Tarantulas in Tortola?

Please welcome Emma-Grace, a fellow blogger who recently made a massive change in her life by uprooting from Jersey with her husband Christian and their fur baby Floyd to the tropical island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands! Here she is sharing the first blog she posted after their arrival….

Hi y’all!


We made it! On Tuesday 21st February I took my first steps onto the sand of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. It’s crazy to think that it’s our new home. It felt weird enough packing up all of our winter clothes but now we’re here living in shorts and flip flops, it almost feels ridiculous. I wake up and have to bathe myself in Factor 50.

From the minute we stepped off the plane we knew we were in for a whole new life. It was around 11pm and we needed a taxi big enough for us and our 7 suitcases so we ended up on a school bus, complete with singing driver. Everyone is so incredibly friendly and warm here and to be honest, no matter how far you’ve travelled or how tired you are… blaring Bob Marley at midnight on a bumpy yellow school bus is enough to make anyone feel alive #magicschoolbus

Our first house is in a glittering place called Cane Garden Bay. An adorable pink little number with a wrap around garden full of palm trees. Looking out of our house window is like staring at a postcard. We have a garden right on the beach and if you walk out our garden gate and take exactly 6 steps (I counted) you’ll find yourself in the ocean:

So many people keep asking me whether Christian and I were taking the dog with us. For anyone that knows me, they’ll know that there was never a chance we’d leave him behind. He flew out the day after via the amazing ‘Pet Air’. Thank you Hayley Tapping and all the Pet Air team for making it all such a smooth transition. I was astounded to find that Floyd had slept the ENTIRE journey. No pee, no poop and no sick. I’ve never seen him look so happy as he did when we went to pick him up from the airport, asleep in his little wooden crate. In fact I’m starting to think that Floyd might have actually been designed for Caribbean living. He is absolutely in his element here and spends his time either in the garden with his ball, riding the waves or belly up on the patio (not his best angle).

Christian and I are the biggest seafood fans and so far that’s all we’ve really eaten. We agreed that when we got here, we wanted to learn how to cook differently and adapt to the local ingredients and we’ve had an amazing time experimenting. So, definitely watch the blog for upcoming Caribbean recipes. Just to make things even more complicated for myself, I’m gluten free so it’s been an additional challenge to find things I can eat but I have a feeling you’ll be pleasantly surprised and impressed with our creations.

I’m pretty dang happy here! Prior to the move we got warnings about certain things and now having been here (so far) I’m glad to say I think some people might be a little prone to exaggeration. You see, I’ve been almost waiting to lift the covers at night to find a snuggling tarantula in the sheets. Nothing, zilch! So I’m delighted to inform you that I’ve yet to experience an introduction to such creepers (yet). All the while I’ve been busy spider hunting, I don’t remember anyone mentioning the gecko situation. Lizards everywhere! In fact, I’ve befriended one called Lionel, he’s missing a tail so hangs around a lot (see below photo). Not to put anyone off here but we did have our first encounter with a *shudder* cockroach! NOBODY MENTIONED THOSE TO ME! It was the size of a…. (I want to say cat but that’s a little over the top)….the size of a wine cork. It could of been bigger up close but that was just my view from on top of the chair as Christian chased it around with one of MY Skechers. I’ll be honest, I was expecting myself to be much cooler, calmer and collected in that kind of situation, however I totally lost my s**t! I’ll do better next time.

Anywho, I’ll be writing about all of our adventures soon but I just wanted to write a little post to say we’re here, we’re alive and it’s ruddy awesome 🙂 . No wifi in our new abode yet, so there will be sprinkled posts until it’s all sorted. It’s actually so refreshing how living somewhere like this makes you almost forget technology. I’ve been here just over a week and only charged my phone once. It’s almost like owning a Nokia 3310 all over again, the good old days. Watch this space for more Caribbean adventures 🙂

We’re moving into our long term home next month, Nanny Cay here we come…

Reading this makes it very tempting to pack up and ship out of the grey and drizzly UK?!

Emma-Grace has now moved into her long-term home on Tortola, so if you fancy following her new life in the sun you can do so here !

Thanks for stopping by, next week I’m talking about how to add modern and grown-up Boho elements to your wardrobe, without looking like you’re heading to Coachella!




  1. May 21, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Ok, I have to be honest, seeing the word ‘tarantula’ in this post’s title did scare me (well done Christian on the cockroach situation, I’d get a heart attack!) but finding out how much people tend to exaggerate actually makes sense and leaves me rather relieved! The place looks absolutely dreamy and seeing lizards everywhere must be really cool! Good for you guys and well done Tiff on sharing an insight from such an inspiring couple! Xx

  2. May 22, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I have a huge issue with spiders, but cockroaches are quite common here in Greece so I know that while you can really dislike some situations you manage to get used to them somehow. It’s probably the same with spiders.
    I love the lizards though, super cute!!!

  3. May 31, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Lovely post from Emma-Grace, what an amazing place to move to!

  4. May 31, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    It looks gorgeous there! Will they be working out there? I’m so jealous, but not of the bugs…

    • June 2, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Yes I believe her husband is working out there, it looks beautiful and is a part of the world I haven’t travelled to…. Yet!

  5. May 31, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    The stories about tarantulas would almost make me not move there. lol. I’m glad it’s all worked out so far and has been wonderful!!!

  6. May 31, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    What a huge step to take! I have visited there and it is stunning, not to mention to call it home! And yes I have the heebie-jeebies when I saw the word tarantula, however, the beauty of the island outweighs the bugs! Enjoy.

  7. May 31, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    This is incredible! My husband and I uprooted to the Okanagan in Canada, our desert and retirement hotspot at the ages of 32 and 34. We were able to do this because of the freedom of having our own online business and we don’t plan to stop here. We’d like to live half of our time in the Caribbean and half of the time here. Emma Grace’s blog you’ve shared here today was so timely to help set an even bigger burning fire in our bellies to continue manifesting this reality. What a beautiful journey they’re on! Thank you for sharing.

    • June 2, 2017 / 10:42 am

      Yes it’s amazing if you are able to have that freedom to work wherever you like-I do but my husband doesn’t right now but we still manage to spend several months each year travelling!

  8. June 2, 2017 / 6:48 am

    What a dream place to live. I’d love to live away from the hustle and bustle somewhere like this! I’m not so sure I could handle the spiders though 🙂

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