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Building a future with your partner is one of life's great adventures
but if you don't agree on which side of the world to share it,
it can test even the strongest relationship.
Dylan Bowen has long been on a mission
to persuade his wife to emigrate.
After a couple of years, I started saying,
"Well, maybe we should move to Australia." And she was
always against the idea because she didn't want to leave her family.
But for Lindsey Bowen Australia would be a huge gamble.
I don't want to say that the dream would be over if I couldn't
get a job but I think it would make things a lot more difficult for us.
And if either one votes no...
We are a team and if one of us
doesn't come then neither of us come.
From home, Australia can look like paradise
with its sun-kissed golden beaches and blue skies.
Each year, thousands of Brits emigrate down under.
But it is not a voyage that works out for everyone
and many end up travelling full circle right back to the UK.
Over the next week,
the Bowen's will get to experience the reality of living in Australia.
At the end of it, they will face a life-changing decision -
whether to stay in the UK or to make the move for good.
After a journey of 10,000 miles, the Bowens arrive in Brisbane.
25 hours in the air has given them plenty of time
for some serious thinking.
I had quite a few thoughts on this trip,
just thinking about family and especially my mum and dad.
Thinking, "Are they going to be able to do this trip
"and come out and see us?"
So that was going through my mind all the time.
This is now or never, I think. So, yeah, it's going to be a good week.
It's going to be a tough week but we are really looking forward to it.
Back in the UK, the Bowens live in Cardiff.
They are Dylan, a public affairs manager,
and Lindsey, a primary school teacher.
In his single days, Dylan visited Australia several times
and long dreamt of living there.
But after meeting and marrying Lindsey,
he hoped his dream might be big enough for two.
I met Lindsey about six months after I came back from Australia
for my second trip and we didn't really talk about it straightaway
but after a couple of years I started saying,
"Well, maybe we should move to Australia,
"start thinking about doing that."
And she was always against the idea
because she didn't want to leave her family.
So we took a holiday out there and she actually loved it
and came back and said, "Yeah, I'm ready to go for it."
I did love it and, yeah, I felt quite sad, actually, when we left.
We left Sydney and I felt I wanted to stay
and I wanted to do more there and see more.
As time has progressed, it's then that you start thinking about,
well, we have got to leave the friends and family,
she's got to get a job out there and that decision is more difficult
than your initial one where she just said, "Yeah, let's just go for it."
He also picked up some familiar Aussie habits while on holiday.
Pretty much, if I've got any free time on the weekends,
I try to go surfing as much as possible.
It is difficult in this country.
The surf is not very consistent, you know.
We don't get big swells that often
and the wind can ruin the surf if the swell does come in
so we just sit in the car thinking about what could have been.
So, in Australia, the surf is a lot better, a lot more consistent
and, you know, hopefully I will be surfing a couple of times
a week there as opposed to a couple of times a month over here.
I do believe that we will have a better life out there.
I have no doubts in that respect.
It's the difficulty of leaving family, friends and them being left
without us as well, of their lives going on and us not being part of it.
Lindsey is very close to her mum and sister.
They see each other almost daily
and leaving them behind is a painful prospect.
One minute I'm thinking,
"Yeah, this is the right thing to do. It's going to be amazing.
"It's going to be fantastic." The next minute I am thinking,
"You know, my mum and dad are going to be left without us.
"I'm not going to be able to see my niece or my nephew
"or my sister or my friends. We are going to be lonely."
So, really, the emotions are going all over the place at the moment.
I talk to friends who say that they could never leave
because they couldn't leave their family behind
and I completely empathise with that decision.
That's not something that really, really holds me back
but I understand how difficult it is for Lindsey.
And there is another consideration.
We would like to start thinking about a family
and ideally I would really like to start that family in Australia.
We have put it off because we have been hoping to go
and I can't even imagine
taking grandchildren away from my mum and dad
cos I see how they are with my sister's children now.
I just couldn't do it.
Leaving her career is another huge challenge for Lindsey.
I work with an amazing group of people so it's going to be
really hard to go out there and find that again in a school.
You know, my expectations are high.
To put myself out there, I have to get a teaching job,
I have to make sure that we have got one secure income coming in
so I do feel a lot of pressure on my shoulders in that respect.
And Dylan's work plans could increase the strain on both of them.
My plans for Australia are just to do something completely different.
