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