So a couple of days ago I blogged about risk taking and that Mr M and I are contemplating spending 12 months in the UK.

We worked out that 2016 is probably the only year where it would work out.

My eldest, Jordan, will be in Year 10, Alex will be in Year 8, Christian will be in Year 5 and Lucas will be in Year 1.


As you can imagine the greatest resistance we received was from Jordan. She’s happy with her lot in life. She’s happy with school, her friends…she’s content. I mean she would love to travel for a couple of months but 12 months away seems like social death to her right now.

And I can understand her hesitation. She worries about missing a year on school here in Australia. She’ll miss her friends. She’s a teenager. She’s starting to feel like she’s getting ‘some’ control of her life and in a way she sees me taking that away from her. Because I’ve made the decision and that’s that!

Even though Mr M and I had a very long think about all of this before we approached the children, that’s not something they saw. We wouldn’t even be contemplating a trip like this if we thought it would be a detriment to our kids.

We recognize it’s a big change for them; bigger than for Mr M and myself.  It’s one of the reasons we chose an English speaking country.  To help them ease into a new country/community/culture.

We’ve had several chats with Jordan. We will put her in school in the UK; she’ll make friends; she’ll have an incredible life experience that no textbook can replicate.

That’s the plan Universe; are you listening?

She was still doubtful. After all I am asking her to take an incredible leap of faith in MY judgement that this will turn out for the best.

She’s slowly coming around.  Promises of trips to Paris and Italy are helping.

Her younger brother Alex asked if we could visit the ruins in Greece. With a ‘yes’, he was sold.

Christian would like to go Legoland, Abbey Road Studios and to be back in Australia to graduate with his Year 6 class. I did stuff up though when I told him I thought Christian Bale lived in London.  He was super excited. I have since found out that he does not. Ooops.

Lucas is way to little right now to even know what we are talking about. But I figure if I can convince my older three, Lucas will just follow their lead.

The list to consider is very long:

Accommodation – in London and in Sydney when we return

Area to live

Work – securing it before we leave

School – in London and in Sydney when we return.

Visas or EU citizenship

Cost of moving

Cost of storage

Car or no car?

Tax obligations

FAO obligations

Health insurance or Travel Insurance?

What else people? Help me.




  • At 2014.07.23 12:51, Pam said:

    Hi Maria – we did exactly the same thing when my girls were young, they were 11 & 13 when we decided to live in the UK for a year. We enjoyed it so much that when we got back to Perth we ended up selling our house and returning to live semi permanently in the south of England. We ended up being there for 6 years so the girls did all of their high schooling there. They loved it and made some great friends that they are still in touch with 15 years later. I’d think twice about living in London – it’s going to be very expensive and there are some lovely areas not too far from the capital. Car? Definately. If you can get work before you leave, great, if not don’t let it stop you. Any more questions and I’d be glad to help. Good luck with it all 🙂

    • At 2014.07.23 13:19, Maria said:

      Oh Pam this is exactly what I’m looking for. I get the impression not living in a capital city in the UK is not the same as not living in a capital city in Australia.

      My husband works in Film & TV so access to wherever those jobs are will be one of the consideration where we live. I can pursue my freelance writing from home.

      We were initially thinking 2 years but that amount of time panicked the kids.

      Love hearing stories from other people how big change affected them. I’m going to have to read your blog.

      Love & stuff
      Mrs M

      • At 2014.07.23 14:54, Pam said:

        When it comes to distance in the UK think small – the whole of the UK will fit into Western Australia! Commuting is second nature over there and public transport, particularly the rail system, makes it so much easier. An hour or so from London will get you out into much more picturesque countryside and away from the pressures of a big city. I’m not sure what you’re thinking for accommodation but we house swapped for the first 4 months – it’s not for everyone but it worked for us. I was also very impressed with the education my girls had (although it is a while ago now and again we were on the south coast, not in a city). The lure of Paris is definately a positive as far as teenage girls go and it is still my eldest daughter’s favourite holiday destination :-). If you’ve got any more specific questions, please go ahead and ask.

    • At 2014.07.23 17:43, Pam said:

      Hope you don’t mind Maria but I’ve just reblogged this over on my blog

      • At 2014.07.24 16:11, Maria said:

        No problem at all! 🙂

      • At 2014.07.23 20:57, Rae Hilhorst said:

        What an opportunity, I wish I was brave enough when mine were young. Grab it with both hands xxx

        • At 2014.07.24 16:12, Maria said:

          Oh my goodness it is taking every bit of ‘brave’ I have. It’s so easy to not want to rock the boat. Eeek!!

          Thanks for the comment and visit.

          Love & stuff
          Mrs M

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