So you want to move to London? Here’s 7 tips to get you organised

Surprisingly, I actually found it tricky to find a consolidated, current and totally impartial guide about moving to London from overseas. There’s so much to think about and to get organised, it’s only natural to feel a bit overwhelmed in your pursuit to make sure you’ve got all bases covered. So, since I often get asked, I thought it was about time to share what I’ve learned. Of course, I can only speak from an Australian experience but I hope that the below can still help…

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4 Things You Will Think When You Move Abroad Solo

You’ve bought your ticket, sorted your visa, quit your job, said farewell your friends and family and attempted to fit your entire life in 30kgs of luggage. Next thing you know, you find yourself on a plane sitting next to strangers, wondering if it’s too late to bolt out the door back onto safe and familiar ground. Oh dear. Though I’m still struggling to wrap my head around it, it was my one-year London anniversary a couple of weeks ago. One year – how did that happen!?!…

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Cold, dark and feeling positive: surviving my first London winter

No one can say I wasn’t warned. What seemed like mere moments after the official end of ‘summer’, the sage warnings about how miserable and lonely London becomes post Christmas and New Year’s started flooding in. It’s dark, cold and wet, they said, with no more Christmas parties and no one will want to do anything fun because they will be broke (or should i say ‘skint’) and doing dry January. The list seemed a little bit endless and, quite frankly, a little over dramatic….

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My 4 Top Tips for Staying Healthy in London

When writing of my London experience, it would be totally remiss of me not to mention what has potentially been the most difficult part about moving abroad: sickness. Anyone who knows me will see the irony in the title of this post at this point. Why? Because since moving to London, I’ve had the immense pleasure of being sick at least once a month. Nothing life threatening – colds, coughs, sinus infections, conjunctivitis, etc. etc. My immunity has never been the strongest but the frequency…

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Feeling festive with a side of patriotism

I’ve been in a bit of awe this week. It’s been eight months since I packed up and moved – eight months?!? I fully appreciate that I’ll probably look back in a year’s time and will be overwhelmed with the exact same feeling of incredulousness but bear with me whilst I bask in this realisation for a moment. One of the biggest things I’ve noticed about myself since moving abroad (exacerbated by a viewing of The Dressmaker last week)  is how it’s made me feel…

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Things I have learned (so far) about moving abroad

1. Everyone’s an expert – and has valuable advice to be shared. The more I opened up to people (everyone from acquaintances to the call centre operator at RACV to close friends and work colleagues), the more I realised that everyone has different nuggets of advice to bring to the table. There’s so much to think about when shifting your life around and the helpful advice of others has really ensured that this elephant won’t forget. Since arriving UK, these little bits of information have…

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Why London?

My first real memory of London was a little before 6am on Christmas Day in 2011. I remember walking out of the hostel onto the grey streets to find them completely deserted except for a handful of homeless. It was dead quiet, pretty cold and I was a little bit concerned about the lack of people around – it made me uneasy. Why was I wandering the streets so early? To partake in one of Peter Berthoud’s famous Christmas Day walks, of course. We roamed the…

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