If you’re looking for a bit of space these days, you’re not alone. Every year, it seems that more and more people are moving to the city in search of opportunity, and it is leading to more cars in rush hour, longer lines at the grocery store, and tighter squeezes on the bus and/or the train home. Package that together with the ever rising levels of stress at work in an economy increasingly pressured by automation and outsourcing, and it is quite understandable if you are considering an escape to a remote island somewhere in the tropical zones of the world.
While you may be a few skills short of being self-sufficient at the moment in such a place, it is fun nonetheless to fantasize about making that sort of move someday. For your next vacation, have you considered checking these remote paradises out by putting your bare feet on their sandy ground?
If you haven’t, we have an interesting proposition for you: we have scrounged up three islands within a relatively quick journey from North America that will get you out of passive mode and actively planning your escape from the corporate world. At the very least, you’ll have a relaxing respite from the pressure cooker that is your daily life.
All right, enough! Let’s get to talking about these sea-bound, palm-strewn hideaways, starting with…
Bocas Del Toro, Panama
If you desire a set of islands that are removed enough from the modern world, but frequented by enough foreigners to stave off homesickness, then Bocas Del Toro in Panama may be an interesting tropical base for you to visit. Located far from the urban stressors of Panama City, Bocas Del Toro is an archipelago of islands noted for its excellent diving and snorkeling.
If surfing is something you’ve always wanted to try, you’ll have ample opportunity to try here, as there are a variety of breaks that cater to all skill levels. The expats here hail from all around the world, so speak with them: they might start giving you ideas of how to escape your daily hell back home.
Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
Situated well off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, Little Corn Island is a bit tough to get to, involving a puddle jumper flight, then a ferry journey on a small outrigger that can be choppy at times, but as you will see, it will be well worth the effort. Lovers of seafood will be in heaven here, as shellfish, tuna, marlin, and other groundfish are caught in prodigious amounts throughout the year, leading to low prices for a veritable feast.
Electricity service is a bit patchy at the moment, as electricity is not a 24 hour luxury, but recent developments point toward this being improved in the near future, which is all around good news looking towards or relying on an internet business to sustain themselves.
Cocos Island, Costa Rica
If you truly seek to get away from it all, you could hardly do worse than absconding to Cocos Island, a lonely but gorgeous island in the Pacific. Being a national park and an ecologically sensitive place, visitors are not actually permitted to stay on the island, but those that many the voyage here do so on a live-aboard diving trip.
The diving here is truly some of the best in the world, with 18 sites in all to explore. Combined with the experience of sailing here on the open sea may inspire dreams of sailing around the world to all the various exotic tropical ports and picking up odd job to pay the bills. It’s up to you … tedious corporate existence, or adventure on the high seas? Think about it…!
There is another world out there waiting for you
Much of the world doesn’t live by the avails of the corporate structure, yet they manage to enjoy a joy-filled life beset with valued experiences. You’re a smart person capable of so much more … start by planning a trip to a remote island as detailed above, get inspired … and start planning your escape!