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  1. Grace Blair

    I loved the article you wrote on gated communities I am interested in living in JA in 2016 I am a single women with lots of friends I was hoping to find more info on gated communities that are single people friendly ..

    thanks Grace


    1. Post author
      Jules

      Hi Grace

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, I am really glad you enjoyed the post.

      It is difficult for me to personally recommend a gated community that is ‘single person friendly’, but some our of readers may be able to recommend somewhere from experience? I do know that there are some hotels where you can purchase an apartment there and either live there full time or rent it out to (mainly) tourists for the rest of the year. These type of set-ups are ideal for singles in that you have all the benefits of security, communal facilities, grounds and building maintenance, but you also have a steady flow of like minded individuals coming and going. Gated communities widely appeal to professional and wealthy middle class families, overseas workers families from India and China, returning residents / retired couples, so do your homework before diving in, because you might be a bit lonely.

      I would say that it is always best to visit prospective gated communities and take a walk around the grounds, you will see other residents going about their daily lives and can get an idea of what type of people live there. There are often communal areas too, such as swimming pools, restaurants, play areas and so on, go to these places and have a look around, whether you have children and like swimming or not! Try not to be shy, talk to the residents and ask them how life is there, you could always ask general questions such as “Are there mostly young families living here, or retirees / returning residents?” (rather than asking if there are many singles, which may be misconstrued!). Or, “As a woman, do you find the security, grounds people and maintenance safe and reliable here?”, “Do you find it quiet here, or is there a lot of coming and going?”. If you are not comfortable approaching people as they step out on their driveways for an informal chit-chat about living there, then one of the communal areas where it is a bit more informal may be better. If you like the look and feel of somewhere go for a second visit, make sure your visits include a weekend and midweek visit, and preferably at different times of the day. You can also talk to the staff there, they may not give you a completely honest answer as it is within their best interest to raise interest in the site by appealing to anyone that wants to buy there. However, if they have any marketing material it will show what type of market they have been advertising to. They may also give you an indication of the ratio of single people, families and retirees living there.

      Let me know how it goes. Good Luck!

      Bless up Jules

  2. Anonymous

    That is something I long to do….
    I have been going down on hoilday twice a year and feel that I also want to live in Jamaica.
    At present I work in a school and wonder what kind of work can I find to do in Jamaica.


    1. Post author
      Jules

      Hey

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. You could always try a teaching position, if that is what you are qualified to do?

  3. Hasina

    Thank you for such an enlightening and optimistic post/blog. I am Jamaican through and through and have suffered lots of setbacks in my journey to ‘return home.’ However I keep the dream alive and am looking to go soon for a few months. I do not have my own house nor a lot of money but I go with God and positivity. My health is not so good but I look forward to it getting better when I am there.
    Your articles have given me hope so I give thanks .


    1. Post author
      Jules

      Hi Hasina
      Thank you for taking the time to comment, I am glad you enjoyed the post about living in Jamaica long term. It can be a struggle sometimes but if you want ‘a life less ordinary’ then the draw of Jamaica can be hard to beat! I wish you the very best of luck in moving here.
      Bless up Jules

  4. Tiffany

    I was born in Jamaica but came to Manchester, England at the age of 3. Since then I have only been back one time but I feel like that is where I belong and hopefully after graduating I may return for good!

    Loved this post.


    1. Post author
      Jules

      Hey Tiffany

      Welcome to the site and thank you for taking the time to comment. I am happy to hear that you loved the post!

      Jamaica certainly is a beautiful island and I cannot blame you for longing to be back here long term. Jamaica has something special about it that always make you want to come back for more. Even when everything doesn’t go exactly to plan when you do come!

      If you do plan to return I would highly recommend that you come back with a solid plan of how you are going to support yourself when you are here. You didn’t mention what subjects you are graduating in, so this might potentially be an avenue for a career over here in doing something substantial? The average wages over here are very low compared to the UK and you will be shocked to learn that many people earn less than $10,000 a week (at today’s exchange rate this is approx. £55.00 a week), unless they have a high ranking job. Some of the cost of living over here is less than the UK, such as rent and water, plus there isn’t council tax to pay. But the cost of groceries, electricity, electrical items, vehicles, quality name brand clothing, mobile phones (cell phones), furniture and household items is high. These basic necessities cannot be ignored and you will soon be regretting your decision if you are unable to live at the standard you are perhaps used to, or that you aspire to in the future.

      My best advice? Come over here for an extended trip first and see how you get on actually living here full time. After you have eaten mango till your belly buss and relaxed for a while, use this time wisely in two ways. Firstly, live as a Jamaican, by frequenting all the places that become a part of life when you live somewhere. I don’t just mean the beach, river, hang out spots and granny’s house in the country. I mean places like the supermarket, bank, post office, doctor, dentist, tax office, clothes shops, furniture shops, restaurants and so on. Check out all the amenities that will be available to you and the establishments you will have to use when you live here full time and see how you manage and if they will fit your needs.

