Wanting to do some island living and say goodbye to a fast paced lifestyle forever? How about packing your bags and shipping off to an island that will actually reward you for moving there? From sponsoring your move to helping you start a business there, these islands will give you the life of luxury and relaxation you’ve dreamed of.
Located in the Channel Islands, Sark is a tax free isle and is trying to get its population to 1000. Since the island is car-free, it is a hiking and biking paradise. Enjoy stargazing? Sark is a certified “dark sky” island, which means it’s ideal for taking in the nighttime sky.
South Island, New Zealand
Thinking of packing up and relocating to the South Pacific? New Zealand is currently offering $160,000 for a house and land to those looking to make a move. Kaitangata, a village on South Island needed to fill 1000 tourism and agricultural jobs, but did not have enough people to work those positions, hence the handsome relocation package.
Cammarata, a city on the island of Sicily, is offering free villas to those looking to live on the gorgeous Italian island. This city is looking to rebuild its community and is encouraging potential residents to renovate the villas to receive their security deposit back.
Considered a cay, Arranmore lies off the northwest coast of Ireland. Strangely enough, Arranmore has a large startup scene, meaning high speed internet and digital workspaces. With quiet beaches and delicious seafood, it’s perfect for the young entrepreneur.
Isle of Rum, Scotland
With only 30 inhabitants, it’s no wonder why the Isle of Rum wants to attract more residents. With waterfalls and rolling mountains, in addition to an Edwardian castle, you can’t miss out on this gorgeous island. Even better, the local government is constructing four eco homes for families to move into and work in various industries on the island.
Yep, the entire country of Mauritius is looking for more residents. Smack dab in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this African nation is full of beautiful rainforests, lagoons, and other natural wonders. Since the cost of living on the island is fairly low, entrepreneurs will receive $500 American to start and maintain their businesses on the island.
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, this Greek island is a two hour boat ride from the island of Crete. Considered an atoll, this island only has 20 residents! The Greek Orthodox Church on the island is paying families to move there in order to repopulate. Families will receive a house, land, and a monthly stipend for living expenses.
While all of this sounds fun, it’s important to do your research before moving to a remote island in a foreign country. First, it’s vital to make sure you are a conversational speaker of the language of the island, as well as understanding basic customs and traditions. For example, while a native English speaker would obviously do fine moving to a remote Scottish isle, learning about customs and etiquette prior to leaving their home country should be taken into consideration.
Also, many of these islands require an application to receive money to move there. This money is typically limited and is given on a first come, first serve basis. That means if you wait too long to apply, you will most likely not be able to receive any funding. It’s also important to make sure that the country is accepting applications from your home country. For example, only certain islands are asking Americans or Australians to move, so definitely do your due diligence.