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The Travels of an American Expat

The Fly Away American is a travel blog following the journey and adventures of an American Expat living in England. I share my experiences living abroad and travelling the world in hopes of giving others useful and inspiring information for their own journeys.

 

Fly Away with KLM On-board the DC-3 Dakota: Celebrating 95 Years

Posted by on 4:26 pm in The Netherlands, Travels | 10 comments

Fly Away with KLM On-board the DC-3 Dakota: Celebrating 95 Years

My face was in serious pain. I had been smiling non-stop for at least two hours and at this point I was really testing the amount of teeth to face ratio I could physically accomplish. My hands clenched the armrests, nervously, unsure of what would happen next as the tiny plane bobbed up and down along the runway. Looking out the window, sitting right at the wing, I excitedly watched as the KLM Jet Center got smaller and further away as we increased our speed. The propeller began spinning round and round, faster and faster, and in a split...

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Best Places for American Expats in England

Posted by on 9:16 am in England, Expat Life, travel tips | 3 comments

Best Places for American Expats in England

The UK Office of National Statistics estimates that up to 13% of England’s population is made up of foreigners. Of those, around 189,000 are American. While many of these American nationals are stationed at the various military bases, there is still a considerable amount of us living our lives on English soil. With that in mind- I thought it would be interesting to explore where Americans are re-locating exactly. London is obviously a front runner, but if you are considering moving over- where are the best places for American expats in...

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Ten Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your All-Inclusive Holiday

Posted by on 10:10 am in travel tips | 2 comments

Ten Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your All-Inclusive Holiday

All-Inclusive holidays continue to grow in popularity, with millions of travellers happy to fork over a set amount for a vacation where everything from the booze to the room to the disco is included. There are critics on both sides of the fence arguing over the effect all-inclusive holidays have  on local communities and the authentic experience (or lack there of) that a person would have sitting at a resort. While I can see the pros and cons of both sides, I think that as a long as you make an effort to leave the resort an all-inclusive...

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Fly Away to Montmorency Falls at Parc de la Chute in Québec, Canada

Posted by on 4:31 pm in Canada, Travels | 9 comments

Fly Away to Montmorency Falls at Parc de la Chute in Québec, Canada

I had never heard of Montmorency Falls before I visited. A bit strange since this waterfall on the Montmorency River outside Québec City is almost 100 ft. higher than the more famous Niagara Falls, and even more scenic. While Niagara Falls may be more dramatic in-person, Montmorency Falls allows visitors to get up close and personal with the cascading waters and enjoy astounding views over the Saint Lawrence River and Île d’Orléans region- over 350 feet from the ground.     At Montmorency Falls in Quebec, Canada- you...

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Fly Away to Craco, Italy- An Abandoned Ghost Town with a Tragic Past

Posted by on 4:38 pm in #HelloBasilicata, Italy, Travels | 8 comments

Fly Away to Craco, Italy- An Abandoned Ghost Town with a Tragic Past

As our van pulled up to the dusty parking lot outside the visitor center in Craco, I noticed an elderly man sitting outside on a plastic garden chair in front of a 70′s style barrack building. I wondered what he did with his time, living outside the city of his ancestors, a city where he too perhaps ran around as a child. Did he look up at Craco with sadness? Did he watch the birds flying in and out of the open collapsing rooftops and imagine that he too flew among them? Did it conjure up memories of his mother crying in the kitchen,...

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