- I grew up in the US and my husband grew up in the UK — we’ve noticed many differences.
- In the UK, there are free prescriptions and healthcare, which wasn’t the case in the US.
- Things that seemed normal to me aren’t in the UK, like celebrating Halloween and tipping bartenders.
I was born and raised on the East Coast of the United States. After moving to Scotland in the fall of 2017, I met my husband and settled into life in the United Kingdom as an expat.
Growing up in separate cultures means we’ve had to navigate a slew of differences in our everyday habits, expectations, and worldviews.
Here are a few of the most surprising differences between life in the US and UK, as experienced by me and my partner: