If you’re new to this blog, you may not know that I’ve lived expat life all over the world. The countries I’ve spent the most time living abroad in are Australia and Germany. Both were vastly different experiences. Both taught me a lot about living abroad and the challenges expats face.
Expat life in Australia
I spent two years living in Australia thanks to my working holiday visa. During that time it became one of my favourite places on earth. It’s such an amazing place to live and work. Proven by all of my friends who decided to stay and get permanent residency!
Getting a working holiday visa is super easy for those from the UK. I would advise anyone who would like to travel to consider living abroad there. It’s such an amazing learning curve and a great way to get a good dose of travel. Or you can stay in one place and experience living abroad.
Moving abroad to Germany
Living abroad in Germany was the biggest challenge of my life, for many reasons. I faced a language barrier, the huge task of dealing with German bureaucracy, making new friends and finding new work. It’s definitely not a decision to be taken lightly, but it’s also an amazingly rewarding experience to build a new life abroad.
During my time in Hamburg, I also set up an expats Facebook group to host events for people to meet-up with others who had moved to the city. It now has over 250 members who still meet regularly even after I left the country. If you’re looking to move to Hamburg, check out my expats guide to moving to Hamburg.
Posts on living abroad
In this section of Absolutely Lucy, you’ll find posts on how to get an Australian working holiday visa and how to secure your second year visa. Plus you’ll also find posts on what it’s like to live in Australia – very important if you’re thinking of moving.
When it comes to Germany, you’ll find posts on all of the practical information you need for moving to Hamburg, dealing with the language barrier, finding work and information about how to join my Facebook Expats Community if you move to Hamburg.