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Jump Down Under: True Stories of Relocating to Australia

Book Review

Jump Down Under: True Stories of Relocating to Australia

Many dream of a new life Down Under. After all, who wouldn’t want to exchange a life of grey skies and the ready meals for one of spontaneous barbies laden with fresh seafood under a never-ending blue sky?

Author, Iain Ayres (39), did just that and has now built a business that helps others to do the same.  After experiencing a nightmare time fraught with misinformation, dead ends and fraud, Ayres and his girlfriend eventually made their Jump Down Under from England two years ago. They arrived there jobless and homeless but both happy and determined to prevent others from going through the same hell. . Jump Down Under is exactly the book he wishes he’d been able to read before he moved to Australia.

“The logistics are relatively easy – you buy a ticket, and get on a plane and go, but it’s the emotions, the anxiety and concerns that are the big issues. I wanted to normalise the emotions we went through, and others go through, by sharing other people’s stories,” says Ayres.

This book tells it how it is. The reality of making the move, telling the family, settling in and, most importantly, how to get that coveted visa! With the emphasis on first hand accounts rather than endless to do lists, Ayres provides the reader with a snapshot of the pre-decision, pre-departure, arrival and settling in process told by people who have been there, done that and now got the (probably Fosters XXXX) tee shirt. After hours of interviewing men and women, husbands and wives, singles, the young and not so young, this is the only book of its kind and fills a very real gap in the market.

All the practical stuff and vital information is there too, of course. This is the definitive must-read.