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Old 3rd January 2015, 04:32
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In my opinion a short term plan is the best option as it can take at least a year, if not longer, to decide if another country and culture is the right permanent fit for you. I promise you, after the first few months, living and working in another country bears no resemblance to visiting on holiday. I speak from genuine experience, not just for myself, but for hundreds of other immigrants. And Polwarth is right about transferable skills. Even if you find employment, in today's economic climate, you can never be sure how long it will last. Having raised many kids in Scotland, I know how harsh life can be, especially finding employment and a decent place to live if you are single.

But my comment relates more to bringing your dog. You might not want to read my opinion, but you did ask for advice.

I don't mean to sound harsh, but if you genuinely love her, perhaps you should consider the unselfish act of leaving her at home. It would be unfair to transport her here after you have settled, only to find a year or so down the line that the UK is not the right place for you (or you lose your job). She might then have to endure another stressful journey back to Australia. Dog sitters in the UK can be expensive, city traveling to dog sitters is tiring and time consuming, especially in the harsh winters, (and you will need a stick shift car, costly car insurance, and be able to drive on dark icy roads), not all landlord accept pets, and in the UK we generally do not approve of dogs being left at home alone, and definitely not outside. So if your dog is happy healthy and loved where she is, why would you want to change that?

We re-homed our dog in the UK before emigrating as we knew we could not give him the life he needed here. It completely broke our hearts to do so but we had to put his needs before our own. And long distance pet travel is not without its problems. Time of year, where the plane stops to re-fuel, the temperature in that country at that time, length of time on runway, where the dog is situated in the cargo hold are all factors that pet travel companies fail to tell you.

I wish my post could be more positive, but you are single and looking to start a new adventure that with any luck will include socialising and possibly parties. But it will not be easy. There's a good reason why so many people in the UK are desperately trying to emigrate to Australia.

Nevertheless it's important to have dreams and to follow them if possible. But they should be for you and you alone. Sometimes in life we all have to make hard decisions.
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