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5 Tropical Islands You Could Actually Afford

5 Tropical Islands You Could Actually Afford

It’s easy to hang your head and sigh with longing when you hear that someone like Mel Gibson or Johnny Depp has purchased an exclusive private island somewhere in the tropics. But did you ever consider the possibility that even an ordinary person like yourself could own their very own piece of island property?

Believe it or not, a number of affordable options exist for those who want to own a tropical island without (completely) breaking the bank. The number of available island properties for sale is even greater if you widen your search to include smaller lots or parcels on larger islands with other inhabitants.

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But assuming that the whole Robinson Crusoe type of solitary existence is what you’re seeking, here are five entire tropical islands that can be yours for $500,000 or less. (Source: privateislandsonline.com)

Isla Alhambra, Brazil – $247,629

This completely undeveloped 9-acre island has all the ingredients for a tropical daydream. Pristine white sand, crystal clear water, and lush vegetation. Beautiful pineapple and palm trees complete the picture. And since it’s only a short distance off the coast, the popular mainland beach town of Itacare is only a short boat ride away. Its proximity to mainland Brazil also affords it some breathtaking views of the surrounding area. This island would be perfect for a residential development.

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Little Gaulding Cay, Bahamas – $275,000

This gem is part of the group of 30 islands and almost 100 cays that make up the Berry Islands. A popular destination among sailors and fishermen, these islands are known for the seclusion and privacy they offer, although they’re still easily accessible from Miami via a 1-hour flight to nearby Chub Cay or Great Harbour Cay. This island is 2 acres of completely undeveloped land with deep water access.

Secret Island, Belize – $350,000

Located just a few miles off the coast of Belize, this 2.5-acre island offers the double benefit of privacy combined with easy access from the mainland. It’s surrounded by red and black mangroves and shallow water that’s only knee deep at 30 yards out. Though currently undeveloped, it has room to build several houses, an area that could be cleared for a beach, and a cove with deep water for building a dock. As a bonus, this entire region is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Isla Paloma, Panama – $380,000

Located near Bocas del Toro, this .75-acre island is move-in ready. There’s a home on the island with 2 bedrooms plus a loft. You’ll also find a workshop, party shack, boathouse, and swim dock. The island itself has a beautiful white sand beach and is home to a variety of tropical plants, including fruit trees, herbs, and flowering species. It’s also a great place for bird watching, surrounded by a shallow lagoon and an arc of mangroves that protect is from waves and erosion. You’ll be sure to enjoy the beautiful sunset views and an annual average temperature around 80 degrees.

Pink Pearl Island, Nicaragua – $500,000

This 2-acre island lies 3 miles off the coast of Nicaragua in the Pearl Cay group of islands. The turnkey property is currently being operated as a tourism business and comes complete with a main house, 3 cabanas, bunk house, restaurant, and workers’ cabin. It boasts pristine sand beaches and sparkling turquoise water and is even free of mosquitoes and sand flies. Additional bonuses: A pier and swimming pool. A 25-foot speedboat, “The Black Pearl,” is even included in the purchase price.

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With options like these, it’s entirely possible to imagine that even you could one day own your very own private island. Take a look; you just might be surprised with what you find.

But you had better act fast before some A-list celebrity swoops in on your bargain paradise.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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