I am so happy to introduce Jade from Earth to Jade (a wonderful blogger who I have been following for a while now) as a new sponsor of The Move to America! I often get serious photo envy when I scroll through her travel, expat and design blog categories as she is so creative and has a natural eye for details that I am trying to emulate. If you have not visited yet, go and do it now!
Q. How would you describe yourself and your blog?
I am a chatterbox with a good sense of humour who loves travel, photography and design. I’m also an ex-expat (is that even a word) who has just returned back to Australia after living in the UK for seven years. My blog is an extension of myself, in that it’s a place where I can chat about all the things that I love.
Q. You lived in London, UK for seven years and have some great posts about it – but what would be your top tip/s for a first time visitor?
Thank you very much! My top tips for a first time visitor would definitely be to plan your days before you get to London. It’s a big city and can be very crowded which is daunting for people who haven’t experienced a rush hour trip on the London Underground or a walk down Oxford Street on a Saturday at lunch time. For the big tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace and The Tower of London, it pays to be an early riser and arrive right on opening time, because those places are busy all day long.
Q. When you were an expat, did anything surprise you about the experience?
Pretty much the first year was a whole bunch of surprises. England might be a predominately white, christian country where they speak English just like Australia but it certainly isn’t anything like Australia. I wrote a lot about my experiences in my first year as an expat as part of my Expat column too.
Q. Your photography is amazing, what got you interested/started?
Thank you! I have a very artistic family and my Grandfather has had a camera glued to his hand for as long as I’ve lived, so I guess I picked up the habit of always carrying a camera from him, but as I started blogging more often and realised that writing was not my strong point, I knew I had to up my game with my photography, so in 2010, I bought a DSLR and started taking courses and learning how to use my camera properly.
Q. What is next for you and your blog?
As I am no longer an expat, I will be transitioning the blog to a travel & lifestyle blog. I am working on opening a small design studio in 2015 and the blog will be an extension of my company. I hope to eventually be able to work for six months of the year and travel for six months, which will all be documented on the blog!
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