After 20 odd years working in the public and quasi-private sector in the UK, I had everything…great job, great man, lovely cottage, fab clothes, fast car and twice yearly vacations in exotic locations. Then I packed it all in (well not the great man) and moved to Tenerife where I live on very little money, in nearly perpetual sunshine and drive a Fiat Punto. But am I happy?
You bet your ass I am!
Working as a freelance feature writer gets me all over the island on a regular basis and I’m constantly surprised by the culture and beauty of this little known island. Not ‘little known’ in the sense that few people know about it; over 9 million visitors a year come here, but in the sense that most of those 9 million never leave their resort unless it’s on an organized whistle-stop tour to Mount Teide or Masca.
It’s so frustrating to read reports of Tenerife that dismiss it as ‘just a resort’, knowing how much beauty and diversity is out there if only people would look! That’s why we wrote ‘Island Drives’; to encourage people to get to know the ‘real Tenerife’.