Horn Wanted Down Under


Horn

Families sample Australian life. Glazer Andy and teacher Lynn from Herne Bay have their work cut out to convince their two teenagers that life would be better in Australia.


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How would you convince your reluctant teenagers

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to move across the world,

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leaving behind their friends?

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Especially if time was running out on your dream of a new life down under.

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You've imagined this move for over 30 years.

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But it'll never happen if you can't persuade your children.

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I'm not only losing a boyfriend, I'm losing a friend.

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When push comes to shove, can you really afford the lifestyle you dream of?

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I'm just realising it might not ever, ever happen.

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With two teenagers to persuade, if you can't all agree to move, could it force you apart?

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I couldn't stay in England and have these three in Australia. Couldn't do it.

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The thought of leaving loved ones behind is almost too much to bear.

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With so many hurdles to overcome,

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could you really make the life-changing decision to go where you're wanted down under?

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The Horn family are going to sample life in Australia for one week.

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At the end of it, they'll have to make the biggest decision of their lives.

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Self-employed glazer Andy and pre-school teacher Lynn Horn

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live in Herne Bay in Kent.

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They have a son, Chris, aged 18, and daughter Kirsty, aged 17.

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They love the life they've built for themselves here,

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but it's not enough for Lynn and she's desperate for a change.

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I've wanted to go since I was about nine!

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My mum went to Australia on a cricket tour with my dad

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and ever since they came back, raving about the place, I've wanted to go.

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I told Andy that when I met him and we've tried a couple of times, we've looked into it,

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but we always thought something wasn't right. Timings weren't right.

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She's talked Andy into giving Australia a try, but he's not convinced she's really certain.

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It's been a long time since she first dreamed about going.

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I'm still not sure she's 100% she wants to go.

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I'm not sure whether she's really committed to leaving everything she's got, to make that big move.

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There are two other potential problems.

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Chris and Kirsty are old enough to stay at home in Herne Bay

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on their own, but Lynn wouldn't contemplate splitting the family up.

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We want more from life and want more for the children, for their futures,

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which we don't think they'll get over here.

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Chris is about to leave school, and the timing couldn't be worse.

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He'll need some serious convincing.

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For me, I feel a bit confused about where I am

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and what could happen within the next couple of years.

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The trial we're going on is going to have a massive impact on all of us.

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For Kirsty, leaving her big group of friends and boyfriend behind is unthinkable.

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Despite everything her parents have told her, she can't imagine a future in Australia.

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If we made the move, we'd leave so much behind.

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I love life as it is now. I'm not sure it's worth giving up.

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Andy has worked hard to establish his glazing business.

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But he dreams of starting a new venture in Australia.

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Moving into golf. I've always wanted to build myself a small crazy golf centre.

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That would be my ultimate dream.

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Even though Andy's heading to Australia with an open mind,

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he has doubts.

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There's still a lot of convincing for me to go as well, I think.

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If things don't work out this side,

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for us to make that initial move,

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then, you know, we don't go, basically.

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Even if he can realise his dream, it might not be enough.

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Lynn has to convince all of them that their future is in Australia.

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She may win them over emotionally, but that's just the start.

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Finances are the only thing that could actually stop it from occurring, I think.

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Selling Andy's business, selling the house, getting the money we need for the house,

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to then make the move over is purely financial.

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The stakes are high for the Horns.

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They're on the brink of a life-changing move.

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So where would be best to send them for their trial week in Australia?

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Lynn is the visa applicant, and her role as a child care co-ordinator

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allows them to go anywhere in the country. But where would suit them best?

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Their first potential destination is Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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with a population of only 152,000 people.

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Its tropical weather is a big draw for many,

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but for the fair-skinned Horn family, who are concerned about the heat,

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this could be a real problem.

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Their next option is the fifth largest city in Australia,

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Adelaide.

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With just over a million residents, it boasts a small city feel,

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combined with a Mediterranean climate that attracts over 2,000 Brits a year.

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Houses are cheap, too, with an average price of £255,000

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in December 2009.

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It's not the sleepy town you might expect, with vibrant markets, festivals and the beach.

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Final option is arguably Australia's premier city, Sydney.

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With temperatures a far more reasonable average of 23 degrees in summer,

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this could be a good match.

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Wages are higher, but property is pricey

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with the average home costing £365,000.

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There are three excellent options there for the family.

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But where should we send them?

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We decided that Adelaide would suit them best.

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Lynn could have several options for work.

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There are many top golf courses for Andy,

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and Chris and Percy should have plenty of opportunities.

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They'll be seeing what kind of home they could buy for their money.

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I'm not sure whether I would want to live here.

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Lynn will be put to work in an Aussie pre-school.

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-Hi!

-Pleased to meet you.

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It's a decision that will push them all to their emotional limits.

