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British families explore the idea of moving to Australia or New Zealand. To bring her closer to her dear departed mum, Sioned Young thinks she needs to move to Oz.


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Sioned Young feels a move to Australia

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could bring her closer to her dearly departed mum.

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She was just full of love for this country

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and couldn't kind of praise it enough, and said to us all,

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"You need to go, you need to try it out."

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But her husband Richard is worried

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about the practicalities of such a huge change.

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I think that we really need to

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sort of take a step back sometimes and say,

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"Is this the right thing to do?"

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A trial week in Perth

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sees the family road test the Aussie way of life.

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But will their old life back in Wales prove too emotional

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to leave behind?

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Sorry.

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Australia. The smallest continent on earth

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and home to just over 23 million people.

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However, its population continues to rise at one of the fastest rates in

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the developed world.

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With over 10,000 beaches and a sun-soaked climate,

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it's no surprise the country is the number one destination

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for UK families moving abroad.

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When Sioned Young lost her mum to cancer,

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it brought home just how fragile life can be

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and how you've got to seize every moment and live life to the full.

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She feels Australia could offer her the opportunity to do just that.

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But while chef and husband Richard is content with what is currently on

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his plate, he's happy for the family to taste the lifestyle in Australia

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and then decide if they want more.

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The family's first ever trip to Australia

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takes more than 24 hours, from Manchester to Perth.

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And when they finally touched down,

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Sioned's already thinking about the miles they've covered.

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The furthest we've been is Europe, and that's like four hours.

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So it's like a totally different ball game.

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-Yes.

-Having made it this far,

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Richard is focusing on one thing in particular.

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It's got to be the right sort of career opportunity for me.

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You know, it's got to be better than what I've got at home at the moment.

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And Sioned is pinning her hopes on Australia living up to expectations.

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The thing that I'm probably most worried about is that we're going

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to love it, and then find out that we can't move.

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I think we will love it. I just hope that everything else works out,

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like financially and jobs-wise.

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The next seven days will determine which side of the world the family's

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future lies.

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Meet the Young family.

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They are mum, Sioned.

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Dad, Richard. With one-year-old Felix, Millie, aged 11, and Alexa,

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who's four. They live in the town of Mold in north-east Wales.

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Sioned's felt a connection with Australia since she was 16,

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when her mum visited the country 15 years ago while she was ill.

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It was really special to her.

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She went and stayed with a friend who had a smallholding out there,

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and they did a lot of riding and just travelling around.

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I think she did some quite sort of amazing things.

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So when she came back, she was just full of love for this country

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and couldn't kind of praise it enough, and said to us,

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"Oh, you know, you need to go, you need to try it out,

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"you'd love it there."

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Shortly after returning, Sioned's mum passed away,

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but her passion for the country

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left a lasting impression on her children.

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When my sister went when I was in uni, I kind of thought then,

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you know, I'm really going to miss her.

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She's my oldest sister, and when my mum died,

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she kind of became, I suppose, a mum figure to me.

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So when she went, I sort of thought, "Oh, you know...

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"..this could happen."

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But at the time, I was in uni, I was quite young, I had good friends,

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it just wasn't right.

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And then my brother going, that was it.

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I was just like, "I want to be there now."

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I'd be there tomorrow if I could.

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Although Australia has become more of an urgency for Sioned,

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she has a settled family life

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with Richard and the children in North Wales.

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I obviously...

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..want Sioned to...

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..to be happy, and I want, you know, to make sure that she does

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everything that she wants to do, and, you know,

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her dreams are fulfilled.

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But in turn, I just want to make sure that it's right for us all.

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I think that we really need to

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sort of take a step back sometimes and say,

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"Is this the right thing to do?"

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Richard has very practical concerns about a move.

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I think my sort of reservations are around...

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..my job opportunities, really.

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I think that

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I need to make sure that we can, you know, afford to be out there.

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-Yes.

-And survive out there.

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Rich definitely sees risk.

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He...

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He's not really a risk-taker.

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He likes to know what's going to happen,

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and he definitely isn't a risk-taker when it comes to money.

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Millie seems to be on board, though.

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So far all my cousins have been except for us,

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and they've all said it's been amazing there,

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so I'd really like to go there as well.

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The biggest wrench, however,

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will be taking the children away from their grandparents,

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especially for Richard.

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I feel that I'll be taking away, you know, their sort of...

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..relationship with the children, watching them grow and, you know,

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being a part of their lives, and, you know, vice versa.

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I want my mum and dad to be around for...

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..for their grandchildren, so I think that's sort of...

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..really sort of plays on my mind.

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He sees his mum and dad quite a bit as well, so...

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Leaving them, probably for him, would be hard.

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And then they get quite upset as well,

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and they got quite upset about the fact that we might be moving over

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-there.

-My mum, she...

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..gets upset when we talk about it,

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and my dad as well. He loves the kids, so...

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It would be a real tough sort of conversation, I think.

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I do think ultimately he would obviously want to make us happy...

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..but it would come with a cost for him, I think,

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and I need to respect that.

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I need to understand that, that that matters to him.

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Sioned is hoping her mum's inspirational journey

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will rub off on her family.

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When I think about her, I don't feel sad as in like it's a sort of

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horrible thing, I just remember how positive she was,

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how lovely she was,

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and we're all the same, and she has left that with us,

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that we need to go out and live life

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and do what we want to do and follow our dreams.

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Whatever happens,

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she knows her mum would approve of her following in her footsteps.

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It's a way of following her advice...

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..because she was very wise and she did say the right things, you know.

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I think that if she says it's the right thing to do,

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it definitely would be.

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The Youngs' home for the week is the port suburb of Fremantle,

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just half an hour from Perth city centre.

