Late one evening in March of 2015, we decided to move to a little paradise Island called Seychelles. What most don’t know is that we knew no one there, didn’t really have savings and had no jobs lined up. All we had was a youthful travel bug a little cash we made after we sold a few household materials and our car.
This is the most daring thing I have ever done and I must say, It was well worth it.
We arrived in Seychelles on a mucky Friday evening. It was excruciatingly hot as we were not used to the 100% humidity levels.
It was the gorgeous place I had ever seen. I felt like I stepped off the plane and walked into a page in a destination magazine, only better.
We enjoyed the weekend and met a few people but on the following Monday, we jumped straight into finding jobs. It was not easy, I tell you. Seychelles have very strict working laws for foreigners and unlike huge countries like the USA and UK, if you are working illegally in Seychelles the government will know about it.
I got on the phone and called every single preschool listed in the yellow pages and asked if they had a job. After calling almost all the schools in the country, I found out that the Seychelles government does not hire foreign teachers to teach preschoolers. I could only work in private schools which there were all of about 4 on the whole Island.
Fortunately, the last school I called had a position open for a head teacher and they hired me on spot.
We both managed to find jobs and earn a local living within 3 weeks. It was just enough salary to live as locals did. The difference that we didn’t have relatives to share accommodation or bills with and the rent in Seychelles is almost as bad as it is in London. This meant that most of our hard earned money went into paying rent, which we didn’t mind at all because we were living in paradise.
There is not much to do in Seychelles but go to the beach. Restaurants and hotels are so expensive that locals cannot afford to indulge. So for entertainment, we ‘settled’ for the fine white sandy beaches with fresh turquoise blue water and sunsets that just took your breath away.
We had such a great time together. Every Friday after work, we would buy a bottle of wine and go to a hidden beach for ‘sundowners’ and watch the sunset. It was like an extended honeymoon for us. It was quiet, peaceful and the people were delightful.
We followed a dream and it led us to a beautiful paradise Island where we lived for almost a year before we embarked on our Eurotrip.
Were we terrified? Of course! I mean if things hadn’t worked out, we would have taken the walk of shame back home with no house, furniture or a car.
However, we did our best. As much as we didn’t live like royalty in Seychelles, we indeed lived like Island natives, and in my opinion, the latter is so much better.
If you would like to visit/live in Seychelles, here are a few tips for you.
1). Arrange your own travels. Book your own flight and accommodation before arrival. Then you can negotiate with the tour guides on excursion prices. Travel agencies are way too expensive.
2.) If you are a teacher and would like to live in Seychelles, apply to the International School of Seychelles or public secondary schools and you stand a good chance of being hired as they are always looking for experienced teachers.
3). It is extremely expensive to rent a house so you might want to look into Airbnb for short term holidays and sharing with other travelers for longer term stay.
4). There is not much to do. There are one cinema and 1 small mall. You can snorkel, island hop and eat out but all that is tourist activities so expect to pay tourist rates.
5). Things work extremely slowly in Seychelles. I know some of you are thinking “they work slowly in the whole of Africa” but I can assure you, Seychelles is on a whole new level of slow motion.
6) If you are booking on Airbnb make sure the accommodation you are booking with is licensed. This is because when you arrive at the airport, the immigration officer will request to see your hotel/accommodation booking and if your accommodation is not licensed, you might not be allowed to enter the country.
7). If you are looking for work, make friends with the locals. You will always find a guy who knows a guy because that’s how things work on the Island.
Well my dears, I hope this had been an insightful post on our trip to Seychelles.
Have you been? Would you like to go?
Let me know!