When it comes to travel packing lists and ‘must have travel gadgets’, I can’t believe I’ve always overlooked the item I’d feel most naked without and there’s a good reason for it…literally because I NEVER take it off. Ever. It’s like a permanent part of me! I am a huge fan of Baby G (G Shock) watches by Casio. In my opinion they are the best waterproof dual timezone watch out there and an important part of my travel routines!
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).
As a British expat living in the USA, one of the biggest questions amongst expat groups is how to find the cheapest flight to the UK. So in this post I’m going to share with you my tips and advice on how I find the best flights. These tips aren’t just applicable for USA to UK flights, I use these techniques for ALL of my travels. There are ways to travel hack such as collecting air miles with credit cards or signing up to error fare sites, which require being in the right place at the right time or being flexible with travel dates. These are tips that anyone can use!
Bullet journalling, scrapbooking, in the middle of the digital age it’s kinda cool how more people than ever are expressing their creative flair through arts and crafts! Places like Hobby Lobby are dangerous for the artistic type! I’ve only ever managed to complete two scrapbooks…one that I made for my Sister’s birthday full of childhood memories and a second one documenting my road trip along Route 66! I may not be a pro scrapbooker but I’m ridiculously proud of my road trip travel scrapbook! In this post I’ll be showing you some of the things I included and why a road trip makes an awesome theme for a scrapbook!
For those that are regulars to my site, will know that I share a lot of tips and advice on the US visa journey. It’s a long process that has often stressed me out due to paperwork not making sense, long waiting games, slow processing speeds and horrendous medical experiences! I’m just about to start another process to remove the conditions of my Green Card and I’ve only been here two years, it’s far too soon after the first part of the process, I’m still recovering! It then got me interested into what the process is like for other nationalities and other countries and if they are stressful regardless of where in the world you are wanting to relocate to! I reached out to other travel bloggers to find out their visa journey experiences!
I was fortunate growing up. From a very young age, every year we’d go on holiday in the caravan, sometimes multiple times a year. The first time I went overseas I was 11 years old, but this was a one off! Of course being a small child (and then a teenager) I equally loved the excitement of going away but then certainly done my fair share of moaning! Believe me, there was only so much scenery and walking that my small mind could deal with!!
So I may be the world’s worst travel hacker…when I moved to the USA, bearing in mind I had NO credit score, so it was like starting again, I just got whatever credit card that my local bank would give me. It’s one of those jobs that I’ve just never got round to changing BUT I do collect air miles and I’m close to getting a free Caribbean return flight! This is how I collect air miles without a credit card through the American Airlines AAdvantage program!
It wasn’t until I really sat down and thought about it, that it occurred to me just how emotional airports can be. Just think about experiences that you might have had. I know that I personally must have experienced what feels like every emotion on the spectrum! It fascinates me to sit at an airport and wonder where people are coming from or going to and what their stories are and now I’m going to share with you some of mine!