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Can Lynn convince everyone that her life-long dream of moving to Australia

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would be right for all their futures?

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The Horns' journey from Kent to Adelaide has taken 23 hours

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and covered over 10,500 miles.

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There's nothing like a day in the air to realise just how far from home you are!

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Very, very long flight. Very tired. Just going to bed now for a sleep.

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It's not just physically, but emotionally too.

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We've had tears on the way.

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Don't, cos I'll start again.

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However, Lynn is remaining positive.

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-Really looking forward to it.

-Here we come, Adelaide!

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She's got to persuade the whole family

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that life down under is for them.

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Otherwise, her life-long dream will be in tatters.

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Perhaps the warm climate will be a start.

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They're staying a hop, skip and jump from one of south Australia's most popular stretches of sand,

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Henley Beach.

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With three bedrooms, a huge lounge and great views,

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their home for the week is the perfect base to explore.

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After the draining flight, they're all feeling the effects.

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Being on the flight for 23 hours overall,

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definitely made me realise how far Australia is away from home.

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Kirsty has a lot to leave behind,

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so Andy and Lynn have a huge challenge ahead to persuade her to move.

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I'm going to try really hard throughout this week

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to try and make a point that this is going to be a really good idea.

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There will be everything for her that she wants here.

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Which is why the week is so important for us.

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Not just for us but for Kirsty as well.

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They've really got their work cut out.

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Kirsty's mind is still on everything she'd be leaving at home.

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I don't think it's hit me yet that we could actually move out here.

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We don't have any family out here, or friends.

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I mean, we would make friends, but I'd still miss my old ones.

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With so much on their minds, the week ahead is going to be full of life-changing decisions

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to determine if Australia is really for them.

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Back in the UK, the Horn family live in a three-bed end-terrace in Herne Bay.

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They love their home and although they'd like to get something bigger, they aren't expecting a mansion.

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If they get the £175,000 they hope it's worth,

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they'll have a total budget of £230,000 to spend on a home in Australia.

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It's not a vast sum, but they should have some good property options.

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So we'll see what we can do.

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Adelaide offers the closest you'll come to hectic city life in south Australia.

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With only one million residents,

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it doesn't have the fast-paced big city feel of Melbourne or Sydney.

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Properties can be expensive

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with this 1930s Glandore cottage costing half a million pounds.

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It might not be in the nicest area, but it's only 15 minutes to the centre of town.

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Although the commute to work would be minimal,

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city living wouldn't give the Horns the lifestyle change they hope for.

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A more sensible option would be a property in the countryside around Adelaide.

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Suburbs like Aberfoyle Park are only 45 minutes from the city and great facilities are close by.

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Out here, you get more for your money,

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with this four-bed, two-bathroomed home costing £310,000

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and giving you space galore.

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But with two young teenagers, the lack of a social life nearby could prove difficult.

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The coast is the place to live if you're into sports and activities.

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If not, don't worry, as it's the perfect spot to relax, too.

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Beach-side living can be very expensive, but it's more affordable further south.

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This three-bedroomed home in Christie's beach

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is only 45 minutes from the city.

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Although at £300,000, you're paying for that sea view.

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If they're going to uproot their lives, the Horns need to find a home

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they'd love to live in.

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Time to smash those rose-tinted glasses and see what's truly realistic.

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Can they really get the home of their dreams on a budget of £230,000?

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Property one is in Seaton, a busy suburb only 25 minutes from the city centre

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and ten minutes from the beach.

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The excellent transport links might be a little too close, though.

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This Tudor-style three-bed property is under budget at £210,000.

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It could do with some updating, so will the Horns see its potential?

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You enter the house directly into the lounge.

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-It's the same size as ours.

-I like the flooring.

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It's vital they have enough space.

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I've always wanted the kitchen and diner combined.

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Yeah, open plan.

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Andy's falling for the open-plan design.

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-Nice size.

-Yeah. Not bad, is it?

-Happy with the view, as well.

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Chris and Kirsty are already seeing themselves living here.

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-I like this room. Nice size.

-KIRSTY:

-This will be my room!

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-A bit of redecoration. A bit of painting.

-Yeah.

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Would they really move for "basic but nice"?

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They like their fitted wardrobes!

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Oh, look. Straight through to the bathroom. That's good.

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It would take time and money to get this place up to standard.

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The door to the bathroom is just there.

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-Probably block that.

-And then just go round?

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Yeah. It's two foot away.

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With one bathroom and two teenagers,

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isn't this house a bit too small?

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This is nice. I like this.

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The all-important outdoor space has one drawback for Chris.

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-There's a lot of spiders out here.

-Do you think? You'd have to check.

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But Andy is definitely seeing the benefits.

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You probably get about three days a year in the UK with barbecues.

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Here, it's three days a week.

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Can they really imagine living here?

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-It's really nice.