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After a good night's sleep,

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Sioned and Richard discuss the week ahead over breakfast.

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I'm looking forward to, you know,

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finding out sort of what Australia has for us in terms of, you know,

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-family activities...

-Lifestyle, you know.

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And just for us as well, you know, as the kids grow up,

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we need to make sure that there's going to be plenty

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for us to sort of...

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-Yeah, actually, I never think about that.

-Yeah, so...

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-After, when we actually have a life!

-Yeah!

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-They'd be all right with that one.

-We need to be open-minded, I think.

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This week's really going to help us out

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to make those important decisions.

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Back in the UK, the Youngs live

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in their rented home in north-east Wales.

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We live in Mold, don't we, now?

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Which is a lovely town, actually.

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I really like it. You like it, too, don't you?

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Yes. We've got the park right behind us, and it's a walk into town, so,

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you know, we've got... Everything's really convenient.

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They've got £200,000 to spend on a home down under,

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and Sioned's pretty clear on what that should be.

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Big kitchen, big living room, big dining room, playroom, big garden,

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maybe a pool. Four bedrooms.

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Nice and modern!

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To find out what kind of house they could have in Australia,

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we'll show the family three properties - two on budget,

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and a third which could be their dream home.

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House-hunting begins in Halls Head, in the popular suburb of Mandurah,

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an hour south of Perth.

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This is nice!

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With great schools, facilities and just five minutes from the beach,

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will this four-bedroom family home do the trick?

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Looks nice.

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First impressions for all the family are good.

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What do you think?

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-I like it.

-Let's hope this positive vibe continues.

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-It's a good space, isn't it?

-I like it.

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I don't love these tops.

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-The colours?

-Yeah.

-No, but you could change them.

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-You could, couldn't you? Yeah.

-I think the layout's really good.

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-Yeah.

-Bit dark, though, that's my only sort of...

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-..reservation about... You know.

-Yeah.

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I think you could work on everything else,

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but it's just not much natural light coming through, is there?

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This is the master bedroom.

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Will they be fans of this room?

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It's not huge, but...

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..it's an OK size. The bathroom's, like, mega decent.

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There is one perk, though.

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We've got a full walk-in wardrobe.

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I'd probably, like, put a door on it.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-Just so you don't see all of your...

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Cos you could just like, "Oh, my room's tidy now!"

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Next up, the children's rooms.

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What do you think?

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-This is a nice room.

-Would you like this bedroom?

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-Wow.

-Yeah?

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-It's all right.

-It's a good size, as well.

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Well, it's all right.

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For Alexa.

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-Where else have we got?

-While the little ones hang out with the

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childminder, the rest of the family continue exploring.

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This would be my room, cos it's a lot bigger.

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-It is bigger, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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I just don't like the carpet.

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-Yeah. It all needs updating, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

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A bit old lady, isn't it?

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Well, that's all Millie needed to see.

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So Mum and Dad soldier on alone.

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So this is like another living area.

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It's bigger than what we have now, just like the lounge.

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-About the same.

-Yeah, similar, isn't it?

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Do you know what I feel like? I'm not...I'm not excited.

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Like, I'm not saying, "Oh, I love it."

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But it's liveable.

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Let's see if the outside space can sell this space to the Youngs.

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Oh, wow, this is big.

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-Really nice.

-This is what you come out for, isn't it, this?

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Yeah, loads of space for the kids to play,

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and you've got this nice shaded sort of area.

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Yeah. This outside space has sold it for me.

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I'd happily move for this.

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It's beautiful.

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Well, that's a turnaround, but is it affordable?

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So, price-wise, what do you think this is worth?

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350?

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You think that high?

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-Yeah...

-No!

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-I think more like on budget-ish.

-Do you think?

-Like 200, £210,000.

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I think it's going to be a decent price.

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I'm nervous!

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OK, ready? Yeah.

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-Oh, wow!

-Right!

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OK, £196,000.

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That's...

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-I was way off.

-You were way off!

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I'm really glad that you were way off.

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That's £4,000 under budget and, more importantly,

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£154,000 below Richard's guess.

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I'm really happy with that.

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-I'm really...pleasantly surprised.

-Yep.

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With Sioned's crusade to convert Richard off to a confident start,

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the couple continue their search.

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Property two is just a few miles away in Greenfields.

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With schools, parks and still only ten minutes to the beach,

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it's a great place for families.

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No, it's not the motor home, it's this five bedroom house instead.

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It looks...looks good.

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Inside, the decor is...

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-I like the door.

-..unusual?

-That's a nice door.

-Oh.

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-Wow! This is interesting.

-Extravagant, isn't it?

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Is it Christmas?

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It's just not us, this, is it?

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But that might be the decor.

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Let's see if the main bedroom is any better.

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It's just really not our taste at all,

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-isn't it? And I'm struggling to see past it.

-En-suite again.

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-Yeah.

-It's just...

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Not very nice.

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Just modernisation again, isn't it, really?

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I don't really like it. I'm not sure I'd want to spend the money.

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-Oh, dear.

-OK, so this is like a little...

-Big office.

-..office.

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Little, little big office.

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Little big office! Well, we wouldn't need this.

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I don't think I'd live here.

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-I'm getting that feeling...

-Already.

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..already that I don't feel like this is...

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I couldn't see ourselves here.

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At least there's a pool...

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..table.

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Look at this. It's a strange thing to have in your kitchen!

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Oh, my God.

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But it's huge, isn't it? It's really spacious.

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Things are looking up.

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There's plenty of...

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..you know, work space.

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-Or down.

-The kitchen's all right, but I just don't really like it.

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-I can't see us here.

-The sitting room's a bonus.

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This is quite a good space, isn't it?

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-Yep.

-Or not.

