Today we thought we’d take a look at four areas of life in the USA that you should pay attention to when relocating to the USA as an expat or, even to retire. For decades the USA has appealed to citizens from the UK with their shared history, language and not to mention the rich and diverse culture which is home to a complete and beautiful landscape right from the East to West coast, and everything in between.
One thing you can say about the U.S, is that there is a climate for everyone; whether it is the howling Arctic Alaskan winds or the tropical heat from the beautiful Hawaiian outposts. The US climate lends itself to a multitude of outdoor pursuits from skiing on the Colorado peaks to surfing those Californian waves. The US is generally considered to be split into 5 different and distinct climatic regions. The North East, the West Coast, the South East, the Mid-West and the West. Each with their own unique flavour and appeal, they collectively cater to a wide array of tastes.
Cost Of living
Obviously, this can be subjective depending on where you come from, however there are a couple of universal truths for a UK Expat. Healthcare can be very expensive so, with that in mind, don’t shrimp when it comes to health insurance; fully comprehensive is highly recommended. If you are relocating due to work, then check what cover your employer is offering you as this is often built into an offer of employment. On the flip side, petrol tends to be relatively cheaper than Europe on account of the culture and geographic layout of the US, which means a much larger ratio of people drive. Day to day costs such as dairy products are comparatively similar to the UK. Rents will heavily depend on which state you are in, and whether you want something within or outside of the city centre. If you want to know more, Expat Focus has created a great guide to renting as an expat.
There really is too much to list, however we thought we would give a deferential mention to: the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Florida Everglades (host of a very funny scene of that British Classic Only Fools and Horses!,) Niagara Falls and Lake Tahoe in Nevada. We highly recommend taking a look at the top 35 places to visit on the Trip Advisor website for some much needed inspiration.
America really is a country of contrasts, whether you like to mingle and get lost in the maze of skyscrapers which litters the New York skyline, or simply take a drive through one of the Great Lakes, you will never run out of new things to do.
America has historically been a mecca for those searching their piece of the American Dream; this has led to various influences from the four corners of the globe – from Latin American, Pan Pacific, African and European cultures – all blending together to create a unique mix of cuisine, music, dance art and language. According to this CNBC article, over 350 languages are currently spoken in the US.
Sports also play a huge role in American culture, with the dominant sports being American Football, Baseball and Basketball. One of the pulls for many UK retirees is the many beautiful golf courses that line the Florida coastlines.
If you are thinking of relocating to the USA, then finding the right company to transit your precious belongings, is an important call of consideration. 1st Move international, who are a member of the British International Freight Association and the British Association of Removers, can offer you a premier service with their unique packing systems and over 20 years’ experience in International removals.