Moving Countries, Chasing Dreams

Hello, Lovelies!

It's my first time having a guest blogger and I'm so excited that it's none other than Michelle de Vries from "My Aussie Dream." I'm a dream chaser as you may know so connecting with fellow dreamer like Michelle has been loads of fun. Michelle is a "Dutchie living in Australia" and from the looks of her Blog and Instagram, she's having the time of her life!

As an American living in Italy (and previously an American living London) I love connecting with other brave wanderers who've left their home countries in pursuit of new adventures and big dreams. Michelle's story is truly inspiring and I'm so pleased to have her on as a guest blogger. Perhaps she'll inspire you to take the big leap very soon, whatever it may be. 

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I also had the opportunity to write a guest post on Michelle's blog! Make sure to check it out here: "Moving to Another Country, Twice."

Ciao for now,

That Former Sidekick Girl x

About me

My name is Michelle de Vries. I have a Dutch nationality and live in Australia.
I am 24 years old, work as an accountant and have a big passion for helping people to follow their dreams.


I moved from The Netherlands to Australia in December 2016. Australia has always been a place I was curious about. It was number one on my bucketlist, so when I had the chance I planned a trip. In 2014 I visited for the first time and I fell in love. I fell in love with the people, nature, the culture and the freedom.

Reasons why

The reasons why I fell in love were mostly the differences in lifestyle. Australia is more laid back, outdoors and the people here have a ‘live-in-the-moment’ motto, which I missed in The Netherlands.
In Australia (most) people live life to the fullest and make the most out of every situation.
This is very different to The Netherlands where I experienced a ‘live-to-work’ environment.
This difference in lifestyle also changes people’s attitude and how they deal with people. Australians are relaxed, nothing is too much and they love adventures and being outdoors. All these things are to me the perfect combination of living a perfect life.

The hard part

It is a hard decision to move to a different country. You leave your secure environment, your friends and family and a lot of memories behind and dive into the unknown. You go to a new place, with new habits and everything is different. It is a lot to take in and sometimes it makes you feel like you don’t really belong. I tried to embrace all the differences, learn from other people, but also stay true to myself and show them my habits. It is an interesting exchange, that is for sure. But apart from all the differences and struggles, moving to Australia is the best decision I have ever made.

The process

The process of emigration is a tough one and it takes a lot of time, energy and money. I found that the right guidance and information makes all the difference. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, there are so many people out there who have done it before you or have made it their job to guide people like you, reach out to them. This avoids you from stressing over unnecessary things, so you can fully enjoy the process of following your dream.


My main tips are:

  • Plan ahead – know what the time line is etc
  • Avoid surprises – gather as much information as you can, so you are prepared
  • Don't give up – keep going, the possibility is there all you have to do is get it

I hope this helps others who aren’t sure about their decision yet - You can make your dream reality!

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Lots of love,


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6 thoughts on “Moving Countries, Chasing Dreams”

  1. Wow! You two are so amazing! I love the fact that you guys took a risk to live your dreams and left your country to live in a whole new place! I am hoping to one day live in a country for a few months with my husband living my dream 🙂

  2. It would be so exciting to move to another country but I don’t know that I, personally, could ever do it. It’s amazing to me that people can be so successful in such a different place than when they were from. Kudos to you travellers!

    1. Thank you for reading! If you ever decide to live abroad even for a few months I think it may be worth it. I miss home sometimes but I love the new experiences and cultures I’m exposed to.

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