We’ve both been craving some major change. Our full time RVing around the US has become a bit.. routine. Hard to imagine that constant mobility can start to seem stationary, but it can. Don’t get us wrong – we totally love our rolling lifestyle and the amazing experiences it brings us.
We’re both experience junkies and crave new challenges. As you might recall, we’ve been exploring the idea of live aboard sailing – but the ramp up, expense and knowledge base to build up seems like too huge of a step for us right now.
So last week we were starting to look forward to what’s next after our time in San Francisco is up in mid-October. General plans were forming around heading up to Seattle, then back down south to rendezvous with friends in Quartzite.. then off to Florida for the remainder of the winer. And then Wednesday evening the e-mail came – a friend who was looking to sublet her jungle cottage on the paradise US Virgin Island of St. John, while she heroically attended to some family medical matters.
At first we thought – we can probably help her find some location independent folks who can take up this amazing opportunity. And then we looked at each other. Wait.. we’re location independent. We have no firm plans for the winter. We have a life designed to jump on these sorts of things. Wintering in the warmth of a Caribbean jungle paradise next to a bay full of sailboats?
Can we take Kiki?
Can we get internet?
What is island life like?
Is there microbrew?
What would we do with our truck and RV?
By the end of the evening, we seriously had the island bug.
By Friday morning, all of the logistics had fallen into place. The island was just upgraded to WiMax (wireless 4G) that doesn’t require a contract, satellite works and AT&T & Sprint are 3G US based on the island. Connectivity would not be a major concern. Since it’s a US territory, there are no quarantines on bringing pets in, and the sublease has no pet restrictions. A quick reach out to friends confirmed two reliable options for parking the trailer. And the latest? A brewpub in St. John has the largest selection of microbrew on tap in the entire Caribbean.
Serendipity, could you be any more clear?
So, from November – March – we are locating ourselves on the Coral Bay side of the 5 x 9 mile population 5000 island of St. John – which is only accessible by ferry boat. More than half the island is national park and pristinely preserved. We’ll have an efficiency studio apartment that is a gabillion times larger than our current home, tucked away in the jungle – for cheaper than we’re paying for RV space in San Francisco. We may need to procure a 4×4 Jeep to get around – few roads are paved, hitchhiking is normal and they drive on the left hand side of the road. We’ll be able to focus deeply without much distraction on a new contract that we just signed this week as well and other projects. And, we hope to get some sailing experience under our belt to consider if that’s our next step.
We’ll get a taste of the challenges of living in a different culture, where we know no one, while still technically never leaving the US. Everything about it seems like a perfect balance for what we need in our lives next.
So – after San Francisco, we’ll drive eastward. Park the trailer somewhere, pack a suitcase, fly to St. Thomas, hop on a ferry and then sit back with a nice rum drink on our porch and enjoy our new view.
We think nomadic standard time will be a great fit for island time, mon.