Live Work Travel USA - A Survival Guide for Immigrants - Part 2

430 Million Unused Vacation Days

Yesterday morning  I read an article in our local newspaper why so many Americans don’t use their vacation days. So let me try to paraphrase it in my own words. You’ve probably heard already that U.S. workers do not take a lot of vacation days during the year, mainly due to the fact that they don’t get a lot. There’s no mandatory amount of paid days off, that companies have to... read more

Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

This is a guest post by Flora Cox. America is definitely top-notch when it comes to offering tourists both local and international with various holiday get away and tourist destination sites at affordable and low prices. Vacation places here come at a wide range and enjoyable delicacies in some of the best restaurants at reasonable prices. Yellowstone This natural attraction site has numerous hiking as... read more

The Best and Worst in American Traffic

Different country, different rules. Traffic is no exception. Here’s my take on some traffic rules and observations that I’ve made in the last 9 years. Let’s start with… The Best in American Traffic U-Turns The fact that U-Turns are so common in the U.S. makes traffic a lot easier. You missed to take a turn a second ago? No problem! Just drive to the next intersection and make a... read more

5 Tips to Avoid Looking Like an Idiot

Being new to a country comes with a lot of challenges and you always want to do as best as you can to fit right in without looking like an idiot. There are a lot of situations that you’re not familiar with at first and that you would manage totally different in your own country. Here are 5 tips on very common situation and how to master them. Gas Pump “not working” When I travelled... read more

5 Must See Historical Monuments in the United States

This is a guest post by Flora Cox. Every nation has a history and United States is no exception. Although its history may not be as rich as that of china or England it has numerous historical sites that honour the American history and heritage. These landmarks portrays America’s rich history from the early day’s right into modern times. People interested in visiting and explore these monuments have an... read more

Quick 3-Questions Survey

Are you a long-time reader or here for the first time? Doesn’t matter! I would like to hear from you. Please take a minute and answer these 3 questions for me, so that I get a better idea about my readers and what to write about in the future. I would like to make this blog as helpful to you as possible, so please share what you are most interested in. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your... read more

A Guide through Fast Food Nation

Welcome to Fast Food Nation! When I left Germany back in 2005 I only knew McDonald’s, Burger King and of course Germany’s most popular fast food: the Döner Kebab (it’s actually Turkish, but who cares, it’s AWESOME!). So once we stepped foot on American soil during our first USA vacation in 2004, we had a hard time to try out new restaurants, because we just didn’t know what... read more

The Ins and Outs of American Healthcare

I reached out to one of my readers, Christian Gainey, to write a guest post about the American Healthcare system. He’s doing a much better job in explaining the ins and outs than I ever could. It’ll help especially new expats who have to deal with health insurance in the U.S. for the very first time.  The U.S. healthcare system is one of the most complicated and diverse healthcare systems on... read more

Las from Northern Ireland

Las moved from Northern Ireland to Houston, Texas, together with her husband Col. They’ve been living in the U.S. for 6 years and just recently added a beautiful little American to their family. I got to ask Las a few questions about life in Texas through the eyes of an Irish. Enjoy! Why did you decide to move to America and what do you do? My boyfriend’s (now husband) company offered him a... read more

3 Places to See in NYC That Are Not in Your Tourist Guide

This is a guest post from Christina Loiacono. New York City is one of the most traveled-to and written-about cities in the world. Visitors come to see the tall buildings, gaze at the bright lights, and walk down Broadway. After being a resident for nearly five years, I can confirm that New York really is everything all the tourist guides say it is. It’s colorful, energetic, charming, and the amount of... read more

A Review of

InterNations* is one of the biggest communities for expats worldwide. Founded in 2007 by three Germans – all of them expats – InterNations quickly grew and now unites more than 1 million expats and global minds in many countries around the world. Gerrit Baumann, who is one of the InterNations ambassadors here in Charlotte, NC, describes it as an “expat community where you can exchange ideas,... read more

Nathalie from Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Meet Nathalie – a Belgium expat living in California with her husband. I had the pleasure to ask her a few questions about her journey through immigration, culture shocks and first impressions of her new home. Where are you from originally? I was born and raised in Sint-Niklaas, a small city in Flanders, Belgium. Why did you decide to move to America and what do you do?
 After I met my American husband... read more

Americans about Soccer and some World Cup predictions

The World Cup is in full swing and if you’re an expat you are probably rooting for more than one team. In my case, I root for Germany and the USA. What a coincidence, that they are also in the same group and will play against each other next week. Go Germany!!! As you’ve probably heard, soccer is not the most popular sport in America, which is true. NFL Football and Basketball are still... read more

Getting the Driver’s License… Again!

Have you been driving in your country for many years before moving to America? It does not matter much here and you’ll be seen as an inexperienced driver regardless. Not any more experienced as a 15 year old highschool student when it comes to driving. You probably know what that means for insurance premiums. And the driver’s license is not only needed for driving, but also as a common form of... read more

Toi from Chiang Mai, Thailand

  The other day I got the chance to ask Toi from Thailand quite a few questions and she was so nice to really expand on them, giving you a lot of insight into the Thai culture and her experiences in the US. As always, the expat interview is not only interesting for people with the same nationality, but for all other expats or future expats, too. There’s a lot of great information, so please... read more

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