Sydney – One of the most expensive cities in the world

by Kylie on October 15, 2012

There are new surveys all the time about which city is the most expensive to live in and Sydney always ranks high. This week, according to this article Sydney is the second most expensive city in the world. I live in Sydney and while I have not travelled the whole world, I have been to a few places and Sydney is expensive in many areas, especially real estate and road tolls.

Sydney does have higher wages than other areas, but not high enough to make up for the high cost of living. I think living can be expensive everywhere and it is more about how you choose to live that will determine how expensive life is. For example, no one HAS to live in Sydney. There is always the option to move if you don’t like where you live.

I want to move. I have made plans to move and will eventually leave Sydney. It looks like I need to be here for another 12 months for personal reasons, but after that I could move. I am not a Sydney fan, but know many other people who love it here. There is a lot of free stuff to do and fortunately for me, most things I need are relatively close, so the traffic and congestion are not often an issue for me.

What I would like to know is if you feel where you live is expensive and why?

I know many things such as make up, clothing, skin care etc are cheaper in the USA, but then health insurance is cheaper here, we have free medical options and so on. There are pros and cons to everywhere.

If you are living somewhere you don’t want to be, what is holding you back from moving? For me, some of the treatment we need is cheaper here than elsewhere and we like the people we are dealing with. Having been through a few professionals for some issues, I am not keen to change when I have finally found the perfect people to help my family and I. In about 12 months we should hopefully not need as much assistance and will be able to move.

It can be scary planning a move, but if you find it too expensive to live where you do or you are not able to fulfil your dreams living where you do, why not look into moving to a more suitable location?

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