Letters to America: how to move to the USA
You’ve dreamed of leaving your home country behind, throwing caution to the wind and moving to your fantasy sun-kissed location. Anything’s better than the greying, rain-soaked suburb you’re stuck in.
Yet moving to a different country is no mean feat, and moving to the grand ol’ USA must be one of the more stressful emigrations.
Just imagine the long haul flights, rigorous questioning from US officials, the quest for a green card and the knowledge that your belongings might not even materialise in your new home.
We love the land of the free and want you to have a smooth move to your newest home. So what do you need to know before you wrap yourself in the stars and stripes?
America is not all the same
If you’re travelling from the UK, it’s easy to see Americans as a reductive stereotype – that flag-waving, “Yeehaw” shouting patriot with a love of fast food.
But, as with any country, cultural stereotypes rarely hold much water under thorough examination. And while there are many patriots in the country, the USA is simply too large and complex to contain such a homogenised populace.
Before you start living in the country, understand the intricacies of the state you’ll be moving to, including its politics and populace.
While it’s easy to think you know everything about the US, you’ll still get a culture shock if you don’t pack in your research.
Deliveries can help you move
We’ve all got precious mementoes in our lives – and they become so much more important when you’re thousands of miles away from your friends and family. Just imagine if one of those precious keepsakes was lost during the move. You’d be in tears by the time you’d unpacked.
For peace of mind’s sake, why not send a parcel from UK to USA separately to your larger cargo? With recorded delivery you’ll know the exact progress your package is making and gain a refund if any damage is caused by your services. So give it a go.
Hit the road, Jack
You’ve grown up on a diet of American sitcoms, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more comic book heroes than a cosplay convention in your mother’s basement – but that doesn’t mean you understand the inner workings of US life.
Knowing the culture of an area before you move is vital to integration.
If you really fancy a taste of Americana, head down Route 66, a road that snakes all the way through the major American states. You’ll learn all about your new home and maybe even make a few friends along the way.