First Time Visiting The Iowa State Fair!

When I moved to Iowa, the State Fair went straight on the ‘Iowa Bucket List’.  We don’t have fairs quite like this in the UK and every Iowan seems to have gone multiple times, so of course I wanted to see what the fuss was about!  The fair is located in Des Moines and in 2016 over 1 million people visited!  Here’s what I thought of the 2017 fair as a first timer (and for those stats lovers 120,833 people were at the fair the day I visited)!

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Expat Life: USA Cell Phone Plans Are SO Expensive!

In the UK I had been with the same phone company ever since I was 11 years old…roughly 15 years!  It may have changed hands several times (One-to-One, T-Mobile, EE) but I was always happy with the service I received.  I’ve been in America for 5 months and I’m already onto my 2nd phone company.  Before I emigrated, I had bought an iPhone, just thinking that it’d be simple, I’d get to America and just put in an American Sim Card and away I go!  If only it was that simple!

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Total Cost of the CR1 USA Visa Process

There are a few nasty surprises when it comes to the CR1 visa process.  You see the cost of the first I-130 form and think, brilliant that’s not too bad…but it’s certainly not the end.  Today I share just how much the total CR1 USA visa process costs: the form fees, evidence fees and all the hidden extras that soon mount up!

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Money Saving Tips For an All Inclusive Trip to The Maldives

Recently I’ve been seeing lots of guides on how to visit the Maldives on a budget.  I wish I had been able to see some of the local islands, but ultimately my ‘Maldives Dream’ was to stay in a water villa…not just for a night, but for the whole trip.  The majority of guides seem to be local local local…and then shows what it looked like in their all expenses paid night in a 5* hotel that will be well out of a reasonable budget.  I set a budget for my honeymoon that I didn’t want to go over and now I’ll be sharing simple tips that can lower the price, no sponsorship, no airline/hotel points, these can be done by anyone.

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The Importance of Fulfilling a Childhood Dream

I can’t remember exactly how old I was, early high school years maybe, a family friend of ours had just returned from travelling around Australia.  Every time he had rang home, his mum had put a pin on a map, I thought it was awesome.  He then showed me the photos of him climbing up the Sydney Harbour Bridge and that was it, I knew I had to do it too…climb up a bridge, how cool!!!  From that point, I had made it my goal that one day I would visit Australia, 10000 miles away.  It was the first thing on my bucket list and something I was desperate to complete ASAP.

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