Considering making the move??

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1. Posted by Kelly28 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hey. So I'm almost 29, and considering moving for at least 1 or 2 years, making the move to Australia or New Zealand. I'm a hairdresser and have an astablished business that I've spent years building. Slightly worried about giving this up, but its something that I've always thought about doing and for various of reasons I've put it off. I now feel that a lot of travelers do this in there early 20s. Not that I think I'm old I just worry I'm a little more sensible than what I was back in my early 20s and would struggle to meet people who are on the same mind set as me. I'm not looking to do this until December 2019 so I'll be nearly 30 by time I go. Just a little advice would be appreciated 😊

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1372 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi Kelly.

We're people who hang out on a travel forum so I think you can expect us to encourage you to travel. :)

Yes they're both lands of opportunity. Both countries suffer from big cities with overpriced housing, and have their social problems, but you can make a life in the sunshine with lots of positives.

We can't know you well enough to know how you balance the value of the travel versus leaving your business. But in all probability you will have more ties later (kids and mortgages), plus after 30 you don't get the easy WHV. If you came back would it mean starting from scratch to build a new business?

3. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 340 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi Kelly,

This is the first time I have posted on here for a few years, I started posting on here 10 years ago when I was looking to travel for the first time when I was 30 and had never left England. I had a good career and was very nervous about leaving England.

All I can say it was the best time of my life and on that original trip I ended up travelling for 18 months and will never, ever, forget it. I met some amazing people and saw some amazing places. In short please do it, you won't regret it!

Steve

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 650 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kelly28

I now feel that a lot of travelers do this in there early 20s.
Not that I think I'm old I just worry I'm a little more sensible than what I was back in my early 20s and would struggle to meet people who are on the same mind set as me.

If you do it, you'll be surprised at the age spread of your fellow travellers.
From 'Gap Year' kids to 'Spend the grand-children's inheritance' wrinklys .
Hopefully although you've grown out of the 'lets get drunk to have fun' age, but I'd be surprised if you haven't learnt to have fun whilst sober (or just a bit merry)...
That carries through to activities in as much as you've grown out of the 'I don't care if I get injured' stage so now you can balance risks/reward.
There are plenty of more sensible travellers around.

5. Posted by ToddP (Full Member 121 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

If this is something you want to do then you definitely should do it. Better now than never. As you said you are more sensible at this stage now which will help on your travels I'm sure. You'll be better managing your finances which can stretch that bit longer, etc etc.

There is nothing better than travel and just do it before you are too old and physically unable to move :) :) :)

6. Posted by Kelly28 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for replying, any advice/tips are very appreciated. Its something I've always wanted to do. Think it's just nerve racking having to give up a business, but defiantly think I'd regret it more if I don't go.

7. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 650 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kelly28

Think it's just nerve racking having to give up a business

That's the one decision that only you can make, because only you know what you'll be giving up.
If you're good (as you probably are if you set up and grew the business) then you can probably do it again (if you still want to) either in the same area or in a different area, as it's a transferable skill. But you may have to consider working for others when (if) you come back, which some people find depressing whilst some prefer the reduced pressure of being an employee...
I'd hazard a guess that you're not 100% happy with work at the moment, but only you know the full situation.

8. Posted by Kelly28 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'd hazard a guess that you're not 100% happy with work at the moment, but only you know the full situation.[/quote]

I definitely think if I was 100% happy I wouldn't even be considering it. The unknown is scary, I'd be employed a lot whilst travelling so I think it would get me use to it for when or if I settled back home. It's nice to get veiws and opinions from like minded people. 😊

9. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 650 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kelly28

The unknown is scary, I'd be employed a lot whilst travelling so I think it would get me use to it for when or if I settled back home.

You need to have a good read of the 'Working Holiday Visa "WHV"' terms.
I'm not sure if 'Hairdressing' is an occupation you'd get a visa for.
But don't take my word, check it for yourself (because I haven't!).

You may meet Mr/Ms Right (Whatever your preference) on your travels and never return here to live.
You may come back with a new perspective on 'Home' and enjoy re-starting.
You may come back depressed and regret the change (you won't regret many of the experiences though!).
You won't know if you don't try.

I'd say 'Do It' because it'll open up your view of life, but you're the one that needs to take the actual steps.

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5322 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

You need to have a good read of the 'Working Holiday Visa "WHV"' terms.
I'm not sure if 'Hairdressing' is an occupation you'd get a visa for.

There is no restriction on the type of work you can do on a WHV. If you want to do hairdressing, you can.
The only limitation is that you can do it for a maximum of six months for the same employer.

You can do any kind of work on this visa.

Usually, you can only work for the same employer for 6 months.

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[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jan-2019, at 09:41 by Sander ]