I had only been away for just over a year but I was lucky enough to fit in a trip home to visit the family.
For my last week in Australia I flew up to the Gold Coast to catch up with a good friend of mine, Sam, who I have grown up with over the years.
Of course, while I was on the Gold Coast it was some of the worst weather they have had with huge downpours of rain and winds to go with.
This didn’t stop Sam and I going to a football match at Metricon Stadium between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide. It was such a close game which Port ended up winning. Cool way to spend an afternoon though.
The next few months in Australia consisted of: Groovin’ the Moo festival, a few football games at the new Adelaide Oval (amazing stadium), a day trip to Adelaide Hills and surrounding wineries with a mate, gigs including Mat McHugh, Chet Faker and Lorde, hiking through Deep Creek Conservation Park and spending a few nights in Goolwa. I also went to as many of my brother’s football games and my sister’s netball games as I could noticing how much they have both improved!
I had always said I wanted to be in New Zealand for my 24th birthday, so that’s just what I did. I had spent my 22nd birthday with the same kiwi girls in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan so only suiting that I was with them for my birthday. I found some cheap flights and was off, first stop Auckland.
As I flew in late at night, my friend’s boyfriend pick me up and took me back to their place. Once there I jumped on my friend, Terese, who was in bed (school teacher!).
I surprised my immediate family just before Christmas in 2013. It was just Mum who was aware of my arrival home. Even more surprises followed when I showed up at my friend’s birthday party the same day. I then kept a low profile to surprise the rest of my family on Christmas Day. Now that was a big reaction!!
Within a week of returning from India I gave my boss notice and signed up with various agencies to start some temp work (higher hourly rate and experience in other companies). So I could save to move overseas. To the UK it was, solo all the way.
For my UK visa, I applied online and booked a day trip to Melbourne (from Adelaide) for my biometrics. The visa cost £208 (roughly $370 AUD) and was simple enough to follow. I applied for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme which allows Australians to work in the UK for 24 consecutive months, allowing you to exit and enter the countries as much as you like in the meantime. There are a few rules such as: you must be between 18 and 31 years old, have £1,890 (roughly $3,250) in your bank account, and you must apply for the visa outside of the UK. For an ‘Ultimate Reference Guide on the Youth Mobility Scheme’ please click here to see how Chris from ‘The Aussie Nomad’ explains it in great detail. Continue reading “In preparation of my move overseas..”