-I really like the house. It's a good size.

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Driveway space is a bit limited.

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You'd be vying for a parking spot each night.

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Location-wise, I think it's perfect.

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Parking space has ruled out Property One.

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Can Property Two win them over?

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It's situated in the up-and-coming suburb of Queenstown,

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where property prices are generally lower than the city average.

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This huge house offers three to four good-sized bedrooms

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and a massive living space, all for £233,000.

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Estate agent Sean O'Hara is waiting to show them around.

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It's a bizarre layout, but is there enough space for four adults?

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SEAN: They've put the queen-size bed in here, but there's plenty of room for the other bits.

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They'll need to find a room for everyone.

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It's a strange shape room.

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There's more room than they could have hoped for.

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Wow! Kirst, I would be in my element!

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-I want this room.

-Do you? You can't have it!

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Dad, you can be in the other room.

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In a house this size, Andy won't struggle to find space of his own.

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It needs updating, doesn't it?

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Some work needed, but the space available is taking their breath away.

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Wow!

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You could fit our house in this space, and I'm not joking! Seriously.

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It's big enough for you, then?

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-Just a little bit, yes!

-It's unreal, isn't it?

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Finally, Andy's noticed a problem.

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It hasn't got any air-con, has it?

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No. There is an air conditioner in the lounge but it needs upgrading as it's old.

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You'd need a split system and putting it in a couple of rooms.

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But he's sounding like an estate agent!

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-There's a lot that can be done, if you wanted to add to it.

-Absolutely.

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That's right. Make it a home.

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So did they really like it, or were they just being polite?

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I don't think it was the kind of house we'd live in.

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I'm not sure whether I could live here.

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-It's too big for me. I like to be cosy.

-Hmm.

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So it's up to Property Three to truly win them over.

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On the market for £255,000,

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this stunning four-bedroomed house

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is £25,000 over budget.

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But with a room each, a large garden and spectacular views,

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could they be persuaded to stretch their finances?

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-That's nice.

-It's huge.

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-You can see the sea from here.

-Beautiful, isn't it?

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Lovely.

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Better start saving your pennies, Andy!

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-This is nice.

-Wow.

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-This is a lovely kitchen. I can see myself in here.

-I can imagine sitting here for breakfast.

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-You wouldn't need a dining room.

-There's one there. Can't believe how big the rooms are.

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They're all falling for it.

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-You wouldn't have to do anything here.

-No, you could just move in.

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And the garden is sure to impress.

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-It's stunning. There's not much maintenance.

-Not at all.

-Cutting the grass and watering the plants.

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Upstairs, Andy finds something he's not happy about.

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For the size of the house, I think it's quite a small bathroom.

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-This is similar to what we've got at home.

-Hmm.

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Finally, it's the master bedroom that really seals the deal.

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Oh, my lord!

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-Look at this!

-Wow!

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They don't seem that interested by what's inside.

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Bee's knees.

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Oh, wow! Look at those views!

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Views all the way round, by the looks of it.

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Who wouldn't want to live in this house?

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-This is just mad.

-Amazing, isn't it?

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-This... This is the dream, really, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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This house, this location.

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Definitely the best of the three.

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This house is over budget by about 50,000, I think.

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But if there's a way we can find to get that other 50,000,

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-really try to hard to find jobs to get that budget.

-Yeah.

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I would do anything to have this house. It's amazing.

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Andy's fallen in love with the place.

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But if they can't find the right jobs, they'll never be able to afford it.

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The Horn family liked Property One, but parking space would be a problem.

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Property Two offered a massive living area,

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but they couldn't see themselves living there.

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And Property Three, let's just say it fulfilled the term "dream home" for Andy at least.

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But giving up their home in Herne Bay won't be easy.

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Have they seen enough in Australia to make it worthwhile?

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It's time to vote on property.

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Based on the houses we've seen today, our vote is going to be...

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ALL: Australia.

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-You can't compare, really, can you?

-No.

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We're at that vital stage now.

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We really need to know our budget, what we can afford.

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The dream is to sell the house and the business,

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make a bit of profit on both of them,

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and have that as a set-up for coming out here and starting a new life.

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They've obviously found the house of their dreams.

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But it would really stretch their budget.

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So it's vital Andy and Lynn find the jobs they want

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and the salary they need.

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If they don't, then the family aren't going anywhere.

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Back in the UK, Lynn works as a pre-school supervisor.

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I love my job. I don't get up and think, "I don't want to go to work."

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I just like it.

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She's been working with young children for 24 years.

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Her skills should be very transferable.

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Lynn might have to work more hours in Australia,

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but she hope to earn more than the £14,000 she's currently on.

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She's on her way to a Montessori pre-school in the heart of Adelaide

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to find out if she'd like working here.

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I'm a bit nervous at the minute, and a bit excited about it.

