Alexis Chateau

By Alexis Chateau | The tales (and lessons) of a Caribbean nomad.

I Cancelled My 2017 Travel Plans Due to the Executive Order

In late 2016, I returned from a trip to Myrtle Beach with some exciting news. One of my clients was just about to launch an indie travel agency, and …

Travel

The 6 Main Ethnic Groups that Created Jamaican Culture

When we think of the main ethnic group that influences <b>Jamaican culture</b>, Africa comes to mind. While this isn’t far removed from the truth, it isn’t …

Jamaica

Ditch the Pavement: The Ultimate Trail Running Guide

We love trail running because it gives us a little peace and a chance to enjoy the beauty of the woods. Well, it turns out that trail running can …

Trail Running

4 Ways to Work some Exercise into a Busy Schedule

It’s a well-known fact that Americans are becoming more and more obese with each passing year. In fact, virtually the whole world is.<p>Even <b>Jamaica</b> is …

Trails

“Keeping Secrets at Gravestone Hill” by Alexis Chateau

<i>Heat and sweat.</i><br>That was the sum total of summers at Gravestone Hill.<p>Thankfully, Kevin had no shortage of cars, and trucks, and trains to keep him …

Babies

5 Travel Destinations on my 2017 List

The year has only just begun, but I’ve spent quite a bit of time already thinking of places I want to visit. I have four days away from a traditional …

Travel

The Work-Work Balance: 70 Hours in 7 Days

In <i>Why I Choose to be Underemployed,</i> I talked about my decision to pick a job that even my employer believed was “beneath” me. He was of the opinion …

2016: My Year in Review

<b>I agree with the vast majority of people this year: 2016 was a never-ending nightmare.</b><p>It was especially bad in comparison to my 2015. Most of that …

What you Need to Know about Working from the Road

A year and a half ago, I siezed the opportunity to travel and write for a living. It wasn’t a glamorous life, but I was doing two things I loved and …

How to Prepare for a Snowpocalypse

The weather reports are in and the snow is coming down. The Starks were right: w<i>inter is coming…</i> and Atlanta is about to suffer through it, southern …

Why Teddy will Always be my #1 Man

Few people if any would describe me as sentimental. I’m known for being pragmatic, sometimes ruthlessly so. Every puzzle piece in my life must serve …

Hiking the Augusta Canal at Dusk

There are many great reasons to go hiking. It’s great exercise. It’s a break from the concrete jungle so many of us live in. And it gives you the …

The Lingering Curse of America’s Manifest Destiny

In high school, I skipped out on physics to study history and specialised as an art student for two years. I then did history courses for another two …

5 Must-Dos for Myrtle Beach in the Winter

Beach destinations make great vacation choices. There’s warm sunshine, white sand beaches, and big blue skies. But in more temperate climates, late …

10 Things you Probably didn’t Know about Jamaica

I was born in Jamaica, and lived there for 25 of my 26 years. With that said, you’re likely wondering if the stereotypes are true. Am I Bob Marley’s …

Trump Showed me America’s True Colours

A few weeks ago, I posted on social media:<p><b>The fact that Trump is now the republican candidate for President of the United States, says more about</b> …

United States

4 Ways to Succeed as a Career Housewife

<b>In today’s economy, women no longer need to choose just one or the other.</b><p>Despite all the advances in women’s rights, modern society still puts women …

Parenting

5 Great Things you Can only Enjoy in Jamaica

This summer made it one year since I’ve been away from my tiny island – the longest I’ve ever spent away in my entire life. In that time, I’ve come …

The 5 Biggest Mistakes New Freelancers Make

A lot of people think of freelancing as the low-risk alternative to getting a day job. Who doesn’t want to set their own hours, be their own boss, …

5 Tips for Negotiating a High Price as a Freelancer

For many freelancers, the most nerve-racking aspect of the job isn’t the job itself, but negotiating fees with clients. Many fear the possibility of …

A Bittersweet Thanksgiving

<i>This Thanksgiving reminded me that the gods have a cruel sense of humour – and when they wield that wicked weapon, they’re often the only ones</i> …

Alexis Travels to Myrtle Beach

In 2015, I spent a lot of time traveling and trekking through hiking trails. This year I was not so lucky. My last out-of-state trip took me to …

Heirlooms without Heirs

When I was still a young child, my parents toyed briefly with the idea of having more children. More specifically, my biological father tried to …

Parenting

“The Moreau Witches Pt. 5” by Alexis Chateau

<b>The Last Offence</b><p>—<p><b>i</b><p>Scores of flickering flames on tables and shelves illuminated the darkened room. Mamie had pulled the curtains shut against the …

Compassion

Why I Choose to be Underemployed

At the interview for my part-time job, the Director made it perfectly clear I was the most unlikely candidate he had ever interviewed. He was …

“The Moreau Witches Pt. 4” by Alexis Chateau

<b>Secrets Told</b><p>Madeleine sat seething in the carriage, amongst all her packed things. After reading The Lady Anglais’ cryptic journal, she had wanted …

The Tale of the Faded Shirt

In the summer of 2008, I bought this shirt. I remember because it was just before moving six hours away from my old college to start my bachelor’s …

“The Moreau Witches Pt. 3” by Alexis Chateau

<b>The Beginning of Scandal</b><p>Lady Anglais was an infamous woman of five and thirty.<p>Seventeen years prior, she had appeared in town, well-dressed, …

“The Moreau Witches Pt. 2” by Alexis Chateau

<b>An Unwelcome Surprise</b><p>Long after the lawyer had gone, Charlotte sat, staring at the door without seeing.<p>She had always been a woman bent on completing …