We are a UK couple, looking to move away from England and hopefully set up home and a business in either USA or Australia. We are Croc & Lisa (49 & 34 respectively) and have no ties over here in England. We like to go camping, fishing, walking, hunting (when we get the chance) looking for different animals and birds in their own habitats, off-roading in a 4x4, mainly outdoor things (not really telly watchers or book readers). We haven't got any definite plans as to where to settle down yet, so we are going to visit Australia for a couple of months and check out things over there before we return to England to decide where to settle. We would welcome anyone who would like to join us on our trip (sharing expenses of course). We don't have a final destination in Australia to visit as yet but we would like wherever it is to have everything we like to do and preferably warm and sunny, but not too hot.
We are looking to travel in the next few months after we have finished our project in the UK. If anyone is interested in our trip and want any more details, or if there is anyone already out there, either in the US or Oz, who would like to help us in any way, then please don't hesitate to contact us.
Yeah, I have to echo Rach about coming to Canada. If you live close to the Rockies you are in an ideal place to do all of the things you like to do. I live in Calgary, Canada, and it is about an hours' drive from the mountains with incredible scenery, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, off-roading- all of it and more. My uncle lives up in Edmonton (middle of Alberta, N-S wise) and he goes hunting all the time- by riffle and by bow, as well as ice fishing, regular fishing, camping and so on. Edmonton is a 3 hour drive north of here. That might sound daunting coming from someone who lives on a considerably smaller island- but you'll get used to it.
Off-roading is excellent at several places around the Rockies- wiprus (sorry, I don't know how to spell that, but that's how you pronounce it) is a very popular place to go. I have a cousin who off-roads out there sometimes.
Besides camping in the National Parks in the Rockies, you can camp in Alberta in Dinosaur National Park (mid-lower Alberta), Pine Lake, and Gull Lake, among others. I would recommend getting a National Parks Pass, though, so you can take advantage of the mountian parks.
Not only that, but there is great skiing in the Rocky Mountains close by- something you could take up if you don't already do it. You can learn at COP- a ski hill right in the middle of Calgary! It has a great half-pipe too, if you want to snowboard. There are ski jumps if you want to give that a try or louging- my other cousin does a one-man head-first version called skeleton. You can go skating at the Olympic oval for free + a non-perishable food item, or outside at Bowness Park- there's a lake that completely freezes over in the winter, and a lagoon which is fun to skate down, and there are fires in the middle that you can warm yourself up at, etc.
It doesn't really get that cold here. If it does I guarantee it will only last a week. There is a rare weather phenomenon in Calgary that happens because of warm air-currents dropping onto us from over in B.C./ the Pacific called "chinooks." It actually warms up to just above freezing every odd week in the winter.
Calgary is a growing city- pop. 900,000, approaching 1 million quite rapidly. Every couple months I hear of a new suburb being built. The real estate market here is really good right now.
There is lots to do in the city as well, actively as well as socially. There is nightlife, restaurants, shopping, not to mention the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede every July for 10 days- the greatest outdoor show on earth- a huge and very competitive rodeo- the biggest in N. America in fact. And we have some unique archetecture downtown- all the buildings are connected together by heated, enclosed walkways 15 feet above the street. So if you work downtown, you never have to leave your building during the day (great in winter- of course there are open grassy places you can eat in during the summer, too.) In fact, a fun little independant film was made about them called, "Way Downtown." In the summer, besides the Stampede, there are music festivals- Folk Fest being one of the most popular among all ages, as well as other festivals, like Sun n' Salsa Fest and Afrikabeat.
In the summer there are kilometers upon kilometers of walking and biking trails, public parks, nature preserves, etc. There are a few man-made lakes in the city if you don't want to venture out to the country every weekend- Lake Bonavista being one of them.
So there you go-- my shameless plug for Calgary!
But, seriously, I think it would be a great place for you to settle, considering what you're looking for.
If you're still stuck on the USA you could try Denver, Colorado, which is a similar city to Calgary in the States. I don't know about Aus. though, so I'll let them put in their 2 cents!
Good luck on your decision!