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I want to get an overall view of how the systems work

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and an idea of wages and hours would be good.

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Just to have a rough guideline on what I could expect to earn if we came over here.

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Lynn's meeting with the pre-school director, Melissa Ray, for a rapid introduction into teaching here.

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Come through and I'll show you a classroom.

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It's straight in at the deep end for Lynn, but there's a great reception waiting for her!

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-Hello, Lynn!

-Hello!

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With creative learning a key philosophy at this school,

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Lynn seems to be fitting in perfectly.

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You haven't got any? You did good pinning.

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As Lynn settles in to a hard day of work,

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Andy's determined to find out if his dream to own a mini golf course

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really could be viable in Australia.

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It's something he's wanted for years

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and making the move could provide a chance to leave glazing behind.

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He meets with mini golf course owner Brian

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to discuss the real pros and cons of the business

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and what better way to do it than over a quick game?

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-Are you right or left-handed, Andy?

-Left.

-Doesn't matter. They can play either way.

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To afford a business like this, he'll be relying on what he'd get

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by selling his glazing business back in the UK.

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And there are some significant costs Andy might not even have thought of.

0:20:570:21:01

The maintenance involved in mini golf is keeping the greens nice and clean.

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To carpet something like this is going to cost 30 to 40,000. It's not cheap.

0:21:090:21:14

But before he even considers finding the money for the carpet,

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Andy would need to buy or rent a plot of land to put his mini golf course on.

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If you're starting from scratch, you obviously have to buy land.

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It's got to be in the right place, too.

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The income for mini golf course owners is mixed.

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Like all outdoor activities, it's seasonal and the hours are long.

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There you go! Look at that!

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-Excuse me!

-What a shot!

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You probably make 85% of your income during school holidays.

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The only day we close here is Christmas Day.

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So this really is a full-time job

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and the more Andy finds out about setting up a mini golf course,

0:21:520:21:56

the more he realises that his ambition is just out of reach.

0:21:560:21:59

Well, my dream for this golf, mini golf,

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I think is going to stay a dream, to be honest with you.

0:22:050:22:08

Andy is clearly disappointed. He's found some answers, but it wasn't what he wanted to hear.

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Will this affect his final decision?

0:22:140:22:17

Back at the school, Lynn finds out how the classes are run

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from teacher Shi Li.

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There are three main teachers who plan for the students in class.

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So on average, there's about 17 per teacher.

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That includes children with special needs.

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Is that high, in general? Is that a high number to have each?

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-Or is it about right?

-That's about right.

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It's more children per teacher than she has to deal with in the UK.

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Lynn needs to find out if she could earn enough money to stretch their property budget.

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If she can't, the whole move could be off.

0:22:530:22:56

What would be the sort of start pay?

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At our centre, it's about 880 a week.

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So that's about 46,000 a year to work here as a team leader.

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That's about £27,000, almost double what Lynn's earning back in the UK.

0:23:050:23:12

-Excellent. It's been lovely to meet you.

-Thank you.

0:23:120:23:15

Lynn has clearly impressed Melissa.

0:23:150:23:18

The wages might be better, but she'd be working longer hours

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and with less responsibilities.

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Has it been enough to convince her to leave behind the school she loves in the UK?

0:23:240:23:29

Time to vote.

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Based on what I've experienced today at the pre-school,

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my vote for jobs would be...

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Australia.

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I could really work in a place like that. The setting was lovely, the people were nice.

0:23:440:23:48

That's the sort of setting that I would really fit into.

0:23:480:23:52

Lynn's been impressed by the work of offer,

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but after Andy's massive disappointment,

0:23:550:23:57

it's going to have an impact on their finances.

0:23:570:24:01

The Horn family have had a tough week so far.

0:24:040:24:08

They saw three properties and fell in love with the most expensive one.

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-I would do anything to have this house.

-It blows your mind.

0:24:120:24:15

Lynn discovered she would fit in well at work,

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but Andy's mini golf dreams were smashed.

0:24:180:24:21

It's going to stay a dream.

0:24:210:24:22

Chris starts to have second thoughts and the searing Australian sun has some painful consequences.

0:24:220:24:29

I had really bad headaches, stomach pains, because it's so hot.

0:24:290:24:33

So financial worries could see everything fall apart.

0:24:330:24:37

I'm just realising it might never, ever happen.

0:24:370:24:40

But it's not just money

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as the emotional cost of moving to Australia could prove the biggest price to pay.

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And the results could be unthinkable.

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If Andy and Lynn are going to be able to afford the property they've set their heart on,

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they'll need to get as much money as possible from the sale of their house in the UK.

0:25:000:25:05

They've had their property on the market before, but took it off.

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It wasn't getting offers near the £175,000 they believe it's worth.

0:25:090:25:14

With time running out to make the move to Australia,

0:25:140:25:17

they're getting desperate.

