6 Things I Miss About Living in the U.S. …and 6 I Really Don’t


  1. Alanna says:

    Tea, marmite, the BBC and roast dinners! It’s a British thing 😉

    • Alana Morgan says:

      It’s funny how you miss the most basic things – even if you may not even care about them much when you’re home. I don’t eat much peanut butter in the U.S., but I do when I’m away…?? I don’t get it.

  2. Polly says:

    I lived abroad (in Russia, so not such a huge difference as in SE Asia) for five years and I really found myself missing the small things the most. Huge differences like language? Eh, not so bad. But spending $30 for a block of decent Parmesan or $15 for a six-pack of ginger ale? Nooooo.

  3. Joella says:

    I would feel sorry for you not having any chocolate but you have mango sticky rice! 🙂 Ok, I admit I would struggle without chocolate for a long period of time. I’m sure I’d get over it of course but I’d probably have withdrawal symptoms first. 🙂 Do you have anything that you eat instead when you fancy some chocolate?
    I haven’t found any decent Thai food here yet. Or decent Chinese food. Everything tastes like it has 3 bags of sugar in it! There is some really great Mexican food though so can’t complain. 🙂

    • Alana Morgan says:

      I definitely take a variety of chocolate chips and bars to Thailand whenever I go…I like mango sticky rice, but don’t consider fruit a satisfying dessert 😉 On another note, if someone told me to choose between being able to have Thai food or Mexican food for the rest of my life, I don’t know what I would do…

  4. Dave Jones says:

    Haha yeah when I went back to the states after living in Thailand, I would laugh at the prices of the food. I’m not paying $15 for Chicken Pad Thai! Great post!

  5. veena says:

    I’m the same way about the prices! Items that are considered snack food in India and cost me $.60 here will set you back $8 in the States…and that’s just in Memphis! I can’t even imagine how much it would be in NYC or Chicago or another big market city.

    And I definitely feel you on the cheese and the baking. I love using ovens, for brownies or shepherd’s pie or roasting vegetables, and I actively miss my mother’s oven at least once a week.

  6. Julie says:

    You’d think that the whole UK/US thing would be a cinch. But no. I miss – cheap clothes (i.e. DSW for shoes, Target), ‘plain’ coffee, feeling comfortable driving a car and the Food Network. I don’t miss – harsh winters, Wal-Mart, depressing news stories, so much junk food!

  7. Amber says:

    After our last visit to the US, which was well over a year ago, I thought a lot of the same stuff. Particularly related to how busy everyone was, and how there seemed to be a theme that everyone was chasing something. Although, I attributed to over consumption, and the disease of more. That, combined with a level of fear that everyone seemed to be burdened with. It’s one of the main reasons why I can never see myself living in the US again. I don’t want to live that life any more. I make A LOT less money now, but am happier and feel more secure!

    • Alana Morgan says:

      So busy! I’m busy too, have been more stressed for time than I would like, but overall I’m much less stressed or tightly wound than many people that I know. I was like that though…and I never want to be again!

  8. Honestly, after 5+ years abroad, I really don’t miss much from the US aside from family and friends, of course. Good Mexican food is probably the main thing I miss as an expat. But otherwise, I’ve learned to adapt and discover so many other cuisines along the way. 🙂

  9. Jeremiah says:

    Or quality Mexican food in general.

  10. Patrick says:

    Cool post.

    Last time I went to Paris I had a really crappy pillow. But I was in Paris, so I didn’t get too upset lol.

  11. Vira says:

    Hi Alana!
    I guess there are always pluses and minuses of living anywhere.
    About wearing boots, a lot of the stylish girls in Jakarta love it when the rainy season comes because that’s the only chance they get to wear their fall/winter collection (usually boots & overcoats)and not looking so strange because it gets quite cold out there (to our standard). And why they have fall/winter collection in the first place, usually from their overseas holiday in the cold seasons..

    I did spend a month away from my home country, in Greece last May. Two things I missed after about two weeks were: the warm sea water and chili sauce! But I did not miss the humidity and the polluted air 🙁

  12. Sheri says:

    I miss boots too! And baking. I was just thinking this morning how I miss baking cookies. I used to make them and give to friends back home. I don’t have an oven most of the time or the ingredients so… yeah. I miss warm chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. I really, really miss my awesome bed back home and my two little cats that curl up with me on it. I also agree on your statement about chain stores. Ugh! I’ve been following your instagram and am checking out your blog today. Great stuff. If you’d like to hang out in Chiang Mai, let me know. I fly in on Monday and will be there for 16 days. We could have a photo day or something. 🙂

    • Alana Morgan says:

      I used to bake a lot and take goodies to friends and coworkers! I’ve found a couple stovetop desserts to make…but it’s not the same… 🙁 I’m in CM – shoot me an email!

  13. James says:

    Lately I have been thinking about exactly these things, the comfort and convenience of living in the US versus the adventure and freedom of living overseas. Your article is for me apropos and insightful.

    Comfortable seating at restaurants, great Mexican food, the NFL, drivers who stay in their own lanes, and Coors beer. ? The truth is you cannot find more comfort and convenience anywhere in the world compared to the US. Too bad it has become such a stressful and expensive place to live.

  14. Oh… totally understand what you mean with the cheese. When travelling and working abroad (currently in Indonesia) I soooo miss great cheese. And chocolate, the delicious Swiss chocolate that melts in the mouth 😉

  15. Tracey says:

    Have just stumbled upon your website and just love when I find other ‘crazy’ people who have chosen to live nomadic lives. It helps remind me that living and working in foreign lands for an undefined amount of time and leaving the comforts of home behind is okay.

  16. Joel says:

    I’ve noticed the same thing with the amount of busy I see here.

    While I’m still living and working in the states I can’t wait to embark on my first trip to southeast asia! Well, I better get back to being busy. 🙂

    Thx for this write-up, I enjoyed.

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