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A Few Things You Should Know before Moving to Australia

australianflagreducedChanging your place of residence and moving to Australia has its perks as well as some drawbacks, much like any major decision in life. Regardless whether your motivation to do so came out of the will to change the environment you are surrounded with, your job demands you to do so, or simply because you are chasing a once in a lifetime opportunity, bear in mind that adapting to this continent may be somewhat difficult. The following article will provide you with some information related to Australian lifestyle, what to look forward, to and what to be aware off so that you are not caught off guard.

A Different Type of Weather

It can be either good or bad thing, depending on your preference, if you enjoy sunbathing on the beach, swimming and surfing, then you will definitely fancy this continent. On the other hand, sea water is filled with some nasty sea creatures , so I suggest staying alert if you do not want to experience the infamous medusa burn. There is an alternative, if you like swimming, you can visit their public pools since they are both great and medusa free. Another thing to worry about is skin cancer, considering that Australia has the highest rates in the world when it comes to this condition. Swimming and surfing are extremely popular here, thus if you are looking for good sports opportunities in this area, then you are in luck. Also, the beauty of Australian beaches is unrivaled, when compared to those on other continents.

Getting Used to a Lot of Different Animals

640px-Baby_koalaWell if you are in to exotic pets, like snakes, lizards and spiders, then you might not be bothered by the fact that you are on a continent where poisonous species of these animals absolutely thrive. Also you need to brace yourself for a lot of cawing crows, always ready to raid your trash in search for food, and redecorate your back and front yard in the process. It is also worth mentioning that you should not expect to find a house that is cockroach free, especially in Queensland. All kidding aside, you need to protect yourself and your household from these pests, so when moving into a new home, make sure you conduct a thorough investigation of your plumbing system, your roof, doors windows, gutters etc. Once you are sure everything is functioning properly, and there are no spider nests or any unwanted cracks through which something can crawl in, then it might get a little bit easier for you to fall asleep at night, due to the better sense of security. Moreover, since you are new here, ensure that these inspections and repairs are done by licensed professionals, and do not allow yourself to be scammed, Australia will drain your budget anyway, which brings me to the next issue.

Complex Tax System and High Tax Rates

That is right, Australia is an expensive place to live in, even for their natives, plus the tax system is so complicated that even accountants themselves are having troubles with keeping up. In the competition for the most expensive country, Australia ranks as fourth, right behind Switzerland, Norway and Bermuda. This can be attributed to the fact that Australia has extreme costs of housing, even the price for renting a house is 26% higher than in New Zealand, and 36% higher than in USA. In other words, if you are pursuing a job career, be certain that it pays well, and do some calculations before you decide to leave. On the up side, there are outstanding schools in Australia, so your children will be provided with quality education, and it is a country which is politically stable, so that's certainly a burden off your back.

Great Place for Hiking and Camping

acampar-bajo-las-estrellas-aniversarioFor all the camping and hiking enthusiast who can't wait for the opportunity to test their stamina and survival skills in nature, Australia is an absolute heaven. The people are friendly, so you will have no trouble bonding on your hiking trips, and there is a great diversity when it comes to scenery, so you definitely will be entertained, and you will surely put your endurance to the test.

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