0:25:170:25:19

We've sent two estate agents to give them a realistic valuation.

0:25:190:25:23

-Look at the snow on the ground!

-It's our house!

0:25:230:25:26

Not a large kitchen, but adequate.

0:25:290:25:31

Hob, oven. Do with a bit of a clean.

0:25:310:25:34

Quite a good size.

0:25:350:25:38

Ah. Conservatory.

0:25:390:25:41

The only problem being maybe it's not double-glazed.

0:25:410:25:45

It is double-glazed!

0:25:450:25:47

An interesting start. Time for a second opinion.

0:25:470:25:51

A very useable space for a modern family.

0:25:510:25:55

Nice useable conservatory. Nice to see timber construction, for a change.

0:25:550:26:00

Front bedroom with wardrobe. Bedroom two, the smaller of the two.

0:26:020:26:09

Not a large bathroom. And a master bedroom. Nice room.

0:26:090:26:15

The Horns think it's worth £175,000.

0:26:150:26:20

Ideal family house. Modern end-terrace.

0:26:200:26:23

If I was to put this market on the property I would value it at around about 160,000.

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If the family were looking for a quick sale, I'd recommend putting it on at 154,950.

0:26:280:26:33

In the current market, I would value this house at £169,000.

0:26:350:26:38

If we wanted to get a queue at the door,

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if it went on the market between 160 and £165,000

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then I feel it would go very quickly.

0:26:470:26:50

I've adjusted to the fact that we'll only get X amount now.

0:26:500:26:55

We were hoping to come to Australia with a budget and we've just watched that crumble,

0:26:550:27:00

basically.

0:27:000:27:02

Their house in Herne Bay might not be worth quite as much as they'd hoped,

0:27:020:27:06

but that's not their only financial worry.

0:27:060:27:09

The Horns will have to be able to make the mortgage repayments

0:27:090:27:13

on their ideal home down under.

0:27:130:27:15

But just how affordable is their dream?

0:27:150:27:19

They've got to make the comparison between their UK finances

0:27:190:27:23

and what they could have in Australia.

0:27:230:27:25

If they're going to struggle to afford the life they want,

0:27:250:27:28

Lynn's dream could be destroyed.

0:27:280:27:31

-Shall we start with salary, then?

-Yeah.

0:27:310:27:33

-That's your wage before tax.

-Before tax.

0:27:330:27:37

So we bring home 42.4.

0:27:370:27:39

If I worked 40 hours, I'd be bringing home 26, nearly 26.5.

0:27:390:27:47

And you'd be bringing home 27.

0:27:470:27:49

-A 4,000 drop.

-Yes. But they clobber you for tax.

0:27:490:27:53

-So it's 6,000 a year.

-We'd be £500 a month worse off.

0:27:530:27:58

-What about your crazy golf idea?

-No, that's out.

0:27:580:28:02

-Really?

-Yeah. Definitely out.

0:28:020:28:04

Everything we earn is literally going to get pumped straight back in.

0:28:040:28:09

-Yep.

-Mortgage.

0:28:090:28:11

We pay 450. Over here, well, it depends which house we buy.

0:28:110:28:16

-Repayments would be 969.

-So we're doing it on Property Three, then.

0:28:160:28:21

Groceries. It's a bit small.

0:28:220:28:25

-Bit small.

-There we go.

-That's better.

0:28:250:28:28

Chicken is expensive. 5.72 to 6.79.

0:28:280:28:32

-That's quite a jump.

-About a pound.

0:28:320:28:34

Every penny will count as dreams don't come cheap.

0:28:340:28:38

UK is 1855.

0:28:380:28:41

And Australia is 2605.

0:28:410:28:44

That's 750 higher in Australia.

0:28:450:28:49

-It almost looks like we've got to work...

-Harder to get...

-To pay for that.

0:28:490:28:54

-It will be tight.

-Very tight.

0:28:540:28:57

It's a big disappointment.

0:28:570:29:00

They'd be a huge £750 a month worse off in Australia.

0:29:000:29:04

The finances have got to start going the correct way now

0:29:040:29:07

to keep our dream alive.

0:29:070:29:10

If they keep dipping and dipping, then our dream's fading with it.

0:29:100:29:16

I'm just realising that it might never, ever happen.

0:29:190:29:22

It'll happen.

0:29:240:29:26

We should be patient.

0:29:260:29:28

We haven't got time to be patient, though, have we?

0:29:280:29:31

Lynn's nightmare has been realised.

0:29:310:29:34

How will this affect their vote? Is Australia really an affordable option?

0:29:340:29:38

That was a really hard exercise, going through the figures.

0:29:380:29:42

But our decision on cost of living is going to be...

0:29:450:29:48

-..UK.

-Australia.

0:29:480:29:52

I thought you'd go the other way!

