At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the Bahamas and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.The Bahama Journal
Written in a crisply professional tone, The Bahama Journal is one of the three elements of the Jones Communications Network. The Bahama Journal itself began in September 12, 1987, by Wendall Jones and focuses on news analysis and investigative reporting. Presenting factual, up-to-date news and a keen eye on local political events this is a key facility for expats both living in the Bahamas and currently looking to relocate.
If inspiration on the very occasional rainy Bahamian day is needed, look no further than the blog of this fashionista, Ianthia. A self-confessed media maven, her beautifully curated blog is the backbone for the light infused images that will convince any uncertain expat to change their lives for that of one more tropical.
Out Island Life
Living on a small Bahamian Island with their dogs, about 20 human neighbors and a zillion mosquitos, all of whom who live along the single six-mile road, it is likely that you will find this couple enjoying a post-dinner party and a cheeky ‘one for the road’ drink cruising along the un-policed stretch. Properly remote island life isn’t for everyone, but some expats simply revel in the simplicity and ‘can-do’ attitude that is definitely necessary, and the adventures of this couple are worth following.
The Nassau Guardian newspaper dates back to 1844. With its rather more recently set up online site, the Guardian brings news updates and stories on relevant local issues, business, sports and lifestyle directly into the timelines of expats. This regularly updated source of national news taps the business heartbeat of the Bahamas.
Espousing and living their motto “Linking The Bahamas to the world, linking the world to The Bahamas”, this expat group on Facebook was founded in August 2010 and is still going strong with nearly 2,000 people following their frequent updates. It was created to inform, educate and connect local Bahamians, expatriates, and people from around the world who are either planning on visiting the islands or are keen to make them their new home.
Founded on 12 October 1492 (the Bahamas that is, not the Facebook page), this tropical paradise lures expats of all lifestyles to relocate away from their cubicle lives and enjoy one full of white sand beaches & turquoise oceans. This Facebook page and Twitter account are the social media faces of the Islands (and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation – BMOTA) and it’s up to expats to assume the challenge of ascertaining whether #ItsBetterInTheBahamas or not.
An essential resource for expats thinking to moving their whole families to the Bahamas, this independent school in Nassau offers an intriguing window onto real life as a child on the island. With regular updates on activities in the close-knit community and sharing articles pertinent to international expats both in the Bahamas and planning to move there, they are vibrant accounts to learn from.
Shying away from a traditional news reporting model of sharing filtered stories that fit an internal politico brief, the Bahamas Press promises to present real news that the reader can decide about themselves. With a YouTube channel, exclusive breaking stories and separate streams for local, international and featured news channels on the homepage it is certainly a fascinating insight to the nation.
Sarah Ann Showell
Sarah Ann Showell, or “Sas” as most people call her, is a Maryland, US expat who lives on Green Turtle Cay, a 3 mile island in the Abacos. She moved there alone at age 22 to run her father’s business and never quite left (aside for the occasional adventure holiday). Her Instagram account showcases the beauty of living on the island and a few of the occasional real life issues – such as generators being struck by lightning and her trials whilst learning how to safely remove chickens from a roof.
We’re always on the lookout for more accounts to feature – if you write about living in the Bahamas on social media, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!