Author Archives: Kevin Wicks

Tips for British Writers: How to Make It as a Freelancer in the U.S.

You may not get health insurance when freelancing but there are other benefits. (Ecard)

It’s one of the oldest conundrums on a budding writer’s lips: “How do I succeed as a freelancer?”

10 American English Words and Phrases British Expats Eventually Adopt

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As a British expat who has lived and worked in the U.S. for over five years, I remain very much in favor of embracing the various wonderful nuances this country has to offer.

5 Reasons for a Brit to Marry an American

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Marriage is one of the leading reasons Brits relocate to the United States, and there are a number of reasons as to why. For now, let’s take it as read that love and companionship are reasons that need no introduction.

What to Do If You Get Cold Feet Before Moving to America

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Moving to the United States is a lot like attending school for the first time: there’s a new lingo to learn; a certain dress code to acknowledge; a list of rules to follow. Moreover, the food is not what you are used to and—until ...

5 Financial Reasons a Brit Should Move to the U.S.

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Depending on which region of the U.S. you’re relocating to, there are a variety of financial benefits for doing so. Here are five to get you started.

Moving to the U.S.: 5 Things They Don’t Tell You About the Visa Process

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As Ruth Margolis previously pointed out in her article on the matter, there are numerous reasons a Brit might choose to migrate from one side of the Pond to the other. But whether it is to marry that special American or to simply seize ...

American New Year Traditions: What Brits Can Expect

The Waterford Crystal ball will drop in Times Square in NYC at midnight tonight. (Anthony Behar/Sipa/AP Photos)

On the surface, American New Year traditions might appear to present fewer pratfalls to the British expat than, say, those of Christmas Day. After all, a good portion of New Year customs, such as the obligatory countdown, the clinking ...

Christmas Traditions: Britain vs. America

Americans love their egg nog at Christmas time— there's even a recipe for a vegan, gluten-free version via Elana's Pantry. (Photo: Elana Amsterdam, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved)

As with many cultural differences between the U.K. and the United States, you’d be forgiven for believing that Christmas is the same on either side of the Pond.

British Expat: Why the U.S. Will Win FIFA World Cup By 2050

Real Salt Lake's Luis Gil represents the future of U.S. soccer. (Photos: AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

It is not uncommon to receive skeptical looks from both Brits and Americans when I mention the U.S.’s prospects of one day winning the FIFA World Cup.

A Brit’s Guide to Understanding American High School Customs

Most Brits know about American high school customs from Hollywood exports like 'Mean Girls.' But the customs these films lampoon are very real, if alien to Brits. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

This article is not about the differences between British and American education systems (a comparison that should probably be reserved for a post of its very own). Rather, it is a look at the little things, things that breathe life ...