Great work-life balance
Due to the nature of my work, it’s more of a work hard, play hard way of life. There are occasions where I will have to work late, or the odd weekend, but the Isle of Man lifestyle affords me the opportunity to compensate for this. For a small Island, it packs a punch as there’s such a wide variety of activities, clubs, and outdoor pursuits available, geared up to all ages and interest. I spend my free time taking long walks on the various beaches with my wife, our new-born daughter, and our dog. Sometimes I’ll go fishing or indoor climbing and have recently taken up martial arts with a local jujitsu gym, something I have not done in 20 years. When I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll take the motorbike out on the Island’s back roads, and on occasion the TT Course!
A little-known gem in the middle of the Irish Sea
The Isle of Man really is a great place to live and work. Both my wife and I enjoy successful careers which would not have been possible if we were in the UK. My wife has a job which would only be available in London, an area we couldn’t have afforded having just left the military. The Island is exceptionally safe, with excellent education and healthcare systems, and we feel both fortunate and grateful in the knowledge that our daughter will grow up in a such special place.
The Island has a wonderful food and drink scene – Victory Café on the Mountain Road is a standout – no pie will ever compare again! There’s plenty of independent retailers and hospitality venues too, my favourite is Bottle Monkey, a lovely little shop in Douglas that sells every kind of craft beer.
The Island is quite quirky in its traditions and customs, but that makes it all the more interesting, and a pretty remarkable place to live. Good food, good company, good friends, nice weather – the Isle of Man is a little-known gem in the middle of the Irish Sea waiting to be discovered.