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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The Turmoils of Being in an International Long Distance Relationships in 2020

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.

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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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Open When Letter Ideas For An Easy Long Distance Gift!

A fun little gift idea for people you may not get to see very often, long distance relationships, expats etc are ‘Open When’ letters!  They can be as cheap or as expensive as you like because at the end of the day they come from the heart (bleugh I just threw up a little…but it’s true!).  The trickiest part is coming up with what to include!  I gave some to my mum and sister in England when I moved to America and then in return my mum sent some to me!  Hopefully you’ll find these Open When letter ideas helpful!

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Expat Update: Jan – June 2019

Woah, long time no see expat update!  I can’t believe we’re already half way through 2019 and to be honest, I spent most of time ‘wishing this year away’.  I know it’s bad to do that, but it’s been rough.  I’m in a slightly better place now, mainly thanks to the distraction that travel brings!  So lets try and summarise the first 6 months of this year!

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The Truth Is…I Suck At Being An Expat

It has been 2 years since I packed up my life in the UK and moved to America.  The blogger in me was hoping that by this time I’d be writing posts like ‘how to cope with homesickness’, ‘5 ways to make new friends when living overseas’ etc etc.  But the truth is, I suck at being an expat.  In real life, I’m struggling and far from being able to offer anyone advice on how to live overseas because I don’t know how to fix it myself.  I guess the most I can offer, is that if you are feeling homesick, you’re not alone.

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What It Means To Be A Lawful Permanent Resident In The USA

I recently attended a local ‘Immigration Simulation’ event where everyone was given a ‘character’ with a back story as to why they are trying to get into America.  They then had to live out the frustrations of the USA immigration process, and believe me it was just as frustrating as my experience.  We were told that the process can take 16 YEARS to go through the whole process and become a citizen.

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