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Doesn't feel very cosy, does it?

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I think it's the tiles as well.

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I don't... You couldn't relax in here.

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-No.

-OK.

-Shame.

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And the children's rooms?

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So this is, like, one of the kids rooms, yeah?

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This feels much more modern than the rest of the house.

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Like, I don't mind this room.

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Oh, this is progress.

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This is quite a good size.

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It's nice that it looks out onto the garden as well.

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Yeah, yeah. No, it's nice actually.

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But the family bathroom leaves them feeling...

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-Very blue.

-Is this the main bathroom, then?

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-Is this like...?

-I assume so.

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It's not on a bedroom, is it?

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-Pretty small, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Looks like the outdoors will have to save the day again.

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This is quite a good space.

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-Yeah.

-This is probably the nicest bit of the house, I would say.

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Yeah, no, it's good actually.

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-I think this is like a grown-ups' garden.

-Yeah, definitely, yeah.

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-It's just not as nice as the other one, is it?

-No.

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OK, well, let's get this over and done with.

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The budget - £200,000.

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So what are your thoughts on this house, then?

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Erm, I don't really like it.

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No surprises there!

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I reckon it's over our budget anyway.

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-Over?

-I reckon it's 200,000. Yeah, definitely.

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No, I'm going to say it's less than the last house.

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-Do you reckon? No way.

-I'm going to say about £180,000.

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I'm probably wrong again, aren't I?

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OK. Shall we see?

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Oh. £214,000.

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That's 14 grand over budget.

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Richard was right this time.

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No, I wouldn't pay this, no way.

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-No.

-Too much.

-Definitely not.

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Let's hope the last property can turn things around.

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For the final stop of the day,

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the couple head ten minutes south to the pretty suburb of Erskine.

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With its laid-back attitude,

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it's perfect for a family-friendly lifestyle.

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As they pull up to this quiet cul-de-sac,

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will this four-bedroom home turn those frowns upside down?

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This is nice.

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Yeah, it looks really good.

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Like a nice quiet area, doesn't it?

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-Yeah.

-But we all know it's what's on the inside that counts.

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Ah, that's cool.

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Nice little kitchen.

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Whoa, it's like a country kitchen, isn't it?

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Reminds me of one of my friend's mum's kitchens!

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It's not as big, though, is it?

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-No, but still...

-As the other houses.

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Space wise, I don't mind it.

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You can be cooking on here and prepping on here,

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and you've got everything close to hand.

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-I like it.

-I'll be honest, I would want to rip this kitchen out.

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So this is your dining area.

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I really like that light.

0:16:320:16:34

-No, I like it. I like the space.

-Yeah.

-The flow.

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It feels nice and homely.

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-Yeah.

-I really like it.

-Still open plan, isn't it?

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The mood is definitely more positive as they move on to the bedrooms.

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This is lovely, isn't it?

0:16:460:16:48

-Wow.

-This is beautiful.

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Yes, it's really nice.

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This wouldn't look like this if we lived here.

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-What do you mean?!

-This is nice.

0:16:530:16:55

But this is really pretty. I could be really comfy in here.

0:16:550:16:57

-What's that in there?

-The en-suite.

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Oh, this is nice.

0:17:000:17:02

-Oh, yeah, really nice.

-You wouldn't have to do anything, would you?

0:17:020:17:04

-I mean, that's a walk-in wardrobe, I'm guessing, over here.

-Yep.

0:17:040:17:07

-Let's have a look.

-Oh, this is nice. Oh, I like this.

0:17:070:17:11

-Oh, yeah.

-Yeah, I can see myself in this room.

0:17:110:17:15

-That's a positive.

-Well, that's a relief.

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The children's rooms are next.

0:17:180:17:20

Oh, this is nice. This is a gorgeous room, isn't it?

0:17:210:17:24

-Millie would love this.

-Yeah, it's a cool room.

0:17:240:17:26

-So far, so good, I think.

-Cosy again, isn't it?

-Yeah, yeah.

0:17:260:17:30

-This is quite big.

-Mm.

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-Isn't it?

-Each room looks really nice.

0:17:320:17:35

You've got two rooms now that you could definitely fit a double in.

0:17:350:17:38

Yep. It's cool! Cool room.

0:17:380:17:39

This is so cool! I love that.

0:17:390:17:42

-That's amazing.

-It's an all right size, isn't it?

0:17:420:17:44

It would probably do for Felix, wouldn't it?

0:17:440:17:46

It's really homely, this place, isn't it?

0:17:460:17:48

And that's what you want. You want it to feel right, don't you?

0:17:480:17:50

And this kind of does.

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Outside is the icing on the cake.

0:17:520:17:54

-Oh, this is nice.

-Yeah, really nice.

0:17:540:17:57

Look, it's a pool!

0:17:570:17:59

-This is gorgeous.

-This is...

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..how I sort of imagined everything could be like in Australia.

0:18:030:18:07

-Yeah.

-This is what you sort of dream of, isn't it?

0:18:070:18:09

-I could see myself here.

-Yeah.

-With a bit of grass.

0:18:090:18:11

This is, this is amazing, isn't it?

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Well, this place has definitely got their attention.

0:18:130:18:16

But can they afford it on their £200,000 budget?

0:18:160:18:20

I really like this house.

0:18:200:18:22

I could see us living somewhere like this.

0:18:220:18:24

How much do you think, then?

0:18:240:18:26

-Erm...

-I'm always wrong so...

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£330,000.

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OK.

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I'm going to say...

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I'm going to go close to that - £315,000.

0:18:340:18:38

Right, shall we see how much it is?

0:18:390:18:41

Yeah. Do it.

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Wow.

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£260,000.

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-No way!

-That's a surprise.

