Category Archives: How To Guide

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.

How to Be Dead in America

Turning the afterlife up to 11: fancy being buried in a Kiss coffin? (Photo via kiss.fanfire.com)

No matter who or where you are, it’s a fact that death comes for us all, but what are the options for your mortal remains if you end your days in the U.S. or the U.

14 Tips for Achieving Social Media Success (from #MindTheChat)

14 tips for conquering social media. (Photo via The Drum)

Every Wednesday at 2 pm ET on our Twitter account (@MindtheGap_BBCA), we hold a discussion (using hashtag #MindTheChat) around topics relevant to Brits living in America. This week (October 23), we delved into social media and the ways ...

7 Ways to Scrimp and Save in the U.S.

Instead of using trains, hitch a ride on the Dirty Dog. (Photo: Creative Commons)

America makes you want to spend money. Stuff somehow seems shinier, tastier and more appealing here, yet most expats arrive on a budget, fearful of dipping into their emergency slush fund. Fear not, Brits.

Kid Food: What to Prepare When American Children Get the ‘Munchies’

The American variation of cheese on toast is popular with the younger set. (Photo via The Saucy Librarian)

Although we all try to feed our children wholesome, nutritious food (yada, yada), most of us have a handy list of go-to, kid-friendly meals that we can rustle up when pressed for time. Brits typically fall back on beans on toast, cheese ...

Improving America: How to Drink Like a Brit

Brian Wheate downs a pint at August's British Beer Festival. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Let’s be honest. There are few arenas in which we Brits consider ourselves world leaders. Prowess in the consumption of alcoholic beverages, however, makes it onto that very short list.

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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Got a UK Property for Rent? How to Be an Overseas Landlord

If you have to up and leave the U.K., here's how to rent out your flat. (Photo: Press Association via AP Images)

You’ve just had the call to say the dream job is yours. Congratulations. One thing, though: your new office is in America, so you’ll need to move there.

Five Occasions When British Expats Should Fly Home – And Five When They Shouldn’t

To fly home or not to fly home: that is the question for many Brits living stateside. (Photo: Press Association via AP Images)



Tempted to jet back to Blighty because you miss your old cat? Read on and find out if this is a good idea…

How to Be Ill – And Get Better – in America

Springfield General Hospital from 'The Simpsons' (Photo via Simpsons Wiki)

If you like roller coasters — particularly the iffy wooden kind that hasn’t been serviced since the Victorian era and might derail at any moment — then perhaps you’ll enjoy the hair-raising, stomach-flipping challenge of ...