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    Default Tree-change or Sea-change? Anyone done it?

    As the title suggests has anyone moved interstate for the climate/lifestyle/adventure? We have thought about it for a long time and now are talking about doing it seriously. I am interested in hearing other peoples experience of doing this. Any regrets? How did you descide where to go? Did you end up going home again? My parents moved us from Melbourne to the Gold Coast for 2 years when I was 9 and it was the best time of our lives. We currently live just outside metro Melbourne and have 2 girls ages 2 months and nearly 3 years and I feel like if we are going to move else where we need to do it before my eldest starts school in a few years. I absolutely hate the cold weather here and would love to live somewhere warmer. The weather is a big thing but also the life style. BBQ's, being outside and not being restricted by the cold and wet and rain, its all looking more appealing by the minute. We have a small extended family who we hardly see (speak on the phone a lot tho) and friends scattered all over Melbourne so its not like we see them a lot either. Just feels like we are running out of reasons to stay. Anyway just needed to get this out and see if anyone has any insight to share?TIA

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    I say why not go for it!

    My parents moved us here from another country. Completely different lifestyle, and it's been for the better.

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    Yep I've done it. I moved from a capital city to a large regional town. I wanted somewhere a bit smaller and cheaper than a capital city that still had all essential services. The climate is a bit nicer here too.
    I have no regrets and no desire to move back home. I wouldn't mind moving on elsewhere in a few years though. It would be nice to experience living in different towns/states then picking somewhere to settle down later on in life.

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    Yes, we did it about 18 months ago, we got here just before my eldest started school. No regrets -I could never live in the city ever again. We love it so much we just bought our first house

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    We've done it! We lived right on the cost in WA and now we are in a small regional town in North WA.

    We will definitely move back as we have moved here for work but I really like it here. It's nice to be away from the city. No traffic and the wild life here is awesome.

    We moved when my two were 3 months and 2 years and we will be returning home when my eldest starts school.

    I think it's great to experience different parts of our beautiful country.... If you have that opportunity then I say go for it!

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    Do it I say! You only live once! I would absolutely love a sea-change, but my partner is intent on staying put . It's all a life experience/adventure. You will never know if life could be better else-where unless you try - and if it's not, what's to stop you coming back?? I never saw myself living in the same old place for the rest of my life and am so hoping my partner changes his mind one day. Good luck whatever you choose

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    Yes, I did, I came home to NZ with my 3 boys, and wanted to give them the same kind of upbringing I had, in the country, so we all now live on 25 acres kinda in the middle of hicksville, we have a milking cow, and getting chooks, vege garden, orchard, no neighbours within sight, great close knit community, little country school for the boys... I love love love it!

    I'd say go for it.

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    We moved here from the UK for a better lifestyle and weather. Wouldn't change it for the world. It was a huge move and expensive plus we are thousands of miles from family but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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    We did a tree change .. I do regret it sometime .. But then other times I love it !
    I would suggest renting for a year or more somewhere .. In case you change your mind .

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    That sounds like my dream life!

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    Yes, I did, I came home to NZ with my 3 boys, and wanted to give them the same kind of upbringing I had, in the country, so we all now live on 25 acres kinda in the middle of hicksville, we have a milking cow, and getting chooks, vege garden, orchard, no neighbours within sight, great close knit community, little country school for the boys... I love love love it!

    I'd say go for it.


 

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