A Tour of Europe Through my Ancestry DNA Results!

Since I became an ‘immigrant’, I was intrigued to find out if any of my ancestors had emigrated/come from anywhere other than Great Britain…has travel always been in my blood…literally!!  Ancestry DNA recently had a sale so it seemed like the perfect time to find out!

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Why I Love Uber as a Solo Female Traveller

I was first introduced to Uber when I went to Chicago with a friend, they were doing all the booking, I just jumped in for the ride.  I didn’t exactly have the greatest first impressions of the service.  Our first car was similar to a 1.1l European car where the back seat isn’t really big enough for 2 children, let alone 3 grown adults.  The 2nd driver was telling us his life story and all the girls he’s got lined up and the 3rd was missing 3 out of 6 wheel bolts on the rear tyre…I’m surprised it didn’t fly off.

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5 British Foods I Miss Living in the USA

Visits home to the UK basically involve me just pigging out on all the food that I miss now that I live in the States.  This is also a question I get asked a lot as an expat!  Some things I CAN get in the USA, such as Marmite, scones (in the form of packet mix sent over in the mail) and Cadburys chocolate.  However there are some things I can’t get (or I’m yet to find!).

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Moan & Miss: 5 British Things

There’s no hiding the fact that us Brits like to have a good moan.  But sometimes you don’t always really realise how good you had it until it’s gone.  This is definitely the case since emigrating to America, I took things in the UK for granted and now I’d do anything to get them back!

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Living in America Has Made Me More British!

I was born in England, I lived there for 28 years, I am British.  So how comes when I emigrated to America, I feel like I’ve become even more British…if that’s even possible?  It’s like the longer I’m away, the more British I become.  Maybe it’s that I’ve become more patriotic?  As soon as I open my mouth and people realise I’m not a local, it’s like I become a British ambassador, answering their questions, telling them what it’s like to live there.  But then I’m also surrounding myself with little things that remind me of home, I guess trying to create myself a miniature England.

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Iowa 80: Visiting The World’s Largest Truck Stop!

Ever since I was small, I’ve LOVED what us British call ‘Service Stations’.  Basically they are glorified petrol/gas stations but they will have a separate building with a food court, gift shop/’newspaper shop’, nice toilets, maybe a small games arcade etc.  They remind me of the excitement of going on holiday in our caravan.  I recently stopped at Iowa 80, which claims to be the world’s largest truck stop!

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Moving Overseas? 8 Packing Tips You’ll Thank Me For!

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?  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 7 packing tips you’ll be thanking me for!  Organisation will definitely make life easier when you arrive in your new country!

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Women in Travel Summit 2017 – Lessons Learnt & Highlights

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?

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