At the moment, I'm thinking about starting my own business.
I'd love to open a coffee shop. It is something I've done before.
I think I could probably
pull something off pretty good over there.
I don't want to say that the dream would be over if I couldn't get a job
but I think it would make things a lot more difficult for us.
With so much at stake, the Bowens face a life-changing decision
and Dylan knows his hopes rest in Lindsey's hands.
For us to emigrate to Australia
it really has got to get Lindsey on board with the idea.
You know, she is a big part of the journey
and I really need to get her around to the idea of going.
Both Dylan and Lindsey want the best future for each other but until
they can decide where that should be, all their plans are on hold.
And, for one of them,
it could mean making a choice that ends the other's dream.
The Bowens will be staying in
the Burleigh Heads suburb on Queensland's Gold Coast.
It's south of the world-famous Surfers Paradise area,
with plenty of golden beaches and rolling waves on hand,
making it an ideal location for surf addicts like Dylan.
Their home for the week is this two-bedroom apartment
close to the beach.
Hopefully it should be a great base for Dylan and Lindsey.
-Oh, look at the view of the sea. Look at that.
-Oh, my God.
Surfers Paradise is that way. You couldn't get any closer to the sea.
It's so light and airy, isn't it?
That's a million-dollar view, that, isn't it?
This is beachside living, isn't it? Wow.
Oh, my gosh. It just stretches all the way across.
-It's difficult to look in here when you have got that out there.
I think the Bowens like what they see.
But even after a great start there's still some worries on the horizon.
This week is about finding out where we can live
and where we can work and just making sure that everything is right
so that if we do make the decision that it's going to be Australia
that we are 100% confident that it's the right thing to do.
This could be real and it's going to be really, really hard.
It's going to be a really, really tough decision.
Back in the UK, the Bowens
live in a two-bedroom rented flat near Mermaid Quay in Cardiff.
They sold their own property a few years ago,
believing they'd soon be heading to Australia.
But with career and family worries holding them back,
the move went on hold and now they're sitting on
a large nest egg which they could invest in a new home down under.
In Australia, our house budget will probably be around about £300,000.
The main thing, for me, is that it has to be close to the beach
and if that's a two-bedroom apartment
or a four-bedroom house, I'm not really bothered.
I would really like to have an area where
I could wake up in the morning and just open the window or go out
onto the terrace and see the beach and see the waves and the sea.
And, again, really just somewhere airy and light.
So, can Aussie homes live up to their hopes?
Today we are giving the Bowens
a taste of the Gold Coast housing market.
We will show them three options based on what
they want from their ideal home, what they can afford
and the real cost of property down under.
After seeing for themselves what's on offer,
they will find out how much each house costs.
All three properties the Bowens are reviewing today
are near their rented accommodation in the suburb of Burleigh Heads.
It's a popular area with active couples and families,
offering a good mix of new builds and older properties.
Close to the beach and cafe life,
it should be tailor-made for the Bowens.
The first stop is at Paradise Grove, a relatively new apartment block.
But will it get the day off to a good start?
-Straight into the main living area.
The communal areas were nice and tidy and well maintained.
-Yeah, very nice. It's really spacious.
-Check out the kitchen.
Is this big enough for you? It's compact.
Yes, I think it could do with a bit of a refresh.
-Yes, it needs updating.
-Definitely look at putting a new kitchen in.
Despite needing to win Lindsey over, Dylan is sounding cautious.
I think this is the deepest pile carpet I have walked on
-since the 1970s.
-It's bouncy, isn't it?
-That's beautiful. Look. And the birds.
The sound of the birds is amazing.
There's no sea view but then we are only a stone's throw away, aren't we?
-Literally two minutes' walk down Burleigh Heads.
That's one box ticked.
You might need to crane your neck to see it
but the beach is only minutes away.
-We've got a bathroom here.
It's an OK size.
-I think this must be the master bedroom.
-It's a little bit pokey.
-Yeah. Not convinced by this here.
So, yeah, it's good but I think it could do with a bit of TLC.
Bedroom number two.
-Yeah, small again but, you know, just for guests.
-It could fit a couple of nieces and nephews.
-It would be handy having three bedrooms.
For people coming over, definitely.
Space for visitors would be a real plus for Lindsey.
This is a bit nicer room.
Yeah, a bit bigger. Could fit a double bed in here, easily.
