Not sure infographics as we know and use them now in blogs and social media existed when I moved to England, I certainly never saw any nor were any brought to my attention. My move was only supposed to be temporary and because I was already living outside my home country, I didn’t do much research either. Of course way back then, doing research meant something different to what it means now! Not as quick and easy in the nineties (sounding ancient now) so take advantage of all the wonderful information out there easily accessible to you. For those who are contemplating relocating to England either temporarily or permanently, here’s a visually fun and bright infographic supplied by international moving company Allied.

Over the last decade, the United Kingdom has become a hotspot for immigrants across the world who are seeking out rich culture and bigger employment opportunities, with a whopping 112% increase of incoming residents since 2007. And from the national healthcare service to generous vacation time, there are a great deal of benefits to making this move. But while the transition from the United States to England is less challenging than other overseas moves, there are still enough differences in custom that will warrant some preparation.

For example:

  • If your current residence doesn’t host public transportation, the London Underground might prove intimidating.
  • Do you know the geographic difference between “English” and “British”?
  • Are you able to translate British lingo to its American equivalent?
  • And whether your moving plans are for the long-term or if you only wish to stay a few months, you will still need to update or apply for the proper identification and paperwork.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the face of all of these questions. Luckily for you, Allied Van Lines has provided a simple guide to alleviate your stress.

How to move to England infographic

The first time I attempted to move to England, I had no visa, knew next to nothing about the geography and didn’t have a cell phone. I did know, first-hand, a tiny bit of British lingo. Oh but how I had to learn so much more – and still learning! My horror at hearing my husband (to be) saying “I got a fag burn on my jacket” before I knew what a fag meant in British English luckily turned into one of our many funny anecdotes. I also wasn’t aware of the better holiday time compared to holiday time in the USA which is very nice for us. For me in particular, the National Healthcare (NHS) has been a huge benefit to my life as an expat living in England. I cannot stress just how much of a benefit this is and am so thankful to be living here even though other aspects of living in England are sometimes challenging!

Although I don’t live in London, I love visiting the museums, galleries and parks and playing the tourist (I still feel like one sometimes!). Plus there’s the shopping and amazing stores like Liberty and yummy eateries galore. It’s a great day out for kids too and we do tend to go as much as we can especially in the summer and around Christmas time. But there are plenty of other places to take in the rich culture and vast history of England. Hop over to one of my other blog posts to find out more and join in the conversation here or on Bringing Up Brits Facebook – ask questions about moving and living here, share experiences and stories to support others.

Meghan Peterson Fenn is the author of Bringing Up Brits, co-author of Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs, co-founder and Director of Design and Web at Shake It Up Creative. And, she is an award winning expat blogger and mother of three.