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Newme
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Hi Board,

I am starting to do research for a magazine article about relocating to the Virgin Islands and would love to hear from some of you who has spent a few years on the Island. Your original reason to move, your challenges and how it is working out for you.

In October I will follow up with a visit and would also like to interview some of you in person if possible.

So, if you have something you'd like to share with me, I'd love to hear from you. It does not have to be specific stories about hardship or problems, but just an overview of your reason to move and most importantly, how your expectations have been satisfied or not after living in the islands for some time.

Special areas of interest:

The singles scene over 40. Can you move there as a mature single person and expect to find love or is relocation a couples thing?

The housing situation. Did you expect a tropical paradise but ended up in something worse than what you left?

The culture. Do you feel limited in things to do after the novelty of the beach wore off?

Feel free to PM me or reply here. You can be anonymous and I won't mention any names or specific circumstances in the article without your approval

Thank you

John Craig

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ms411
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Do you work for a publication, or is this a spec query letter? Also, I think the relocation differs depending on race, education, age, experiences, etc.

You'll need to cast a wider net if you want varying experiences. I think I'm the only one who came here because my "other" is from here. I'm the "significant one" IMO. 🙂

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Marty on STT
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I moved here to get away from the law...they wanted me to go to jail, so I bolted. I was 29 at the time, and bought a one way ticket, to a place I had never heard of and could not find on a map. Got a job my first day on island and it's all worked out rather well for me. In January it'll be 15 years since I left the States.

The singles scene over 40. Can you move there as a mature single person and expect to find love or is relocation a couples thing?
If you are a female, yes, you will have no trouble finding a man...it you are a white male looking for a white female...don't get your hopes up, as there are 7 white men for every one white woman here on St. Thomas...so, for us over 40 white men, the dating scene sucks.

The housing situation. Did you expect a tropical paradise but ended up in something worse than what you left?
I thought I'd have to live under a palm frond on some beach, but I got a good job my first day on island and I haven't looked back...same quality of life, but no snow!

The culture. Do you feel limited in things to do after the novelty of the beach wore off?
Nope. Plenty to do here that goes far beyond the beach. But you have to get off your butt and go find it!

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susan56
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Hated it!

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rosesisland
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Worked out great for me. I moved to STX at age 45 and a widow and met my current husband there. He was 38 at the time and called us a "couple of pistols." We've been back in the states taking care of my parents for some time now and since they have now passed on, it is our time to move back. We will be coming back most probably in November. Have planned PMV for first week of October. Feel free to PM me if you want.

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