Yes that’s right, not only is Between England & Iowa my travel and lifestyle blog, it is now a book! “Between England and Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife” is my story all about the realities of expat life. I will be giving away a copy of my ebook at the bottom of this post! For a whole year I kept a journal. I wrote down my expat milestones, ALL my thoughts and feelings and documented each time I came across something that sent me into culture shock!
As if I needed anymore camera gear! I now use my iPod, iPhone, Canon Powershot (point & shoot), GoPro Hero 3, DJI Spark Drone, all the necessary mounts and travel tripods and now I’ve added an 80mm Crystal Ball (or Spherical Lens) to the collection and I love it…even though it does weigh the same as a baby elephant…Here are some of my tips for Crystal Ball photography!
As a part time traveller, I’m always on the look out for a way to satisfy my love of travel without actually being on the road. ‘Route 66 Splendor’ is an adult colouring book created by Jo Ann Kargus, an illustrator from St Louis, Missouri (yay Midwest!) and I can tell you now, it’ll provide hours of entertainment!
I recently attended my very first travel blogging conference! I umm’ed and ahh’ed about going for ages. The 2017 Women in Travel Summit (or WITS for short) was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…just a 3 hour drive from where I now live in Iowa! I’d have been silly not to have gone! But all the thoughts were there…what if my old banger of an American car breaks down? Would I get totally lost driving all that way just 7 months after passing my USA driving test? Would I be spending the whole weekend alone? Is my blog too small to really benefit from anything? Little fish in a big pond…would all the other larger blogs outshine me?
Recently for my job, I was sent on a course about how to have a happy, positive way of thinking in life. No, it wasn’t an anger management course and no I was not sent on it because I’m a grump bag! It started by reading a parable called The Orange Frog. All the frogs in the pond were green, when one of them started to think positive, he became more orange. At first, the other frogs thought being orange and different was a bad thing. But the positivity started to rub off on all the frogs around him and soon they all became orange. They realised that although bad things may happen in their life, their outlook could change the way they were affected by it.
My favourite type of book to read are ones that are travel inspired. They have the power to make me feel like I’m somewhere else, even if I’m just at home sitting on the sofa! In 2016 I read over 30 books! When I moved to America, I even signed up for a library card! There was a huge library in my hometown in England but for some reason I never really used it once I was an adult, I always just bought paperbacks or downloaded Kindle books! Here are some of my favourite books, some have even inspired me to travel because of reading them!
We’ve always used our Christmas tree as a way to display our memories. Whenever I travel, I try to find my Mum a Christmas decoration as a gift (Travel Souvenirs: Christmas Edition). Now I’m living in America, I’m starting my very own travel/memory tree!
This year will be my first Christmas day away from home. I’ve spent every year doing the same traditions and to be honest, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without them! Now I’m living in America, I’m going to bring a few of my UK traditions to my US life!