-Guests or a nursery.
And for new family members too.
This apartment may not have bowled them over
but it does seem to be the right size for Dylan and Lindsey.
But with some redecorating needed,
is it a project they are willing to take on?
-Let's have a look at the price.
-I have no idea how much it would be.
-No frame of reference whatsoever.
They have a budget of £300,000.
-Do you want to do the honours?
-Well, that's a lot less than I thought, actually.
It's really, really fairly priced for where we are.
I think I would prefer something that was a little bit bigger.
We like living in an apartment but I just think to myself,
"Do I want to be living in an apartment now for...?"
It wouldn't have to be long-term, would it?
I think it would be a good starting block for us.
Yeah, I think you're right. The price seems pretty good.
-I think we could comfortably afford that.
-You're not blown away by it.
I'm not blown away by it. But it's pretty good.
This apartment may have been affordable
but it looks like it simply isn't the right fit for the Bowens.
So, will tempting Lindsey to Australia
be any easier at the next home?
The second stop is at an older house in Palm Beach.
It's a prime location on the main road along the seafront,
close to local shops and schools.
Hopefully, ideal for a young couple looking to start a family.
-Let's go on in.
-Let's have a look. It's an older property.
Yeah, it certainly is. Bedroom.
-A bit neglected maybe or not looked after.
-Is this the main bedroom?
-Yeah. It needs a bit of TLC.
-It needs a lot of TLC.
-We could do that.
I think the key with this house
is maybe just to pull it down and start again.
That's an idea.
Lots of renovation.
As sales pitches go, I think Dylan's may need a little polish.
250 metres to the beach so it is prime location.
Yeah, that's what you've got to think about and it's a project, isn't it?
-Do we want to do a project as soon as we come over here?
-It would be a lot to take on.
-It would, yeah.
I mean, it's nice to come and see a house.
-This isn't the kind of house I would want to live in.
I'd rather keep on living in an apartment.
And I am still hearing that road so, really, are we going to want to
be just lazing around in the garden on a busy cross junction like this?
Although this is close to the beach,
-I think the specific location isn't quite right.
-I think we can rule this one out even before seeing the price.
-Unless it's £50.
-Yeah, which is highly unlikely. Yeah.
Despite needing to sell his Aussie dream to Lindsey,
it's Dylan who's looking underwhelmed
and although this house would be big enough for visitors,
the idea of renovating it simply isn't on the cards.
So could its price do anything to change the Bowens' minds?
-It's not an example of a house that we'd want to live in.
But good to see something else other than an apartment.
-What do you think?
-Let's have a little look.
Yeah, I'm a bit surprised by that.
I thought it would maybe be a bit less just
because the property is in such a bad state but, you know,
that must be how much land is around here.
Yeah, it's got to be, isn't it?
Maybe we could settle for being further away from the beach
-but being elevated so we can see the beach.
£279,000 would make this an expensive project to take on.
Even if Dylan were willing.
But Lindsey is sounding positive about finding a compromise.
So could a more modern option be the one?
The final property is in one of Burleigh Heads'
newest apartment buildings, just 150 metres from the sea.
That's a really funky, modern-looking building, isn't it?
-Yeah, the design on it is beautiful.
-And the beach is right there.
-Gorgeous, isn't it?
I wonder what the inside will be like.
-I think it's going to be very modern.
-This is lovely and light and bright, isn't it?
-It's beautiful. So modern.
-Lovely big open space.
-It has been finished nicely.
You can see the sea from the balcony.
-You can just see it, can't you?
-Poking through. A little wave.
-A really nice apartment. Well done, well laid out.
That's sounding far more encouraging from everyone.
Main bedroom here.
Yeah. It's a lovely-sized bedroom. Oh, lovely.
-There is a wardrobe in here and en suite.
Nice and clean and bright.
Straight onto the balcony from the bedroom as well.
Nice old day bed for chilling out on a Sunday morning.
Yeah, I could picture us there reading.
-And then dinner in the evening with that view.
-This is what I pictured.
This is what I imagined.
-This is proper, you know, modern Australian living, isn't it?
Nice clean lines. Minimalist.
Really well set out, functional but stylish. Beautiful.
It looks like the Bowens have finally found just what
they were looking for.
A nice second bedroom here as well.
