Sometimes, when my brain has nothing to do, I think about the future and how I would like to spend it. I ponder where I would like to retire, or if maybe I would like to stay where I currently live for the warmer months, and maybe rent something in a different locale for the winter months. (I believe I would then be deemed a ‘snowbird’.) I envision trying a different location each year so I can see all parts of the world. I would be a world traveling trend setter!
When my brain clicks back to reality, I think about how much money that would cost. Sure, it is possible, but it would require a lot of saving. In my imagination though, my options are limitless.
However, one idea that has never crossed my mind, no matter how bored my brain may be, is buying my own personal island. That is, not until I read an article on Kiplinger’s website. The article includes a slide show of islands that are currently for sale, along with other information about owning a private island.
When I came across the article, I viewed it as completely ludicrous. Where I live, people are fighting for their jobs, experiencing pay cuts, and basically trying to get by. Buying an island seems so outside the realm of possibility that I questioned why an article like that would even be written. I then realized that not everyone lives where I do, and that some people truly are fabulously wealthy and may actually want to buy a private island.
So, I read the article, which stated some positives and negatives to owning a private island. (Downsides: weather, development issues, etc. Upside: You own a private island!) After evaluating the pros and cons, I still decided that owning an island would be ludicrous, at least for me. All the logistics of actually getting to a private island sounds like a nightmare. Plus, when I am on vacation, I want good restaurants, entertainment, and access to good hospitals- not total isolation. Who would cook on the island? Me. Who would bring all the supplies to the island because you can’t buy anything there? Me. Who would be pedaling the bike-powered-washing-machine? Me. Who would be driving the boat to the mainland at midnight to get an emergency pack of Ho-Hos? Me.
Considering all the hard work involved with existing on an island, it just is not my idea of retirement paradise. Therefore, I will not be bidding on any of those 12 islands that are up for sale. However, if there was an inexpensive ocean-front condo within walking distance to downtown up for sale, I might be in the market (in 20 years…).
Does a private island sound like paradise to you? Am I just an unimaginative curmudgeon at the age of 42???