Category Archives: Before You Emigrate

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


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 ...

10 American Substitutes for British Grocery Staples

Brits are used to HP Sauce, but A1 can be a more than decent stand-in. (Better than slathering on ketchup.) (Photo via Mr. Breakfast)

So, you’re craving various foodstuffs from home but can’t track them down in the U.S. or bring yourself to pay five times what the product is worth in international shipping.

8 Stupid Mistakes Brits Make in America

The age-old issue of tipping. (Photo: Bryan Costin via flickr Creative Commons)

Let’s be honest, Brits on holiday can be a little bit dreadful. Alas, we’re often not much better when we’re living in another country, stubbornly refusing to bow down to the local customs and quirks.

8 Reasons to Raise British Children in America

Kids in America find an appreciation for food. (Photo via WeHeartIt)

Possibly, it was around the time you had babies — or were contemplating it — that you last considered moving back to the U.K. And that’s totally understandable.

A British Expat’s Guide to Living in Indiana

Welcome to Indiana! (Photo: Creative Commons)

One of the most common questions I get from Hoosiers (a term of uncertain etymology, referring to the people of Indiana) is Why on earth did you give up London for little old Indiana?

Breaking the States: 10 Things British Musicians Should Know Before Heading to America

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If you’re a British musician thinking of relocating to the United States, there are several things to consider before setting sail from Blighty. (The first is that this isn’t the 18th century, and you should probably take a plane; ...

What Not to Wear in the U.S.

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Clothing has been known to cause confusion and laughter for Brits in America, partly because although we use the same words, we’re not always talking about the same thing.

What British Actors Should Know Before Moving to Hollywood

'Pacific Rim' stars Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam are British success stories in Hollywood. (Photo: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

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Eight Reasons Brits Move to America

The means of getting to America has greatly improved since 1620. (Photo via New Hampshire Commentary)

Early British settlers flocked to the U.S. to find wealth and/or religious freedom.

Life After DOMA: A Guide for Gay Brits in America

Same-sex marriages started taking place in Rhode Island back in this month (August 1). These marriages are now recognized by the federal government due to the Supreme Court's repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. (Photo: Steven Senne/AP)

For gay people living in the United States, marriage equality once seemed like a far-off dream. But then, this June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for same-sex couples to have their nuptials recognized by federal law.