When I was living the expat life in Vancouver, I was constantly asked WHY? Why Vancouver, why Canada? Although I probably should have crafted a better answer than why not? This was my usual response. Now I have made the decision to move to Melbourne next month, the questions are being asked again. So instead of my simple two word answer, this blog post is my rebuttal. This is why I am moving to Melbourne, which I am really excited about.
5 REASONS WHY I AM MOVING TO MELBOURNE
I miss the city life, where there always seems to be an endless list of restaurants to enjoy, things to do and places to see. It took me living in Brisbane and then Vancouver to realise that at this time of my life I am most certainly a city girl. I’m excited to experience Melbourne as a resident: slowly soaking the city up. I have done a few tourist things in Melbourne during previous visits, but I know there is so much more to see and do, and I am ready to see and do it.
MELBOURNE IS THE WORLD’S MOST LIVEABLE CITY
Last year, Melbourne was named the world’s most liveable city for the fourth year in a row. Vancouver just happened to be .2 points behind in third place, but the most liveable city in North America nonetheless. Although the survey takes into account things like healthcare, infrastructure and education, I think the city must be pretty alright to live in with this award on its resume.
I CAN NOW HANDLE MELBOURNE’S FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY
The one component that made me not want to live in Melbourne previously is its weather. Labelled as the city in Australia where you can experience four seasons in one day, I discovered this first-hand during two of my visits, which didn’t excite me AT. ALL. But after living and surviving Vancouver’s mild winter (compared to its fellow Canadian counterparts) I know that although Melbourne’s winter isn’t going to be brilliant, I can do it. I am also trying to look on the bright side and think about the boots and scarves I can wear – my two favourite accessories.
I have spent the past few months since being home focused on completing my travel writing course, posting regular content on this blog and looking for other freelance writing opportunities. I have picked up work as an entertainment writer and copywriter, which has helped me gain invaluable experience. Once I move to Melbourne, I want to focus even more on freelancing and writing specifically about the city. I have already found a few blogs and websites needing Melbourne-based content, which I have bookmarked until my arrival.
I know that the city will be a source of inspiration for me, and that is exactly what I need. Just being around new places and people will have my creative juices flowing – I know it. Writing is my passion and my first love, so I’m motivated to make it my career.
NEW BEGINNINGS, AGAIN
When I got back from Vancouver, I was starting from scratch, again. I was back living with my parents, trying to save to fly the nest once more. I thought that seeing as I was beginning again, why not do it someplace new? Melbourne has been my favourite Australian city for awhile now, so when I thought about starting afresh in my home country, I knew where I wanted to be. I knew that if I could start an expat life for myself in Canada, I can do it here too. Life is short, after all.
Perhaps my nomadic self might actually settle for awhile? This will be the fourth Australian state I have lived in, the fourth city I have called home since 2010 and the sixth bedroom I have rented in five years, so taking some time out for awhile doesn’t sound totally horrible.
LOOKING FORWARD TO MELBOURNE!
So there you have it, my 700-word answer to why I am really really excited about living in Melbourne. If you are a Melbourne resident, let me know in the comments your favourite places!