This brings me back to a few years ago when I announced my move to New Zealand after graduation.

Well… in case you haven’t noticed, I graduated… and I’m in still Vancouver. Which, I no longer regret because if I moved after graduation, I wouldn’t have met Dan, and I’d rather much choose to stay in Vancouver and take a chance in love than to move across the world to run away from personal issues. In addition, I also didn’t feel comfortable moving across the world with student loans on my back… I wanted to tackle as much as I can of it before moving on.

But, after some discussions and thoughts, Dan and I agreed on one thing…

We’re moving to Australia!

We’re aiming to arrive in October 2018 or sometime before 2019. We’ve been blessed to meet some awesome travellers during our time in Vancouver and that did nothing but motivate us, even more, to look into moving abroad. We figured, it’s a lifetime opportunity, and we’re both in the right place and the right time to take advantage of it before we settle down with more responsibilities.

I was born and raised in Vancouver, and Dan was born on Vancouver Island but has been in the city for quite some years already. We’re both tired of the city and its lifestyle. We both agreed that we don’t want to be in Vancouver for the long term, or settle down in Vancouver. We talked about moving elsewhere but couldn’t decide where in Canada and we figured – hey, why not to Australia and New Zealand? We’ve heard nothing but great experiences about those countries. We’re aiming to do Australia for a year and then another working holiday visa to New Zealand.

We're moving to Australia!

I know what you’re probably thinking… “Claire, you’ve said you moving to New Zealand back in 2015… but you never did” but this time around, I can feel it’s different. We’re looking into the visa process already. We’re cutting down our spendings and saving for the required minimum amount of $5,000 AUD to enter the country. I’m no longer scared about my student loans. Just earlier today, I said, “I guess we’re not going to renew our Costco card next year, right?” in which Dan responded, “I don’t think we’ll even be here to renew it anymore…”. There were many similar conversations. It’s surreal to know that 2018 really is going to be my last year in Vancouver for a few years.

I’m really excited. I’ve delayed my move to New Zealand and I don’t regret it. I’m extremely excited to share this opportunity and experience with Dan. I’m getting nervous just thinking about this but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do for so long, I think if it never happens, I’ll just move myself.

Regardless, our plan of action is to move to Australia before 2019 and we’re using all of 2018 to prep.

Stay tuned for our next big adventures!


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  1. Wooo! That is wonderful news. I hope that all the planning goes well and you will be able to move before 2019! I am an Aussie, so if you have any questions, let me know! 😀

    • Thank you!!! We’re both excited and have heard nothing but great things about Australia! I’d definitely keep you in mind when we have questions!

  2. Good luck with your preparations and move! About a year ago I made plans to move to Japan to study abroad, and one year and roughly 3 months later, I’m living in Japan. I’ll be here until August 2018, and I can definitely say that even though it was one of the scariest decisions I’ve ever made (I’ve never left the Lower 48 States!), it was also one of the best. I’ve grown a lot as a person, met amazing new people, and find myself learning more about who I am everyday. You and Dan may not go through as many life changes, but I truly think moving to another country can change you in wonderful ways.

    The visa process will be difficult and other countries can be really picky about everything, but if it’s meant to happen then it will. I firmly believe that. Good luck to both of you!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! Amazing how things changes so quickly from just thinking of moving to abroad to getting off the plane in a foreign country! We’re very excited for this change and really do hope we can achieve it because moving abroad would definitely be an adventure and a growing experience.

      I hope you’re having a blast in Japan! We’re actually set to visit Japan for two weeks in April 2018!

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