Category Archives: How To Guide

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.

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 ...