Moving to a new country is daunting at the best of times, and the initial thought of leaving the comforts of your home and moving somewhere completely different can seem overwhelming. But if you’ve got your heart set on moving abroad, there are plenty of resources available to help ease your transition. We’ve spent some time perusing the internet to find our favourite blogs dedicated to expat life. Below are five of our favourites written by expats in the UK.A Lady In London
Julie Falconer runs an elegant blog which features beautiful pictures alongside every post. As well as blogging about life in London, she also covers her travels to other countries, recommending hotels, foods and travel destiations around the world. If you’re looking for excellent food, stunning architecture and quintessentially English finds around the country, A Lady In London will provide you with exactly the information you need.
The blog of an American lady who now lives in London and works in publishing, Angloyankophile covers everything from book reviews to fashion finds. A must-read for young professionals who have recently moved to the UK, it covers the best parts of several cities – including London and Oxford – and shows a refreshingly bright, upbeat viewpoint of the expat experience.
Bringing Up Brits
Another US expat now settled in England, Bringing Up Brits deals specifically with the trials and joys of having a family in a new country. Meghan covers such diverse topics as the differences between British and American English (and why it’s important to speak both); getting over the British winter blues; and of course, fitting in with the culture in general. It’s also worth taking a look at the ‘Parents’ Stories’ section, which features interviews with several expat families and details how each of them deals with life in the UK.
The Fly Away American
Originally from Texas, self-confessed “serial expat” Jess is currently settled in England. Her blog covers things to see and do in the UK, advice on travelling both within the country and around the world, and how to deal with homesickness. The quirky and sometimes irreverent style (see ‘My Top Ten Most Awkward Expat Moments’) makes for an easy read with relatable themes and lots of helpful tips.
Life of an Expat Parent
Brittney’s blog is another must-see for parents of small children in the UK. Originally from America, she writes about pregnancy and parenting as an expat, as well as expat life in general. It’s particularly worth taking a look at some of the beautiful countryside pictures in the Expat Life section, and reading about all the UK places that are perfect for family days out. A parenting blog with an expat twist, Life of an Expat Parent will be invaluable to anyone with young children and a thirst for new experiences.
Those are our top UK expat bloggers for today. Do you write about being an expat? Leave us a comment and let us know!