0:18:470:18:49

It is. Yeah, I thought it was going to be...

0:18:490:18:51

Well, we both went way over, didn't we?

0:18:510:18:53

It's £60,000 over budget, but...

0:18:530:18:57

If that's what you can get here, with this...

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..I'd...I'd buy it.

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Because I think that's totally... That's doable.

0:19:020:19:04

It's been a bit of a roller-coaster today on the property front.

0:19:050:19:10

House number one ticked most of their boxes.

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With an outdoors area that impressed

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and a price tag under budget,

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it was a definite maybe for the Youngs.

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Property two was a bit of a disaster.

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With its outdated decor and a price neither were willing to pay,

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it was a resounding thumbs down.

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Property three was a winner!

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With a modern spacious interior and fantastic outdoors,

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even at £60,000 over budget,

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it left the Youngs itching to move in.

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So when it comes to properties, will it be home or away?

0:19:400:19:44

-BOTH:

-Australia!

0:19:520:19:54

I sort of knew that you going to vote Australia

0:19:550:19:57

after your comments today.

0:19:570:19:58

I know, yeah. I think just getting a feel for the areas and, you know,

0:19:580:20:02

coming along here as well, the beach, it's only five minutes away.

0:20:020:20:06

I think it's just a given.

0:20:060:20:08

-Why wouldn't you?

-Definitely feels...feels right so far,

0:20:080:20:11

-like the right thing to do.

-Yes.

0:20:110:20:12

That's awesome. I'm so pleased.

0:20:130:20:15

Richard's vote for Australia hasn't completely surprised Sioned,

0:20:190:20:23

but finding the right job down under has always been his biggest concern.

0:20:230:20:27

Back in the UK,

0:20:270:20:28

Richard's a development chef with one of the UK's major frozen food

0:20:280:20:32

-outlets.

-I work with suppliers and create fantastic products to go in

0:20:320:20:38

store, work on innovation, creative sections.

0:20:380:20:42

It's a job he absolutely loves.

0:20:420:20:45

I love the flexibility that I do have and, you know,

0:20:450:20:49

I'm able to be as creative as I can and as I want to be.

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And then seeing it on the shelves, it's a real satisfaction.

0:20:550:20:58

Sioned trained as a photographer,

0:21:000:21:02

but having a family has pushed her career onto the back burner.

0:21:020:21:05

I've had my babies now.

0:21:060:21:07

I've kind of sacrificed my career for...

0:21:070:21:10

..those years,

0:21:110:21:13

and now it's time for me to go and be who I want to be.

0:21:130:21:17

She knows it won't be easy, though.

0:21:170:21:20

Initially, you know, I'm quite realistic

0:21:200:21:22

that I would be an entry-level,

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and I'm going to have to wait my time and actually work hard to get a

0:21:230:21:27

decent salary! Just as long as it's enough, I'm quite happy with that.

0:21:270:21:31

Today, both will explore job prospects in Australia.

0:21:310:21:35

First up, Richard heads off to a development kitchen

0:21:350:21:38

for chicken meals where he meets expat Jodie.

0:21:380:21:41

So, today, we are going to be cooking up a dish

0:21:430:21:46

-using our free-range chicken stock.

-OK.

0:21:460:21:49

This is a product that we've been recently developing.

0:21:490:21:52

Wardrobe!

0:21:520:21:53

Looking good, Rich!

0:21:540:21:57

Let's get cooking.

0:21:570:21:58

At ease in the kitchen, Richard's having a great time.

0:22:010:22:04

Just give us a minute and then we'll be ready to plate up.

0:22:040:22:07

-There we go, that's the soup.

-Great.

0:22:090:22:11

-Mm. It's really good.

-Yeah.

0:22:150:22:18

So, down to business.

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Richard's keen to find out more about the industry in Aus.

0:22:200:22:24

In the UK, probably for the last 20, 30 years,

0:22:240:22:26

we've had already a massive sort of fresh ready meals,

0:22:260:22:28

fresh salads fixture.

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In Australia, it's very, very new,

0:22:300:22:32

so there's a lot of new manufacturers setting up

0:22:320:22:34

-to cater for the fresh foods fixture.

-Yes.

0:22:340:22:37

What could I expect to earn as a development chef over in Australia?

0:22:370:22:41

OK, so on average, development chefs in Australia

0:22:410:22:44

are earning around 80,000 to 100,000 a year.

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That's around £60,000, way more than what he earns back in the UK.

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How likely am I to get a job here in Australia?

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The one thing that the manufacturing industry in WA is probably missing

0:22:570:23:00

is a lot of really good, well-experienced retail chefs,

0:23:000:23:04

that have worked for big retailers.

0:23:040:23:07

So, I definitely think there would be opportunities for you.

0:23:070:23:10

Sounds a recipe for success.

0:23:100:23:12

Happy hunting!

0:23:120:23:13

Across town, Sioned is meeting up with professional food photographer

0:23:140:23:18

Craig Kinder. And from the start, she gets to see a master at work.

0:23:180:23:23

Easy.

0:23:230:23:25

-Look at that.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:23:290:23:31

Time now to get the lowdown on this niche market.

0:23:310:23:34

So if I came over here,

0:23:340:23:36

what would your advice be to get into the industry?

0:23:360:23:39

Just align yourself with a photographer

0:23:390:23:41

-that you like the work that they do.

-OK. Yeah.

0:23:410:23:43

And then carry their bags for a while.

0:23:430:23:46

-Yeah.

-Meet...meet people. Meet the food stylists, meet the clients,

0:23:460:23:50

and get to know people in industry that way.

0:23:500:23:52

Money, in this case, is a shot in the dark.

0:23:520:23:55

How long's piece of string?

0:23:550:23:57

The easy answer is charge as much as you can get away with!

