As I mentioned in my last post, this past September my husband & I traveled to St. Thomas to visit his parents while they were living on the island. Soon after our trip was over, Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean, so I decided to hold off on publishing my stories from our vacation. Months have passed and the islands are rallying to come back better than ever, so I thought it was an opportune time to finally share. I’ve always been a die-hard island lover, but after hearing the stories of my in-laws having to ride out the storm, lose their condo to wind & rain damage, and ultimately relocate back to the contiguous U.S., my heart breaks for these little pieces of paradise. Not to get on my soapbox here, but it seems like after a storm blows over, it’s easy for people to forget that there is still a long recovery process ahead before businesses & families can return to normalcy. Like most islands, tourism is the heartbeat of their economy and they need our support. If you’re planning a trip for the upcoming spring or summer months, it’s my hope that these shots will encourage you to consider St. Thomas or St. John as your next vacation destination! If traveling isn’t on your to-do list right now, then no worries—I hope you enjoy this little peek into my getaway & appreciate the natural beauty that is the Virgin Islands.
As always, sending lots of tropical vibes your way!
Xx – Rachael