Planning a move to USVI
I am seriously considering moving to USVI within the next year. I have been to the islands in the late 80"s when I was in the Navy. I have always wanted to go back but always had someone tying me down. :-X Any helpful hints from the pros? How much should I save to get there and live till I find work? I have done construction work most of my life and am kind of a "jack-of-all-trades" kind of person, is there work there? I have a lot of hand tools, should I ship them there to use or pick stuff up there? Which Island is the best to seek employment? Right now I am on a research mission and this is the best website I have found. Any others I might want to check out? I have seen cost-of-living and rent costs anything else I need to know. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
This is a valuable site for a newcomer who has the time to read the info here, - use the search function, - and read through the many topics available on the home page.
The forum does answer specific Questions - but many things are adequately covered in all the drop down menus available.
How much should you save? - This is often asked and answered - so much depends on your personal situation.
Ship tools - another common Question - usually the answer is Yes if they are for your trade and not easily replaced.
Is there work? - of course, we almost all work but it may take a while to find something that you enjoy.
Which Island? plenty of opinions there for you to read over the next few months.
Other websites?? - This one is dedicated to help with the move to the VI - certainly buy the Settlers Handbook or some other books as well.
I wouldn't count your Navy visit as a pre move visit - which is something almost everyone on this forum will recommend as a plan.
Do the research you mentioned and participate here.
I'm on St. Croix (STX). More rural, laid back. Been on St. Thomas (STT) for a week. More action, faster paced. Been briefly to St. John (STJ). More upscale, expensive. Just IMO. Like EZ advised, do your research, here, on each and when you pick one, come and stay for a month but don't live like a tourist. Go shopping at the food stores, clothing, etc. to see what it's like. Hit the restaurants. Stuff is about 30% higher than the states so figure that in the money you bring. Also check out careers.vi for jobs. And remember, Keep Left!