0:23:570:24:00

-500 a day to 5,000 a day.

-Right.

0:24:020:24:05

You've just got to work out where your client fits into that.

0:24:050:24:07

-Cool.

-And Craig's even got a business idea for Sioned.

0:24:070:24:12

So, if Richard wants to work as a recipe developer or, like, for

0:24:120:24:16

a big company you were with this morning...

0:24:160:24:18

-Yeah.

-And you were to slowly build up your food photography clientele.

0:24:180:24:23

-Yeah.

-I'm thinking, you know, the stars are starting to align here.

0:24:230:24:26

Yeah, I think it'll work.

0:24:260:24:27

-That's really positive.

-Yeah, absolutely.

0:24:270:24:30

After a fascinating day, Richard and Sioned meet to compare notes.

0:24:300:24:35

So how did your morning go, then?

0:24:350:24:36

It was really good. Did a bit of cooking so...

0:24:360:24:38

-Oh, that's cool.

-Yeah, it's similar in the fact that, you know,

0:24:380:24:42

back at home, when we're in a development kitchen, you know,

0:24:420:24:45

create recipes for customers.

0:24:450:24:47

-Yeah.

-So that was quite good to sort of understand.

0:24:470:24:50

So what about the salary, is it better, worse, same?

0:24:500:24:54

It's really good.

0:24:540:24:55

It's...

0:24:550:24:57

-Starting off, it would be around 80,000 to 100,000.

-Wow!

0:24:570:25:02

-That's, like, much more than we thought it was going to be.

-Yeah.

0:25:020:25:05

That takes a lot of the pressure off, then.

0:25:050:25:07

So how did your day go? Was it good?

0:25:070:25:08

-Did you have a good time?

-Yeah, it was really good, actually.

0:25:080:25:11

I met a guy, a photographer called Craig.

0:25:110:25:13

-Yeah.

-Who was... He was a lovely guy, actually.

0:25:130:25:15

He said that it would be a really good idea if we worked together.

0:25:150:25:19

So you as a food stylist and me as a photographer,

0:25:190:25:22

he said that we would probably be quite in demand.

0:25:220:25:24

-Oh, really? No way.

-Obviously, you come as a package then.

0:25:240:25:27

-Yeah.

-So I'm feeling really positive.

-Interesting.

0:25:270:25:30

So, now it's time to ready, steady, vote.

0:25:310:25:34

-BOTH:

-Australia!

0:25:400:25:41

I sort of knew that you were probably going to vote Australia

0:25:430:25:45

because there would be no reason not to with that news.

0:25:450:25:49

Brilliant. So, I'm really happy.

0:25:490:25:52

Halfway through their trial week, and it seems that Sioned is finding

0:25:560:26:00

the right ingredients to make Richard's mouth water

0:26:000:26:03

with the prospect of a move. However,

0:26:030:26:06

with their reality check and messages from home still to come,

0:26:060:26:11

things could all go bad very quickly.

0:26:110:26:14

First, though, a day enjoying what Perth has to offer

0:26:140:26:17

in the way of lifestyle

0:26:170:26:19

and relaxation is now on the menu.

0:26:190:26:22

The Young family are having a proper Aussie day trip to Rottnest Island

0:26:240:26:28

where the adventure begins with a short ferry ride.

0:26:280:26:31

Just off the coast of Freemantle,

0:26:320:26:34

Rottnest is renowned for its pristine beaches and no-cars policy.

0:26:340:26:38

-Amazing.

-Wow, how cool is this?

0:26:380:26:42

This looks awesome. This is cool, isn't it, Alexa?

0:26:440:26:47

Once they arrive, they set off to explore the island.

0:26:470:26:50

-Oh, wow. Yeah, see the sea.

-Can you see Perth over here?

0:26:510:26:56

And at last, the family get to hit the beach for a paddle and a play.

0:26:590:27:03

What would we be doing back at home?

0:27:060:27:08

Sitting inside.

0:27:080:27:09

My mum said it was chucking down.

0:27:090:27:12

It's not long until they discover some of the Rottnest residents.

0:27:120:27:15

A spot of bird-watching has the family feeling peckish.

0:27:210:27:24

Right, time to see some more of the island and get those legs in action.

0:27:260:27:30

The family saddle up for a bike ride to check out the wildlife.

0:27:340:27:38

Right, guys, let's go and find some quokkas.

0:27:390:27:41

No, Richard hasn't made that up.

0:27:410:27:43

The quokka, dubbed the world's happiest animal,

0:27:430:27:46

comes from the kangaroo family and is native to Western Australia.

0:27:460:27:50

Yeah, look at the quokkas.

0:27:500:27:53

Wow, look at them.

0:27:530:27:54

-Pretty cool, isn't it?

-You can do it!

0:27:580:28:00

And it's off on foot to find their furry friends.

0:28:000:28:04

-They're everywhere, aren't they?

-Look.

-Oh, he's a nice guy.

0:28:050:28:08

Quokka. He's cute, isn't he?

0:28:080:28:10

It's been an action-packed day,

0:28:100:28:13

but also a chance to reflect on how their week is progressing.

0:28:130:28:16

I'm feeling actually really relaxed.

0:28:160:28:19

I think that Australia has had a really positive impact

0:28:190:28:22

on both Rich and I. Our lives back in the UK were always going

0:28:220:28:25

at a million miles an hour,

0:28:250:28:27

whereas here, in Australia, it feels like people take it much slower.

0:28:270:28:31

Being here is like, it is like changing my mind quite a lot.

0:28:320:28:37

It's all sort of making sense to me,

0:28:370:28:40

you know, why she's so keen on the move.

0:28:400:28:44

And what do the children think?

0:28:440:28:46

I like it a lot.

