So you think you want to live in paradise huh? Well there are some really important things you need to know if you want to move to St. Thomas. I’m going to spell this out to you as easily as I can.
1. Ask yourself why you want to move? Are you trying to escape something? If so it will follow you here. Moving to St. Thomas for the right reasons is the only way to go.
2. Come visit St. Thomas for at least 10-14 days (this is called a pre-move visit or PMV). That way you can meet the locals and get a feel for the island. Many people feel bottled up on a small island so a PMV is a good idea.
3. Meet with a real estate person (like our friend Karen Korsgren at Buy Sell VI.com) or an apartment rental agent/property manager. Ask them to show you homes, villas, condos or apartments in St. Thomas. Get to know the lay of the land.
4. Go food shopping one day. That will be a real eye opener for you. T’ings are expensive ya know on de rock. A gallon of milk can run you over $7.00 in some spots.
5. Make sure you can afford the island, see #6. St Thomas will chew you up and spit you out if you have no money.
6. Employment in St. Thomas is tough because you really have to be on island to get a job. Mostly everything is done face to face here on St Thomas. If you want to get into the restaurant, tourism industry you can easily get a job. St Thomas restaurants are always looking for reliable people. So getting a job as a bartender or waiter won’t be a problem.
7. Office/career work in St Thomas. Here’s where it gets hairy. The work ethic is much different on St Thomas. Things go m-u-c-h s-l-o-w-e-r. You may know the way it “suppose” to be done back in the states but trying to get a local to change their ways….well….that could be challenging and very frustrating for you. And expect your pay to be at least 30% less if not more if you’re coming down from the Northeast. The pay is very low in St Thomas.
8. Research, research and more research. Go to St Thomas Blogs like ours, visit message boards etc. Get as much info as you can before you make any decisions. Ask people why they hated living in St Thomas. Trust me it ain’t all beach sand and palm trees.
9. Buy the The Settlers Handbook – Guide to Relocation. You would be foolish not to. It gives you all the answers.
10. Read part 2.
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