So you have made your decision and are ready to pack your bags and move to Barbados. While Barbados may seem like a paradise to many, relocating here alone or with your family can be very intimidating to say the least.
Living in Barbados seeks to provide useful and practical information about everything you should need to know before you embark and also while you are settling into the island life.
Feel free to use this guide and the many various options at the bottom of each page as a how-to manual or a reference companion and keep checking back as we add more pages to this section of Totally Barbados.
After death and divorce, moving ranks third on the list of most stressful activities for people. No matter how many times you have done it before, moving to a new home, new country and a new culture is never straight-forward and easy.
Being a newcomer in a foreign country can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same moment - whether it's your first time moving or not. Being as prepared as possible can eliminate much stress and resentment about your move and most importantly about your host country.
You will need to address countless details before you embark on your journey in order that it runs as smooth and painless as possible. There are many aspects of moving to a new island with a new culture such as Barbados and its island lifestyle in the Caribbean.
The more you know before you leave, the less stressful your move to Barbados and the easier your adjustment will be so that you can make the most of your time here.
There are many areas we address at Totally Barbados: you will find the very practical yet mundane stuff such as immigration, customs, shipping & taxation to mention a few.
You can also learn about the dynamics of living on a small island, the weather, the people and its culture - how to 'live' like the locals do, how to over-come 'culture-shock', lots on shopping and of course nightlife in Barbados. Additionally, you will also find useful information about housing, schooling, banking, religion and more.
We have even included a check list of things you should do before you embark on your trip and items we think are important that you travel with.
We hope you will be practically informed by this guide. There is a lot to find, so take your time while you go through these pages and do your research. There are so many aspects about a new culture that you will need to think about and the adjustments you may go through might be difficult.
Nevertheless, your attitude about how you approach your move will always have an impact on your experience. Most of all, we hope that you be forever enriched by the culture and people of Barbados and their way of life. Enjoy your time and experience in Barbados however short or long it might be. It's a journey you will never forget!
No amount of information and research you find can replace your own experiences and impressions. Of course you will form your own opinions based on your personal experiences while spending time here in Barbados.
We do suggest you do as much reading and research as possible and Living in Barbados can be your companion before and after your arrival in Barbados.
While we aim to keep Living in Barbados as accurate and up to date as possible, we welcome your impressions, information and experiences in order that we improve this site.
Contributor: Brett Callaghan.