And will you make new friends when you get there?
I have spoken about this before on a few occasions and it is still one of the big worries for most people considering emigrating to Australia. Will I ever see my family and friends again? Will I make new friends when I get there? You can see how I answered these questions on previous post which you can access from here…..
I also did a post, which I’ll come to in a minute, which mentioned the four criteria which I felt were essential which could help you assess if somebody you know is likely to come out and visit you. In that post I published this picture taken from way back when of my family…..
…. but I didn’t explain who everybody was or their likelihood of visiting.
It’s probably obvious to you all, but for those to whom it isn’t, I’m the little cute guy third from the left. The older couple to my left are my parents, and maybe they have already visited me here in Australia, but if they have it is only in spirit. God rest them.
In the centre, the “just married” couple are my sister Josette and her husband Terry. They haven’t visited me here yet, but I’m reasonably confident they will at some point. They meet with the four criteria mentioned shortly.
To the right of them, sporting a ridiculous goatee like beard is my brother-in-law Paul who is standing next to his wife and my sister (my God, what is she wearing?) Theresa. I am 100% certain they will come out here to visit me because they are here right now. That’s why I am away on holiday as this is published, remember Mondays post?
And finally, far right, is my brother Gary looking surprisingly like Noddy Holder of Slade. But then this photo was taken in 1972, that’s what people looked like back then. Will he come over to see me? He has threatened to, so I see no reason why not.
And then just last month you will remember that an old pal of mine who I used to play football with popped by for the Easter Weekend.
On top of that my son has been over twice, and on my wife’s side her parents have visited several times as has one of her cousins. She has also had her lifelong friend Lisa and her family over to visit twice as they themselves have been considering a permanent move to Australia.
And we’ve not been here three years yet.
But I have to say that all of our visitors have met with the four criteria I mentioned in my previous posts which were effectively:
- They need to have a history of travelling.
- They need to be able to financially afford it.
- They need to be able to find the time to come.
- They probably should have a strong desire to visit Australia.
You can read the full post about that by clicking this link…..
Moving to Australia: Missing Friends and Family
So, if you’re concerned about whether people will bother to come and see you, hopefully the information on this and the other posts will help put your mind at rest. If some your friends and family meet the above four criteria, you can rest assured that you will very likely be getting people visiting.
But if you’re moving to Australia to get away from them, just don’t leave a forwarding address.