Have you ever felt like packing a bag, quitting your job, and moving to a desert island to live out the rest of your days? We’ve all been there, but one man has pulled a full Tom Hanks in Castaway and has been living on an island since 1997!
David Glasheen is a 73-year-old man living on a Restoration Island. This is a small land mass off Northeast Australia.
He lives with just the company of his dog, and although he says he misses the occasional intelligent conversation, he’s never been happier.
Check out David’s island, which he calls his ‘heaven on earth.’
After the stock exchange crash of 1987, David lost his multi-million-pound fortune and made the decision to move.
He’s a former businessman and property magnate. He was worth an average of $28.4 million at his best until the crash happened.
Now, he’s totally self-sufficient. He lives in a shack with the company of his dingo-cross dog Polly.
David explained that when he came to the island he was sick of money. ‘Money is what makes people sick and my marriage had been broken apart,’ he said.
‘I would love to find a partner who wants to live with me here,’ David said. ‘Or a couple of ladies who want to come and visit a couple times a year.’ Living on a deserted island is probably freeing, but a tad lonely at times.
‘My favorite thing about living here is the peace and enjoying nature,’ David said. ‘It is just a beautiful place in a remote part of the country most people do not know about. I just love it.’
It’s not all paradise though, the wildlife and harsh elements are still dangerous. David explained that if you get into trouble out there, you’re pretty much dead. ‘The saltwater crocodiles are beautiful animals,’ he said. ‘They are dangerous but I love them.’
David was born in Sydney and had his own gold-mining company in Papua New Guinea before the devastation of the global financial crash.
It’s been 20 years since his move and David’s comment was: ‘I want to die here–where else would I? This is my heaven on earth.’
After David’s wife left him, he was inspired to move to the island by a new girlfriend who spoke of wanting to live on one. He began to do the research.
David doesn’t even have to live under a rock on his island. Thanks to solar panels and a generator, he can access the internet! He watches videos on YouTube and makes trips on his boat to Cairns for essentials and treats.
Backpackers used to come through quite often, but David says that it’s slowed down. He does however have a gifting system, meaning he sometimes gets booze and other treats from those who visit the island. Sounds like David has it all!