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.
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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.
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.
The thought of moving from an E3 visa to Green Card never crossed my mind when I first made San Francisco my home back in 2015. But then I met and married my Californian husband, a...Read More
Travel Tips & Itineraries
California explodes into color from late February through to mid-May as wildflowers develop and bloom across the state. You might have seen a barrage of stunning flower field photo...Read More
Americans are spoiled for choice when it comes to vacation destinations that showcase natural beauty. So much so that sometimes it's hard to decide exactly where to spend your prec...Read More
There are so many stunning spots to see Northern California wildflowers during the spring months, and in some places, into the summer. Don't think that you have to make a special t...Read More