So we were living apart for 16 months and to be honest we were dreading it and at times wondered why on earth we were doing it, but time does indeed fly, so I thought I would share my tips of how we got through it.
You're about to be launched headlong in to a new adventure accompanied by a feeling of trepidation and general anxiety. I've been there and know those feelings only too well, I've recently moved from the UK to Switzerland with my family in tow (change not being my biggest forte, I'm still harking back to a time of Grange Hill and a regular helping of Dynasty).
So for those thinking about making the move Down Under for a smooth transition from the UK, why not see if your skills are still needed in Australia, you may be surprised by what you find.
The accent, the people, the outdoor lifestyle, plus the slightly slower pace of life than in the UK. My romantic dalliance is with Vancouver after I lived in the city, pre-kids. Since then I've spent far too much time dreaming about moving back.
For me and my husband Dick (Strawbridge), this was certainly one of the driving factors when we took the plunge to buy a 45 room 19th century chateau in France just shy of two years' ago - for £280,000 - the same price (well less) than our one-bedroom flat in East London!
I didn't know a single person when I arrived in the desert. Well, not anyone that I could count on or call up if I found
Asia's economic development and global growth has already led to plenty of teaching opportunities in China, South Korea and Japan. With any luck, Brexit will boost ties with the East and provide even more new jobs in the future...
In all likelihood, your year abroad will be a mixed bag of highs and lows. It will probably not be the worst year of your life, but not necessarily the best, either - and that's okay.
It doesn't take days, week, years to get 'value for money' because really, such a thing never exists. When the money is gone, it's gone. So why torture yourself that you should be using something that you spent money on if you don't like using it.
Moving abroad is an enriching and exciting experience: beautiful places to explore, interesting people to meet and a new community to become part of. But getting everything sorted before you make that leap of faith can be stressful and daunting.