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Island Life: How Remote Is Too Much?

Do you think you would like island life? If you live on an island, do you think you could live on one that is so small you could walk across the island in any direction in less than two hours?

I have lived on two islands in my life--the islands of Oahu and Guam. Even though island life can feel a bit isolated, at times, both of these islands were quite accessible by airplane in the the 1970s and 80s, when I lived there. As well, we were able to get most goods, though sometimes we had to wait for awhile for some products like fresh milk coming in from Australia to Guam.

I have recently learned of Tristan da Cunha, which is the most remote island in the world, according to It is 1750 miles from South Africa and 1500 miles from Saint Helena and is a British territory.

The population is fewer than 275 and the island's area is only 38 square miles. The only way to access the island is a 7-day journey by boat from South Africa.

Though I would find it fascinating to visit a place like Tristan da Cunha and stay for awhile to write, it would not be an island that I would imagine I could live easily.

That's probably a good thing. They do not allow new residents.


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Original written and posted November 26, 2014 on Bubblews, but removed by the author.

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CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 1:54 PM

When were you in Oahu? I was there from May 1979 until June 1981.

lexiconlover wrote on July 19, 2015, 2:34 PM

I agree it would be fun to visit. I don't think I could live there though, not long term. At least not without taking someone I knew with me.

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 2:38 PM

I was stationed at NAS Barbers Point and lived in Ewa Beach.

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 2:39 PM

By the time I had a week on the island, I would venture to say that I would know at least half the 275!

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 19, 2015, 2:52 PM

Tristan da Cuhna would be too remote for my liking. If I were to live on an island it would have to have reliable WiFi and a Starbucks. Or be Ireland. I've also thought living on one of the Hebrides Islands for a while might be nice.

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 3:04 PM

The only regret that I have in my life is that I did not stay longer. I did not get out because I wanted to, but because I thought that I was a better wife, mother, person for doing so, because of all the "shoulds" that I bought into. It is something that still pains me today. emoticon :sad:

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 3:05 PM

LOL I wonder, DWDavisRSL if they have wiFi and Starbucks. emoticon :winking:

melody23 wrote on July 19, 2015, 5:31 PM

I grew up on a tiny island, only ten miles the whole way round it. As a child it was ok, as a teenager I loved it because we got away with murder but in my late teens and twenties I grew to hate it as everyone else seems to do and couldn't wait to get away. I finally left three years ago and I have never looked back, I love living in the city. With a population of less than 1500, every one on my island knows everyone and its horrible there is so much gossip and in-fighting between people based on what they heard on the grapevine. We were only ten minutes by ferry to the mainland, but its the reasonably rural mainland so if you want to go anywhere to actually do things you are at least another hour by road or train and its so expensive to do all that traveling. My traveling to college was something silly like £150 a month!

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 19, 2015, 7:37 PM

I don't know about the Starbucks but I did find out they have WiFi and several coffee shops with free WiFi.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 1:57 AM

Well, there you go! DWDavisRSL , shall we see if they will allow us a visit? emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 2:00 AM

melody23 I think there is something a bit different from growing up on a small island and wanting to see the world, or growing up in the city and wanting to escape to the simpler life of a small island. In my youth, I would not have wanted everyone in my business. Now that I am in my twilight years, there is much less for others to know, which would be worthy of gossip. emoticon :winking:

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 20, 2015, 7:22 AM

I'm looking into some places to stay on the Isle of Skye. I love the idea of spending time living in a small town on such an island, where everything you need would be a short walk from the house.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 7:26 AM

Well, this would surely be like that. ROFLMAO Maybe not everything you need, but everything you could find on the island. emoticon :winking: DWDavisRSL

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 20, 2015, 11:17 AM

I love being off by myself so think I would like it.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 11:45 AM

wolfgirl569 I would like it for a little while, but it is SO small, I think it would be something only for a week or two.

PriscillaKing wrote on July 20, 2015, 12:29 PM

Last spring I wrote (from research) an article about an island off Washington. Nice houses, prices that actually sound reasonable to baby-boomers; the catch is that the route into town goes through what is technically the corner of Canada and usually takes 45 minutes. I wrote it for people who might want to live there. Personally I like my home.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 12:41 PM

PriscillaKing Sounds like one of the San Juans. We have those and a few more that are south. emoticon :smile: I've considered it.

PriscillaKing wrote on July 20, 2015, 4:22 PM

Yes...San Juan something-or-other, I'd have to look up which emoticon :smile:

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 20, 2015, 10:49 PM

Only if too many people moved onto it would it seem small. That would be one reason to limit who lives there

AliCanary wrote on July 21, 2015, 9:54 AM

I wouldn't want to live there. I need my creature comforts!

CoralLevang wrote on July 22, 2015, 2:26 AM

I think, if I remember correctly, there are about 100 islands or so in the archipelago, but the main ones that we are all familiar with are just about 4-5. I went through there as a kid on my way to Victoria. It is something I need to make a priority to do soon.

CoralLevang wrote on July 22, 2015, 2:27 AM

Creature comforts....I, too, have a few, but it would be nice for a visit, I think.