0:28:460:28:48

We like all the, like, the nature and all the animals going round.

0:28:480:28:53

And how there's like loads of parks and it's like, quite hot and sunny.

0:28:530:28:58

I think I'd definitely like to live here one day.

0:28:580:29:00

Alexa, however, might need some persuading.

0:29:000:29:03

-I'd miss all my friends.

-She said she'd miss all her friends.

0:29:040:29:08

And Richard's thoughts turn to his parents.

0:29:080:29:11

I sort of started to think then

0:29:110:29:14

how they must be feeling about, you know...

0:29:140:29:17

..myself, Sioned and, you know,

0:29:190:29:21

their grandkids moving so far away from them.

0:29:210:29:24

I feel quite sort of...

0:29:240:29:26

..sad, you know, that they won't get to see them grow up, but

0:29:280:29:31

I think, at the same time,

0:29:310:29:33

they understand that, you know, the kids are going to have,

0:29:330:29:36

you know, a great future if we do move out to Australia,

0:29:360:29:39

and I think that

0:29:390:29:41

they would be upset, but they'd understand.

0:29:410:29:43

Sioned was hoping being down under

0:29:440:29:46

would help her feel spiritually closer to her mum.

0:29:460:29:50

I guess when you imagine something, it perhaps is...

0:29:500:29:54

It's perfect then, isn't it?

0:29:540:29:55

You imagine you go to this place and then it's going to be as if they're

0:29:550:29:59

with you. And I guess that just hasn't happened.

0:29:590:30:01

But it hasn't...it hasn't made me feel negative about Australia.

0:30:010:30:05

I mean, I'm so glad that she said all those things to me

0:30:050:30:08

and kind of made me want to come over here,

0:30:080:30:11

because it is the right place for us,

0:30:110:30:12

I know it is the right place for us.

0:30:120:30:15

So I'll be forever grateful for her coming over to Australia and falling

0:30:150:30:18

in love with it, cos I do too.

0:30:180:30:21

So will today tempt them to stay or leave?

0:30:220:30:26

-ALL:

-Australia!

0:30:390:30:41

-That's home.

-I like home.

-Aw!

0:30:430:30:47

Why have you voted for the UK, Alexa?

0:30:470:30:49

-You just like home more?

-Yeah?

-Yeah?

0:30:490:30:51

That's OK, that's fine.

0:30:510:30:53

You know, I'm starting to really enjoy being out here.

0:30:530:30:57

I can just, like, see us, you know, really having a great life out here.

0:30:570:31:01

Same.

0:31:010:31:02

With both Millie and Richard sold on the Aussie lifestyle,

0:31:060:31:10

Sioned's dream is well on course.

0:31:100:31:12

But for the life down under to become a reality,

0:31:120:31:15

the figures will have to add up.

0:31:150:31:17

First, they compare the weekly food shop.

0:31:170:31:20

What's this one? Smoked back bacon.

0:31:200:31:23

So it's £2.59 in the UK, £7.68 here, for the same pack.

0:31:230:31:29

Whoa. What about nappies?

0:31:290:31:30

So, one pack of nappies £6.49 here,

0:31:300:31:33

so a good £3.10 more.

0:31:330:31:37

Yes, my wine is cheaper!

0:31:370:31:39

That's awesome. £3 cheaper for wine.

0:31:390:31:41

OK, so I could swap bacon for wine.

0:31:410:31:43

-I'm OK with that.

-So when they tally it up...

0:31:430:31:46

That's £88.35 more expensive every week.

0:31:470:31:52

-That's...

-That's a ridiculous amount of money!

0:31:540:31:57

-Massive amount, isn't it?

-That's quite a difference.

0:31:570:32:00

So how will the bigger bills measure up?

0:32:000:32:02

-BOTH:

-Mortgage.

-In the UK is 700.

0:32:040:32:08

Australia is 856.

0:32:080:32:12

856. Like, that's our dream home.

0:32:120:32:14

-Yeah, yeah.

-So we could have that house with a pool,

0:32:140:32:18

-all of that outside space, and we're paying 156 more.

-Yeah.

0:32:180:32:21

That's crazy. 15 we pay for home insurance in the UK.

0:32:210:32:26

-What are we on?

-BOTH:

-51?!

0:32:260:32:28

-Wow.

-That's a lot, isn't it?

0:32:280:32:29

The calculations are not good news.

0:32:290:32:31

So that's £830.50 more per month

0:32:330:32:38

to do our life in Australia.

0:32:380:32:40

-It's a lot, isn't it?

-That is phenomenal.

0:32:420:32:44

-That's like an income. That's like another income.

-Yeah.

0:32:440:32:46

That's a huge amount. That's not looking great, is it?

0:32:460:32:49

The figures come as a shock,

0:32:490:32:50

but they still have to factor in their Aussie earnings.

0:32:500:32:54

Get to work!

0:32:540:32:55

Wow. That's a difference of

0:32:560:32:59

£2,895.

0:32:590:33:04

That's more than your entire income at home.

0:33:060:33:09

We're more than doubling our household income.

0:33:090:33:12

When do we move?

0:33:120:33:13

We're better off by £2,064.50 per month.

0:33:150:33:22

That's just crazy.

0:33:240:33:25

It doesn't seem right, that, does it? But obviously, you know,

0:33:270:33:31

we've worked it all out, and it is, and it's just like...

0:33:310:33:34

That's... That is unbelievable. I'm like kind of...

0:33:340:33:37

-I'm shaking.

-..shaking.

-I feel like I'm shaking!

0:33:370:33:39

Place your bets on which way this vote will go.

0:33:400:33:43

-BOTH:

-Australia.

0:33:490:33:51

-I'm not surprised.

