Category Archives: How To Guide

10 All-American Christmas Gifts to Send to British Friends Back Home

Classic American children's book are great items to gift to the young ones back home. (Photo via Harper & Brothers)

Now that you live in the U.S., your nearest and dearest will want to sample the spoils of your fancy U.S. life.

Tips for Easy Travel During the Winter Season (from #MindTheChat)

It's that time of year again - time to pack up and head away for the holiday season. (Photo: Creative Commons via I Love DC)

As thousands of expats embark on journeys back to Britain and within the U.S.

8 Instances When You Should Play Up Your Britishness in America

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It’s no secret that the merest murmur of a British accent turns the average American into a heap of delighted, obliging mush. So I say: use this to your advantage.

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.

America’s Patriotic Songs: What Not to Do If You’re British

Hats on hearts. (Photo: AP Photo/Francis Gardler)

As most Brits know, the U.S. national anthem is “The Star Spangled Banner.

How to Fly With Kids: A British Expat’s Guide

(Photo via Travelsort)

At some stage, we’ve all been the passenger in front of the child who’s decided his in-flight entertainment will be pummeling the back of your seat for seven hours with his tiny devil feet. And then there’s the baby a couple of ...

Winter is Coming: How to Cope With the Cold, American Style

Expats are often unprepared for the intensity of American winters. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Unless you’re one of those lucky expat Brits basking in the bottom band of sunny states, winter in America is a serious business. It gets COLD. Like, penguins wouldn’t even live here kind of cold.

Brits in America: How to Set Up Home From Scratch

Whether your style is vintage (like above) or more modern, shopping for furnishings is the fun part of setting up your home. It's all of the other palaver that causes the headaches. (Photo: Creative Commons)

When I moved a third of the way round the planet, I wished I could bring the cosy London flat I’d just spent the last two years lovingly refurbishing with me. Setting up a comfortable, functioning home—again—is ...

6 Differences Between American ‘Drugstores’ and British ‘Chemists’

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In Britain, one would pop to the chemist to tend to their everyday ailments, whereas in America, you’d swing by the more dangerous sounding “drugstore” to get your meds. In principle, the two serve the same purpose, but there are ...

How to Appreciate an All-American Halloween

Halloween can be a scary bit of fun, especially if you celebrate it with properly American exuberance. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Halloween in the U.K. is a scary affair, and not because of all the ghosts, witches and ghouls.