How long have you lived in the Isle of Man and what made you move here?
My wife grew up in the Isle of Man and we visited the Island every summer for our holidays. Over the years I grew to love the Island and could really see us having a wonderful life there. I was attracted to the slower pace of life, the scenery – especially the beautiful beaches, and how safe it was for our young daughter.
My wife who is a Midwife, and myself an Operations Manager, were key workers throughout the Covid pandemic; it was an incredible stressful period, and it certainly made us reassess life and what we wanted our future to look like. And so, after careful consideration, we decided to move to the Island in early 2022.
How would you describe the Isle of Man to someone that has never been?
Here, everything is on your doorstep – whether that is your work, your friends and family, things to do. We were previously living in the Midlands and were completely landlocked - you’d have to take a day out to just go to the beach. In the Isle of Man, the coast is never more than a 10-minute drive away! As a family we can nip down to one of the many beaches after work, appreciate some downtime, relax, or play on the beach and enjoy a well-earned ice cream or fish and chips!
The scenery here is out of this world – and so different from town to village. The Island is also an incredibly well-kept and clean place to live. The water is crystal clear, and the streets free of graffiti and litter.
For our daughter it is a safe place to grow up – but also an incredibly fun place to live! She feels like she’s on a permanent holiday! There are so many activities and clubs for her to join, from horse-riding to gymnastics. The Island itself is one giant playground – there’s plenty of free things to do too; the parks, the glens, plantations and of course the beaches. Unlike the UK, these places are typically free of crowds, which makes the experience so much more enjoyable.