Could You Live On An Island? Here Are The Pros And Cons To Consider
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Island living may sound like paradise, but like every other place in the world, it comes with its pros and cons. If you are considering making the move, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Limited access to products and goods is a typical part of island life. It may take longer for your favorite products to arrive and chances are, you will pay a bit more for them than you are used to. Personal packages, mail, and deliveries from back home may also arrive slowly – if at all. It means getting used to the local brands and what’s available to you on that day. It means being flexible and really learning what you can and cannot live without.
Lack Of Infrastructure
When living on an island you can expect your share of infrastructure issues. From slow internet, and no cell service, to unpaved roads and regular loss of electricity, to some, these inconveniences are just not worth it. These experiences can be frustrating at times and even dire when facing an emergency, but being prepared and always having a backup plan is a must for island living.
All of the things listed below as pros, can also become cons over time. The slow pace, tranquility, and small community may seem nice in the beginning, but eventually they can also lead to island fever. Island Fever is the phenomena of feeling claustrophobic from the close proximity of each shoreline, and feeling disconnected from the outside world. It’s real, and it can drive you a little mad.
Depending on which island you settle on, you can expect an abundance of nature, from wildlife to insects. We understand that one person’s “pro” may be another person’s “con”, and in this case you may love nature, but maybe not at their doorstep. On most islands, especially the tropical ones, you will have to get used to the outside world coming into your home frequently. For nature lovers, this is no problem and may be one of the reasons you are choosing island living.
Slow Pace & Tranquility
This may be the number one reason why people vacation on islands and eventually move there. The island lifestyle is a slow one. Island time is real and is relative to each person. If the hustle and bustle of your daily life back home was too much, island time may be just the medicine to set things right again.
Since islands have smaller communities, it’s not unusual for everyone on an island to know each other. The sense of community is something that you won’t find in most large American cities. From knowing your mailman by his/her first name to having drinks with your child’s school teacher, you can expect a vibrant community of locals and expats that will want to get to know you.