Year in Review: My Favourite Travel Destinations From 2017

2017 is over, it doesn’t seem possible!  So it’s time to reflect on some of the awesome places I visited and my favourite travel memories from 2017!  This year I’m going to divide them up into the American Midwest, Europe and Worldwide…just like my tag line “exploring England, Iowa and everywhere in between!”.  What have been some of your 2017 highlights?

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Expat Update: Oct – Dec 2017

Oh hello again Expat Update! I can’t believe it’s the end of 2017!  Here I’ll be looking back on what I’ve been up to for the last 3 months, the places I’ve been, the highs and lows, life as a Brit in the States and other random things I’m finding interesting this month!

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How to File a US Tax Return When Your Spouse is a Non Resident

How do you file a US tax return when your spouse lives overseas? I was asked this question by a reader the other day and I thought I would try my best to answer it in its own post!  If you’re going through the USA spouse visa process, the chances are because of how long it takes, there’ll be a time when you need to file taxes when your husband or wife still isn’t living in the country.  My reader was concerned about how the NVC (National Visa Centre) would view their marriage by the way they filed and if they’d need to apply for an ITIN number.  This is how we filed ours in 2016 for the 2015 tax year and how we managed to satisfy both of these queries.

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Why Airports Are The Most Emotional Places In The World

It wasn’t until I really sat down and thought about it, that it occurred to me just how emotional airports can be.  Just think about experiences that you might have had.  I know that I personally must have experienced what feels like every emotion on the spectrum!  It fascinates me to sit at an airport and wonder where people are coming from or going to and what their stories are and now I’m going to share with you some of mine!

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Childhood Memories: British Christmas Traditions

I saw a comparison on Facebook the other day about the differences between Christmas in the UK and Christmas in the USA and I had to disagree with most of what they were saying was true to an English Christmas!  It may have been true a long time ago but growing up in the 90s and 00’s, it didn’t ring true to me.  Today I’m reminiscing about the Christmas traditions I had growing up (*hint* there was no Elf On The Shelf or computers and smart phones!)

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The Best Carry On Backpack – My Mini Tardis!

I love the flexibility of travelling with a backpack, I like being ‘hands free’ and when you fly, it’s guaranteed to stay in the cabin with you as it can squish under the seat in front (and leave you with zero leg room…but what’s more important?!).  For ages I travelled with a backpack from Billabong, it was pretty and had a huge main compartment but I couldn’t help but wish it had some more pockets so I could organise things a bit easier.  This is the best carry on backpack I’ve discovered so far!

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Pouch Pies: British Meat Pies Online!

As an expat living overseas, sometimes all I want more than anything is British comfort food, the food from home that I love and miss!  One thing I used to have regularly for dinner was ‘Pukka Pies’ (you can buy them in some Fish and Chip shops too!).  Yes America have ‘pot pies’, maybe I’m buying the wrong ones because they are just nasty!  Recently, Pouch Pies reached out to me about their meat pie online delivery service! They have flavours of pies inspired from all around the world, BUT most importantly they sell traditional British pies!  I love discovering places to get British food in America!

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5 Oahu Beaches You Should Visit!

If you book a trip to Hawaii, there’s a high chance that you’ve obviously got beaches on your mind and there are certainly plenty to choose from!  My week in Oahu felt a bit like a beach crawl, jumping in from a swim at every given opportunity!  In this post, I share with you 5 of the best beaches in oahu and give you some tips for visiting!

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