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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Living in 3 Countries in 3 Years

In the last 3 years I have lived in England, Australia and now Canada. It has been an absolute whirlwind, it's been stressful and fun and difficult and amazing. I wanted to have a little chat about the ups and downs of moving around, if you're thinking of moving country, I hope it helps a little!

1. Missing Friends

The Whitsundays, Australia

When I first moved to Australia this was something I really struggled with, not seeing your friends plus a 10 hour time difference is pretty hard. Most people by my age have their friendship group already established so coming in and trying to settle into a friendship group was really difficult. I ended up meeting people who were on the same working holiday visa (WHV) as me and who were in the same boat! But I still reaaaaally missed my friends from home. 

Here in Toronto has been so different; I don't know if it's just because Canadians are perceived as friendlier but I feel so settled in. I have a great group of friends (who all love brunch as much as me, so that's basically our hobby) and I am so comfortable and happy. I still miss my friends from home but this makes it a little easier.

2. Finding a job

Again, in Australia this was hard. I had less experience than I do now and an Australian WHV means you can only work at one company for 6 months so often people won't hire you. I ended up finding a job after about a month of searching; I loved my job and I learnt so much. It has led me to an unexpected career which I am really enjoying, I have now found a job in the same field in Toronto which I am able to grow in. Finding a job when you move abroad can be hard, but stick at it, take time to apply for jobs everyday and your hard work will pay off.

3. Going Back Home

Me in a big chair on Toronto Island

I missed my family so much after a year in Australia and New Zealand and was SO happy to see them when I got back. But after a few days I was sooo bored. Everyone was working or at school and I just found being at home so much more restrictive. I don't know if it's because that's where I've been my whole life and I've done most of the exploring I can do; but after about a week and a half I had the itch to go away again!

4. Saving Money & Spending Money

One of my very necessary purchases (Get it here)

I hate money, I hate saving money, I hate that I love to spend money. 

We were spoilt rotten in Australia with the fact that their minimum wage is ridiculously high so we were very well paid and could afford food, rent PLUS saving to travel. Toronto is slightly different, the wages are still better than the UK but the cost of living is high. Rent, food and daily life adds up so it is a bit of a struggle. We are fairly comfortable but I think I will have to limit my homeware/candle/makeup/clothing spending habits a little..

Well, this post was a little longer than I expected but I hope it has been helpful. Moving countries and travelling is difficult, but I wouldn't change my experiences for the world.

If you're thinking of moving or are just a little curious let me know if you need any advice or a little helping hand along the way.

Lots of love,

Elise Rose



  1. You're such an inspiration, it takes a lot to move to a different country never mind 3 different countries, you should be extremely proud of yourself. I'm glad you don't regret a thing!
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  2. Aw thank you! Luckily I had my boyfriend with me also which helped, but despite some stressful moments it really has been amazing xx


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