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Background on the Big Move!

A bit of background as to why we are making the massive move to the Gold Coast and an overview of our plans along the road

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The Background

Borderline 30,
Moved all around the world for work,
Haven't lived in the same place for over a year... sounds like time to settle down in your home town right?
Correct? ...Wrong.
Sounds to me like its time to pick up and move to the other side of the country for what I know will be the most exciting adventure yet.

Well there will be some settling down taking place and that is a very exciting element of the whole move. An opportunity to settle, as a couple, in a new environment and home, on the Gold Coast of Australia.

But lets back this truck up and explain the master plan.

The plan came about when the exciting opportunity presented for me to finally be involved in a Games on home soil. All the hardwork overseas has paid off and I am finally over the moon to say I can't wait to get started with a new working role with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Stewart has also landed a fantastic opportunity in Brisbane working on a great project with a long contract. Whilst I am on Stewart I want to take the opportunity to say thanks to Stew for saying "yes" to the big move. He is unbelievable in his unconditional support and investment in our future and has managed to keep the excitement levels up along the way, even when making the move has seemed almost impossible. He knows that I love what I do and is even willing to move cross country to make sure it can happen. Thanks Stew- I promise this move will be worth it and that we will find a place on the Goldie to settle for at least a few years.

Whilst I am thanking people I want to say a HUGE thank you to the family and friends who have given their love, support and blessings for this journey. Some have held back tears, some have shaken their head with disbelief that "its happening again" but everyone has given us their excitement, advice and understanding that this is something we need to do or forever look at the opportunity and think of what could have been. Thank you, we love you and we will visit home often. We promise.

In 2015 Stew and I lost one of the best men to have ever influenced our lives, my Dad. Things don't have the same shine anymore, life doesn't seem as uncomplicated and we both constantly feel the massive gap that has been left where he stood (not very tall, but stood with massive presence). I guess he has had a say in the move too- he lived life to the fullest and without a doubt would want us to do the same. Dad was very proud of what I did and would spend hours talking to his friends about the countries I had visited and what I had achieved along the way. I can very safely say that he would be grumpy with us both if we missed an opportunity like this. I know he is our cheer squad up above and is having a beer with whoever we need him to, to make sure we have a safe and positive journey. Thank you in advance to those who will be there to support and love my Mum whilst we make this journey and Mum we cant wait for you to be with us as much as possible on the Goldie- besides who is going to help us unpack and wash all the dishes?

The Plan!
We are setting off on the 18th Feb with an approximate 7 day journey ahead. We are squeezing Stew, myself and two well behaved (we hope) staffies into a Nissan Navara to take on the 4,400k drive. We have drawn up the plan (which I think you will be able to see in a map attached to this blog) and I will do my best to post a daily update on travel progress. In the meantime we are off to the Gold Coast for a quick rental recce from the 21st-24th Jan in the hope we can find our future home for at least the next year. Suburbs of current interest to us are Oxenford, Helensvale, Pacific Pines, Ashmore, Southport, Arundel & Parkwood but again this could all go out the window when we get there. I hope that in these four days we can grab a good grasp of the burbs we have our eyes set. We are trying to find the best balance to replace an awesome pad we are currently renting in Applecross that has access to literally everything in the most serene surroundings, with a pet friendly palace and a location a little north of the Gold Coast that is close to the M1 to make Stew's commute to Brisbane each day that little bit less painful. Good luck you think? Yeh we need it. You listening Dad? Make sure you have a beer with the Gold Coast suburb god up there!

I am hoping in the next update I can post some pictures of our newly found slice of Gold Coast living but I am also not holding my breath. We can work through this, we will find something... We just need to stay positive.

Next Steps

Once we have a place to go (once again cross everything for us) we will be packing our life into a sea container and I will officially start booking our pet friendly accom for the journey.

So for now that explains a bit of the background. I will keep you up to date with progress and pad hunting and I look forward to sharing every step of the trip with you.

Posted by HollyStew2016 00:11 Archived in Australia Tagged travel australia driving family dogs sunshine perth gold_coast pet_friendly

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