Our Second Big Adventure

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It was time for the next big adventure. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was a great run but Mike and I were ready for something new, we threw a dart at the map and made our second big move to wherever it landed.  It landed on St Croix, USVI. Here’s my story on making the move to the virgin islands. If you read my post about moving to Mexico, we have now got this thing down to a T!

So I was insanely ill the month we moved, I had just gotten my tonsils removed and was out of commission for a solid two weeks. It was rough, and knowing how much needed to be done added a lot of stress. Thankfully I have an amazing boyfriend who practically handled the whole thing himself this time while I was recovering. Mike went back to Mexico and handled the packing, the selling of all of our big items we couldn’t take, and turned in the keys. Here are our newly perfected steps to making the move across the globe a lot easier:

STEP ONE: Handle things with your current residence, whether it be selling your home, finishing or canceling a lease, etc.

STEP TWO: Down size! Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in a while, or clothing you can’t wear in the place you are moving.

From one paradise to another I knew I wasn’t going to be wearing any winter clothes any time soon, so I donated them.

 

STEP THREE: Call your airline and see how many bags you can take per person.

This go around we upgraded to first class and got three free checked bags each, and only had to pay for two extras with American Airlines, so we ended up saving a ton of money. Plus you get treated like royalty, and you get complimentary cocktails and food. So the stress of traveling is eased by a comfy chair to kick back in and all the cocktails you want.

STEP FOUR: Make sure your accommodations with your new adventure are booked!

Mike and I like to use AIRBNB for at least a month to get the lay of the land to see what areas we would like to permanently live in, since again we moved sight unseen! Our personal preference is also to get a fully furnished place so you don’t have to worry about bringing household items and furniture, it makes it so much easier to move place to place. And we always double check to see if the accommodations are within walking distance to food, entertainment, and a grocery store since we never know how transportation can be in a new place.

We landed in the STX airport to a steel pan drum band and a free rum tasting. Welcome to Paradise, its time for a new adventure! I’ll be writing about the transitions to life on the rock, so stay tuned.

XX

Nicole

 

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  5. These are some great tips! I think it’s awesome that you both have the whole moving process down now! I would love to be able to have this much flexibility!

  6. Wow, sounds like an exciting adventure. Big moves like that are such an intense process, especially the downsizing process. Before we moved to England from LA, it was so much work to get rid of most of our stuff. Makes me wish I could always just live in a furnished place. 🙂

    1. Furnished places make it so much easier, but its nice to have your own style with you too! The down sizing kills me, especially when I have to choose which clothes to keep and donate!

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