0:29:540:29:56

You can think what you want to do.

0:29:560:29:59

The cost of living is definitely better in the UK.

0:29:590:30:02

The cost of living is better in the UK,

0:30:020:30:04

but we looked at the dearest house of the three.

0:30:040:30:08

-I think definitely the dream is still on.

-Yeah.

0:30:080:30:11

-We'll have to delve a bit deeper to find that dream.

-Mmm.

0:30:110:30:15

I'm not backing down.

0:30:150:30:17

The dream is still on for me.

0:30:170:30:18

And me, even though I went that way.

0:30:180:30:21

Andy's staying positive, but financial worries have thrown Lynn's plans into disarray.

0:30:210:30:26

The whole point of coming to Australia

0:30:300:30:32

is to get the lifestyle they crave.

0:30:320:30:34

And for Andy, that means one thing. Golf.

0:30:340:30:38

If I do get any time off work, then I'm out on the golf course.

0:30:380:30:42

Playing somewhere. I must admit, the golf course is where all my friends are.

0:30:420:30:47

I love it to pieces.

0:30:470:30:49

Far from the snowy driving range in Herne Bay,

0:30:510:30:53

Andy and Chris have come to try out the exclusive Glenelg Golf Club.

0:30:530:30:57

Golf enthusiasts Paul and Henry Durgeon

0:30:570:31:00

are just getting warmed up for a friendly father/son game.

0:31:000:31:04

But it's not long before the competitive spirit comes out.

0:31:040:31:08

Let's go, Andy. Let's show the whippersnappers what it's all about!

0:31:090:31:13

It's Andy's passion, but Chris is certainly holding his own.

0:31:160:31:20

There you go. Lovely.

0:31:200:31:23

Sharp! That'll show the boys!

0:31:240:31:27

Andy dreams of an outdoor life.

0:31:270:31:29

In particular, one on the golf course.

0:31:290:31:32

It's an expensive hobby, and with their finances already stretched,

0:31:320:31:36

he may not be able to afford it.

0:31:360:31:38

Membership, what sort of fees are we talking about?

0:31:380:31:42

We have an entrance fee which is 5,900, that's a one-off cost.

0:31:420:31:49

Then after that, you'd be looking at around 2,700 per year.

0:31:490:31:55

That's a massive £5,900 in the first year

0:31:550:31:59

and would take a big chunk away from the Horns' house budget

0:31:590:32:03

and could leave their plans in tatters.

0:32:030:32:06

Over in the centre of Adelaide, Lynn has brought Kirsty shopping

0:32:090:32:14

to prove there could be something for her to do here.

0:32:140:32:17

They've come to Brickworks Market, which is set on a huge site

0:32:170:32:22

and sells everything from bric-a-brac to fresh food.

0:32:220:32:25

-What are you after?

-Beads like these, maybe?

0:32:250:32:28

Kirsty's bought her boyfriend a present.

0:32:310:32:33

I had to buy Calum something. I'd feel really bad if I didn't buy him anything.

0:32:330:32:39

But she's finding the pull of home hard to bear.

0:32:390:32:42

I'm trying not to think about leaving everyone behind.

0:32:420:32:46

Cos it's not nice.

0:32:460:32:48

If she can't bring herself to move,

0:32:480:32:50

the whole family's dream will be in jeopardy.

0:32:500:32:53

Back on the golf course, Andy's getting into the swing of it.

0:32:560:32:59

Yes!

0:33:010:33:03

But Chris is struggling. The heat is a real concern.

0:33:030:33:08

Fair guys like us just put loads of cream on and hats. Sunglasses.

0:33:080:33:14

I've heard it gets a lot hotter

0:33:140:33:18

so chucking on the sun cream

0:33:180:33:20

every morning.

0:33:200:33:22

Hopefully, it won't get much hotter.

0:33:220:33:24

Time to get out of the blazing sun and the clubhouse is the perfect place for a well-earned drink.

0:33:240:33:31

With so much to leave behind, the Horn family will need to convince themselves

0:33:310:33:36

that Australia can fill the emotional gaps.

0:33:360:33:40

Socialising and making new friends quickly will be essential.

0:33:400:33:44

Paul is keen for them to meet his family.

0:33:440:33:47

The Horns' social life in the UK revolves around their golf club

0:33:480:33:53

and they're all finding the thought of leaving loved ones hard to bear.

0:33:530:33:57

Could making new friends down under turn things around?

0:33:580:34:02

After a quick introduction to Paul's wife Lisa and daughter Britney,

0:34:050:34:09

it doesn't take long for them all to get chatting.

0:34:090:34:12

Whilst the parents get to know each other, the youngsters explore the park.

0:34:140:34:20

Chris and Kirsty worry they couldn't cope without their tight-knit friendship group in the UK.

