Excited w/a little case of nerves
I accidently posted this originally on the wrong board. Anyway, one way ticket is scheduled for May 12th I have liquidated everything (not that it was that much) and this is to be a perm move for me. I am very excited but have to admit to a little case of nerves. I have secured a place for the first month in the Red Hook area while I find a perm apt. But anyone else's similar experience would be welcomed. Surely it's not just me? I would love any tips ,advice etc. Am I crazy? Maybe just need to hear about other experiences. But I really am excited. I did read it would be better to find a job once there instead of trying from here in Tennessee.
Thanks in advance for any advice,
No Amy, you are not crazy, but lucky to have this opportunity. I am a school teacher, and my wife and I are looking to move down so I can teach school in St. Thomas. The best advice we have been given, is to go with a smile and don't look back. What kind of work are you looking for? Are you taking a car/pets? Best of luck on your move
I am not bringing my dog, at least not at first. I have friends that want her and I think the long flight would terrify her. Also that would be a huge responsibility while looking for work. I have always worked in a corporate setting but I have no desire for that any longer, so I am open to just about anything. I am so over the material aspect of having "things" I just would enjoy a very simple way of life. I know I will have to get a car once there but to ship mine would be way expensive and it is not an island car. And since I am on a very limited budget I am nervous about when I will get a car there. Maybe a bicycle? (Just Kidding) sorta. But I am just taking a deep breath and getting on the plane may 12th. So any more comments are very much welcome.
Like you, we are also looking to have a more simple way of life, and a place to stay for permanetly. I have submitted an application, and if accepted to teach, we are planning on moving in June/July. I will keep watching this post to see how the move is going for you. Maybe you could help us when our time comes? 🙂
Congrats on taking the leap. I did the same thing 13 years ago and it was the best decision I ever made. I met the wonderful lady that is now my wife and we have had a great life together ever since. We no longer live in St. Thomas because of family but we get back at least once or twice a year. We intend to "retire" to St. Thomas when the time comes. Being in Red Hook you will have access to tons of restaurants and shops that can be a great source of jobs. Also the boating community in the area can offer some opportunities as well. I went with no job and ended up with two by the end of my first week. You can walk to most things in the Red Hook or East End area. Just get there and get out to meet folks and the rest should work itself out. My wife and I will be there from 5/17 to 5/22 before heading to Virgin Gorda for 9 days. Send me a PM if you would like to meet for drinks at Island Time on top of American Yacht Harbour in Red Hook.
Amy congrats just remember no risk no reward I spoke to a man on stt who made the move 12 years ago and he said " u must have faith in yourself " I thought that was great advise also he met his wife there and is very content withhis life. Its going to be what u put in to it if your a go getter you'll do fine at the worst you took the chance which alot of people can't say they did. Best of luck keep us posted
I will definitely keep everyone posted. I am doing my official countdown 8 days left here. Flying out at 6:00 am Wed. the 12th. And thanks for all of the encouragement. Keep any more advice coming, as it it greatly appreciated.
I'm moving over soon. i live on st croix and it's become home so i'm still a bit nervous to take the plunge. i have learned that getting there and diving in is definitely the best way to find jobs, cars, apartments, and opportunities. there's only so much you can do voer the phone and via emails. st thomas was super overwhelming for me when i went over a couple weeks ago. hopefully i'll have better luck in the redhook area. i fly over again next week
Good Luck and it is a big challenge to leave everything and move on. However, the pleasure is worth all the pain. Even if it doesn't feel like it at times. Good Luck. We moved to STX from the mainland in July of last year. One year anniversary on island right around the corner.