Get­ting away from it all in the is­lands

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It’s not so much if you’ve ever thought of this, it’s more how many times aweek you think of it . . . just quit­ting it all and mov­ing to a trop­i­cal is­land with your fam­ily and start­ing a new life to­tally out of the rat race.

My friends Rob and Nat and their two very young chil­dren just did that in Septem­ber. They sold the busi­ness, rented out the house, said good­bye to fam­ily and friends and put their stuff in stor­age or gave it to peo­ple to use.

Which is why I’m now the proud care­giver of a sweet We­ber bar­be­cue. Not that I’m stoked my friends aren’t around to hang with, but I will be hav­ing some sweet bar­be­cue feeds at mine this sum­mer be­cause they’re gone!

Why did they do it?

Cos, why not?!

I’m su­per proud of them for mak­ing a tough call. Think of your life here. Think how com­fort­able it re­ally is, how well you know this place, your fam­ily and friends here, even just liv­ing in a coun­try where you know how ev­ery­thing works and where to get food and wa­ter from easily.

Now think about mov­ing to Vava’u. A small group of is­lands way up in the north­east of the King­dom of Tonga. Pop­u­la­tion of that lit­tle part of Tonga is about 14,000 peo­ple, spread out over lots of tiny is­lands. Two tod­dlers in tow. Aplace to stay for a few months or­gan­ised, but out­side of that you’re just wing­ing it! Oh and they were all hor­ren­dously sick from a bug they picked up in New Zealand a day or so be­fore they left!

What a test of a re­la­tion­ship, a fam­ily and aw­ill to try some­thing new and not be so con­fined to a 9 to 5 life. But also what a beau­ti­ful op­por­tu­nity to raise your chil­dren (even for a lit­tle while) on sandy beaches, among a peo­ple who thrive on a sim­pler life, ap­pre­ci­ate sun on their backs, food to eat and peo­ple to love.

I’m so stoked for your ad­ven­ture and chilled life. AndOMG­think of the tan.

■ Will John­ston is host of The Hits 95FM Day Show. Live and lo­cal from 9am-3pm, ev­ery week­day in the Bay of Plenty.

Nat and Rob with their chil­dren in their new home.

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