Moving To Australia

March 11, 2010

Shipping Cost To Australia.

Filed under: Uncategorized — RideSurf @ 4:53 pm

Sooooo.

Looking at shipping costs for a container I found..

http://www.costhelper.com/cost/home-garden/ship-car-overseas.html

 “Transporting a standard-sized car from the US to Australia costs about $2,950. If household items are to be shipped in a container along with the vehicle the price runs around $3,200 for a 20-foot container that can handle a car plus a few small items”

So basiclly at 20 foot container full of our crap, plus im sure their is a price for customs, I’m going to guess its going to cost at LEAST $4000 to have our crap in Australia.

I like my stuff, its reallly neat stuff. But really? I don’t think its worth what I’m about to pay for Tif’s wedding to ship it there.

Carrie doesn’t want to talk about it but when we do, she doesn’t want to get rid of our stuff. Well.. Honey, $4000 to have our bed, couch, and dining room table there.  Again. Moving is very very stressful. Because of CRAP!

ah.. no thanks. we’ll ship boxes of pictures and bathing suits instead.

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March 8, 2010

More Australia Research.

Filed under: Uncategorized — RideSurf @ 4:57 pm

So I figure its going to cost like 20k USD to move the family to Oz. Between the Visas, Three round trip tickets… twice. Putting our stuff in a container and shipping it, buying a car, deposits, insurance.. blah blah blah. Depending on how much it cost to ship, I’ll just sell everything and start fresh (and lighter!) After reading about quarantine and customs and sleeping on the floor for 2 months waiting for your stuff… no thanks.. My bed and couches are to damn big.

It seems life is about collecting crap.

That is why moving is so stressful. Moving all this crap!

I was reading a blog this morning about an fellow from the UK moving Melbourne, and it seems I found even more stuff to research. http://movingtooz.blogspot.com/ I found it because I typed this blogs name in blogspot vs wordpress. LOL. It was very helpful since he is a IT guy also with a wife and kids. I could relate a bit. The process of getting bank accounts in itself looks like fun.. not. hahaha

I went to Carlsbad this weekend to buy a new SUP racer that was going to take with me to Oz. But after talking to Carrie, I decided to keep the money, start the Oz fund, and I can always buy one once I’m down there vs. trying to sell it in Arizona!

My very good friend Chris is moving to the North Shore (Oahu) in a couple of days. That is why I went to Carlsbad in the first place. Also, to pick up my baby, the 9′ 6″ Takayama longboard I broke a few months ago. She is all fixed up and good as new, if not better! I gave Chris some money for some surf art work and large framed photos of waves. I do want to take these with me.

It was nice to get back to the beach. It was very cold and the surf was blown out. I can’t wait till the day we are in the Sunshine Coast and its warm most of the time 😀

But now in the meantime, we focus on Tifanie’s wedding, meeting the new family, and growing the Oz fund.

Oh.. Before I forget. Jack gave me a bit of a run down for Australian beer. To my dismay, Fosters is crap PBR beers there. haha. So Victoria Bitter it is. 😀

Cheers mate! 😀

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