With only two bedrooms, this apartment may lack
the space for visitors and a growing family but it has definitely
impressed Dylan and Lindsey so what is the bottom line?
-What do you think?
-It's a great place.
-I think we will be paying for the views here.
Just because it is so modern, new building. I don't know. We'll see.
-Shall we just turn it over?
-We were hoping to have hardly any mortgage.
I think we'd probably need to have a bit more of a mortgage here now.
Yeah, for this kind of property, I think we might do that.
We don't spend way above our means anyway.
It doesn't cost me anything to go surfing.
Maybe a new board once a year but we live quite cheaply.
We'll only be able to eat four nights a week, that's all.
Seeing this property now and what we could have,
we would have to stretch ourselves but I would be more than happy
to stretch ourselves and be somewhere like this.
I think it would make the transition over here a lot easier
if we are living in a place like this and an environment where
we really feel comfortable. It's really beautiful.
After two failures, that's just the result Dylan was hoping for.
However, Lindsey knows that affording it won't be easy.
It does put the pressure on though,
thinking, "Yeah, I'm going to have to be working and earning, you know,
"a really good salary straightaway." So that is a bit of pressure.
I feel very comfortable here.
Good. Let's put an offer in.
So after an up and down day of house hunting,
it looks like Dylan's ready to get out the cheque book.
The first property was affordable, near the beach and the right size
but it didn't have the wow factor.
Selling the second house to Lindsey was beyond even Dylan.
In fact, he was ready to call in the bulldozers.
But the final property was a Goldilocks home -
just right for everyone despite its higher price tag.
So have the Bowens been won over by Aussie homes?
We had a really good day today.
We've seen some really interesting properties.
A real diverse set of properties, I think. And now it is time to vote.
-Yeah, Australia for you?
-Australia for me.
-Yeah. Good one.
I loved those properties. Well, I loved the last property.
Yeah, that is the dream.
Having a property like that, being so close to the beach with the views.
The whole property was just amazing
so it was a really, really positive day.
I feel optimistic after seeing the properties today
just because how close they were to the beach
and two of the properties we saw were literally five
minutes from here and this is one of my favourite surf breaks,
Burleigh Heads, so to be within a five minute walk of here is
just a dream come true for me.
After a day's house hunting,
Lindsey's positivity is music to Dylan's ears.
Even if his sales technique still needs a little bit more work.
But their dream apartment isn't going to come cheap which
puts the pressure on both of them
to find good work opportunities in Australia.
Back home, Dylan is a public affairs manager with a dream...
It would be great to have, you know, a little coffee unit,
just serving coffees out of a hatch, even.
Something close to the beach where I could get a surf in the morning
and serve some coffees for the day and then have another surf,
you know, before I go home.
..while Lindsey loves her job as a primary school teacher.
I would love to be able to work in a school where there is
lots of different cultures and where the children
just all get along together.
So that would be a real dream to be able to work in a school like this.
Finding good career opportunities could help convince Lindsey
to emigrate but she will also need a good salary as she will be
the breadwinner while Dylan finds his feet and sets up a business.
So today she is visiting a local school to talk to the headmistress.
-Hi, I'm Lindsey.
-Nice to meet you.
-Welcome to our centre.
-Thank you. Thanks for having me here.
The first question is would her British teaching qualifications
translate to Australia?
So, yeah, I really just want to find out more about education system in
Australia and what those opportunities
could provide for me and my skills.
The easiest would be to join the childcare as an unqualified
assistant and that way you could begin to work immediately
and you would have had security of being employed
and then you could tackle the minefield that is
being recognised when you've moved to a new country.
The minefield is the legislation that covers teaching in Australia.
For Lindsey, it would mean taking exams in order to work.
-Are you ready?
-No, not at all.
-Let's do it.
There's a lot riding on Lindsey's shoulders
and she knows that the reality of starting a new career
so far from home could be a huge challenge.
The role that I'm doing at the moment is quite a high-pressure job and
I need to make that decision as to do I want that for myself over here?
If you're making a lifestyle choice to make a change this dramatic
then the last thing you really want to do
unless you absolutely need to is be in some high-pressure job
juggling all these things while you're trying to put new roots down.
That's not ideal news so can Dylan fare better?
-How are you?
-I'm good. You OK? Thanks for seeing me.
-Welcome to Link.
He is meeting Guy Cooper,
a businessman with experience of Aussie cafe culture.
