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A review of John Berglund’s A Beach Less Traveled
John Berglund from Minnesota decided he had had enough of the corporate life and decided to move to the Caribbean and open up a perfume shop with his wife Cindy. The morale of the story is that anyone can do what they really want - if they want it badly enough.
Is that really true? Berglund provides no overall budget for his adventure, but it is clear that his family invests hundreds of thousands of dollars. So, is it more correct to say that you can follow your dreams — if you have enough money?
Regardless, A beach less travelled is a compelling tale of someone with courage, open-mindedness, determination and longing for a simpler life.
After visiting St. Martin with their family in 1996 the Berglunds secretly decides to change their life. It took them another 15 years before their final and permanent move to the smallest island shared by two countries, their paradise on Earth.
I find this book to be a little lengthy at times; some of the stories draw out into boredom - especially some of the tales of island life, with numerous examples pretty much telling the same story.
On the other hand, if you ever plan to open a business in the French West Indies, this book is a perfect recipe. It outlines all challenges regarding immigration, health insurance, business licenses and contractor’s. In the end, it seems like it takes a lot of effort and a lot of money, but if you have both to spare, then you could be living happy island life after a decade or more of struggle.
All in all, it’s an entertaining read interspersed with some boring passages. I enjoyed it.