About 4 years ago, I found myself on a little rock in the middle of the ocean. This rock was filled with booze soaked days, sun bathing, salty hair, and sink lizards (itty bitty lizards that would keep you company in the bathroom. Though this place was filled with ups and downs- like suicide showers, yikes!- everyone should experience it at least once. Here are five good reasons to say good bye to the grind and hello to island time.
1. You learn to appreciate slowing down
Island time is a real thing. And not just a restaurant with the best pizza…another reason why one should should move to the Virgin islands, but I digress. The days move slower and processes like going to the grocery store or the bank take many hours. In the states, you can drive over to Target, pull out some money and buy everything you need in one place. Things are different in the islands. You may stand in line for hours at the bank, or shop at several grocery stores because the shipment at your favorite is late and the shelves are bare. Though these things are frustrating at best, after awhile you learn to deal and comfort yourself with happy hour. Which brings me to…
2. Happy Hour
I mean do I really need to say more? What’s better than shimmying up to a bar on the beach, buying your favorite libation and basking in the sun. Nothing. Nothing at all.
3. You’ll meet some amazing people
The islands are a great place to meet some of the most free-spirited and adventurous people you’ll ever find. Many people flock to the sea to sail the open waters, escape the 9-5 drudgery, or to spend a season before they journey to their next exotic locale. You’ll never feel lacking in good conversation and inspiration. It might just inspire you to book your own one way ticket to Bali or Thailand or wherever your little island heart desires.
4. You’ll learn to appreciate the little things
Like I said before, grocery shopping is damn hard. Any time you go stateside to escape island fever you’ll be astounded by how much stuff there really is. That being said, you’ll be equally overwhelmed because you’ve learned to live without. Crowded stores will overload your senses and you’ll miss the quiet peacefulness of your rock.
5. It’s an experience you’ll never forget
Between the good, bad and ugly sides of the island you’ll always look back on those moments and treasure them. And if you ever feel like you need a place to hide and soak up the sun the island will always welcome you back with open arms.