Hello! I'm Alexandra, and welcome to Team Starnes, a travel and lifestyle blog dedicated to chronicling my adventures and life abroad with my husband.

It was only a year and a half ago that my newlywed husband and I thought we had it all figured out. We were happy with the life we had made together. We planned to blissfully continue living in Charlotte, NC—good jobs, awesome dog, new house, great friends—until a curveball opportunity to move to London quickly changed everything. 

We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we knew we wanted to try. With six weeks’ notice, we put all our belongings into storage and hopped across the pond with just our passports and a couple suitcases each.

After 15 amazing months in London, we've successfully moved north to make our home in Scotland for the next few years... Follow along on our adventures as we travel around Europe, navigate through our marriage, all while continuing to build ourselves a life in the UK. 

We left everything behind to embark on this crazy, crazy expat adventure and, for us, it has been better than we ever imagined. Our love started in Charlotte, our life started in London and our adventure continues in Aberdeen. We are Team Starnes, and THE ADVENTURE HAS JUST BEGUN.


  1. First time at your blog and I am guessing but Charlotte as in NC Charlotte? And I also love that you have such an amazing opportunity to live in London for a year, I am jealous. Oh and Love the photos, can't wait to go through more of your post!!!

    1. Thanks girl! Yeah, we used to live in Charlotte, North Carolina! xx

  2. Hi Alexandra! I just had to come check out your blog after your comment on mine! I love meeting fellow bloggers :) I love this About Me page - I feel like I just learnt a heap about you and Team Starnes! I'm yet to visit London but have alway dreamt of going one day and I really hope to soon! All your tips and insider knowledge is great! :)

  3. Love your blog! As an expat living in London I really appreciate hearing from my fellow Americans. Keep it up!

  4. Love Love your blog. Excited to be reading about your London Adventures!

  5. ...Hello, there--thank you so much for following me on Bloglovin'!!...I can't wait to read about your adventures in Londontown, :-D!!...


  6. Hello Guys!!!! Nice to meet you too :D
    We follow you already on insta, we are so happy to follow you here too!!
    Very Nice Blog!!! See You Soon

  7. Just discovered your blog through Guten Blog, Y'all! Loved your post about Santorini and now will be perusing your site for all your posts about Greece!


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