The Search Begins – From The Ground Up

One of our aims on Barbados Caribbean Travel is to share our story of moving to Barbados and showing how you could do it too. While we were planning the move, I wrote a few articles as a sort of chronicle, and that's how the From The Ground Up series was born. Here's how we began our search:

Most self-builders pick out a convenient plot, within easy reach of home and where they can keep track of what the construction workers are doing. But we like a challenge and decided to build our dream property some 4,000 miles away from the UK – in Barbados.

Barbados sky
That clear blue sky was reason enough to move to Barbados

Early Thoughts

We'd previously flirted with the idea of a first floor flat in Gran Canaria, overlooking an amoeba shaped pool and with views to die for. But we'd been married in Barbados in August 2000 and a repeat visit to the island in March 2002 confirmed the choice. With an average temperature of 28C, 12 hours of sunshine a day and cool sea breezes year round, the climate was perfect. Add to that the convenience of the language – English – and an old-fashioned courtesy rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic and we couldn’t think of a nicer location to move to.

The island is a haven for the rich and famous, but our budget wasn’t quite in their league. So how could we conduct a property search in Barbados from Nottingham? No celebrity estate agents for us; in order to save as much of the budget as possible for the purchase and build, we'd have to do most of the legwork ourselves. That decided, we started where all great researchers begin these days – on the Internet. Continue reading “The Search Begins – From The Ground Up”

NovelTeas Tea Shop, Barbados

Review of NovelTeas tea shop in Hastings, Barbados.

If you're looking for a Barbados restaurant, it's nice to find a place where you can have lunch at a reasonable price. The NovelTeas tea shop on the corner of Hastings Road and Harts Gap is one such place. Although it is a tea shop, it offers a full menu with a wider range than you would expect to find in a classic tea shop.

NovelTeas, Hastings, Barbados

Menu and Drinks

NovelTeas offers English breakfast, sandwiches and a range of hot dishes, including pasta and soup, as well as salads. There are also pasties and small sweet treats as well is a choice of cakes. But where the shop really wins out is in the choice of teas — there are dozens available in almost any flavour you can think of.

On my most recent visit I didn't sample the tea. Instead, I went for one of the juices. Be warned, not all the juices are fresh — many of them are made from concentrate or powder. However there are fresh fruit smoothies and there is often lemonade made from real lemons. Continue reading “NovelTeas Tea Shop, Barbados”

Welcome To Barbados Caribbean Travel

Once upon a time there were two people who decided to leave their life in the UK and move to the Caribbean. They were not the first people to do this and they probably won’t be the last, but there were some ways in which these people were different.

For a start, the woman had spent part of her childhood in the region so it wasn’t a completely new to her. Second, they bought a plot of land and started building the house whilst in the UK. And third, they left no fallback position — when they went, they went. Finally, they were both location independent professionals working from home. And they had a three-year-old daughter. This blog tells that story — but that’s not all.

We know that many of you are looking for information about travel to Caribbean destinations and we want to provide that, though from our own unique point of view. What you will get on this blog are the views both of someone who is seeing the place as an outsider and of someone who is a partial insider.

When we moved to Barbados that might have seemed like the end of the process but it was only the beginning. We have learned as much about the region and ourselves since we made the move as we did in the process of planning it.

Who should read this blog? Anyone who is thinking of:

  • designing a new life by moving to Barbados or the Caribbean
  • building a home in a foreign country
  • visiting Barbados and the Caribbean for a holiday

Some of our posts will deal with current issues while others will examine the lessons we have learned in the process of getting to where we are now. Our aim is to become a one-stop shop for this information, starting with Barbados and broadening out to the wider Caribbean. Join us as we grow and be sure to stop by to ask questions or make a contribution. We’d love to hear from you.