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Moving from STT to Maui -- looking for advise from anyone who may have done the same (or reversed)

 
VIsnorkeler
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There is just no other awesome site like this one out there for moving to Hawaii. And if one more person tells me that it is expensive to live there, I may just haul off and smack them. Just kidding, but idk how it could be anymore expensive than here! I'm hoping to gain a little insight from someone who has actually LIVED in both places. All of us who live here know that visiting (even if it is 15 years in a row, it is still one week at a time) a place is not the same thing as living there. Thanks to all who respond in advance.

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Topic starter Posted : February 22, 2013 6:10 pm
Tiberius
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I think one of the instructors at STT Dive Club lived there. Kiersten?

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Posted : February 28, 2013 12:03 am
East Ender
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You are leaving already?? But you just got here!;)

I can't compare them except to say that before I moved here, I had a friend on Oahu who wanted me to come live there. I went for a visit, and while I loved some parts of Hawaii (the flowers and the mountains), I thought that everything was SO far away- the mainland, the other islands, the other side of the island because of the mountains Iliked, etc. We went to Maui for a weekend to go whale watching and it was a plane ride. Granted they have a local rate, but still, not like getting in a boat and going to St John, Jost, etc. And it is a state, a little more tropical, but with all the stateside stuff- fast food, freeways, shopping malls. And another thing is that the time zone is so far off of anything in the states, you really have to plan phone calls. Just a couple of reasons I moved here instead.

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Posted : February 28, 2013 9:35 pm
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I know a couple that moved from Oahu last May to STT. Unfortunately, he got really sick and had to move back home to be closer to family in October. They did mention that the cost of living here was slightly higher. There are some things in Oahu that were more expensive, but pretty much evened out with what they pay here. They said you definitely have a bigger selection of things in Oahu and it feels more like the states than it does here.

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Posted : March 1, 2013 6:01 pm
speee1dy
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i would be curious to know a rough amount for the cost to move there

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Posted : March 2, 2013 10:38 pm
VIsnorkeler
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I'm aiming for $5K. I am sure the bf is planning to save double that...

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Topic starter Posted : March 3, 2013 1:14 am
speee1dy
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do you already have jobs lined up and a place to stay?

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Posted : March 3, 2013 11:34 am
VIsnorkeler
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Nope, not worried about that part. Doing research, just like I did when we moved here. We have a friend living there, other contacts, too. I think we will be fine. The move is still a couple of months away. I'll be more actively searching for temporary housing when we are four weeks out. And I am a server, as long as there are hungry and thirsty people out there, I will have no problem finding a job. (I got a job here within NINE hours of landing, after all.)

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Topic starter Posted : March 3, 2013 3:48 pm
speee1dy
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lol, my concern is not saving the money but finding employment more for hubby, he is getting up there in age but finding a place to live.

we can if we have to sell a car for the trip and ship a car?? not sure what would be worth doing

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Posted : March 3, 2013 5:28 pm
VIsnorkeler
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Are you planning to move, too, speee1dy?

When we moved here, we knew it wasn't going to be forever. Too many other places to see out there! 😎 We are going to sell the jeep and buy another car when we get to Maui.

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Topic starter Posted : March 4, 2013 5:32 pm
speee1dy
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we want to , but i am not sure where yet, we have two choices. panhandle of florida or lake havasu city az, hubby would prefer florida. me, i don't really care. either one is fine by me

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Posted : March 4, 2013 7:16 pm
VIsnorkeler
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I came from Destin when we moved here!!!... Ask away about that area. I grew up there! Beautiful area, large military/military retiree population. I think coming from another tourist destination with plenty of seasonal employees gave me a better grasp on how this move would be. Affordable housing is something of an issue, more than STT definitely.

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Topic starter Posted : March 5, 2013 2:36 am
speee1dy
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how are the jobs in the destin area? we have done a lot of looking on line and there seems to be a lot to do in the area.
lake havasu city i already know about

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Posted : March 6, 2013 9:27 pm
VIsnorkeler
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It's been two and a half years since I was working in Destin, just after that little thing BP did to the Gulf Coast. What kind of job will hubby be looking for? There are lots of tourists, snowbirds, and military retirees around Destin. It does get cold there, though. It may only be for a week or two, but 30s happen every winter. 50s are more the norm, however, with February being the coldest month generally.

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Topic starter Posted : March 7, 2013 7:40 pm
speee1dy
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he is in construction and i am in accounts payable. i am not too worried about the weather, he is.

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Posted : March 7, 2013 11:03 pm
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