Articles Tagged 'summer'


How To Survive an American Heatwave, With Kids and Pets

I used to relish the two or three truly hot days that our miserable British climate provides annually. As an expat in the U.S., however, I dread the long, hot, squelchy summer. But I’ve learned how to survive it. Knowing what to do to keep cool in the extreme heat is doubly important if, like […]


10 Clothing Hacks to Cool You Down in a Hot American Summer

Come July, America can feel like someone cranked the sauna up to eleven. But you can keep the heat from wrecking your outfit by employing some of these cooling sartorial tips. Chill your jeans If you must wear full-length denim during the summer, stick your trousers in the freezer overnight. For maximum cool, put them […]


Toni Hargis: What I Miss About British Summers

Don’t get me wrong: there’s lot to love about a summer in the U.S.—especially if you’ve just emerged from a brutal northern winter. For the most part, we have what they call “guaranteed summers” while our friends and loved ones back in Blighty usually hope (often against hope) for one or two weeks of good […]


Summer in America: 10 Tips for Visiting Brits

Most Brits in the U.S, will, at some point, have summer guests visiting from the Mother Country. While expats have become (somewhat) accustomed to life here, it’s often surprisingly alien to our visitors. I chatted with folks from the Brits in the USA Facebook group and came up with these recommendations for steering guests in […]

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Summer in the States – Keeping Your Cool

Whatever their winters, many states in the U.S. experience significant heat in the summer. Obviously there are places that never get too unbearable, but across a lot of the country temperatures often hit the 90’s (32+ Celsius). In many areas, there’s also humidity, which makes everything so much worse and is unlike anything we experience […]


#MindTheChat Recap: Where to Travel in the U.S. This Summer

With so many different regions, the United States offers great vacation opportunities, and summer is the perfect time to explore the country. When we brought together British expats on May 10 for our weekly #MindTheChat on Twitter (1 pm ET on Fridays), we asked them what’s at the top of their list of U.S. travel […]

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Summer in the United States: Not Always a Picnic

I usually say that one of the great things about the U.S. is the guaranteed summer we have. There’s nothing worse than enduring months of gray drizzle or frozen tundra, only to have one fleeting week of sunshine as your summer (eh, England 2012?). Remember the Queen’s Golden Jubilee river flotilla? Yeah, that was my […]

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Six Things This Brit Doesn’t Miss About the UK

Like many Brits in America, I wax lyrical about the Mother Country, but there’s a growing list of things I don’t miss from Blighty. Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) Although they’re apparently also native to the U.S., in my two plus decades here I’ve never come across one. British nettles are like stealth missiles; one minute […]

10 Things That Will Make a Homesick Brit Sob – and How To Cope

Longing for your native land and its people is one of the biggest strains of resettling abroad. And homesickness can strike hours, days, months or even years after you first hop aboard a plane without a return ticket. Here are just a few things that might make you mourn for good old Blighty.    1. Strangers […]