How to buy your own island

The bay less travelled
The bay less travelled

How to buy your own island

Samantha didn’t start out with a goal of owning her own island in the South Pacific.   In fact, the thought never occurred to her.  The road less travelled has always lured her off the more beaten paths of life.  And more than once, she’s found herself traveling a road that she had to build herself.

That’s how she ended up in remarkably beautiful but remote third world hell-hole, or perhaps a tropical paradise, depending on how you define the terms.

It was gold fever that first attracted her to the area that she’s asked me not to name.  She’d been living in a Central American jungle, working with investors to build a unique resort in an undeveloped part of Costa Rica when an American expat told about a South Pacific island where gold seemed plentiful. He also told her that the main city was a “third world hell-hole”.

On the dubious recommendation of a fellow she didn’t know and had only met once, Sam made her way to the small archipelago and it’s hell-hole capital.  Remarkably, she found that the stranger’s description was accurate, as far as it went, including the important detail that gold was plentiful.

Even, or perhaps especially, in the third world, it is difficult to convince owners to part with  their gold.  After some expensive missteps, though, Sam found some creative ways to purchase gold from the locals under conditions that were profitable both to her and to them.  She soon found herself earning 5 and 6 figures per month in an economy where that sort of money put her in an unusual category.

It also afforded her the ability to forge unusual relationships with the locals, who don’t welcome strangers graciously under most circumstances.   Sam’s toughness and tenacity, tempered by compassion and charm, earned her the respect and admiration of a small group of the locally influential community.

Sam has asked me not to use her real name, or to provide details of her location or circumstances, since to do so could put her at risk.  Her story, though, is riveting and even a succinct telling of it would rival the length of War and Peace.  She’s taken great risks, but reaped great rewards, including the ability to purchase her own private island in a serene and lovely setting.

Private island in the South Pacific
Private island in the South Pacific

Sam doesn’t have any special skills or education that opened up these opportunities.  More than any other single factor that transformed her from a middle school teacher in a small northern town to a precious metals magnate and private island owner in the South Pacific is her willingness to take risks.  Big ones, with huge upsides, and her very life on the downside.

She’s taken a road that few of would dare to tread.  A road not just less traveled, but nearly deserted.  I don’t include her story her as a way of recommending that you follow in her footsteps, but only to remind both of us that there are as practically as many possible lifestyles as there are people on the planet.

You don’t have to stay in a job or career that you don’t enjoy, nor do you have to live in a country or climate that doesn’t suit you.  Opportunities are literally around every corner.  To see them, you need a different focus than most people have.

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