Do I Regret Moving To The US? Things I Learnt From Living Overseas

Along with ‘what do I miss about living in the US‘, my 2nd most asked question is do I regret moving there. For those that may not know my ‘story’. I moved to the US in 2016 on a spouse visa and I really struggled to adjust. I was really homesick and suffered from depression and stress. In 2020 I decided it was time to move back to the UK after 4 years overseas. Do I regret moving to the US? No, I don’t think I do. At that time of my life it was the ‘right’ thing to do. I didn’t know that I would find it so hard and I had to give it a go. I also ‘learnt’ some things which I wouldn’t have experienced if I hadn’t moved. Do I wish I had done things differently? Maybe. But I didn’t have much control in some of the aspects that I found the hardest. For example, if I was choosing to move somewhere personally, I wouldn’t have picked Iowa. I would have gone somewhere warmer, somewhere closer to a major city and somewhere nearer to the coast. In this post I’ll share some of the lessons that I learned from my time living overseas.

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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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Living Overseas: Yep I Had An Emotional Breakdown Thanks To The Coronavirus

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.

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