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Month seven: Island exploration

The extended time I’ve spent in Barbados is now longer that the original three-month stint I had planned. It’s a striking thought, especially because the days are sliding by at a seemingly accelerated pace. It’s certainly not what I expected when I left London in January with plans to be in my fifth country of …

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Barbados beach
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Barbados launches visa for digital nomads

The government of Barbados has come up with a unique response to the way coronavirus has upended the lives of so many people. With companies in various countries keeping their employees working remotely for the foreseeable future, so many people forced into self employment by redundancy, and the growing population of digital nomads who had …

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A month under lockdown

April went quite fast and at the same time lasted about seven weeks. We went from overnight curfew into full lockdown in Barbados, only permitted to leave the house to visit the doctor/pharmacy or petrol station. After a couple of weeks the supermarkets reopened. Two days a week have been allocated for going to the …

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Above the Animal Flower Cave, Barbados
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When three months become six

What happens when you embark on long-term travel just before a global pandemic outbreak. This month’s update is not at all what I was expecting a few weeks ago. The plan was all laid out. It was put into motion months ago when I resigned from my job in London. After three months in Barbados …

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Month two of my new reality

I’m thinking that I’ll write a monthly update… It’s already a week into March… Let’s see how long I keep it up! January was a transitional month, with no responsibilities beyond deciding which beach to hang out at. It was the break I needed to ease into my new life as a freelance writer and …

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February festival frenzy in Barbados

Dancing in the streets. Free samples of homemade wine. Outdoor soca concerts. Heritage bus tours. February is a fun time to be in Barbados, coinciding with the annual Holetown Festival and Agrofest. This year there was bonus fun because 2020 is the year of We Gatherin’ — a series of events in one parish each …

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Getting around in Barbados

Cruising down roads flanked by beaches. Bouncing along winding country lanes on buses artfully circumventing potholes despite their girth. Piling into minivans sharing half a jump seat, music blaring. There is a variety of transport experiences in Barbados and depending on how game you are they can all be quite fun. The saying goes that …

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A day in Bathsheba, Barbados

The crisp scent of salt carried in the air. The roar of waves crashing on their first obstacle for 3,000 miles. The long stretch of blue meeting blue along the horizon. The powdery-soft sand sinking between toes. The pungent aroma of seaweed so strong you can almost taste it. Bathsheba is a small fishing village …

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One month in… Barbados like a local

My intention for the first month of my new nomadic life was summed up in one word: indolence. Or, more appropriately for my locale: liming. (Liming is Bajan for chilling out, especially with friends, food and drinks.) I needed time to reset and re-evaluate given my new reality. Running around the island sightseeing and eating …

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