is where we're moving to. Melbourne was initially our first choice but I'm so glad we came here instead. However, that does not mean I'm putting any of the other places down as we haven't visited them and I'm sure others will tell you about their areas which would be good. All in all you have to do alot of research and then decide.... it's a big decision, even bigger when you have kids, best of luck

xx Satty:love:
 

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i think i am getting more to the idea for an adventure to remember and see how things go, maybe move home in 10/20 years you never know.

but i think my main issue is also my dad is not able to fly and getting sicker each year, so my wife says i mite never see him again !!! which was a big shock. but then if i dont go and he lives for another 10 or more years i mite always regret not going.?
big disicsions to make i suppose.

making new friends will be the good and fun part. and for the kids.
 

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hi satty

Hiya,

We've only just arrived in Redcliffe, QLD.... day 9. and there is no other place I would want to go. I think it all depends on youreself, your likes and dislikes etc. We're a young family, daughter's 14 and son is 7 and we wanted to get them away from all that was going on in the UK. I was worried about how my kids would turn out etc. We've visited North Lakes which is real nice, there are a lot of people who have re-located and are living there esp from the UK but it's all families. The place is newly developing and so clean, this is where we're moving to. Melbourne was initially our first choice but I'm so glad we came here instead. However, that does not mean I'm putting any of the other places down as we haven't visited them and I'm sure others will tell you about their areas which would be good. All in all you have to do alot of research and then decide.... it's a big decision, even bigger when you have kids, best of luck

xx Satty:love:
thanks for you input. i must look more at QLD to see what its like, have you got yur kids into scholl yet, what are the schools like. is it quiet or is there plenty of shops and actitvities to do for the kids.

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thanks for you input. i must look more at QLD to see what its like, have you got yur kids into scholl yet, what are the schools like. is it quiet or is there plenty of shops and actitvities to do for the kids.

cheers

chris
Hi Chris,
Got kids enrolled without any probs, they collected their uniforms today and meet the principals tomorrow for a quick induction and will start on Monday.... yayy. The kids chose the area Northlakes to live in as well as North Lakes State College. I'm a firm believer in letting the kids get a feel for it and if they get good vibes we then carry on. So far so good. Area is lovely, a nice shopping area and only 15 mins away from Redcliffe beach and Settlement Lagoon so to its great. We spent $359 in total on their uniforms, approx double of shirts etc. My daughter is starting yr 10 so she has a Formal uniform which is worn on Mondays and the rest of the week its a casual wear which is polo shirts and shorts/skirt. Google the school and see what you think.

xx Satty:love:
 
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