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1. Posted by AlexFree95 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

Currently, I am living in UK, England, I've been here for almost 2 years now, I am from Spain, I am studying and working here, but I am thinking to move to an Island, I always like to live in a very relaxing way of life, and anything could be better than that, I am 22 years right now, I'll be 23 this year, I don't like stressful, I mean, I can live easily but I think is where I don't belong, it is alright, now, I am going to give some specifications of where I would like to go;

- Europe or America, due to my English and Spanish.
- No high prices, cba for me a big prices, like spending £1.000 per month, that's high to me, but also, depends on what I'll be working there.
- I would like to rent a 1 bed room flat, but I wouldn't mind to share a flat with someone.
- Works, any possibilities to work there, or make my own business, I am an ambitious guy and I don't like to be in the same job, but if its a business its different.

For now that's it, if anyone could help me with that I will be grateful.

Your faithfully.

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1133 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Europe is easier than America in terms of being allowed to work and live there.

When you say an island, are you looking for hot sunshine and beaches, or a small out-of-the-way community?

If you're after the latter, Scotland has various islands which would welcome you. The isle of Eigg has 100 residents and is community owned, meaning cheap homes to rent, a thriving community with shop and cafe and lots of social stuff going on.

Even smaller is its neighbour Rum with 28 adults.

Elsewhere in the Hebrides, Orkney islands and Shetland are opportunities too.

Harder are more warm and sunny islands like Scilly or the channel Islands - difficult to get a home there.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 665 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

You are on an island! I guess you want a smaller island.

If you are an EU citizen, it would be much easier for you to work if you found an island owned by an EU country. The USA has lots of restrictions and they get worse every day. Have you thought of Sicily or Corsica? They're rather large islands but warm and friendly and part of the EU. Just a thought.

Good luck.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 715 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

You might try Mexico (Cancun and Cozumel are both islands). It's very cheap there but I don't know what the work regulations are.

If you can Scuba dive, you could go to the islands of Belize (Caye Caulker, Ambergris or Glover) A little more expensive maybe.

For bigger islands there are Barbados, Cuba, or Aruba. Not sure what the work requirements are there and while they speak English and Spanish (and Dutch) in Aruba, the main language is Papiamento.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1133 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

Cancun

Yes it's technically an island but in reality it's Vegas-by-the-sea!

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 715 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I know. It is a horrible place, but cheap

7. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 313 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

It depends what your occupation is.
If you're a doctor then the world is your oyster.
If you plan to get a job washing dishes in a restaurant then it may be more difficult.
What are you studying?

8. Posted by AlexFree95 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Europe is easier than America in terms of being allowed to work and live there.

When you say an island, are you looking for hot sunshine and beaches, or a small out-of-the-way community?

If you're after the latter, Scotland has various islands which would welcome you. The isle of Eigg has 100 residents and is community owned, meaning cheap homes to rent, a thriving community with shop and cafe and lots of social stuff going on.

Even smaller is its neighbour Rum with 28 adults.

Elsewhere in the Hebrides, Orkney islands and Shetland are opportunities too.

Harder are more warm and sunny islands like Scilly or the channel Islands - difficult to get a home there.

Yeah mate, thank you so much, I appreciate your reply, I don't think Scotland is a good option for me, due to the wether, I am looking something warmer, more like in the Mediterranean Sea. Yeah I've been taking a look of Scilly Islands and that's a good option, but yes, like you said, find a home there, could be difficult.

Cheers mate.

9. Posted by AlexFree95 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

You are on an island! I guess you want a smaller island.

If you are an EU citizen, it would be much easier for you to work if you found an island owned by an EU country. The USA has lots of restrictions and they get worse every day. Have you thought of Sicily or Corsica? They're rather large islands but warm and friendly and part of the EU. Just a thought.

Good luck.

Thanks for your message mate,

Yeah I know, I didn't specify how many population, but I am thinking to go for 15.000 px maximum, I have a cousin, he is in the French Legion and is in Corsica, is nice there, so could be a good option. Yeah I understand what you mean about US restrictions, but well, I would like to be more in South America more than North.

Thanks and the best for you.

10. Posted by AlexFree95 (Budding Member 7 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

You might try Mexico (Cancun and Cozumel are both islands). It's very cheap there but I don't know what the work regulations are.

If you can Scuba dive, you could go to the islands of Belize (Caye Caulker, Ambergris or Glover) A little more expensive maybe.

For bigger islands there are Barbados, Cuba, or Aruba. Not sure what the work requirements are there and while they speak English and Spanish (and Dutch) in Aruba, the main language is Papiamento.

Thanks, you're very helpful, so may be I need to investigate further about those.

I hope you have a great one, thanks again.