"Every attempt to stay failed and I finally had to accept that I needed a new plan and a new destination and that's when I booked my flight to Australia."
The journey started when I flew from Auckland to Perth after a couple of years of building a life in New Zealand, (a life I loved by the way!) only to have to leave it all behind abruptly.
I initially departed Canada for New Zealand to visit my sister, expecting to sightsee and experience the 'Land of the Long White Cloud' for a few months. However, I ended up settling in and staying much longer, as it turned out to be much better than I could have known. I went through a lot during my time there – friendships, relationships, a break-up, jobs, travel adventures, and the bane of my existence: visas!
I built some of the best friendships I ever had, had some of the worst and best jobs in my life, and broke up with the first guy I'd ever lived with – which resulted in me losing my partnership visa and searching for other ways to stay. I tried every angle, like begging my ex to sign the paperwork, securing a student visa, and asking my new employer to sponsor me.
I'd given it my best shot, but nothing was working out. Every attempt to stay failed and I finally had to accept that I needed a new plan and a new destination, and that's when I booked my flight to Australia.
I picked Perth with a goal in mind: to save money and to prove to myself that I could build a new life all on my own. I booked myself into a hostel for the first week, even though I knew one girl over there who offered to let me stay with her. I wanted to meet new people without anyone's help and to step out on my own two feet. I aimed to secure a job, a flat, do some travelling, and regional work (which would secure my second year in Australia).
I look back now and realise that I have done just that, plus a few other things I never imagined myself doing – like working and living on a farm taking care of children, and cleaning apartments in a mining region.
It's been nearly two years since I landed and I've come such a long way personally, mentally and financially. I am proud of the choices I made and the fact I had faith in myself to build a new life all on my own.
Author - Myra Advent
Myra Advent is from Canada. She has spent the last few years working and travelling in the Southern Hemisphere and now lives in Perth, Australia with her husband-to-be.
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