Starting Fresh In London Town

If you follow me on social media, then you’re well aware I made the move to London recently. I’m here on a two year youth mobility visa to further my career in the world of digital magazine publishing.

Why London? Truth be told, New York was an obvious choice for a long time but I just had this feeling that London would be a better option for me at this point in my life. After visiting last year, I fell absolutely in love with it and knew I wanted to live out here for a little while. So here I am, writing from my friend’s flat in Streatham Hill.

How did I do it? If you’re Canadian or from a common wealth country under the age of 30, you can apply for the Tier 5 YM visa, which allows you to work/live in the UK. The process and requirements to getting this visa is pretty simple. I applied mid-July and received it by mid-August. NOTE: You have one month to enter the country once your visa has been approved so when you do apply, be ready to pack your bags and book your flight.

Goals? After working at House & Home for more than three years, I knew it was time for me to make a drastic move in my career. I’ve always wanted to work for a Condé Nast or Hearst Media publication and with Toronto’s dwindling magazine industry, my decision to move across the pond was validated. There’s way more opportunity here and the digital realm is growing, which is the sector I’m focused on. So here’s to hoping it works out in the end.

How did I pack my life in one suitcase? This was probably the most difficult part of my move – aside from saying goodbye to all my family and friends. You’re obviously allowed to bring more than one luggage, but I was adamant about packing just the essentials. There were some tears though as I had to leave behind most of my outerwear and shoes. But it’s fine because there are so many British brands I can’t wait to discover.

I’m excited to take you on this journey with me and I hope you’ll continue to follow along! If you have any further questions about my move or the visa, let me know in the comments below.

Photography by Ruben Afonso