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Change is a constant in life. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. Most of the time we are resistant to change and fight it tooth and nail, only to find out later that the change was for the better. Sometimes change happens because we mature, sometimes it happens because it’s the right thing to do.

Today, I’m happy to announce that this blog and brand are changing for the better. You might have seen some of the signs already, but has changed to I’m super excited to tell you about it and why it’s happening.

Caribbean Castaways travel blog RumShopRyan was a “me” thing, a Ryan thing. That isn’t the case anymore. As you have seen, my wife Crystal, Castaway Crystal, has been a big part of the blog and brand. And for good reason! She is a rockstar photographer, a terrific writer, and she helps run a lot of the social media that you see. Plus, she loves the islands, travel, and is a salty Purmaid (cat and mermaid?) as well! A perfect puzzle piece for the brand.

Those are great reasons why she fits, but even more important is that she brings a woman’s perspective to Caribbean travel. She can give you insight into things I Ryan, have absolutely no clue about. But my favorite reason for the change is I now get to share this salty life with someone.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some amazing places, and a lot times in the beginning I would make that journey solo. There’s nothing wrong with traveling solo, it’s a very gratifying experience. But I remember sitting on the bow of a boat in the Grenadines, staring at blazing blue water and thinking, “wow, this is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, but I don’t get to share the experience with anyone.”

For me, it’s more rewarding to share that with someone, and she is the perfect someone.

Caribbean Castaways and RumShopRyan blog

See, she even has the point down!

So while the name of the website has changed, it’s still the same focus Caribbean travel focus. Our goal is to create content that helps you learn more about the Caribbean and inspires you to #justgo. I am still RumShopRyan, but with the addition of Crystal, we are now the Caribbean Castaways. And we invite all those passionate about the islands to join us and become a Caribbean Castaway as well.

Cheers and thank you so much for following!


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We use all the companies listed here or on the resource page. By booking through these links, the small commission we earn helps us bring you more Caribbean content so that you can save money and have a better island vacation. Crystal and I greatly appreciate any support!

About the Author: RumShopRyan

Just a salty pirate looking to explore and document the wonders of the Caribbean. Professional blogger, rum judge, consultant, marketer, and consumer of blue water beauty. To learn more, visit our About Us Page.