Written By:

Marisa Gillis

Current Rock of Residence:

Tortola, BVI

Island Girl Since:

2014

Originally Hails From:

Tampa, Florida

Marisa was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She had a normal 9-5 job wearing a suit and heels everyday doing everything from real estate to negotiating contracts for an electrical firm under the umbrella of her degree in Mass Communications. She was bit rather early by the travel bug and has been trying to quench her wanderlust ever since

She spent two years working directly with the military on Oahu, HI where she got her first taste of island living. From there, she moved to Rome, but she couldn’t deny the ocean seductively calling her name. Marisa was living on Tortola, BVI when she met her husband, Scott, who lives in the US part time. Marisa currently resides in Tortola, BVI in the winter & Maryland, USA the remainder of the year with their year old son, Rocco. But she’ll always be an island girl at heart.

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