Expat Life & Travel
Welcome to Bright Lights of America, an expat and travel blog for Australians moving to, and living in, the US. You’ll find a wealth of information on everything from planning your move, to visas, financial and tax issues, settling into expat life, and deciding where to live.
We know you’re here to start a new chapter in your
Hi, I’m Katherine
An Australian expat who loves living in San Francisco and helping other Aussies make their dreams of moving to the US come true. I’ve been travelling since I was a teenager, with and without my family and friends.
My first expat jaunt was to London, which I used as a base to travel Europe and to explore my own backyard. London is the perfect place to spark a life-long love of wanderlust.
Bright Lights of America began its life in 2015 when I moved to the US on my own to pursue a career opportunity. Since then it’s grown into a resource for expats who want to find the easiest ways round the bureaucracy and culture shock that sometimes comes with life in the US.
If you’re new to the US, you have your hands full adjusting to your new life. It’s temptingly easy to ignore your credit. But that would be a mistake, and here’s why.
In the US, your credit s...Read More
Travel Tips & Itineraries
Taking a Winchester House virtual tour has been a little tricky since the contract for a movie about Sarah Winchester, played by Helen Mirren, was signed.
Winchester will hit theatres in the US on ...Read More
As Christmas approaches, it's time to start thinking about gifts to send overseas to the Aussie expat in your life.
This year has been tough on everyone, no matter where you live, but it's be...Read More