What are the benefits of an island lifestyle? In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about why you may wish to consider your own little island paradise.
Isle of Wight
We live on the Isle of Wight, a little island off the south coast of England that sends a single MP to Westminster (it used to be many more). Andrew Turner is the island MP at the time of producing this podcast episode.
Living here gives us a much slower pace of lifestyle; there are beautiful places to visit whenever we wish, and nowhere is too far to drive to for the day!
The Channel Islands – Jersey and Guernsey – are closer to France than they are to the UK, and are well-known for having decent climates (similar to the Isle of Wight). It takes a little longer than one hour to get there (4 hours or more from Poole, Weymouth and Portsmouth). You can also fly (unlike the Isle of Wight, which doesn’t have a domestic airport).
They’re a little more independent with a self-governing parliamentary democracy, and even have their own form of the British Pound currency!
There are interesting restrictions on who can purchase properties on the Channel Islands too. You need to be considered a resident or be related to a resident in some way. Properties are also expensive.
It’s a bit of a tax haven and they are not subject to VAT (value-added tax) in Jersey and Guernsey.
Isle of Sark
This has always been a tiny and ignored island. Sark has had between 400 to 600 souls living there since the 1274 census.
The island is a car-free zone where the only vehicles allowed are horse-drawn vehicles, bicycles, tractors, and battery-powered buggies or motorised bicycles for elderly or disabled people. There isn’t even an airport!
Check out the Isle of Sark website.
Other Islands Worth Mentioning
Isle of Man – This is in between Northern England, Scotland and Northern Island (famous for the TT racing).
Isle of Lewis & Isle of Harris – Find these islands together in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. I’ve always wanted to visit – it’s a 17-hour road trip from the Isle of Wight! Voted number 1 UK island by TripAdvisor in 2014.
Malta – We’ve visited there and our company, Music Radio Creative, works with the great national broadcaster there (PBS). They even create their own Eurovision song contest entries – many of which are really cool!