I would be lying if I said there is a high success rate
because there's not.
There is a high turnover of small business
especially in the last three years. It takes you a year or two
to build up a client base, you know, a customer base.
So if you buy an existing business, the hard work has already been done.
Dylan has saved a deposit but will it be enough?
-150,000 isn't going to get you that much.
It's probably just buying yourself a job
and you're probably likely to earn about 60-70,000 a year.
That's not what he wanted to hear. So what about plan B?
What about getting finance on top of that? Are banks willing to lend?
They won't lend on businesses per se
-but they will lend against your assets.
-So you need a house.
With the banks, you know,
with Australia at the moment there is a bit of a credit squeeze as well.
That's what makes it quite difficult.
OK, so moving on to plan C then.
If we pull back from using a bigger deposit on a house
and use some of that capital towards the business
and if I was able to push my initial investment up to 250,000,
what kind of business do you think I'd get for that money?
250 will get you something semi-decent.
And it will make you an income, as an owner operator,
-round about one to 150 in that range.
-Thank you, Gary.
-It's been lovely.
-Lovely to meet you.
It looks like Dylan has plenty to think about.
A large deposit might help his business plan
but it may come at the cost of a dream apartment.
Back at the school, Lindsey is flavour of the month.
So now that the children are already in love with you desperately,
are you staying for the rest of the day, month, year, quarter?
I would love to but I do have lots of thinking to do,
lots of decisions to make.
OK, well, I won't put you on payroll but I'll just sort of pencil you in
so that when you get your visa stamped I can say,
-"Oh, good, Lindsey's back."
-Sounds brilliant. Fantastic.
-Sounds great. Thank you for coming.
-Thank you so much.
So it sounds like Lindsey may have a job offer already.
Meanwhile, Dylan's getting a taste of the day-to-day
side of running his own coffee business.
Cafe owner Paul is on hand with some expert local advice.
Here the humidity goes up and down
-so your grind's going to change all the time.
You've got to watch your shots all the time.
We change this untold times during the day
just to make sure you get the perfect shot.
You can normally tell if there's a storm coming
cos your coffee will change.
So that's beautiful. 25 second shot.
Oh, yeah, that's good.
That's the technical stuff out of the way
so it's straight to the point.
How do you find running a coffee shop, Paul?
I think a lot of it is underestimated
with the amount of time that you've got to put in.
My morning starts at about quarter past five
and I get home at five at night.
Then I start baking and I probably don't finish till about nine.
Yeah, and then it's all go the next day.
So it just keeps going like that.
If you can specialise in something and be really good at that
and not try to cater for everybody but just do a good thing,
you will get a good customer base. For sure.
Working long hours won't leave much time to surf.
But having seen the costs, how does Dylan feel about setting up shop?
It was good chat with the business broker. I think...
You know, he obviously showed me a business that's doing really good
so it's a high premium price.
I think what I'd rather do is find something that's, you know,
maybe the business isn't being run right and go in there
and maybe make some improvements and build up a business that way.
Despite the challenges he could well face,
Dylan is still optimistic about his plans.
But it looks like there's plenty of question marks hanging
over his and Lindsey's prospects.
With their fact-finding completed, the Bowens meet up to swap notes.
-I got you a tea.
-Thank you. Thank you very much.
-Did you have fun at the school?
-Yeah, it was great.
Lovely place. An amazing school.
It just had a lovely feeling about it as soon as I walked in there.
And really good opportunities.
And it was just lovely to be around the children.
-So was there any discussion of earnings potential?
I could start earning, you know, bottom at 70,000
and then with my skills and my expertise I could go in maybe
as a position of a primary coordinator
-which would mean a lot more.
So it was great. How was your day?
It wasn't as positive as I thought it might be but it was really
useful to kind of see what businesses go for over here.
You know, the kind of sale price relevant to the turnover and profit.
I can go for a bit of a bargain which gives us more
money for the deposit for the house so that we can get the house
that we want in the area that we want and get the business as well
for the money that we've got.
It looks like it might be plan D for Dylan.
But Lindsey is sounding positive and neither of them
seem put off by the idea of rolling up their sleeves.
We'll have to put a lot of work into it. It's going to be a lot of hours.
-Less time to go surfing.
-What do you think?
I think it is going to be a lot of hard work
-but I'm looking forward to it.
