Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Island life?

St. HelenaPitcairn IslandTristan da CunhaAscension. Do you know any of these places?

These are all British overseas territories. Basically the last bastion of the British Empire.

They say that the sun doesn't set on the British Empire and thanks to the above places and a few other territories that is still true ... just.

There are about 4500 people on St. Helena. There are about 300 people on Tristan da Cunha. There are about 800 people on Ascension and less than 50 people on Pitcairn Island.

All of these islands are very isolated from the rest of the world. You can only reach them by boat and you have to be committed to want to get there.

(*An airport on St. Helena was supposed to be opened in 2016 but they found that due to wind shear it couldn't be used. I have no idea what wind shear is but it sounds pretty bad if they close down a whole airport because of it.)

Would any of these islands be some place that you would like to live on to get away from it all?

If island life was something that you might be interested in and you quite like the isolation of it all then it might be something you could consider. Just bare in mind that if you get bored you just can't take a taxi to the airport and go away for the long weekend.

Also if you can't sustain yourself with your savings then you might want to get a job and these may be few and far between depending on which island you go to.

You are not going to be like this guy who lives by himself on an island in the south of Japan but if you are used to a fast paced city lifestyle it might be a bit of a shock at first.

Are you going to sign up or do you think you can get a certain amount of solitude where you are now?

I suppose it is up to you and what you are looking for.

For the more curious people out there the other places that make up the British overseas territories  are:

  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctica Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory (Diego Garcia)
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Montserrat
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

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