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Island Life

by Terrance Ramsey 24 May 2024 0 Comments

Having the Island Life is a dream for many. The idea of waking up to the sound of waves, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, and having the ocean as your backyard holds an undeniable allure. But beyond the picturesque landscapes and tropical vibes, island life offers something truly special—the unique blend of tranquility, community, and connection with culture and diversity. Here’s why living on an island is the best:

1. Island Life is Stress Free 

Firstly, island life encourages a slower pace. In today’s fast-paced world, where everything seems to be in constant motion, the opportunity to slow down and appreciate the moment is invaluable. On an island, time seems to stretch a little longer, allowing you to savor each sunrise, sunset, and everything in between. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll on the beach or a relaxed afternoon spent reading in a hammock, island living promotes tranquility and mindfulness that is hard to find elsewhere.

2. Island Life promotes Community

Island living promotes a tight-knit community and fosters a strong sense of belonging. Unlike in bustling cities where people are so busy they barely have time to say hi and therefore often remain strangers, island communities are like extended families. Everyone knows each other (partly because the island is so small and very few people live there), and there’s a genuine spirit of camaraderie and support. Whether it’s celebrating local festivals, participating in community events, or simply sharing a friendly wave with neighbors, island life creates bonds that go beyond mere acquaintanceship.  Plus, since accessing certain items and commodities can be challenging (I once heard a man waited 6 months for the store to get the lumber he needed to finish building his deck), it helps to know your neighbor and barter for things.

3.Island Life brings access to breathtaking nature

Additionally, island life offers unparalleled access to nature. The beauty of living surrounded by the sea is that nature is never far away. From vibrant coral reefs in Aruba teeming with marine life to lush rainforests in St. Lucia brimming with exotic flora and fauna, islands are biodiversity hotspots. Imagine snorkeling among colorful fish, hiking through dense forests to hidden waterfalls, or simply walking along the Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas. Every day is an adventure, and the wonders of nature are yours to explore.

4. Island life promotes a healthy lifestyle

Living on an island also promotes a healthier lifestyle. With an abundance of fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and organic produce, islanders have access to nutritious, locally sourced food.  I remember eating fish for dinner that my friend had caught earlier that day and picking avocados and mangos right off the tree in the backyard.  The outdoor-centric lifestyle and year-round warm weather also encourage regular exercise, whether it’s swimming, surfing, or simply walking and biking everywhere. And let’s not forget the mental health benefits of being surrounded by natural beauty—a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that exposure to coastal environments can significantly reduce stress and promote feelings of well-being.

5. Island Life connects you to rich culture and diversity

Moreover, island life offers a rich cultural tapestry. Islands are often melting pots of different cultures, each contributing to a vibrant and diverse community. Whether it’s learning traditional dances, trying exotic cuisines, or celebrating cultural festivals, living on an island exposes you to new experiences and perspectives.  For example, on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao (the ABC islands)  they speak a language called Papiamento/Papiamentu which according to Wikipedia is a blend of Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch.  And it is spoken only these three islands along with the Netherlands as these ABC islands were once Dutch colonies.  And because of this Dutch influence, you will find every skin color represented on the island from the lightest white skin with blonde hair, blue eyes to the darkest brown skin with black hair and brown eyes.  It is one of the most beautiful things to see all these different colors yet there is no racism because they all belong to the island.   This blend of indigenous traditions, colonial influences, and modern innovations creates a unique cultural identity that is both dynamic and inclusive.

As you can see there are so many reasons why Island Life is the best.  Whether it’s waking up to the soothing sound of the waves, sharing laughter with neighbors, or feeling a profound connection to the surrounding nature. Island life is not just about where you live; it’s about how you live—a life filled with simplicity, warmth, and endless possibilities. So, if you ever get the chance to experience island living, embrace it wholeheartedly—you may just find that paradise isn’t a place, but a state of mind.

Would you ever consider relocating to an island?  If so what island would it be?  Maybe we’ll do a blog about the cheapest places to relocate to?  What blog topics would you like to see next?  Comment below as we’d love to hear from you

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