-We're ready for that though.
I'll just get an after-work surf in most nights.
We still have a happy couple but has Lindsey seen enough to
be as passionate about working here as she is at home?
It's been a very busy and interesting day.
Lots of information, lots of things to take in,
lots of things to think about.
And now it is time to vote.
-Australia for you.
I'm surprised I voted for Australia.
I did think that it's going to be quite hard for me to get a job
so it was really positive to hear that I will be able to find work here
and I was also surprised at the salary as well.
Even though, for me, it's not all about earning as much as I can
but it's still nice to hear that I'll be, you know, we'll be comfortable.
So it was a really, really positive day.
What today showed me
is that it is possible to set up a good business
and make a success of it and now I'm armed with a bit more
information I think I can come over here and do OK.
Investigating their work prospects was a real eye-opener for Dylan
and Lindsey and despite facing plenty of hurdles along their way
they are both convinced their plans could work.
But could their enthusiasm be blinding them
to the real cost of this move?
In Cardiff the Bowens rent their flat.
Having sold their own property, they are hoping to combine
savings with a mortgage to afford their dream Aussie home.
To help them do the figures,
we have prepared a breakdown of their monthly expenses.
Based on their own calculations,
they will find out if they really can afford to have it all.
-The tuna steaks is quite a bit more already.
-Spinach. Goodness me. Wow.
I'm not sure we would be eating spinach any more.
I'm a little bit surprised by some of this.
We could grow a lot of it though.
-Which would be something I would really like to do.
-It would be like The Good Life.
That doesn't sound like a promising start.
So how does the monthly shopping bill compare?
So, in total, our monthly grocery spend is £416.
Which is significantly more expensive than back home.
That's £180 a month more expensive than the UK,
which may not leave them much room for a big mortgage.
They have decided to base their sums on the first property.
It wasn't a dream home but it might help stretch their savings further.
-The mortgage per month...
A bit above what we said we wanted to afford.
But I think that, yeah,
-we'd be looking to put a bigger deposit down than that.
So, you know, there's a bit of wiggle room there.
And salary is all down to Lindsey.
I will be the main breadwinner.
Thank you for that. I will be a supported man. A kept man. Nice.
-Just how you like it.
She hopes to earn 70,000 a year if she can take on a senior role.
So that's a bit more than you earn in the UK now.
Which is good.
Based on Dylan earning the minimum for the first year,
they are £569 a month better off in Australia.
However, that uses up every penny they have saved.
So we have got more money left over.
-However, we haven't put away anything for savings.
On paper, it looks like the Bowens can afford the dream
but are they convinced their plans will work?
We have done the reality check and based on the figures
we will be voting for...
Both of us Australia then.
Yeah, that really surprised me, looking at those figures.
I can earn a good wage and I can be doing what I love to do - teaching.
And then Dylan can pursue his dream of having a business.
It shows that we can maintain the lifestyle
and still have that bit of money, you know, backup emergency.
-It is do-able.
Despite the risks,
the Bowens are convinced the numbers do add up down under.
And Dylan's hopes have taken another big step forward.
And I suspect, for at least one of them,
experiencing the Aussie lifestyle is going to be a pretty easy ride.
After wrestling with all the facts and figures,
a day on the beach is an ideal way for both Bowens
to enjoy everyday Aussie living.
But for Dylan it is a chance to reconnect with the dream that
inspired him to emigrate.
This is a perfect day, just being here on the beach, hanging out on
the beach just relaxing and seeing Dylan enjoying himself in the surf.
This is what it's all about.
It's evident that we are going to have to work pretty hard but,
you know, at the end of the day,
just coming down the beach like this will make it all worth it.
But Dylan is not alone in being inspired.
Being here today, I've just seen so many mothers
and fathers with their children and I just think it's just
a wonderful place to have children and bring up a family.
I mean, Lindsey's just up the beach now
and she's doing a bit of meditation and yoga.
I hope that settles her and puts her into, you know,
a positive aura and then she will vote Australia.
It looks like even the weather might be on Dylan's side
as the sun comes out for their vote.
We have had a great day here on the beach sampling the typical
Aussie lifestyle and now it's time to vote.
-No surprise there, I think.
-This is what it's all about.
We get down the beach quite a bit back home but, you know,
for most of the year, it's literally, you go down and surf,
back in the car and back home.
