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Things To Consider When Moving To an Island

Though much has been closed over the past year, several other opportunities have become available to many—remote work has offered a chance to move elsewhere.

A variety of jobs and positions have been determined as something that can remain classified as remote work even when the pandemic ends. With this new development comes the prospect of being able to do that work from somewhere more suited to our soul’s needs. This means being able to travel to your favorite vacation destination and setting up shop. With the things to consider when moving to an island in mind, the world is your oyster.

Test the Waters

As you begin to think about the tropical places in the world where you would feel the most at ease, contemplate testing the waters before diving in. Consider finding a place to stay for more time than you ordinarily spend in this destination to truly experience and explore your destination.

Even with a few weeks of living there, you’ll be able to get more of a sense as to whether you like this place in short spurts, or if you could see yourself being happy establishing a life here. After that, if you like it, consider a short-term rental option to keep you from being locked in. Be sure to be thinking about the weather and life’s pace in a given location will help you determine whether you’d be able to adjust comfortably to a life here.

Check the Offers

Since travel has been down and economies have suffered, some places are offering prospective movers great deals. Exploring the welcomeness of a particular place may help sway your decisions. You want to know what it would take for you to be able to rent or buy property in a foreign place. Of course, if you stay within your country’s owned territories, that may be different. Checking the offers being made to bring new blood into a certain tropical destination may help you narrow your choices.

Think Realistically

Many beautiful places where we vacation are so vastly different from where we’re coming from that you truly enjoy your whole visit, but we often don’t consider the realities of living on an island. You’ll want to consider our top tips for living in Barbados, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, or any other tropical place. The pace of life, food, and the level of privacy may differ. These are not necessarily drawbacks, but rather factors that you should carefully consider when making such a life-changing decision.

There are many things to consider when moving to an island. If you have nothing holding you to your current home or location, why not embark on an adventure and change your work backdrop? Just be sure you have done your research and that you understand the differences between vacation and real life. Allow yourself the time to get acquainted on a smaller scale before uprooting, and you’ll surely find the perfect place for your new start. Once you’ve picked your place, you can decide how much of your belongings you want to bring and how much to leave. You may also find other creative ways to ease into island living.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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