Four months ago, as a new arrival, I wrote about Moving to Vanuatu: a fresh perspective.
Here are 7 things I’ve discovered since. All good to know before you go.
- In summer, it gets so hot and humid the clothes in your cupboard never really feel dry. Never put away clothing that may have food spots, body odour or stains, as mold and/or ants will love it. Wash and dry in the sun whenever possible. However don’t choose an antiperspirant in desperation – a deodorant such as the Norwex crystal or one made with bicarbonate soda is much better for your health.
- It is not a tropical 25-30 degrees year round, there are seasons, which make for a pleasant change. Not many locals find it warm enough for swimming from May to September. There are lots of other things to do – horse riding, sports, sailing, music / art / language lessons, standup paddle boarding and more.
- Not every day has postcard blue skies. It rains, and not just during the wetter summer months. It wouldn’t be so lush and green if it didn’t. Choosing accommodation with an undercover clothesline or dryer is a must for those living in Vanuatu.
- Ceiling fans versus air conditioners is personal preference, however choosing the latter will mean the heat will really hit you whenever you walk out the door. Power is expensive, so given the choice, many like to use ceiling fans the majority of the time, and air conditioning just on the really sticky days.
- It is not cheap to live in Vanuatu, despite being a developing country. Depending on where you are coming from, it may be on par or even higher. Knowing this before you come ensures you can avoid financial stress.
- Dogs are great for security and company. While you can bring your own, it is costly and stressful for both owner and animal. Consider adopting when you arrive – there are frequently notices of expats moving on and wishing to re-home their pets. A win/win for all.
- There are a number of good medical doctors, pharmacies and dentist, so you can feel confident living in Vanuatu as a family, or with a health condition. If you have essential medication, bring a supply with you or contact a pharmacy before you come to see if they usually have it in stock. Specific items can be ordered given enough lead time.
What else would you like to know? Comment below, or book a session with me. Happy to help!