So You Want To Move To A Tropical Island?
Me and my husband got married on our 3 year anniversary. One month later, we moved to our second island home in St. Croix. When we first came together, we knew that we wanted to do life differently. The prospect of the daily grind just to afford a tropical vacation at the end of the year seemed counterintuitive. In the meantime, our peers seemed to be setting a precedent to amass as many material goods as possible. When did you know when you had enough? Weekends were filled with fancy brunches at new, never ending venues, adventures taking place in concrete jungles and a day to day life that was so far from nature that the smell of urban smog was as synonymous to us as fresh air.
Instead, we sought a more natural atmosphere to accompany our minimalist lifestyle. The truth is, you really don’t need a lot to be happy and if the pursuit of “things” is where you derive it, it tends to be an empty pursuit like chasing a unicorn. Our dreams involved growing our own roots as well as our plants on an island to ultimately homestead.
This was by no means, an easy feat. We gave up everything to turn our dream into a reality. My e-book, Moving to Paradise, begins with a quote from my husband where he says “if it was easy, everyone would do it.” This sentiment applies to the idea that with enough steadfast energy and work, this lifestyle is both attainable and sustainable. There were several steps that we implemented, beginning 2 years out from our eventual move. In my e-book, I discuss all of these baby, medium and mega steps in detail. Curious about realistic expectations or how much daily expenses are? How to apply for a business license? What to do when you arrive? I answer this and so much more in my 30+ pages of pictures, testimonies, insight and resources that in hindsight, I wish I’d had that I’ve included for you.
We made our dream a reality, even while paying for our own wedding and maintaining a completely debt free home. Aside from the logistics, I’ve also included fun places to explore that weren’t listed on any websites but were told to us by locals and since as you know, I’m very food-centric, I also went into great detail about markets and how to score cheap or free fruits and veggies and I even corralled a list of when restaurants offer half priced menus. I offer a realistic view of island living as everything isn’t always easy breezy perfection. Instead, I provide a wealth of information on how to carve out a healthy and positive life on an island. I even include random tidbits like my tried and true mosquito bite remedy, how to get affordable specialty items and a list of my personal favorite beaches. I hope you’ll check it out here. If you’re ready to lead an unconventional life, this is the book for you.