Many Can’t Wait to Flee the Caribbean But This Woman Sees Paradise

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Blue seas, warm sun, endless white sand and warm friendly people, forget the crime and poverty that you may notice. Perhaps this is a simple view of the Caribbean known to many as paradise- well at least for Noelle Hancock who was making $95,000 as a journalist in New York City four years ago when she began to feel disenchanted.

Hancock, young and for most measures successful was searching for a simple life. She spent her life staring at screens: laptop, cell phone, iPad — hell, even the taxis and elevators had televisions in them. That all seems modern and advance to many who live in the Caribbean but Hancock felt stressed, uninspired, and disconnected.

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In an essay for, Hancock wrote “It was startlingly simple to dismantle the life I’d spent a decade building: I broke the lease on my apartment, sold my belongings, and bought a one-way plane ticket,”

Today she lives in the US Virgin Islands.

There are days when I stare at the beautiful horizon and ask the question, Is there a better place on earth than living in the Caribbean? On most days I think not but on the days when I read the latest crime related news, I wish I was somewhere else. Some say the grass is greener on the other side and maybe its true in some cases this woman’s story makes me cherish living in the Caribbean. Do you?

Tisha Ricketts

Born and raised in Freeport Bahamas, I am a lover of Caribbean life and all things equal. I believe that someday, the Caribbean will come together as one nation

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