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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Repatriating Back To The UK: 1 Month Update!

It’s been just over a month since I returned to the UK! So I thought I’d give a bit of an update as to what has been going on and what it’s like to be back. Spoiler alert, I think I made the right decision and I’m sleeping at night again! Yay! I booked my flight before everything that’s been happening this year kicked off. I spent nearly 3 months worrying if the flight would even depart. What a time to choose to repatriate! In all honesty, if it wasn’t already booked before everything kicked off, this year would have been the final straw anyway.

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The Turmoils of Being in an International Long Distance Relationships in 2020

My goodness. What a time to be in an international long distance relationship! Everyone knows that 2020 has been a right pig. Weddings have been cancelled, visa processes have been temporarily suspended and borders have been closed for travel. Some people have missed out on holidays but for others it’s meant that they’ve been trapped miles away from their loved ones for months. Current expats and future expats are struggling right now.

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Expat Life: Why I’ve Decided To Return To The UK

Yep, I’ve decided that after almost 4 years in America I’m going to return/repatriate back to the UK.  It’s not a decision I’ve made lightly, in fact it was a harder decision than the one I first made when I decided to start the US visa process and I’ve agonised over it for a long time.  But I need to put my happiness and mental health first and I believe going home will increase those massively.

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Between England and Iowa: Journey To A 10yr Green Card Visa Guide Book!

I’ve published a 2nd book!  Yay!  “Between England and Iowa: My Guide to the CR1 Spouse Visa Process and the Journey to a 10yr Green Card” (yes it’s a mouthful) is now live on Amazon WORLDWIDE is paperback and Kindle formats!

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The Truth Is…I Suck At Being An Expat

It has been 2 years since I packed up my life in the UK and moved to America.  The blogger in me was hoping that by this time I’d be writing posts like ‘how to cope with homesickness’, ‘5 ways to make new friends when living overseas’ etc etc.  But the truth is, I suck at being an expat.  In real life, I’m struggling and far from being able to offer anyone advice on how to live overseas because I don’t know how to fix it myself.  I guess the most I can offer, is that if you are feeling homesick, you’re not alone.

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Worldwide Work Visa Journey Experiences Shared By Travel Bloggers

This is part 2 of my mini series of worldwide visa journey experiences shared by travel bloggers!  This post focuses on work visas which are employment based, rather than permanent resident visas which the majority of the time are granted to those married to a foreign national.  When it comes to work visas, there are typically 2 categories.  Work visas for those that are looking to emigrate for a more long term basis and temporary working holiday visas (such as the USA J-1 visa which allowed me to work for 3 months on an American summer camp and then travel for a little while afterward).

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