At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the USA and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Irish American Mom
Mairéad (rhymes with parade) started working in New York over twenty years ago. One Irish husband and four children later, her blog is a little corner of the Internet dedicated to her becoming an American mom. Reminiscing about her Irish upbringing and recognising that she an her family are thoroughly changed by their expat life, this thoughtful blog is a must read for anyone contemplating an expat move to the USA.
The Move To America
Molly is a Brit blogging about her everyday life in the American Midwest. Three years into her expat life with her American husband, she has written handy FAQs for anyone considering following in her footsteps and has a positive outlook which anyone would find encouraging. Her life through a lens series allows you to follow her everyday reality of living life in two cultures.
D For Delicious
This Filipino couple made it to Dallas, Fort Worth via Dubai, UAE. As the name would suggest food does feature quite heavily in this blog. Didi challenges herself to try new foods as well as to recreate small tastes of home. Look out for her ‘trailing spouse’ series, in which she questions her new identity, provides reassurance and useful sites and tips that she has utilised over the years. Be prepared to fall in love with adopted Corgi, Obi; his adventures are central to their life in the USA.
Toni met her American husband in London and has spent over twenty years of her expat life in the USA, most recently in Chicago. With so many years of expat experience under her belt her posts are a little different than those of your average mum blog. Expect realistic posts, which will have you in stiches, parent or not, discussing cultural differences, assimilation and the differences between two countries ‘divided by a common language’.
A New Life Wandering
Born and raised in Mexico City, Mani met her future American husband in India and eventually they ended up together in Texas. Enjoying an unconventional nomadic lifestyle since 2009, this spontaneous expat focuses on the small pleasures in life in her journal entries, which are thoughtfully written and provide a peek into her world. A healthy wanderlust has pushed this couple to keep on exploring their new home; this blog could prove inspirational to anyone thinking of moving to the USA.
A Mother Life
Molly Mills, her husband and three children arrived in Harlem, New York from Australia in 2005 with a ‘we will conquer all attitude’, and that has definitely stood them in good stead for their new expat life. Initially a parenting blog, she now focuses her posts on passing on her experiences to help out other potential expats, sharing knowledge is an important element of living in the expat community. Even though she freely admits that writing a book would be too much of a commitment you will still find years’ worth of entertaining and useful content here, and you’ll be glad she committed to blogging.
Life With 2 Lads & A Lass
Brits Pam and Craig started their expat life in Ohio in 2005. Two children later the family shares their everyday life on their blog. Posts are written by Pam, to initially keep friends and family up to date on their new life abroad and now as an honest diary of family life. Talking about homesickness and the complexities of communication as an expat is cathartic for this blogger, she always has her own comedic spin to every situation, a useful skill for every expat.
From Sheep To Alligators
Englishman Paul blogs about his expat life in Florida with his American wife. As you would expect, you will find some alligators featured, as well as some sheep, though they weren’t the only reasons for choosing expat life in America: adventure and love were the main attractions. His witty posts usually have an element of comparison to them, and his observations on cultural misunderstandings are a must read for any future expats.
We’re always on the lookout for more sites to feature – if you run a blog about living in the USA, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!