Wish me luck. I'm gonna do it!!
I've booked my flight to St Thomas to begin my search for a "new life." I'm leaving Jan. 15 and will be staying one week. I'll be searching for housing, transportation and a job. Everything in me says that this move is right and I'll be a happy and productive member of society there. This feeling is hard to explain to people...they think I'm losing my mind. I know deep in my soul this will work. Over the past 5 years I've been very fortunate to have been able to travel to various different islands and to me the local residents of these islands just seem happier. They dont seem to be caught up in all this materialism and hectic lifestyle that is running most of our lives. I currently live in Oklahoma and have been here all my life.....I hate it here. The summers are nothing short of hellish and this is the worst place in the country to live if you suffer from seasonal allergies like I do. My doctor said that "oklahoma is the cesspool" of the country for allergens. So you can see that I am misserable almost every day here.
Anyway.....USVI....HERE I COME!8-)
I seem to be having difficulties finding companies on ST Thomas & St Croix that are in my area of expertise and was hoping someone could offer up a few suggestions. For the past 16 years I've been in the group tour/travel industry and specialize in all aspects of large group travel....I'm great with people of all ages. I know how to arrange travel for groups, negotiate special rates and contracts with hotels, charter companies, casinos and other service providers. Weddings, family reunions, corporate outings, team building...etc. My hope is to work for a tour/travel company that handles a lot of inbound groups. I also have 15 years of restaurant management experince as a GM but I'd rather stay away from that industry it at all possible. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Have you googled receptive operators on St. Thomas? You said you will be arriving in Jan., for one week. When do you plan to make the move? Even January is a little late to get a job in the tour and travel industry for the "season". If you contact some of the tour operators now, you may be able to get yourself in line for a job, but I think waiting for January is a mistake.
😛 The hardest thing for me to do,when i'm on the island, is to leave ! ! ! I've been told that if you can stay
clean and sober you can work at any profession you may desire. i have personally found this to be true.... There
is a difference with the people state side and in the islands. You always talk of how you are and how your friend
or aquaintance are, business is talked about later... Slow down, relax,meet people the way you would like to be
reseaved. The sooner you forget how things are in the states,the better you will be received... When you come to
the islands, live with a family. most of the homes on the island have appartments to suplament income. Find a nice
one ! ! Also, ride the" Safari Busses," when you are intown, check out the open air stores, Meet The People...I do think
it will take you longer than a week to nail down everything you will need to do. Your not crazy, some of us find the people
and the Island way, very desireable... I found that I was even forgiven for being born in n.y.... Good and safe travels JM
Good Luck! I have been on this forum for a while but your post encouraged me to actually sign up and post. My wife and I look to call the beautiful island of St Croix home one of these days. How about this last summer in Oklahoma! We spent a week on island back in March and would like to make a more extensive PMV in the next 12 months.
Thanks for all the great advice and info. I know that January is probably the worst time to try and find work there but I have some commitments here that prevent me from leaving any sooner and one week is all I can squeeze in during that time. What excites me the most is the expectation of a completely different lifestyle that what I'm used to here in the States. I could not have been happier than when I was self-employed but a very serious health issue caused me to lose my business. In 2005 I started working for "The Man" and the funny thing is he was my main competitor. He is a young guy, mid 30's, and the business is his life. He's less than sympathetic when someone has a health issue and needs to take off work or when one of the reservationists takes time off because she just had a child....he's really heartless. I know that there is a chance that I will work for someone similar in the USVI but I bet it's easier to go to work on a beautiful Caribbean island.
I also have a Class B drivers license with a passenger/air brake endorsement which means I can drive the big tour buses. The search is on and I could not be more excited! My goal is one year from now I'll be a permanent resident of STT or STX.