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I've always wondered about living on an island. There are so many islands in the Pacific Northwest, notably the San Juan Islands (an archipelago in the U.S. state of Washington known for rural Pacific Northwest landscapes and wildlife), which are both large and small. Then, of course, we all have seen pictures of the islands in more temperate climes .....

 

What would be some of the difficulties of living on an island?  What would be some of the advantages?

 

Do you think that maybe some of the difficulties, as seen by some, would be regarded as advantages by others? If so, what would those 'issues' be?

 

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I think the main disadvantage for people living on an island is the somewhat limit of supplies, whether talking about food or other products. Since the shipping would probably take much longer than for countries that are not islands, the supply of products in stores can be put at risk or shortages. On the other, for proper islanders, this may not be an issue. For them this may be a proper opportunity to get some life skills, such as farming. By producing local products and growing its own plantation, they improve the quality of food supply as well as celebrate their native culture. 

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I think the biggest advantage as well as disadvantage for those who live on an island are tourists. Yup, I know how it sounds but hear me out. I live in the capital of the UK. Although London highly depends financially on all tourists, we locals really hate them sometimes. We do acknowledge how important they are for our financial situation, however, there is nothing more annoying than a blocked street because of tourists taking photos while you are running late for work and try to squeeze past them. It is really frustrating! Although we love everyone, sometimes it is too much!

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