Nicole Wiltrout of is a freelance travel writer and mother of two who is about to embark on a move from Indiana, USA to Stamford, UK with her family.

What made you want to move to the UK?

My husband works for a large American company that has facilities around the world. He was offered a temporary assignment in the UK for the next 3 years. We jumped at the chance to live in such a wonderful place with our family.

How have you prepared for your move?

Given that this is a corporate transfer, we have been lucky to have access to a lot of resources, such as relocation specialists, a realtor, etc. We took a week-long housing visit a few months ago to get more familiar with the area where we would be living, visit schools for our sons, etc. We will also be participating in a 2-day cultural training, also provided by my husband’s company. In our free time, I’ve been researching various travel opportunities over there. Everything from day trips to week-long European getaways.

What do you think is the hardest thing about your move?

The idea of leaving our family and close friends for a few years is daunting. We’re very close to our immediate families. Also, uprooting our young kids from the lives they are used to is somewhat intimidating, although we are so excited about the cultural experiences that they will have during our time there.

Is there anything from the US you know you’ll miss?

Besides the people we love, I’m sure there will be certain foods I’ll miss. I also know there will be times when I’ll miss the convenience of my comfortable, mid-western lifestyle, where parking is plentiful, homes are spacious, and there’s a playground everywhere you look. But we’re truly excited about the next three years.

Is there anything you wish you knew before you planned your move?

I wish I knew more about the UK rental process. We’re finding that navigating that system to be challenging and more complex than you might find here in the U.S. I’m certain there will be things I wish I had known once we get over there in a few weeks, but that’s part of the process.

What are you most looking forward to in your new city?

We will be centrally located, so much of England will be within a 3-4 hour drive of our new home. We’re very excited to explore that country, as well as take some vacations around Europe. We’re also looking forward to assimilating into a new way of living and making new friends.