But over here it's going to be nice to come down,
have a surf and then just
chill out on the beach for a couple of hours as well.
It's just a great way to live.
that was the easiest decision of the week for Dylan.
But Lindsey's looking even more convinced
Australia could offer her dream future too.
So will seeing messages from loved ones come
as an unwelcome reminder of her biggest fears?
-You ready to watch?
-Yes. My tissues are here ready.
-OK, let's play.
Hi, Dyl! Hi, Linds!
Hope you're having a brilliant time in Australia.
As a couple, Dylan and Lindsey are very relaxed.
They're very outgoing, they're very focused. They're really driven.
When they decide they want to do something,
they really get stuck into it. They're great people too.
-Yeah, she's just lovely, a brilliant friend. Great to work with.
Just fantastic all-round character.
When I found out initially, I was absolutely devastated.
But I've never said to Lindsey, "I don't want you to go."
I wouldn't do that. They've got a dream.
And I think, if you've got a dream, you have to follow that dream.
And as a mum, all that you ever want for your children
is that they're happy in life, and that's all I want for her
They've been talking about going to Australia for pretty much
as long as I can remember.
So, as much as I don't really want them to go,
for selfish reasons, I think it would be a real shame
if they didn't follow that one dream that they've had.
I can't really imagine her not being here, because she's always here.
We're always doing something together, but...
Lindsey and I have started working together as well,
so I'm now seeing her
three days a week, and to not have that...
is going to be awful.
Everybody's been thinking about you
and thinking about the decisions you'll have to make.
I hope you've answered a lot of your questions.
I hope you'll do what's best for you two ultimately.
-But we really miss you.
-Yeah, we love you two.
-We're really looking forward to having you home.
..you know that we'd never say to you, "Don't go."
I know you and Dylan have this dream,
and you must fulfil that dream.
As a mum, Daddy and I only want the best for you
and we want you to be happy in life.
And if this is what is going to make you happy, then...
..you must go.
You know you're so special to us, and you, Dyl.
We just want you to have an amazing life.
For Lindsey, her bond with loved ones
has always been a barrier to emigrating.
So having seen her messages, is it one she's finally ready to break?
I've got that connection with my mum and my sister and my friends,
which is really, really important to me.
But it just made me realise that life does go on,
and they're still going to be an important part of our lives.
If we decide to come out here and we decide to stay out here,
you know, the quality time that we would spend with our family
and friends when they came out to visit us here is invaluable.
Messages from loved ones hit Lindsey hard.
But during the week, she's fallen
well and truly in love with Australia.
And with their journey over,
it's time for Dylan
to pop the second biggest question of a lifetime.
Will it be "I do" to a new life Down Under?
So we're four out of four in the UK versus Australia votes...
The final one is the big one, and I suppose the final one is worth
more than the four single ones put together.
I've got nothing but respect
for the way Lindsey has approached this week.
She's come out here, she's been open-minded, she's been,
you know, really determined to make a go of this.
And her positivity has just absolutely blown me away.
We've thought long and hard, had some really intense conversations.
a real roller coaster of emotions, you know.
I've been really high and I've been really low as well.
And I think Dylan will definitely say the same thing as well.
He's felt it as much as me, I think,
because he's worrying more about me than himself.
If Lindsey votes for the UK over Australia,
and it means that we don't come out here,
then I would never hold it against Lindsey.
I know that she would have really valid reasons for not doing it.
We're a team, and if one of us doesn't come,
then neither of us come.
It's time to let us and Dylan off the hook.
Will she or won't she vote for Australia?
We've had a great week up here on the Gold Coast.
Now it's the moment of truth.
So let's vote.
Yay, well done!
-Yeah! I'm really happy.
-Yeah, me too.
That feels liberating.
That's, you know, the end of a six-year journey, and now,
you know, I know that we can get home
and start planning, book our flights as soon as possible
and just get out here and start the rest of our lives!
It's just magical here.
It's beautiful, the people are lovely,
the lifestyle is just amazing.
..yeah, I just think, for this next part of our lives,
this next chapter of our lives,
I just feel this really is the right place for us, for both of us,
you know, to start a family.
Starting over on the other side of the world isn't easy.
And even in the happier moments,
the pain of leaving home is never quite forgotten.
But, with a tough decision behind them,
the Bowens can look forward to the promise
of living their dream together.
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