In just about a week, we will be ending our glorious winter in St. John, US Virgin Islands and returning to our little Oliver Travel Trailer parked in Florida. As the day has grown nearer, we’ve had quite a few folks ask us :
Why on earth would you want to leave St. John? You seem so happy there!
Yes, St. John is awesome and has been the perfect place for us to be this season.
Its constant tropical breezes sure beat the heck out of the cold winter endured throughout most of the US. The lovely clear water is so inviting for swimming and snorkeling. There’s endless hiking opportunities. We’ve begun to feel a part of a community by making local friends. There’s ample internet, abundant live music and made-on-island microbrew.
It is indeed a paradise, and we’d recommend this place to anyone. And we’d be tempted to return in the future.
But we are nomads. We crave change in location, change in scenery, change in community and change in opportunity.
Five months has been the longest we’ve been still since before we set off nomadic. And for sure, it was a much needed change of pace after the bouncing around we did last year. We’ve been able to focus deeply on several work projects. We’ve been able to enjoy some much needed solitude. We’ve enjoyed spreading out a bit in our huge 400 sq ft treehouse digs here.
But it is time for change. It is time to embrace whatever adventure is next for us.
And as perfect a fit as St. John has been for us these past few months, we’re not on a mission of finding our ideal place to eventually settle down.
Our nomadic journey is one we intend to make last for as long as it feels right to us – we want to explore all the world has to offer. We want to impact positive change on the world. In nearly 5 years of full time travel, we’ve barely begun that journey. And we certainly can’t do that by sitting on a little tropical island, isolated from much of the world.
Adjusting the pace as we need to keep nomadism sustainable will be a constant variable – sometimes we may only be in a location for a couple days, and sometimes for several months. Just because we may slow down from time to time, does not mean that nomadism has become unattractive.
Not only do we crave a change of scenery, we crave changing up the pace too.
And besides.. not everywhere is perfect all the time. Soon it will be hurricane season. Seems like a great time to leave and discover what is our next perfect place.