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    Wow, Perth-London direct come Mar '18!

    Sorry to hear that you had to fly back for a funeral. My wife's nephew is considering doing the direct return flight for a wedding in July as they can only manage a quick trip of a week - 9 days max. They're unsure given the cost and negative reviews even though it makes sense to fly direct for such a short amount of time in England. They don't think it will give them enough time to visit family and friends. My wife is also of the opinion that it won't give them enough time to get homesick for England and consider moving back! How did you find the short trip - admittedly you had less than happy circumstances but would you do it again? Did you have time to see family and friends amidst the jet-lag?
  2. Many thanks for your replies. Its all really helpful. I know we're pushing it - and not just in terms of age. If we are able to emigrate, we would have AUD 400k to invest in a business or set up our own. I have always been self employed / owned my own limited company as I really didn't think I was that employable (the Navy only employed me for 5 years!) In any case, my skills in conservation and construction have allowed me to successfully run my own ship. Similarly we would have AUD 75k income per annum from our portfolio in the UK which we would retain, in the safe hands of our daughters (!) The sale of our house would provide additional income. It is, essentially a retirement / lifestyle change but with our feet still firmly in a business. Sadly my wife underwent emergency major surgery last month which has put a halt to our plans for now but she's recovering well and we may take up the reins later in the year. However, from a medical point of view, we may not be very welcome any more ..... Once again, many thanks for your comments.
  3. We've just been introduced to this forum by friends and family and have spent a great deal of time browsing and taking in so much useful information. Fantastic site. My wife and I are considering moving to WA. Our 3 kids have flown the nest (although the youngest is keen to join us) and we are in a fortunate position to be self-sufficient, mortgage free with a small portfolio of investments that provides an income that we can happily live off. We've not arrived at this position without years of hard work, hard knocks, injury and stress but it was worth it in the end! A more sedentary life is what we're after in a completely different climate and country. We have friends and relatives in Perth and Adelaide who are all very much in favour of getting us out to Oz. I am a qualified and experienced carpenter/joiner and have a Masters Degree in Building Conservation. I appreciate that there is probably less demand in Australia for my services in conservation than in the UK but I would very much like to continue in this practice. My wife is a qualified speech and language therapist and fluent in Spanish. She is currently practicing as a therapist as well as giving private Spanish lessons. The question is: Are we too old to apply for a visa? I am 50 and my wife is 50 this year. Whereas we can support ourselves financially and can obviously provide proof of the same, we would like to continue practicing in our career fields given that we both feel we have something to offer, as well as enjoying our work. We do, of course, understand and appreciate that we would not be given priority over younger, local residents who are qualified and experienced in the same fields. Our initial plans would be to set ourselves up in private practice. We decided that 2018 would be the year that we investigate the possibilities of emigrating - so here we are. Any comments are gratefully received and we hope to be able to fulfill our hopes and dreams over the course of the coming months.