0:34:200:34:26

So it's crucial they find out if they could fit in here.

0:34:260:34:29

Time to pick the brains of their new friends

0:34:290:34:32

with a leisurely paddle on the Torrens River.

0:34:320:34:35

Let's do a loop.

0:34:350:34:37

Kirsty's got serious issues to discuss with Britney.

0:34:370:34:40

-Have you got a boyfriend?

-No. I hear you do, though.

0:34:400:34:44

-Yeah.

-What's his name?

-Calum.

0:34:440:34:46

-Calum. That's a nice name.

-That's him.

0:34:460:34:49

-Yeah. Tears at the airport.

-Oh, really?

0:34:490:34:52

But the boys have a different set of priorities.

0:34:520:34:56

Most people play footie for school and club footie.

0:34:560:34:59

-Some other people play for league sides.

-Right.

0:34:590:35:02

So a lot of people play three lots of footie in one week.

0:35:020:35:07

They're having a great time.

0:35:070:35:10

Lynn wants to make sure there'll be enough for Kirsty and Chris to do in Adelaide.

0:35:100:35:15

What do your two get up to?

0:35:150:35:17

-At the weekends.

-Well, Henry's always playing golf. And he works.

0:35:170:35:24

-Where does he work?

-At a supermarket, a couple of times a week.

0:35:240:35:28

And Brittany does the same.

0:35:280:35:31

She's also at uni. She tends to go to movies, or the beach.

0:35:310:35:36

She's also making plans for Chris's future.

0:35:360:35:39

-Do you get the opportunity to do apprenticeships with companies?

-Yes.

0:35:390:35:43

-If Christopher wanted to be a builder, could he go to Paul and say...

-Yep.

0:35:430:35:47

Absolutely.

0:35:470:35:49

After all that exercise, it's time to see if the local tucker will go down a treat.

0:35:490:35:55

They've really gone to town with the picnic, but there's one thing they haven't got.

0:35:550:36:00

-We have goats' cheese, sheep's cheese...

-Kangaroo cheese?

0:36:000:36:05

If you can work out a way to milk a kangaroo, you're doing better than us!

0:36:050:36:10

There's a challenge you might not want to take on, Lynn!

0:36:100:36:13

The Horn family have had a fantastic time.

0:36:130:36:16

But thoughts of leaving their old friends behind are just below the surface.

0:36:160:36:20

It's time to decide

0:36:200:36:23

if the lifestyle and people in Australia would make the pain of leaving home bearable.

0:36:230:36:28

Our vote is...

0:36:280:36:29

-Halfway.

-Halfway.

0:36:350:36:37

Australia.

0:36:370:36:39

Australia.

0:36:410:36:42

They were a great family today. They're really sociable out here.

0:36:440:36:48

They made us feel like part of a group already. In one day.

0:36:480:36:52

Really looking forward to meeting lots more people like that if we get to move here.

0:36:520:36:58

Lynn and Kirsty remain undecided.

0:36:580:37:00

Even if Chris and Andy have enjoyed the day out and meeting new friends,

0:37:000:37:04

they're still a long way from home.

0:37:040:37:06

Although they've made new friends,

0:37:090:37:12

nothing can take away the pain of leaving loved ones behind in the UK.

0:37:120:37:17

Will hearing messages from back home make the decision even harder?

0:37:170:37:22

We've prepared a DVD for them to view.

0:37:220:37:25

Here we go.

0:37:250:37:26

Hi, Lynn, Andy, Chris and Kirsty.

0:37:260:37:29

Hello, Chris and Kirsty and Lynn and Andy.

0:37:290:37:32

Lynn's a very responsible person.

0:37:320:37:34

As far as the family are concerned,

0:37:340:37:37

I couldn't fault her way of bringing up the children.

0:37:370:37:41

Been very close to her all my life.

0:37:410:37:44

When she met Andy, I felt I was losing the closest thing I'd got.

0:37:440:37:49

But realised, in fact, I'd actually gained a brother, not lost a sister.

0:37:490:37:55

He's good company, a good friend. Good fun to be with.

0:37:550:37:59

-You just enjoy his company.

-No-one's got a bad word for him.

0:37:590:38:02

He's one of the legends, one of the kingpins of the club. Ex-captain.

0:38:020:38:07

Chris is my closest and best friend cos he's always there

0:38:070:38:11

and he's kind and he goes out of his way more than my other friends for me.

0:38:110:38:15

-Kirsty's really easy to like. A really likeable person.

-Funny,

0:38:150:38:21

-loves to shop!

-She's a good friend.

0:38:210:38:23

She's constantly happy, talking to her friends.

0:38:250:38:30

Bubbly person. Always knows when to have a laugh.

0:38:300:38:33

She cheers me up whenever I'm a bit unhappy.

0:38:330:38:37

When Lynn told me they were thinking of going to Australia, I was really pleased for them.

