Partly on a whim, and partly due to my first mid-life crisis in 1997 I first visited Fiji during a 12 month sabbatical from my job in London, UK. I visited again in 1998 as I circled the world twice, much of the time spent in the South Pacific. I fell in love with Taveuni, and eventually returned 7 years later in 2005 to buy a property in Taveuni Estates (Soqulu) as my future tropical retirement hideaway.
As it happened I “retired” rather earlier than anticipated thanks mainly to some decent investments in rising stock markets, and in 2007 began spending more time in Taveuni. In between the UK and Fiji I visited friends around the world and generally relaxed and had fun – sort of taking a break from it all.
In 2009 I met Titilia, in Fiji, on Taveuni, and the globe trotting gradually slowed until I sold my UK residence in 2010 and began living here in Fiji full time. Titi and I got married in 2012.
In 2013 we moved to a bigger property, also on Taveuni Estates, to accommodate ourselves and the two children, plus the four-legged friends – two dogs and one cat, and this is now where we live.
Later this year I will be eligible for Fiji Citizenship, meaning I get a nice blue passport and the right to work again for a living. After 10 years of living on the capital reserves I’m looking forward to maybe, just maybe – hopefully – getting back to at least earning what gets spent each year. Sometime soon would be nice.
Most of my time here is occupied keeping the jungle under control (it grows very quick), keeping the kids under control (they grow quite quick too), keeping the dogs under control, keeping the finances under control, dabbling with websites and social media, enjoying cold Fiji Bitters around the island, and trying to stay reasonably sane – which at times is quite difficult. Some of my posts will tell you why.
If you’re pondering a trip to Fiji, maybe even Taveuni, and wondering what it’s really like here then feel free to drop me a line and I’ll be more than happy to help.
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Have fun, and thanks for reading !
Something from the Blog?
A Tale of Two Retirement Plans
The beginnings of my Fiji retirement plan and how my mother almost joined me on Taveuni for her own retirement, ultimately cut short by illness and her passing in 2009.
Or enjoy a photo Gallery
Gallery: Valentine’s Day at Taveuni Island Resort
Valentine’s Day 2015 drinks and dinner at Taveuni Island Resort with Mrs Wilkins. Great evening, great food, and a rather nice sunset to go with it.
Gallery: Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, Taveuni, Fiji
Images of some of the devastation on Taveuni caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston which hit Fiji on 20th February 2016 with peak winds of 298kmh