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.Continue reading “The Turmoils of Being in an International Long Distance Relationships in 2020”
Please keep in mind what the governments are recommending about travel. I flew between Chicago USA and London UK during the ‘non essential’ travel period. Non essential obviously means different things to different people. I had decided to repatriate back to the UK so considered my travel to be essential…even if it was an awkward time to be moving. But the flight was booked before everything started happening and my work contract was up at the end of May, so I decided to go through with it. It was a very strange experience. I felt safe and comfortable, but for the sake of the industry I hope it’s something that I won’t experience again.Continue reading “What It’s Like Flying International Long Haul In 2020: My Experience”
We’ve started to see the horror stories on the news of the packed out flights and people moaning that there’s no social distancing going on etc etc. AIR TRAVEL IS DOOMED. Lets take a look at my long haul flight between Chicago USA and London UK that I took in the middle of June 2020 (1 week after the ’14 day quarantine on arrival’ was introduced in the UK). It wasn’t that bad at all. This post will be just focusing on what it’s currently like to fly in Business Class (Club World) with British Airways. I’ll be doing another post about the full airport to airport experience too.Continue reading “Flying Long Haul Business Class on British Airways: Chicago to London (June 2020)”
On Monday 8th June 2020, the UK introduced a requirement for international travellers arriving into the UK to go into a 14 day quarantine. I travelled from Chicago USA landing in London Heathrow on Monday 15th June so therefore had to go through the motions. I have a feeling that it won’t be in place for long so I’ll be updating this post as and when things happen…if I wait 2 weeks until I publish, there’s a chance that it may not even be in place anymore!Continue reading “UK 14 Day Quarantine On Arrival: What It’s Like Travelling Into London Heathrow”
Now before you continue to read this post, I want to put it out there and say that it’s not another one that goes on about how to deal with the C-word, if we should still be travelling while it’s going on, offering advice or any of that. It’s purely to share my experience of being an expat living overseas while the C-word temporarily takes over the world. More so the mental health aspect of things and yes, how I did end up having an emotional breakdown over it.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not being nasty, this is a light hearted post about some of the observations I’ve had as an expat over things that are said and done that make me cringe because they mean something different in the UK! We’ve all heard of cultural faux pas, they are bound to happen regardless of how well you know a culture, there’ll always be little things that mean something else in a different country/language. I know myself of a few words that I’ve said while in the States that mean nothing bad in British English but in the US, I’ve been met with gasps. It happens! We’re all humans after all!
I can’t tell you the amount of blog posts I’ve read about ‘what to wear in London to look like a local’, or ‘how to not dress like a tourist in London’, and I’m just like no no no no no. Now little bit of a back story about me for those that don’t know me. I was born and lived on the outskirts of London for 26 years. I’d go into London to meet friends, see bands, go shopping…there were times when I’d only go there with a wallet and phone in my pocket and I very rarely did anything ‘touristy’ (until recently when I really started to appreciate London).