Life of an Expat "I just knew I needed to get somewhere with palm trees on a permanent basis. I knew that doing so would open up my life in ways I could not imagine," says Laurie Norton, who left Toronto, Canada, for Ambergris Caye in 2006. Laurie, age 40, and husband Paul Jewitt, 34, first traveled to the island on a three-week vacation. "We both fell in love with Ambergris Caye on that first visit and decided to make the move a permanent one," she says. But after the couple returned to Toronto, two years went by, and they still hadn't made the move. "Finally, I came to the realization that we just needed to go ahead with it," says Laurie. "So we set a date and booked our tickets, making the dream a reality."