For many young Australians, moving overseas to live and work is a key life experience. But just how do you budget to make it happen?
The Cheap as Chips blog details some of the unexpected costs associated with making a move (in the case from Melbourne to Germany). While some expenses — like finding a place to live — apply wherever you go, others can be specific to your new location, as Tehnyit points out:
The winter in Germany is totally different to the winter in Melbourne. For the kids, they will need to “upgrade” their winter clothing. The clothing includes their shoes, coats and jackets, thermal underwears, hats and beanies, gloves and mittens, and the list goes on and on.
Virtually every country has different challenges; many Aussies doing the traditional stint in Britain (a trend dating back several decades, as the accompanying extract from The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie demonstrates) don’t realise they’ll be slugged for a TV licence fee. If you’ve made the move overseas at some point, what expenses have surprised you? Help others avoid your fate by sharing in the comments.
The cost of setting up to live in another country [Cheap As Chips]