(03-15-2012 07:35 PM)Asuigeneris1 Wrote: When I was in my early 20's I went on a whim to Kauai, sadly I felt like I never quite left there at the end of my stay...I tried married, had children and then they grew up.
...and I never made it back, ever.
Now I am 44 years old, and going back is all I ever think of...just trying to figure out the logistics.
...obviously, I'll need to come back to an area that a job is possible.
Don't even care much what I am doing, as long as I am doing it there.
...don't care where I live, I am very low-maintenance.
Just want to live there.
I am going to drag my current roommate with me, because he has nothing better to do. LOL
Ah, Asuigeneris1, I know that longing, but from a slightly different perspective.
I was born on Oahu while my parents were stationed there in the late 50s. About a year or so later they moved back to the Mainland to San Diego and by the time I was five were living in the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, Washington area where I was raised and for the most part, outside of a couple years each in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, have lived in.
I've never seen my Birthland and neither of my parents ever went back, although they spoke very, very fondly of their time there and the people they met. My parents were very outgoing folks who loved to try all sorts of things, especially foods and loved meeting the various peoples of all backgrounds while there. But they never mentioned ever going back, even for a vacation.
As for me, I've always grown up wanting to live there. Not merely vacation, but to live there as I feel to my bones to be an Islander.
Now at 52, entering the latter third of life, and having spoken of wanting to live the rest of my life there, I'm making plans to do so by the fall of the next year, 2013. And, my 24 year old son is going to accompany me. We both have a love of the sea and dream of year-round decent weather after both growing up in the NW and for my son's 24 years in the SW corner of Washington where the Winters and the overall environs just plain suck.
At first we thought about moving most of our mutual household goods and our two pets. But after researching the cost and logistics of moving all of that via shipping we finally came to the conclusion to get rid of everything except for certain specific items that we could have mailed over in a few large boxes and to fly over with only what we can carry in two hands and just start over on a very simple level as we figure we'll be spending the first couple years moving around exploring the island, trying to find the place we'd like to live, and perhaps moving to another island if we find that would suit us.
So, the plan is to shuck everything, household goods, vehicles and pets, and just go over as light as possible to facilitate being able to move at a moment's notice and, frankly, so we don't have much to tie us down as we'd much rather spend our time outdoors doing stuff after a lifetime of spending so much time indoors during NW type inclement and Wintery weather.
My purpose in wanting to be there is to live the rest of my life where I was born and feel kinship in, to get outside most of the time and meet people and just do stuff. Not to worry about a house full of stuff that collects dust, hampers one from suddenly jetting, and must require a larger place.
We plan on getting a studio or single bedroom for the first many months at least to keep costs down. As we're just fellas that's easy enough between looking for work, working, being out and about and just needing a place to sack out.
Bringing a lot of stuff over is very costly I've found out. Especially if one doesn't have a palce to take it to immediately, as then one would have to store it, which would cost. And not being at all familiar with Oahu or any of the islands we don't want to be held down by a bunch of stuff or spend money unnecessarily on storage costs while we explore the environs.
Also, as there's no ferries between the islands if one wanted to move to another island one would then have to pay out for more shipping costs, which undoubtedly would be cheaper than shipping from the Mainland TO Hawaii, but still pricey and a major hassle.
Well, that's our perspective. Keep it light, go light, live light, and get out inTO the light. And not have to worry about a bunch of stuff in some building collecting dust and requiring a costlier place.
Best of luck to you!