girl gone london an american girl's guide to life and travel in the UK and beyond

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How to Protect Your Home While Traveling

As expats, we spend a lot of time traveling (we can’t help it!). Whether you’re off to Nairobi for a month or Copenhagen for the weekend or Russia for the year, we’re usually leaving our homes behind in search of adventure. But how do you protect your home while you’re...

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10 Things Confused Americans Should Know about Brexit

Yesterday was one of the most bizarre days I have experienced in London. As most everybody knows by now, Friday morning around 7:00am, the UK government announced that the country had voted to leave the European Union. For everyone reading the headlines from around the world, this might have been...

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10 Free Museums in London You Shouldn’t Miss

One of the best parts of living in London is neverending access to free exhibits, events, and museums. It keeps the city thriving and allows Londoners to actually get out and experience life rather than sitting at home eating ramen noodle because their train ticket cost more than their annual...

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9 Things I Wish I Had Told Myself Before Moving Abroad

 1. The baggage you have at home that you thought you could outrun? I know you didn’t purposefully pack it, but, trust me, its DEFINITELY coming with you, so hope you packed light 2. You are going to miss your family and friends more than your independent self will ever want to admit....

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A (Real) American Tourist Guide to London

Aside from the usual “places to go” and “things to do” routine, there are some things about a trip to London (or England, really) that still catch American tourists off guard. You may be someone who prefers to figure out the nuances of a culture on your own, and in...

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An American Girl’s Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon

In between the bright lights of massive cities like London and the “untouched,” natural bits of the UK are hundreds and hundreds of towns and villages with their own local secrets and charm. For many tourists, Stratford-upon-Avon is one of those towns, the perfect combination of history and “classic” English culture...

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Girl Gone London: A Life Update

Hello, kind people of the internet! How is life? Ready for the summer? What are your plans? (Please tell me you’re going on an awesome vacation so I can live vicariously through you, THANK YOU). I thought that I should check in, as I’ve dropped the ball on interacting on...

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How To Make Friends And Meet New People As An Expat

I’ve written on this topic before, but this week we have another perspective (and more tips!) on making friends as an expat. In late 2014, a study conducted by relocation company Robinsons found that almost a third of British expats have no local friends. Of the one thousand expats surveyed,...

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An American Girl’s Guide to Looking like a Tourist

You may recognize this article from my e-mail newsletter. You, too, can get exclusive content by signing up on the right hand side of the page! I hate that the word “tourist” has become a negative thing, associated with travelers who are less cultured and hip and instagram-savvy than their...

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