0:38:370:38:43

I think that it's an opportunity, and if you get that opportunity, take it.

0:38:430:38:48

I want her to enjoy herself, but I don't want her to love it that much she stays over there.

0:38:480:38:53

We don't want her to leave.

0:38:530:38:55

Kirsty belongs here with us.

0:38:550:38:57

-LYNN'S MUM:

-Naturally, I'd like to hope that they didn't make that decision to go permanently.

0:38:570:39:03

I'd like to think that they would stay here.

0:39:030:39:07

If they are leaving for good and I was there when they left,

0:39:080:39:11

it would be very sad because I would be losing my closest and oldest and dearest friend.

0:39:110:39:16

And I wouldn't like that.

0:39:160:39:18

I'm going to really miss you if you go to Aussie.

0:39:180:39:21

Even though I'm going to miss you,

0:39:220:39:25

I think it's a brave decision and I'll really miss you.

0:39:250:39:30

Seeing the messages has made the pain of leaving even more real.

0:39:370:39:42

It does make it hard to actually think about leaving Mum and Sue.

0:39:420:39:45

If we miss our friends after a week, imagine like after a month!

0:39:450:39:50

It's going to be so hard.

0:39:500:39:52

Hits you in the heart. Shows you how close they really are.

0:39:520:39:55

It would be the hardest decision, to leave behind.

0:39:550:40:01

But splitting up the family just isn't an option.

0:40:010:40:04

I couldn't stay in Australia - stay in England -

0:40:040:40:08

and have these three out in Australia.

0:40:080:40:12

And vice versa.

0:40:120:40:14

Couldn't do it.

0:40:140:40:16

Feelings are running very high.

0:40:210:40:24

With the final decision getting closer,

0:40:240:40:26

can they really make this move?

0:40:260:40:29

Have Chris and Kirsty been convinced?

0:40:290:40:32

The Horn family have found their dream home, with stunning views over the ocean.

0:40:340:40:39

-This is the dream, isn't it?

-I would do anything to have this house.

0:40:390:40:42

Whilst Lynn was impressed by the work on offer,

0:40:420:40:45

financial worries have threatened the whole move.

0:40:450:40:48

I'm just realising it might never, ever happen.

0:40:480:40:53

They made new friends easily.

0:40:530:40:55

If you can work out a way to milk a kangaroo, you're doing better than us!

0:40:550:40:59

But leaving loved ones would break all their hearts.

0:40:590:41:03

Weighing up everything they've experienced in the past week,

0:41:060:41:10

Chris fears that the physical effect of the heat and dehydration might be too much.

0:41:100:41:14

I've had really bad headaches, stomach pains.

0:41:140:41:19

It will affect my decision

0:41:190:41:21

because I'd have to deal with it all the time.

0:41:210:41:25

Obviously because it's so hot.

0:41:250:41:28

But for Kirsty, emotional pain is far more real.

0:41:280:41:31

I think I'm the one that would stop this move from happening.

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The thing is, with Calum, I'm not only losing a boyfriend, I'm losing a friend.

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Lynn and Andy are terrified that the family could be divided.

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Potentially, either of them could say no, to be fair.

0:41:470:41:50

To lose one of them, one of them to say, "I want to stay in the UK",

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would break my heart, I think.

0:41:560:41:58

-We may have to face up to that.

-It might be a reality that could happen.

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Yes. Just have to take it a step at a time.

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So when it comes to the final decision,

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which way will they vote?

0:42:080:42:10

This has been my dream, but now it's time for the family to vote.

0:42:130:42:18

Based on what we've experienced in Australia this week,

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our vote is going to be...

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..Australia.

0:42:270:42:28

-Australia.

-Australia.

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Whether or not the family have the same vision for the future

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is on the turn of the last card.

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Halfway.

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-I'm shocked at you, Christopher.

-Yeah.

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-I thought it'd be a half or...

-You've been ill since you've been here but you looked over that.

0:42:420:42:48

-Hats off to you. That's a bit better than I expected. I thought...

-You'd go UK.

0:42:480:42:53

Thank you. That's peace of mind for us.

0:42:530:42:55

Thumbs up to Australia, and we'll work on that one.

0:42:560:42:59

Yeah.

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-You can try.

-OK.

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Having seen the reality of living here,

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Kirsty's dilemma is no easier to solve.

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But there is a glimmer of hope for the Horns.

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Another British family is given the chance to sample what life would be like if they moved to the other side of the world.

Self-employed glazer Andy and preschool teacher Lynn Horn from Herne Bay have their work cut out to try and convince their two reluctant teenagers that life would be better in Australia. They spend a week experiencing what Adelaide has to offer them, before deciding whether to stay in the UK or to move 10,000 miles away from friends and family. With the risk of being divided over their decision, the family face some tough decisions.