Welcome to Between England and Iowa!
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!
And as well as a blogger, I’m now an author! (Between England & Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife)
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!
In 2016 I emigrated to the USA, after going through the CR1 visa process.
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 my US husband, 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!
In 2020 (The Year That Must Not Be Named), I relocated back to the UK to give being a full-time travel writer and online ESL (English Second Language) tutor a shot. I’ve wanted to try being self employed for a long time, but rather than building up a base, I kinda threw myself in head first. I haven’t ‘quit work to travel full time’, but I’ve got the freedom to set my own schedule. I COULD take my work overseas, but I think not having a guaranteed STRONG WiFi connection would give me anxiety. Especially when my job requires high speed internet to work!
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!
So just like my blog name, join me on my travels in…
ENGLAND, IOWA & EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN!
I also want to show people that it’s possible to travel if you make it a priority. In the UK, people automatically get give 5 weeks of holiday/vacation in a year. In the USA they don’t even have to give you one week. So by day I work in a school and in the school breaks…well…I could be anywhere in the world! My aim is to inspire you on how to maximise your time in a destination with my tried and tested 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!
So what are you waiting for? You can search by country, or by adrenaline activity, or maybe you’re after my visa resources?! If you’re a business and would like to partner with me you can find out a little more on my work with me page. Either way, have a click around and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, drop me a message on here, by email (below) or on my social media!
betweenenglandandiowa [AT] gmail [DOT] com