In 2017, long before the pandemic and the envy of nature of many city dwellers, Craig, an overbooked Londoner, felt the need to leave the asphalt of megalopolises to lead a life closer to nature. “Four years ago, I decided to take the bull by the horns while there was still time. I managed several resorts in the UK, I was never home. next to the important, and especially next to my wife, Emma, my rock. We were losing our bond, “he explains. At 43, Craig also realizes that he doesn’t see his daughters, Megan and Grace, 6 and 4, growing up.
Ready to do anything to save what he has most dear, the forty-something sets out in search of a new life that would allow him to reconcile professional life and family balance. Around this time, he notices an amazing job offer. The island of Herm, the smallest of the Channel Islands, needs to develop its tourism. Located in the Channel, between France and England next to Guernsey, the islet is looking for a general manager. “It was a revelation, he confides. This is what I needed to find a fulfilling life: nature, the slow rhythm of an island, a project to be enjoyed as a family.”
Four years after moving to the Isle of Herm, the results are positive
The Londoner applies without even talking to his family and brilliantly passes all the stages of recruitment to finally get the job among 280 candidates! “I was as happy as if I had won the lottery! But an island of 2.5 km2, inhabited by 60 people, I did not know if my wife and my children would put up with such a change”, recalls the Midshipman Robinson. Despite the reluctance linked to such a revolution, the women of the family let themselves be convinced by the project. “We then left to spend four days there, says Emma. The welcome from the inhabitants, the beauty of the landscapes, the school for seven students, the house planned for us: we were immediately won over.”
Four years later, the results are positive. The girls have never regretted their life in London. The icing on the cake, Craig and his wife worked together to renew the island. Emma managed the marketing and communication alongside her husband. Tourism has developed strongly despite the pandemic. “It is working beyond our expectations! This summer, the island has been the most visited in the whole area!”, Says Craig. “It’s a full box!”
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