Chrissann Nickel

About Chrissann Nickel

Chrissann’s home rock in the British Virgin Islands, against all logic, feels bigger to her than it actually is. Though after spending five years on a teensy one acre island, the current 13-mile long rock she’s residing on now IS ginormous, at least by comparison. As with everything in the Caribbean, it’s all about perspective.

Once upon a time she used to care about things like matching her purse to her pumps, but these days, she’s a card-carrying member of the Barefoot Nation. She is utterly enchanted with vinyasa yoga, especially when practiced on somewhat precarious, deliciously Instagram-able surfaces (she's @WomanOnARock) such as paddleboards, boats, cliffs, or even the occasional willing friend’s body. She vehemently believes that toucans are the best animals ever (period.) and there is no convincing her otherwise (though imperious roadside goats come in as a close second).

As the Editor in Chief of this site, she spends a lot of her time working from home all by her lonesome writing, editing, and cultivating content designed to make her fellow islanders laugh. Besides her writerly pursuits, she moonlights as a yoga instructor, and attributes at least a smidge of her insanity to the amount of time she spends talking to drunk people. If you’re somehow still reading this and feel inclined to find out more about this “Chrissann” of which we speak, you can also take a gander at her eponymous personal website, www.chrissannnickel.com

CURRENT ROCK OF RESIDENCE: Virgin Gorda, BVI

ISLAND GIRL SINCE: 2006

ORIGINALLY HAILS FROM: California

What To Do When Your Island Makes You Lonely

Written by: Chrissann Nickel   Feeling like a castaway? We all do sometimes. Here are my top Island Survival Strategies to Combat Loneliness on a Rock: 1. Don’t expect all friends to fill every friendship hole. I have definitely been guilty … Continue reading

13 Unexpected Items You’ll Be Happy You Packed For Your Island Vacation

When prepping for a holiday in the sun, most people have a general idea of the essentials they need to pack. With consistently warm weather year round, it’s fairly obvious what you’ll be wearing: swimsuits, sunscreen, sun hats, and some … Continue reading

10 Reasons Why Island Life Suits Me Perfectly

We all have our reasons for moving to an island, most of us sharing similar motives. Slower pace. Escaping some life situation we’ve grown tired of (insert: bad job, bad weather, bad relationship here). An undeniable attraction to the color … Continue reading

The Ultimate Island Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Written by: Chrissann Nickel   Looking out the window from my desk at the near oppressive Caribbean sunshine and the boats sailing by on the sparkling water below (not to mention the sweat trickling down between my boobs – yeah, you … Continue reading

For the Love of Island Girlfriends

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There are many essentials you simply can’t live without on a rock – things like mosquito rackets, reliable brakes, wine, polarized sunglasses, duct tape, backup wine, you name it. But above all the little things (and the big things like … Continue reading

100+ Unconventional Gifts for the Islander on your List

Written by: CHRISSANN NICKEL   Islanders are not your average people. And this is not your average gift guide. Find something for your island friends, your island family members, or treat yo’self! Here’s a list of randomly awesome gift ideas … Continue reading

15 Coping Strategies for the ‘Type A’ Islander

Written by: Chrissann   The Huffington Post, in all its clickable glory, recently published yet another article I knew immediately I would be powerless to resist: 11 Things Every ‘Type A’ Person Wants You To Know. And so I clicked … Continue reading

Rock Fever: An Island Ditty

Written by: Chrissann               Everything is annoying me and taking too damn long. I’ve lost every scrap of patience; I think I know what’s wrong. It happens when I’ve been trapped here, on this … Continue reading