Written By:

Tracy Smyth

Current Rock of Residence:

Tortola, Seychelles, Zanzibar, now Bahrain

Island Girl Since:

2011

Originally Hails From:

UK

Tracy originally hails from Liverpool in the UK, but she spent a great many years living on the South Coast of England in Devon, before marrying her second husband who was living in the BVI at the time they met. They were married on the beach in Tortola and at the ripe old age of 45, this became her first experience of island life. Since then, they have spent the last 7 years living/working on other islands including Seychelles, Zanzibar, and now Bahrain. Each island has been vastly different, provided new challenges, and offered up such diverse and incredible rewards. But no matter where the island, Tracy has always been able to indulge in her great love of kayaking.

She tries to get back to the UK as often as possible to see her children and grandchildren, but they also benefit from amazing holiday experiences that money just could not buy and which have also given her daughter an insatiable thirst for travel.

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