About Me

Who am I?

Hi, I’m Kylie!  Born and raised in Essex, England!  Lover of all things travel and adrenaline related with a side of sea, sunsets, VW Camper Vans, reading, photography…and ice cream!

My childhood consisted of trotting all round the UK doing the whole typical British caravan holiday thing and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world!  It pushed me in the direction of wanting to be a kids club rep, so I signed up to a Travel and Tourism course at College in 2005, where I fell in-love with foreign travel and have been trying to see as much of the world as humanly possible since, all while holding down a full-time job!

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Queenstown, New Zealand

…and now I’VE EMIGRATED!

In January 2014 I met Jesse, a lovely American guy, while on holiday in Jamaica (Read about how we met here: How our story begun) and well the rest is history!  We got married in September 2015 (had an awesome Travel Themed Wedding!) and I’ve now given up my life in the UK to emigrate to the States to live with him happily ever after!

When most people relocate, they choose a place that they know or have researched into and like the sound of, so what happens when you move to be WITH someone rather than move to be in a new location?  To be honest, before I met Jesse, all my Iowa knowledge came from Bill Bryson…strangely enough, Iowa was one of the few states where I knew it’s state capital (Des Moines! Even though I had no idea on how to pronounce it…”Dez Mon-Ez?”) and the only other fact was that their summers are so humid “even flies drop out of the sky”.  Cue grabbing the local tourism guide and planning lots of future adventures!

My Aim

One of the hardest things about this situation is that no one else really understands exactly what you are going through!  It can often make you feel pretty alone!  It definitely helps being able to read other people’s stories online.  I aim to document our visa process and the roller coaster ride that is upping sticks and moving to another country.  For a while it’ll feel like I’m playing tourist in the country I’ll now be living in and I can’t wait to explore a whole heap of new places and well as travelling back home to visit family and continue around the world on my crazy adventures!

I also want to show people that it’s possible to travel with a full time job and limited days off. My aim is to inspire you on how to maximise your time in a destination with my tried and tested Mini Trip Travel Itineraries!  It’s my passion and even though you may not be able to hit up EVERY ‘must see’, you’ll be surprised at just how much you can experience!

Contact Me

betweenenglandandiowa [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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28 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thanks for sharing your story! Love “meeting” other British and American couples. Especially those who met in a third country. We met in South Korea 10 years ago this year! Crazy. We actually lived back in the UK for a few years and got married there too. We both had the chance to take our jobs to Beijing for a couple of years then we moved to Justin’s home town in California last year. I love it. It is funny moving somewhere permantly but people always think I’m a tourist on holiday because of my accent. I don’t know if we’ll ever move back to the UK now because the changes in visa rules there make it so hard to bring a non-EU spouse back if you’ve been living overseas (even though we previously lived there with no problems). Oh well, I can’t complain about living in California! Looking forward to following along with your move. Oh and I know Iowa from Bill Bryson too. And also now because of the Presidential Caucuses. It’s quite fun being here for an election year.

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    1. Thanks! That was part of the aim of my blog to meet others in a similar situation! Oh it’s just silly now, they upped the finance requirement so even though I work full time (doing 10 hour days) I don’t earn enough to even attempt to get my other half into the UK! My fingers are crossed that I get in before anything in the government changes, I need to get in before the vote!

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  2. I live in Iowa! I Just stumbled across your blog while Googling “Iowa to Prague” travel. Best of luck to you and your husband, hope you’re cleared to move to Iowa soon!

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    1. Wow! What part are you in? I’ll be near Dubuque! Thanks for stopping by! Shouldn’t be much longer now, just submitted the last lot of American paperwork and then it gets sent to London for the last part! Hope you make it to Prague! It’s lovely there!

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  3. I live just outside of Iowa City, so just a couple hours from Dubuque. You need to check out Potosi Brewery if you haven’t already (just across the Wisconsin boarder). I saw you like a good beer 😉 So excited for you and your hubs, hope you’re a full time Iowan soon!

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    1. Awesome thank you, I’ll make a note of it! I’m looking forward to exploring everywhere! You guys have crazy winters though, we rarely get below 32f and it hardly ever snows here! 🙂

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      1. Brace yourself, the winters are cold and the summers are hot! But the seasons are beautiful and we’re lucky to be within a days drive of a lot of cool places.

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    1. Hey! Thanks for the follow! Always great to hear from other expats! There’s so many thoughts going through my head during the lead up to when I take the leap so it’s nice to hear other people’s experiences!

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  4. Hello,

    I’m from Iowa and married an Englishman. We live near Des Moines now, but I’ve lived several years in England too. We did all that immigrating stuff and my husband and kids are duel citizens. Not me yet, but someday maybe! My husband was pretty shocked by the very extreme weather climates….i was shocked that summer never seemed to come in England( as i was used to anyway). But i do appreciate that moderate climate. Hope your plans all go well.

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    1. Hi! Great to hear from you! That’s so cool! I plan to maybe dual myself in the future and then if we can afford it, move back to the UK for a bit! I love the heat so I can’t wait for the Iowan summers, all the times I’ve visited have been during the winter and the temperature is shocking! Haha! Yeah we haven’t really had a summer this year, it’s been cloudy and rain showers nearly every day 😦 ! Thank you!

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