-No. Not at all.

0:33:530:33:55

I think it just makes sense, doesn't it, for us to come out here?

0:33:550:34:00

-It would be crazy to vote any other way.

-Yeah.

0:34:000:34:02

So far, it seems Richard has been won over by the life

0:34:070:34:09

they could have in Australia,

0:34:090:34:11

but there's one final hurdle to overcome.

0:34:110:34:14

He's always made it clear leaving his family behind

0:34:140:34:17

would be particularly painful for him.

0:34:170:34:19

While Felix takes a nap,

0:34:190:34:20

the rest of the family watch messages from loved ones back home.

0:34:200:34:24

I just feel like, I don't know,

0:34:240:34:25

-kind of nervous to watch it, I guess.

-Yeah.

0:34:250:34:28

And... Butterflies.

0:34:280:34:30

-FAMILY:

-Hi, guys!

0:34:300:34:33

Hi. It's Guag-guag.

0:34:330:34:36

-BOTH:

-Hi, guys.

-You all right?

0:34:360:34:38

Hope you have a nice time.

0:34:380:34:39

Hi.

0:34:390:34:40

Since the time that her mum, Sue, my partner, died,

0:34:410:34:45

Sioned has really shone.

0:34:450:34:49

And, you know,

0:34:490:34:51

one can only have tremendous admiration

0:34:510:34:53

for one who ends up as Sioned has done, you know, achieving so much.

0:34:530:34:57

I am tremendously proud of her.

0:34:580:35:01

Well, Richard, he is really kind and caring, and such a good dad.

0:35:010:35:05

-He is very much...

-Mother hen.

0:35:050:35:07

Mother hen with the kids when they are out and about.

0:35:070:35:10

She started talking about Australia,

0:35:100:35:13

well, since I've known her, really.

0:35:130:35:14

It's always been on her mind,

0:35:140:35:16

always something that she has wanted to do,

0:35:160:35:19

but things have got in the way.

0:35:190:35:20

When she was ill,

0:35:200:35:22

her mum went over and found it a really special place,

0:35:220:35:25

and I think that has influenced Sioned quite a lot.

0:35:250:35:28

Richard doesn't really talk about it a lot.

0:35:300:35:32

-No, he doesn't.

-Sioned will talk to us more.

0:35:320:35:35

I think Richard is trying to protect our feelings.

0:35:350:35:38

Because he knows how close we are to him.

0:35:390:35:44

And it will be a huge loss.

0:35:440:35:46

-Yeah.

-You know.

0:35:460:35:48

It would be a bit selfish of me to say, you know, "You can't go,

0:35:480:35:51

"because we need you here."

0:35:510:35:53

I will certainly miss the...

0:35:530:35:55

..the spontaneous contact that I can have with them currently.

0:35:570:36:00

Which will obviously disappear when they are out there.

0:36:000:36:04

You know, walk down the road, holding hands or whatever.

0:36:040:36:07

I'll probably miss the liveliness of when they're over at our house.

0:36:070:36:10

It is all really chaotic.

0:36:100:36:12

And I love chaotic.

0:36:140:36:16

Yeah. Chaotic's fun!

0:36:160:36:18

I think it depends on...

0:36:190:36:20

..how he feels about being halfway around the planet

0:36:220:36:25

from his mum and dad and his sister and his friends.

0:36:250:36:29

-You know, we'll miss loads of things.

-Yeah.

0:36:290:36:32

But mainly seeing them grow up.

0:36:320:36:33

Yeah.

0:36:330:36:35

-You know.

-Yeah.

0:36:350:36:36

But we're not going to be here for ever, are we?

0:36:360:36:40

No. No, we're not.

0:36:400:36:41

No. And we wouldn't object at all, would we?

0:36:410:36:44

-No.

-It's just...

0:36:440:36:45

What we are left with, isn't it?

0:36:480:36:50

Pictures, memories.

0:36:500:36:52

-Yeah.

-It is very difficult, and it does, you know, there is a big gap.

0:36:520:36:56

But then after losing Mum,

0:36:570:37:00

you still know that they're there and they're happy,

0:37:000:37:02

and that is all you want for people that you love.

0:37:020:37:04

So it is a loss in a different way.

0:37:040:37:07

But it is OK. It is an OK loss.

0:37:070:37:09

We obviously are going to miss you greatly if you do go.

0:37:110:37:15

But again, you've got to do exactly what is right for you and the

0:37:150:37:18

-children.

-We will always be here for you,

0:37:180:37:20

and you can come back whenever you want to,

0:37:200:37:22

but just do what you want to.

0:37:220:37:24

This is a golden opportunity, just go for it.

0:37:250:37:29

There will be challenges, there will be difficulties.

0:37:290:37:32

There will be hurdles that you'll have to overcome.

0:37:320:37:35

But think about the benefits.

0:37:350:37:37

So I wish you every success.

0:37:380:37:41

We love you loads.

0:37:420:37:44

We just hope that you make the right decisions,

0:37:440:37:48

and we will miss you more than anything if you did go.

0:37:480:37:53

Millie, I think we will always be best friends

0:37:530:37:57

throughout our whole life.

0:37:570:37:59

So do what makes you happy.

0:37:590:38:02

I hope the weather is fine for you.

0:38:030:38:05

Lots to do. Miss you so much over here, though.

0:38:050:38:09

So when you go for turning those little cards,

0:38:090:38:12

make sure it's the right turn.

0:38:120:38:14

THEY LAUGH

0:38:140:38:17

That was pretty tough.

0:38:190:38:21

I think it just hits home...

0:38:210:38:22

-..what you are losing, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

0:38:230:38:26

-Sorry.

-It's all right.

0:38:270:38:29

Chin up.

