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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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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Between England & Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife Book!

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.  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!

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8 Handy Tips: How To Pack A Suitcase For Moving Overseas | Best Luggage

When it comes to emigrating overseas, one thing to consider is how do you plan on getting your belongings from A to B.  There are 2 choices.  Do you ship your items or just move with what you can carry in suitcases?  I was in a position where I was able to keep a lot of my things in storage at my parents house in the UK, so when I moved I maxed out my luggage allowance with the airline I flew with (3 suitcases and 2 cabin bags!).  Here are my 8 tips on how to pack a suitcase for moving overseas that you’ll be thanking me for, as well as the best suitcase for moving abroad!  Organisation will definitely make life easier when you arrive in your new country!

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What It’s Liking Travelling on a USA Green Card

I wasn’t too concerned about the differences of travelling on a green card, all I knew was that I HAD to make sure that little bit of plastic came with me, along with my passport, otherwise getting back into America would have been a right pain! This is my first experience travelling with one, please be aware that countries/airlines/airports may be slightly different!

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It’s Official, my USA Green Card has Arrived!

As soon as I opened my mail box I knew what the envelope inside held.  It wasn’t even a government envelope or anything special, it just had the words PRIORITY MAIL printed in big red letters on the outside.  I gave it a little bend and it confirmed my guess, that yes, there was a card inside.  It arrived almost 1 year to the day since I first applied for my USA permanent resident visa.  Hello Green Card!

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