Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > USA
Reload this Page >

IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

Old Jun 16th 2010, 9:46 pm
  #1  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: nottinhamshire uk
Posts: 12
bonnie1 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

Is life greener in Florida? Im sure this question is constantly repeated but me and my husband and 4 year old son would like to swap our life for one in Florida. We now have the finances to buy a house and a small buisness and are looking for input good and bad on brits who have made the move.We have details on and someone to act on our behalf to get E2 visa, but a few of my worries are; How much good health care will cost for our family? what happens when my son reaches 21? I have heard that the schools are good 16 in a class with there own computers is this true? Would life really be laid back and more enjoyable for us? We have been to Florida for the past 14 years but only on vacation.Please help, replys good or bad. thanks.
bonnie1 is offline  
Old Jun 16th 2010, 10:23 pm
  #2  
Peace onion
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Denver
Posts: 5,686
Octang Frye has a reputation beyond reputeOctang Frye has a reputation beyond reputeOctang Frye has a reputation beyond reputeOctang Frye has a reputation beyond reputeOctang Frye has a reputation beyond reputeOctang Frye has a reputation beyond reputeOctang Frye has a reputation beyond reputeOctang Frye has a reputation beyond reputeOctang Frye has a reputation beyond reputeOctang Frye has a reputation beyond reputeOctang Frye has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

It can be.

With an E2, you can only stay as long as your business is thriving.
You'll be tied to that business. So no, it won't be laid back for you.

Watch out for the oil too.
Octang Frye is offline  
Old Jun 16th 2010, 10:25 pm
  #3  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 41,518
Sally Redux has a reputation beyond reputeSally Redux has a reputation beyond reputeSally Redux has a reputation beyond reputeSally Redux has a reputation beyond reputeSally Redux has a reputation beyond reputeSally Redux has a reputation beyond reputeSally Redux has a reputation beyond reputeSally Redux has a reputation beyond reputeSally Redux has a reputation beyond reputeSally Redux has a reputation beyond reputeSally Redux has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

I don't think the schools are that great from what I've seen on here.
Sally Redux is offline  
Old Jun 16th 2010, 11:01 pm
  #4  
Bob
BE Site Lead
 
Bob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: MA, USA
Posts: 91,772
Bob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

Originally Posted by bonnie1 View Post
Is life greener in Florida? Im sure this question is constantly repeated but me and my husband and 4 year old son would like to swap our life for one in Florida. We now have the finances to buy a house and a small buisness and are looking for input good and bad on brits who have made the move.We have details on and someone to act on our behalf to get E2 visa, but a few of my worries are; How much good health care will cost for our family? what happens when my son reaches 21? I have heard that the schools are good 16 in a class with there own computers is this true? Would life really be laid back and more enjoyable for us? We have been to Florida for the past 14 years but only on vacation.Please help, replys good or bad. thanks.
Things to consider, you'll have no credit history over here, so on top of buying a business, a house, car and the rest of the set up, you'll need far more cash than you expect.

Renewing your visa is a lot tougher, just read the immigration forums for news about how tough it is, such as that couple up in Maine who couldn't renew, so had to sell up and move back to the UK.

Good health insurance, depends on age, medical history, if you get it through work, which for a business is quite an expense but lowers your personal expense and with a few kids, as it ultimately is out of your own pocket, anything from $1-2K or more won't be out of the question, just depends on how much you want to gamble for cover.

Your son, at 21, either gets a student visa and goes to university here, or he moves back to the UK. Unless you get greencards before he ages out, but you probably won't.

As for schools, depends where in the state, right down to the town and county. Generally, 16 per class is probably someone having a laugh. They're generally pretty poor in Florida for the most part.

Will life be more laid back? Potentially, but it depends if you like living with massive bugs, hot and humid climate and how engrossed you are in your work, being self employed, you'll probably spend more time keeping your business from collapse, especially in Florida. But then again, depends on what the business is.

Why Florida though? Different locations will have different answers. Moving to Florida on a E2 is probably one of the worst ideas, but whatever floats your boat.
Bob is offline  
Old Jun 17th 2010, 12:51 am
  #5  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Duncan Roberts's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Location: Avon Lake, OH
Posts: 5,270
Duncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

Originally Posted by Bob View Post
anything from $1-2K or more won't be out of the question, just depends on how much you want to gamble for cover.
Just to add, that's per month, not per year.
Duncan Roberts is offline  
Old Jun 17th 2010, 7:42 am
  #6  
BE Enthusiast
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Seal Rock, Oregon
Posts: 837
cluedweasel has a reputation beyond reputecluedweasel has a reputation beyond reputecluedweasel has a reputation beyond reputecluedweasel has a reputation beyond reputecluedweasel has a reputation beyond reputecluedweasel has a reputation beyond reputecluedweasel has a reputation beyond reputecluedweasel has a reputation beyond reputecluedweasel has a reputation beyond reputecluedweasel has a reputation beyond reputecluedweasel has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

