Expat Experiences in the USA

When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real-life stories from other expats who have had the benefit of living there. If you live or have lived in the USA and would like to share your experience, please contact us.


From a small oil city in Scotland to a sprawling metropolis in America, Victoria Smart made a life-changing decision to move to Houston, Texas two years ago. As a real estate consultant in Houston, her aim is to help others avoid the potential property pitfalls that can be encountered by expats. Read on to find out more about her expat experience of life in Houston.

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Josh is a 30-year-old Australian who moved to New York City in January 2017. While everything in his life was going amazingly in Australia he felt that it was time to shake things up. He sold almost everything he owned, packed two suitcases, and arrived in the East Village. Read on to find out about his impressions of expat life in New York City.

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British-born Molly moved to Toledo, Ohio, in 2013 to be with her American husband. Her blog, Transatlantic Notes, is a collection of tips, musings about American life, and even recipes. Read more about her expat experience in the USA. USA_Molly_0.png

Jayne Buxton is a British writer currently living in New York. She is currently working simultaneously, and in a way that is driving her a little crazy, on her fourth and fifth books. For light relief, and to stay in touch with the friends, family and dogs she misses so much, she writes a blog based on her experience of living in New York.

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Swiss-born Sandra moved to Boston in 2016 to be with her husband and maintains a blog about life in the US. Learn more about her expat experience in Boston USA%20Sandra%20Zottl_0.jpg

Karen is British expat currently living in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA. A blogger about the small positives in life, she also likes to write about the contrasts in life between the UK and the USA. Read on to learn about her experiences as an expat in Arkansas.

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Emma is an Armenian expat who has been living with her Minnesotan husband in Minneapolis since July 2015. Read her interview about her expat experience in Minneapolis.

Australian-born Katherine Fenech moved to San Francisco in mid-2015 to pursue a job opportunity. Now settled in, she reflects on life in the city and shares her expat experience in San Francisco.

Padmaja is an Indian expat living in Seattle. She moved to the USA along with her young daughter when her husband was offered a new job opportunity in Seattle. Read her interview to learn more about Padmaja's expat experience in Seattle.

Laura Keller moved to New York City in 2010 after completing her degree in Germany. In this interview, we find out more about life in the Big Apple and Laura's expat experience in New York.

Anne-Marie Watson, originally from Australia, moved to New Jersey with her husband and children in 2010. In an interview with Expat Arrivals, Anne-Marie describes the pros and cons of her expat experience in the USA.

Jessica Birardi is an American national who is now adjusting to life back in New York City after spending three and half years in Hong Kong. In her interview she discusses her experience of repatriation to the USA .

Kimberly Marie Freeman, a British expat living in New York City, can certainly feign American, but she still feels more comfortable embracing her local roots. The young actress hopped over the pond to "make it" in Manhattan, and after two years she still stands impressed by all the city has to offer. Read about her expat experience in NYC.

Siobhan Wilson was born and raised in Scotland, and decided to give America a shot for six months. Nine years later, she’s still there but with a lot more baggage than she arrived with. Read about her expat experiences here.

Brit Journalist Emma Smith married "The American" and moved herself and her "Meanager" to the even meaner streets of New York City. When not feeding her twitter addiction, she enjoys the dark arts of procrastination, vintage shopping and sniffing things she can't afford in Manhattan department stores. Read on for a particularly sardonic take on expat life in the Big Apple. 

Born and brought up in  England, Toni has lived in Chicago since 1991, when she moved there with her husband. Toni is a contributor to Expat Arrivals and the author of Rules Britannia, an insider's guide to life in the United Kingdom. Read her interview about living in Chicago.

Sara Delaney is a fashion stylist and freelance writer from London currently navigating the sticky sidewalks of New York’s fashion district. She shipped out at short notice from the United Kingdom with her husband and three children to bring her fashion savvy know-how States-side. Follow the link to read her advice on successful expatriation.

Marie Sardalla-Davis describes herself as a westernised Filipina living in rural California. After two decades as a corporate writer she is currently reinventing herself, blogging and sharing her considerable expertise of being an expat in the USA via her revealing expat interview on life in California.

Jennifer Dinoia was born in New Jersey, moved to Nashville, then Memphis, then Washington DC, and then finally Virginia. She then migrated with her husband to Iceland for three years, before settling in San Ramon, California. She lives here with her husband and three children. Find out more about Jennifer's expat experience.

Julie Musk lived in Beavercreek, Ohio for two years and has since returned to Dorset, England. She has travelled extensively, including three years living in Germany and is the author of a guide for expats on moving to the USA. Read all about her expat experiences of life in the USA.

Andrea van Niekerk arrived in the United States from South Africa in 1987. She lives with her husband in northern California, and has 3 children. She works as a personal consultant with students and families involved in their higher education search and college application process. Read more about Andrea and her expat experiences of life in the USA.

Marie Brice was born in New Zealand and made Australia her home many years ago. Since then she has lived and worked in 26 countries from India to Bogotá to Malaysia. She now lives in Houston, Texas with her husband where she practices as a life coach for expats. Find out more about Marie's expat experiences.

Veronique Martin-Place is from Lyon, France, but she defines herself as a world citizen and an experienced expatriate woman. She has already been relocated four times around the globe, including a move back “home” from 2005 to 2008. She lived three years in Norway and three years in Sri Lanka. She has been living in Chicago, USA, since July 2008. Read about her take on expat life in the USA.