Emigration is hard. Flipping hard. It’s not something that anyone can really say they enjoy 100%.
With all the excitement of a new country can also come the heartbreaking pain of leaving another behind.
All the new, shiny things are amazing, until you realise what you’ve also lost.
New friends are lovely, but nothing compares to the decades of friendship that you’ve built up since childhood.
The next time you’re feeling low, here are 10 things to remember when going through tough times.
When you move to Australia, you’ll probably need to convert your overseas driver license for an Australian one.
Each state has its own rules when it comes to the process for converting your overseas driver license for an Australian one, so here’s a breakdown of each state’s regulations and links to more information on each.
How often have you wanted to send gifts to family and friends in South Africa and not been able to find what you want? There are plenty of options for gifting online but often they’re big corporate brands like Woolworths and Interflora and it’s harder to find those personalised gifting experiences that really hit the mark.
I’m super excited to share a brand new gifting company in South Africa with you – The Gift Box Co. It’s a family business which aims to help South Africans overseas send beautiful and thoughtful gifts back to loved ones in South Africa.
To find out more about the business I chatted to the owner of The Gift Box Co, Debby Margarites.
When it comes to setting up your new home in Australia, you’re going to have to buy some stuff.
If you’ve shipped everything under the sun, you’ll still have to wait for it to arrive and will be without some of your essentials for a period of weeks or even months.
If you haven’t shipped much (or anything!) you’re going to be starting over from scratch to set up your new home in Australia.
When most people migrate to Australia, they’re on a tight budget until they’ve settled in and started earning dollars (rands don’t go too far here unfortunately!).
So I’ve put together a list of where to look when it comes to furnishing and setting up your new home in Australia.
If you’re anything like me you would have researched moving to Australia until you knew almost everything before you even set foot on Aussie soil.
I loved googling everything about Perth, where things were, what to do, where to visit, what it would cost and how to get around.
We had a list as long as our arms of all the things we wanted to do and places we wanted to visit, and although we still haven’t managed to tick everything off, we’ve not done too badly overall.
When you move to Australia, the last thing you might be thinking about is updating your will. It took us a few years before we even thought about it – because of course, we’re more preoccupied with finding jobs, making sure our kids settle in and finding where we want to live.
But don’t put it off forever. Having a valid will and testament in Australia is extremely important, not just for you but your loved ones as well.
Please note this post is NOT intended as legal advice, it is just helping to explain some details around wills in Australia that you should know after migrating.
Also, each state in Australia has different laws and regulations, so please make sure you check what your state prescribes and recognises when it comes to your wills and power of attorney documents.
One of the most common questions I get asked relates to shipping household goods to Australia – what should you bring and what should you ditch?
Everyone seems to have their own opinions on this, and let’s face it, it’s quite a personal thing.
I’ve spoken to countless people about this topic and overall people have mostly regretted bringing too much stuff, rather than not bringing enough.
As houses can be so big in South Africa, they’re easy to fill with furniture and ‘stuff’. Stuff that is really not essential to everyday life.
So when you get a quote to ship it all to Australia, you may just want to fall off your chair!
If that happens, you’ll probably want to start working out a list of what you want to bring and what can be left behind. But where do you even start?
Let’s take a look at what you could ship to Australia and what you could consider leaving.