Originally Posted by Duncan Roberts View Post
Just to add, that's per month, not per year.
Yep. Self employed here and I pay just over $1200 a month for myself and my wife. Admittedly that's in OR, not FL, but I'm sure it's not that different. Also, if you need prescription drugs for anything, it can get sodding expensive. One of prescriptions my wife has costs over $260 a month after the insurance has paid their share.
And just to add to the overall joy of it all, I've just been diagnosed as diabetic.
cluedweasel is offline  
Old Jun 17th 2010, 8:59 am
  #7  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 760
goldenstate31 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

Hi and welcome
I think there is a thread somewhere about 'the dream act' this is a bill thats been trying to get pushed through for some time. Whether it will or not, remains to be seen.
But basically its trying to deal with some of the problems that E2 holders face like, not being able to apply for green cards and kids 'aging out' which means when your son/daughter turns 21, they either have to have a visa of their own and that means qualify for a visa or return to their home country.
Plus I think with the E2, you face renewals every 3-5 years for the whole time that you are living in the states.
So whilst the Sunshine and attitude of florida is very laid back, living your life in uncertainty isnt
if your goal is to move over on a permanent basis, then the E2 is not the way to go
goldenstate31 is offline  
Old Jun 17th 2010, 1:01 pm
  #8  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Duncan Roberts's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Location: Avon Lake, OH
Posts: 5,270
Duncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

Originally Posted by cluedweasel View Post
And just to add to the overall joy of it all, I've just been diagnosed as diabetic.
Not the end of the world and potentially it can be managed very cheaply. Hopefully it doesn't screw with your insurance though. But remember, just because you have been diagnosed with diabetes doesn't always mean you are diabetic regarding health insurance, if you look at the laws there are some potentially massive loopholes!
Duncan Roberts is offline  
Old Jun 17th 2010, 2:01 pm
  #9  
Deep in the woods of CT
 
Nutmegger's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 6,030
Nutmegger has a reputation beyond reputeNutmegger has a reputation beyond reputeNutmegger has a reputation beyond reputeNutmegger has a reputation beyond reputeNutmegger has a reputation beyond reputeNutmegger has a reputation beyond reputeNutmegger has a reputation beyond reputeNutmegger has a reputation beyond reputeNutmegger has a reputation beyond reputeNutmegger has a reputation beyond reputeNutmegger has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

Originally Posted by bonnie1 View Post
Would life really be laid back and more enjoyable for us? We have been to Florida for the past 14 years but only on vacation.Please help, replys good or bad. thanks.
Absolutely not. As you say, you have seen FL from a holidaymakers point of view. Americans work longer hours with less vacation then people in the UK. You may think that, as you will own your business, you can make your own hours. That is not the case, because in order to succeed you will have to tailor your hours to fit in with the local norm, plus you will also have the ever-present necessity to renew your visa hanging over your head -- where if it is deemed that your business is not successful enough you will be going home.
Nutmegger is offline  
Old Jun 17th 2010, 2:09 pm
  #10  
BE Forum Addict
 
Ash UK/US's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2003
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 4,525
Ash UK/US has a reputation beyond reputeAsh UK/US has a reputation beyond reputeAsh UK/US has a reputation beyond reputeAsh UK/US has a reputation beyond reputeAsh UK/US has a reputation beyond reputeAsh UK/US has a reputation beyond reputeAsh UK/US has a reputation beyond reputeAsh UK/US has a reputation beyond reputeAsh UK/US has a reputation beyond reputeAsh UK/US has a reputation beyond reputeAsh UK/US has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

Originally Posted by bonnie1 View Post
We have been to Florida for the past 14 years but only on vacation.Please help, replys good or bad. thanks.
Not all of Florida is like Orlando.
Ash UK/US is offline  
Old Jun 18th 2010, 4:15 am
  #11  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 4,896
md95065 has a reputation beyond reputemd95065 has a reputation beyond reputemd95065 has a reputation beyond reputemd95065 has a reputation beyond reputemd95065 has a reputation beyond reputemd95065 has a reputation beyond reputemd95065 has a reputation beyond reputemd95065 has a reputation beyond reputemd95065 has a reputation beyond reputemd95065 has a reputation beyond reputemd95065 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

Originally Posted by bonnie1 View Post
Is life greener in Florida?
Not just greener, but also much hotter and much more humid (which is probably why it is greener) ...
md95065 is offline  
Old Jun 18th 2010, 4:43 am
  #12  
Senior Member
 
penguinbar's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Manhattan
Posts: 2,913
penguinbar has a reputation beyond reputepenguinbar has a reputation beyond reputepenguinbar has a reputation beyond reputepenguinbar has a reputation beyond reputepenguinbar has a reputation beyond reputepenguinbar has a reputation beyond reputepenguinbar has a reputation beyond reputepenguinbar has a reputation beyond reputepenguinbar has a reputation beyond reputepenguinbar has a reputation beyond reputepenguinbar has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: IS WAY OF LIFE IN FLORIDA BETTER THAN UK?

We were on holiday last year in Florida. My mom owns a place near Boca Raton. My husband said "lets move down here!" I explained to him about the high unemployment low salaries, humidity,hurricanes etc. It's not all Disney World down there! Also Florida is a fairly big state. You can be in Palm Beach where it's beautiful or in the panhandle where it can be pretty poor and downtrodden. I also agree with what others have posted aboyt the E2 and insurance.
penguinbar is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.