Nothing makes you appreciate home like traveling to other places. If you’ve spent a lot of time traveling to other countries or even living in one, you’ve probably noticed some huge differences from life back home to life there.
These are some of the things Americans living abroad say they miss the most about the U.S.
- "As an American living in Australia, I miss the huge variety in the supermarkets and other shops. We went to the US recently, and the kids had a blast just walking through a grocery store and seeing the choices."
- "American cinema. In the states, movies are available to watch as soon as they are released. But living abroad, I have to wait three to six months to see them."
- "American dining hours. When I was working in Spain, it really annoyed me that there were so few restaurants open before 8 p.m. or so for dinner. I was hungry and didn’t like finishing dinner at 11 p.m. Also, very few stores were open on Sunday."
- "IHOP, where you can get a good breakfast anytime of day. I live in Australia, and places here might do eggs and toast (and maybe some bacon if you're lucky), but hash browns, pancakes, waffles, and sausage are pretty much unknown here."
- "Being able to watch live sports at a reasonable hour. All Superbowls, playoff games, and big title games start after 2am local time for me
- "Taco Bell. I finally found one in Bangkok, and I almost exploded with joy. Turns out, they don't have refried beans here, which was weird, but I still ordered $40 worth of food."
- "Costco. I live in Paris, and I have been dreaming of going to the one Costco here for over a year now. I can't wait to get my gallon-size anything and those hot dogs!"
- "American urgency. I lived in southeast Asia for close to a year. The biggest thing I missed was American efficiency."
- "Dipping sauce and condiments. We are spoiled by so many kinds in the U.S. I went to a burger place in Italy and they didn’t even have ketchup — only olive oil and balsamic everywhere I went."
- "I moved to England, and I desperately miss Kraft mac & cheese. You've never lived abroad if you haven't smuggled a whole suitcase of the stuff home with you."
- "American optimism. It's not a physical thing, but America has a sense of optimism you don't often feel in Europe."