An unexpected return
After marrying a local, Christie made an unplanned return to Tasmania, and has found the benefits to be many.
Christie Speight was formerly based in London, working full time teaching and looking after her young son. Having lived, studied and spent much of her childhood and young adulthood in Tasmania, Christie moved to England to live, the birthplace of her parents, with the occasional trip home to visit friends and family.
On one of her trips to Tasmania, however, everything changed when she met the man that would later become her husband and it wasn’t long before the next trip home became a permanent one. People are an important part of this story, with family, friends and her now husband and their young family, driving Christie’s decision to move back to Tasmania. But it is not an unfamiliar one, with Tasmania being known for its helpful and welcoming people and communities.
Now living, working and raising a family in the state, Christie has found the move a refreshing lifestyle change. And has shared her favourite things and benefits about living in Tasmania.
Cost of living – Returning to Tasmania allowed Christie to move from a two bedroom flat to a four bedroom house. But the affordability of property was just the start, the lower cost of living has enabled a lifestyle change, especially with a young family with three boys to spend time with, feed and entertain!
With less pressure to secure a high income, Christie’s drivers for employment have also shifted. And she has been able to seek out employment that best fits her lifestyle, particularly while caring for her young family.
Life is easier – Sometimes the simplest things offer the greatest reward. Tasmania is a connected community. People are helpful, commute times are shorter and services are closer, meaning taking the children to sports games and catching up with friends is just easier.
Local and accessible schools – As a teacher and with a young family, accessible and quality education are must haves, and Tasmania has not disappointed.
Our gorgeous scenery – Everywhere in Tasmania is beautiful, and with a houseful of boys full of energy to burn, enticing built and natural outdoor spaces to relax in and explore are much appreciated.
The Food! – It has been a constant surprise to see the number and range of restaurant openings. Tasmania is making its mark, not just for its quality produce, but also for what that produce is used to create.
And of course the local arts scene – Tasmania is well known for our festivals and events and the Museum and Old and New Art, but there is so much more to see.
Tasmania, it’s a surprising place.