Do I belong in the UK more than I belong in Australia?

Do I belong in the UK more than I belong in Australia?

HONEYMOONING NOMAD: Give me a home away from gum trees… with a little less sun, please…

I got sun burnt. (Cue rolling eyes and sarcastic “Where in the world were you this time?” questions)

Was it on my recent trip to Madrid when we rowed boats in the park? Did I dash back to Australia for a week, desperate for the summer sun? Was I trying to work up a tan on a beach somewhere exotic?

No. I was at home, in London, during winter, on a cloudy and slightly rainy day with a high of 7 degrees Celsius. And I got sun burnt.

Have you ever, ever felt like this?

When strange things happen…

It was about two years ago that I started to wonder if I was more suited to the UK than Queensland, Australia. In fact, I wrote about my “London tan” in this very publication.

Since then, I have come to the conclusion that someone was playing a very cruel joke for me to be born in the Aussie desert and brought up on one of the most beautiful, sunny coastlines in the world.  With my fair, freckled skin and high risk to skin cancer, how could this be… fair? (see what I did there?)

Am I going around the twist?

Perhaps I have finally found where I am meant to exist in the world? Do I belong in the UK more than I belong in Australia?

Actually, I like the weather

London weather and I get along much better, compared with my relationship with the Aussie sun. I don’t mind the rain and clouds as much as I thought I would. And I like that there is a clear difference between winter, with snow, less sunlight and cosy winter coats, and summer, which has a surprising amount of sun stretched over long, cider filled days.

You can’t beat the travel

I love the proximity to Europe and all that it has to offer. For example, we have just booked a week on the island of Malta for our third wedding anniversary. The flights were cheap and it will take less than 3.5 hours for us to get there. We are paying less for our 6 night holiday than we would if we visited Noosa for a week (and had to stock up on litres of aloe vera gel to chill in the fridge).

And the work is great, thank you

But it’s not all about the holidays. I work with and for a variety of global clients, consulting and advising them on big campaigns and projects, on a scale that probably wouldn’t be possible if I was still living in Brisbane. It is challenging and rewarding work that I love. And, when I am freelancing, I get plenty of time to travel.

So, UK vs Australia?

While I love Australia and appreciate that it has a lot going for it, from where I am standing the UK is scoring more points…

So, even though I have proved that I can get sunburn in the unlikeliest of circumstances in the UK, it is so slight that it doesn’t even require aloe vera application. That’s a win in my books!


Also by Jacqui Moroney:

Australia: Have a good one! (A good what?)

Growing up from the grown-up gap year

10 ways your life will change when you move to London

Read more of Jacquie’s Honeymooning Nomad series about life as an Aussie expat and visit her website  



Jacqui Moroney

Jacqui Moroney

Jacqui Moroney is a marketeer, avid travel writer and ex banker, traveling around the world on the honeymoon of a lifetime. She was born in the red centre of Australia, raised near the coast in Brisbane and is now a nomad in search of adventure with her new hubby. Jacqui is a travel writer, with a focus on living in London and traveling the world with her partner in crime. When she is not traveling, Jacqui is an amateur wine enthusiast, an unapologetic food junkie, and enjoying her never ending honeymoon!