0:38:340:38:36

At the start of the week, Sioned had one mission -

0:38:430:38:47

to convince her husband that they could have as good a life,

0:38:470:38:51

if not better, in Australia.

0:38:510:38:54

Now, as they prepare to make their long trip back to Wales,

0:38:540:38:58

it's time to see if she succeeded.

0:38:580:39:01

Or will they be craving for the green, green grass of home?

0:39:010:39:07

The trial week has left Sioned in no doubt

0:39:070:39:10

where her family's future lies.

0:39:100:39:12

I am probably feeling more sure now than I was back in the UK,

0:39:120:39:16

that this is the right place for us.

0:39:160:39:19

And Richard's eyes have been opened, too.

0:39:190:39:21

I was obviously...unsure at the beginning.

0:39:230:39:27

But now I just...I don't see why we would want to...

0:39:270:39:32

..choose a life back at home.

0:39:330:39:35

Of course, friends and family would be greatly missed.

0:39:350:39:40

It does make you think twice, because it's not just about money.

0:39:400:39:43

You know, life is not just about money, is it?

0:39:430:39:46

It is about who you choose to share it with.

0:39:460:39:49

And I know this is definitely the right place for me and my family.

0:39:490:39:54

You know, it is a lot to leave behind.

0:39:540:39:56

You know, we are leaving really special people behind.

0:39:560:39:59

And that's hard. That is a difficult thing.

0:39:590:40:01

For me, that was one of my sort of main worries, that, you know,

0:40:010:40:07

my mum and dad wouldn't get to see the kids grow up.

0:40:070:40:10

You know, they obviously care about the kids as much as we do.

0:40:100:40:14

And they want the best for them.

0:40:140:40:16

They'd miss us, of course, yeah, and, you know, I'd miss them,

0:40:170:40:20

but they'd understand why we want to do it.

0:40:200:40:23

Millie also can't stop thinking about who she'd be leaving behind.

0:40:240:40:29

Like, my cousin Ewan, I think he wants me to go,

0:40:290:40:32

but at the same time, he doesn't want me to go

0:40:320:40:34

cos we won't see each other, like, every day,

0:40:340:40:38

because we go to school together.

0:40:380:40:40

So that would be a big change.

0:40:400:40:43

And Alexa is still unsure.

0:40:440:40:46

Do you think leaving and coming here would be a good idea?

0:40:480:40:54

After all we have done?

0:40:550:40:56

Do you think it's what you'd want?

0:40:560:40:57

Like... Is it a good idea?

0:40:570:40:59

You don't know yet?

0:41:020:41:04

Sioned's thoughts, meanwhile, are turning to her own mum.

0:41:090:41:12

It is funny, because it was...

0:41:130:41:15

..I don't know, maybe about 15 years ago that she was here.

0:41:160:41:19

So, yeah, being able to share something with her in that way,

0:41:220:41:25

you know, obviously not at the same time...

0:41:250:41:27

..but that's pretty special, I guess.

0:41:300:41:32

It feels like...like we are fulfilling something

0:41:360:41:39

that she didn't.

0:41:390:41:42

And I guess that's quite profound, really.

0:41:420:41:43

Sorry.

0:41:450:41:46

And now it's time for the family's final vote.

0:41:510:41:54

After everything that we have seen in Australia, our vote goes to...

0:41:570:42:01

-ALL:

-Australia!

0:42:080:42:09

-Yay!

-Alexa!

0:42:110:42:14

You chose Australia?

0:42:140:42:16

-Oh, darling, that's amazing.

-It's cool

0:42:160:42:18

and we've gotten to do more stuff.

0:42:180:42:21

It's just better and nicer.

0:42:210:42:23

Just everything about the country has just been... You know,

0:42:230:42:27

our experience this week has just been amazing, unforgettable.

0:42:270:42:31

I'm in love with the place, so...

0:42:310:42:32

Oh, that's awesome.

0:42:320:42:34

I think it is just better than we could have ever hoped for.

0:42:340:42:37

-Yeah.

-Like, everything has just fit into place,

0:42:370:42:39

and everything would be better.

0:42:390:42:40

I know we'd be leaving people behind, but...

0:42:400:42:43

But we can't not, for our sake, we can't not give this a go.

0:42:430:42:46

-We've got to try.

-I really want to make every effort to get out here.

0:42:460:42:49

In the end, Australia won by a landslide,

0:43:030:43:07

with the whole family agreeing that it's the place they have to be.

0:43:070:43:11

We'll be watching closely what their next move is,

0:43:110:43:14

and of course we wish them all the best of luck.

0:43:140:43:17

Sioned Young feels a move to Australia could bring her closer to her dearly departed mum. Her mum had visited Australia when she was very ill and talked fondly of how special it was. Shortly after returning, Sioned's mum passed away, but her passion for the country left a lasting impression on Sioned. She now wants to seize every moment there is and live life to the full. She feels Australia could offer her and her family the opportunity to do just that.

But her husband Richard is worried about the practicalities of such a huge change. The family has a lovely settled life in Mold in north Wales. Rich loves his job as a chef developing ready meals for one of the UK's major frozen food outlets. Their two older children are happy in their schools and with baby Felix just finding his feet, it is time, he feels, to stay on home turf - not travel to the other side of the world. Eldest daughter Millie is uncertain too, as a move would mean her leaving her friends. Even little Alexa understands any move would mean leaving her beloved grandparents behind.

But Sioned is hoping her mum's inspirational journey will rub off on her family on their trial week. And she firmly believes her mum would approve of Sioned following in her footsteps. It is an emotionally charged week for the Youngs as they road test the Aussie way of life in Perth. But there are many tears before they finally decide on whether to go or not. Will their old life in Wales prove too strong a pull for them to leave behind?