We made the move!
Good afternoon! It's been a while since I've posted! My husband and I made the move the STJ last month. Leading up to our move I had asked a few questions on this forum, so I appreciate all the feedback I received!
We moved here sight unseen! We had never stepped foot in the USVI. We were able to line up housing before arriving (within our rather small budget) which was a huge praise!
We are both employed now as well (we did not line up jobs before hand). Just thought I'd post as an encouragement to anyone contemplating the move! It can be done. My advice would be to carefully plan & budget, be open minded, and do not set expectations for what life "should be" like here.
Although I'd never been to the Virgin Islands before moving, I used lots of resources - this forum, Facebook groups, books, etc. so I wasn't completely blindsided- although, you'll never know what it's truly like until you get here!! It's not for everyone (as I'm sure you've been told). It's very different from the states. I had been out of the country before & visited some various Caribbean islands, so I knew this going into it. Although moving here without visiting is often discouraged - I'm glad we did. It was an adventure. I have always loved the thought of moving somewhere new and making it your home. If you're in it for the adventure & experience, you will be fine 😉
Life here is slower, the beaches are beautiful, and the people are great. If you're a dreamer & it's something you've always wanted to do, GO FOR IT. Life is short & it can be done.
If you want to follow my journey, my Instagram is @corntocaribbean 😉 I'm originally from Indiana & enjoy posting about our new life on STJ & the adventures we have!! Feel free to ask me any questions for those who are in the process or thinking of making the move ???? Thanks all!
Made the move "sight unseen"?
I know I couldn't do that!
We started out buying land about 7 years ago when prices crashed on STX. Figuring if we ended up not liking it, we could sell down the road. We came back every chance we had for the next few years. Then decided to build a small guest house on the lower half of the property and stayed there for the next few years when we could. Every trip we met more great people and found new treasured spots all over the Island.
Things are different here, undoubtedly, but the good far outweighs the bad so far. We're here for the long haul now, no regrets, life is good.