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Moving to USVI

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My husband and I are interested in moving to the USVI. He has been to the USVI several times, and I have just traveled through once on a cruise. Yes, I am one of those annoying people who got back on the cruise ship saying " I want to move here asap".

I totally recognize vacationing somewhere is different than living there. I have traveled pretty extensively and understand and expect things to be different than what I am used to. My favorite experience thus far is living 6 months in S Korea using a squatter toilet :) :)

Our 5 year plan is this: To pay off all my student loans, and spend a month next year on one of the islands to get a better feel of what daily life is like. I do understand part of that is having a job, but that is not realistic since we'd only be there a month. The following year maybe do the same. Then we would sell everything including our house before we moved down.

In making this transition we both would be leaving pretty good jobs. He is an engineer and I work for my family business. The money is good, but we aren't passionate about our jobs or our lives here. We've been talking about making a move for years, and it recently hit me....I am an adult, and I can do whatever the hell I want. :) I only have one life, and nobody but myself is stopping me.

I would really like to open a guest house and he would like to start a fishing/tour company. I know the USVI has more than one island, but I'm wondering if there are many successful guest houses, and what are some of the issues people run into. My husband is extremely handy with pretty much anything (I am so lucky!) and I am not handy with anything but I am determined and I have first hand experience in building a business.

Sorry for this long and winded post. Does anybody have any experience in starting a business on the USVI that they'd like to share? Any preferences regarding islands? I hear financially the USVI isn't doing well (ie. cutting off services like trash pick up). Any first hand experience or predictions for improvement? Comments on safety? Etc.

I'm tagging more than the USVI in case anyone wants to chime in. Maybe there are other islands that would be more suited for what we are looking to do.

Thanks! :)

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