      Secondly, investigate business opportunities, and I mean solid concrete plans that are going to bring in an income that will extend past hand-to-mouth living. My Top Tip? Set up something yourself, work for yourself, be your own boss. Be creative, but think of an idea that will generate continued consumer interest and an income for yourself. An idea that needs the least amount of capital outlay in the first place and isn’t dependent on a large workforce, will be the least risky in terms of potential losses (and ways to achieve them).

      Hope this helps! I wish you good luck with everything. When are you graduating?

      Bless up Jules

  5. .Ni.

    Thanks a bunch for this post. I will be moving to Jamaica within the next few months. I’m super excited because it’s what my soul has yearned for some time now.

    I found your post informative & very accurate. What I am looking for is information on how to best prepare for the actual move. I know every situation is different, but do you have a post about the moving process? What would u recommend?

    Best


    1. Post author
      Jules

      Hey .Ni. and welcome to the site,

      I don’t have a post about preparing for the actual moving process, but I will definitely think about doing one soon!

      My main piece of advice is don’t move to Jamaica on a whim. Plan ahead, visit first and maybe rent in an area you are thinking of moving to, for at least 6 – 12 months. If you are a property owner in your home country, I would advise renting out your property as apposed to selling it; you will retain your investment and will always have a base should you decide to go back after a number of years.

      Think about how you are going to support yourself, if you still need to work; or how you are going to budget your pension / investments etc, if you are not planning on working. Some of the best business ideas come once you have been living somewhere for a while, as you can spot a gap in the market, or you find a way to utilise your exisiting skill set in a new area / field of work. When you do get that idea, keep that baby very close to your chest. Remember there are other people who are moving to Jamaica from overseas and they are scratching around for a business idea too. You would be surprised at how a casual conversation about ‘what do you do?’, can turn into a stolen business idea before you have managed to get it off the ground….

      As I write this I can think of lots of other advice, so I can going to write a post about this!

      Best of luck with everything. Which part of the island are you thinking of moving to?

      Bless up Jules

    2. .Ni.

      Good morning,

      Thanks for the reply. Although I say I’m moving to Jamaica soon, I really am starting the process by coming over, renting a place & staying on my tourist visa (3-6 months depending on approval beyond the 3 months). I plan to use the time to explore business ideas (I have a few & friends to support) while continuing my online work & maintaining my current US based business.

      Thanks again. I’m going to check to see if I’ve written the new post. If not, I’ll looking forward to the info.

      Best,

      .Ni.


    3. Post author
      Jules

      Hey .Ni.

      Great to hear from you again. Well I would consider a 3 to 6 month visit a mini-move anyway as it takes so much planning! So it’s all good and part of the process to getting here full-time. If you are anything like me you, you will want to dash back to where you just came from at least twice a year to catch up with friends and family and to stock up on all your (newly discovered) favourites, fashion and other stuff you can’t get your hands on in JA!

      I feel that when you are ‘testing the water’ in a new country a set time frame of 3-6 months really forces you to knuckle down when looking for property, exploring business ideas and / or making contacts. You know that ‘X’ date is your deadline to leave the country and therefore you should be more focused in what you want to achieve. That is unless you are so relaxed by the ambiance that you keep putting things off for engaging island pursuits! Having online businesses are always a fail safe, go anywhere, be anyone, type of employment and again I highly recommend tapping into this. It is always nice to have some friends in a new country as it makes the settling in process easier, but you will make new friends anyway if you mingle. I will be sure to add the post with tips about moving to Jamaica onto my upcoming post schedule and it will be available to read in the coming months.

      On a personal note, I love what you are doing on your own website and I want to take this opportunity to give you a big up and share your website address with my readers. How are you getting on with your birthday celebration tour? As a fellow August born woman business owner, I am really inspired by all that you are doing to share your time and talents with other women. Best of luck with everything .Ni., I have subscribed to your site so I will look forward to getting updates! .Ni.’s website can be found at: http://www.coistylesbrand.com check it out!

      Take care for now, Bless Up Jules

    4. .Ni.

      Hi!!

      1. Thank you so much for sharing & subscribing to my site. Hope you like the content I share. In transition right now, but thanks for joining.
      2. Thanks also for the feedback. The move is going pretty well so far. Just READY to get there.
      3. My bday celebration isn’t going all that well. I did connect with a few ladies, so I’m still happy.
      4. Looking forward to my new adventures in JA, continuing to read more from you, and all that is too come.

      Thanks again.

      .Ni.


    5. Post author
      Jules

      Hey .Ni.

      Nice to have you back again, and thanks for your thanks!

      I love the positive vibe on your site and will look forward to reading up on your upcoming posts. And, I still applaud you for your efforts to reach out to other women as part of your birthday celebrations. I really feel there are plenty of people who would appreciate this type of support, the trouble can be finding ways of letting them know you are out there and willing to share. Maybe there are some women’s outreach facilities near to you that you could get involved with in a volunteering capacity?

      It can be equally exciting and stressful when planning a move overseas, so just enjoy the process! Which part of the island are you coming to? It would be great to meet up sometime if it was possible.

      Take care for now

      Bless Up Jules

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