After coming home from New Zealand in the spring of 2012, we quickly realized what our next step in life would be. A permenant move to New Zealand was a must. Of course after being so far away, we enjoyed family and friends whom we had missed terribly while gone, and the FL weather was more enjoyable than ever before, but something had changed in both of us. We just couldn't get over the wonderful and beautiful place we had left. So the planning began... Lots of questions and concerns went through our minds, but we have been determined to make the move.
Our plan is to arrive in New Zealand in February, spend 3 months, then head to Australia for 6 months. The 3 month period in NZ will allow us some time to explore our options for purchasing a house and to gather information for our relocation. The 6 months in Australia will give us a new place to explore with a holiday working visa before Jill turns 30, at which time she will no longer be eligible. The Australian holiday working visa is similar to the one that we traveled to NZ on, which is designed for the younger generation to travel and supplement their trip with income from part-time work. We have both always wanted to go to Australia, so we figured this was the perfect opportunity before we settle in and we will still be within reach of NZ.