20 Places To Visit In The Midwest USA

After spending 4 years living in Iowa, I’m sharing 20 places to visit in the Midwest USA! My first experience of this area of the USA was actually back in 2011, as Route 66 starts in Chicago Illinois and passes through 3 of the Midwestern states. I have since explored 9 out of 12 states that make up the Midwest and here are a handful of places that I enjoyed!

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2020 – A Year I’d Rather Not Review

At the end of every year I usually do a round up on the places I’ve been, goals I’ve reached etc. But 2020, as I’m sure a lot of people can relate to, hasn’t been the greatest. Before all the madness even started, I knew it was going to be a bit of a rough year. Just like 2016 when I moved to the US, 2020 was going to be the year I moved back to the UK so I was in for an avalanche of major life changes all happening in one go again. I planned to just spend the summer travelling, yes maybe ‘escaping my troubles’ but of course that never happened.

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7 Tips On How To Be A Successful Online ESL Tutor (Cambly Kids)

I’ve been working in Early Years/Pre-Kindergarten for 7 years. Although I’m not a certified teacher (only a TEFL holder), I have ‘real life’ classroom experience and completed many ‘professional development’ days. Now I’m teaching online, I’ve taken the things I learnt over the years and transferred them to my online classroom! Here are 7 tips on ways to be a successful online ESL tutor!

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9 Things That Are More Expensive In The US Compared To The UK

I did a similar version of this on TikTok (before I got angry and decided to stop posting) and it went cray cray. As always these are things that were more expensive in my experience. Things can differ depending where in the US you are and where in the UK you are. Once upon a time, with amazing exchange rates, the US used to be cheap for a Brit, but now it’s pretty poor, it’s actually on the expensive side.

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2021 UK Staycation Ideas

Travel in 2020 was pretty non existent for me. It felt weird, travel is usually such a big part of my life! I felt very unmotivated to even think about planning travel. With almost all of my trips being cancelled, and one I’m trying to hold onto but keep pushing the flights back later, it just made me feel disappointed and down. In 2021 I’d like some sort of travel to be back on the cards. I’ve been thinking of some UK staycation ideas, just in case international travel is still on the rocky side. With restrictions constantly changing, even within the UK, it’s important to do a little bit more research to ensure you are staying safe and not breaking any local restrictions.

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Things I Miss About Living In The USA

This has literally been my most asked question since I repatriated back to the UK. What do I miss about living in America? Now I’ve always been pretty vocal about the things I struggled with. And I’m happy with the choice I made to return home. But of course there are a few things I do ‘miss’ (other than the obvious). These are based on my experience of where I was living in Iowa and where I live in the UK. Of course things differ depending on where you are in both countries.

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High Ropes Climbing & Zip Lining at Go Ape Thetford Forest – England, UK

I have been to Go Ape several times now and it’s always something I enjoy doing! It’s a great adventurous and adrenaline filled way to spend time outdoors. The Thetford Forest location is around 1hr 30 from where I am in Essex, so it’s a nice easy UK day trip for me! There are 34 different locations all around the UK (and 14 locations in the USA…including 6 across the Midwest!). Here’s what to expect when visiting the Go Ape Thetford Forest location!

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