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November 5, 2020 26 min
Meet JoJo Saunders, a social worker from Baltimore, USA and writer on the blog Women Who Live on Rocks. You'll hear from this brave woman who was on a mission to kiss life in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, goodbye and start a new life in the Virgin Islands. She arrived with nothing but four suitcases of summer clothes and a tote bag full of swimsuits, and you’ll learn why she hasn't looked back, as well as all the pros/cons/practical elements you might need to weigh up when making the shift to an island, and what real life is like in the Virgin Islands right now.

JoJo’s story is the perfect example of how success emerges when preparation meets opportunity. JoJo takes us step by step through making the move from her life as a social worker in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States to living the bachelorette life on the island of Saint Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, before settling down with Mr Right, a Saint Thomas local.

You’ll learn from this brave and inspiring woman:

•the best strategy for shifting your life to an island
•how the universe can conspire to help you when you decide to move
•the impact of hurricanes on her island life
•the impact of COVID on her life in the Virgin Islands
•why living in ‘fantasyland’ resorts is not a good way to test out if island life is for you
•the impact of the internet on Saint Thomas’s thriving night life
•the impact of living under US regulations in a pandemic, but not being allowed to vote for President

To learn more about JoJo Saunders, and read her articles on the Women Who Live on Rocks blog, go to

To learn more about Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, go to

About the Start a New Life Living on an Island Podcast:
Join our global community of island lovers – each Friday join Rachael Krinks and guests from Australia and around the world who have started new lives on islands. We talk to ordinary folk who decided to start new lives living on islands, as well as bloggers, academics and other experts on all things island … we’ll help you figure out if island life is for you and how to make the shift successful. If you want to start a new life living on an island, this is the podcast for you

Redland City Council is proud to provide funding for the Start a New Life Living on an Island Podcast as part of the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Grants Program to assist the Redlands Coast Community.

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