Category Archives for "Caribbean Island"

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Island sold!! My new life of freedom.

It’s taken a lot longer than I expected, but I’ve finally achieved another major goal. In 2011 I bought a small island off the coast of Panama. Why? Well, if I am completely honest there is a small part of me that quite liked the idea of being able to say “I own my own […]

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Island hand-over tomorrow

April seems to have just flown by. I just looked at my blog page and realised I haven’t posted anything for over a month now. New island owner Graham and his partner Casey stayed with us for a couple of days at the end of March before setting off on their Central American travels. Vanessa […]

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Korean documentary TV appearance

Shortly after our episode of UK documentary series “Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild” aired we were contacted by a Korean TV documentary show. “Would you be interested in filming a short article for Seoul Broadcasting Services?” they asked. I tried putting a clip from the show on YouTube but it was soon taken […]

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Island sale – the deal is done!

On Thursday 27th March 2014 Graham Hughes and I sat down in the Pirate restaurant in Bocas Town, along with our local lawyer, to finalise the island paperwork which transfers a one third share of ownership over to Graham. Graham is now a 33.33% owner of the company that holds the island and all other […]

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US TV show appearance this weekend

Since “Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild” first aired two weeks ago (21st February 2014) we’ve been a little snowed under with emails and messages. The response and the comments have been overwhelmingly positive and supportive, and it has been a real pleasure to interact with so many wonderful people. The island gets another […]

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“Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild”

Here’s our episode of Ben Fogle’s documentary series New Lives in the Wild, which originally aired on UK Channel 5 on 21st February 2014. It was fied in October 2013 at our little off-grid island just off the Caribbean coast of Panama. See all episodes of the first two series of New Lives here too.

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“Why are you selling your island?”

Since our episode of “Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild” aired on Friday night we have received so many emails and messages from people via social media. It would seem that most people thoroughly enjoyed the show, and it would also seem that we have inspired quite a few people to think about the […]

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Ben Fogle’s stay at “Usher’s Island”

What excitement! The day for the airing of our episode of “Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild” finally arrived. The Daily Mail had done another huge article, and we had great fun interacting with others in the comments section below the article. I think that section is as interesting as the article itself, and […]

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What is on your bucket list for 2014?

What is on your bucket list for 2014? Maybe I can offer a little assistance? One of my goals for 2014 is to do some inspirational speaking. Having thoroughly enjoyed my first major talk in Vienna last year, I am keen to challenge myself to do some more speaking. The main thrust of what I […]

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“New Lives In The Wild” airs February 21st

As previously mentioned in the blog, we were contacted last year by a UK TV production company looking for potential candidates for a second series of hit UK TV documentary “New Lives In The Wild”, presented by Ben Fogle. We were very excited to be picked to feature in one of the four episodes. The […]

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Happy New Year

After all the excitement of the TEDx event in Austria, we headed back to the UK to a very wintery scene. We spent some time visiting Vanessa’s family and friends in the South, before heading up to my home town of Darlington where we stayed with my mum. I took a trip down memory lane, […]

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2013 – the year in pictures.

Once again, as much for myself as for anybody else still reading, here is a quick review of the year in pictures: January 2013 Bocas del Toro, Panama February 2013 Bocas del Toro, Panama March 2013 UK April 2013 UK / Bocas del Toro, Panama May 2013 Bocas del Toro, Panama June 2013 Bocas del […]

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Usher’s Island

Life has been full over the past few months, what with “New Lives in the Wild” being filmed on the island, followed by a quick dash across the Atlantic to speak at TEDx in Vienna, and then a whirlwind tour of the UK visiting friends and family. In our absence there has been more excitement […]

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UK TV documentary: “New Lives in the Wild”

Life’s adventure just keeps offering amazing new experiences. I was contacted earlier in the year by a UK TV production company who wondered if I might be interested in having my lifestyle on my little island being featured in a UK TV documentary. The first series of “New Lives in the Wild” had been a […]

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Wikipedia page

When I listed my “entire life” on eBay in 2008 the interest from the media worldwide was phenomenal. Many interesting and unusual experiences came out of that wave of publicity. Ultimately, of course, Walt Disney Pictures ended up buying the movie rights for the story, and the money they paid me has funded the beautiful […]

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“Learn to listen, then listen to learn”

I’ve set myself a new goal, and you can help me achieve it if you like… “Learn to listen, then listen to learn.” Who said that? Well, actually, I did. When we were at the College Speaking seminar in California, presenter James Malinchak suggested one way to make yourself stand out as a professional speaker […]

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New-look IanUsher.com website

Since our return from California we have been enthusiastic about all that we learned there about being a professional speaker, and have been implementing many of the ideas prompted by the seminar. The two main steps forward have been to completely rework the IanUsher.com website, and to change my personal Facebook account into a Facebook […]

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Island update

We’ve settled back into life on the island after the excitement of a trip up to California. It was nice to enjoy some big city living for a while, but it was also very nice to return home. There has been a bit of an exciting change here. Vanessa, who came to visit from the […]

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A little bit of background info

With this being a brand new start, and a brand new blog, I thought I should fill in some of my background for those who might stumble across my written ramblings, and wonder what on Earth I’m talking about. I’ll make it brief, but add in plenty of links for those who care see more […]

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A new start

It’s my birthday today, and it’s a landmark number too. It seems like it was only a few years ago that I was running a jet ski business on the beach in Scarborough on England’s north-east coast. I turned thirty there during our second summer on the beach. It seems like only yesterday that I […]

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Return to Panama.

After a great time back in the north-east of England it was eventually time to return home. I had a couple of nice days in London – the wintry weather finally faded away for the last few of days of my time in England. I enjoyed catching up with an old friend, meeting some new […]

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Top article on Daily Mail Online.

Well, I’d say the press release earlier today went well, and the publicity is off to a flying start! I contacted Hannah Roberts at The Daily Mail. She did an article about my purchase of the island some time ago, and I wondered if she would be interested in doing a follow up. She was, […]

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Caribbean Life 4 Sale

I think I’m ready. The website goes live today, and I’m planning on a press release tomorrow. As always, I’m sure there is more I could have written for the website, perhaps more pix I could have added, but it’s been a busy few weeks. So here it is, a Caribbean island lifestyle for sale. […]

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New Book “Paradise Delayed” scores #1 at Amazon

Wow again. I’ve only just published my new book “Paradise Delayed – The pitfalls and pleasures (mainly the pitfalls) of Caribbean island life in the beautiful archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama” and it has already managed a Number 1 slot at Amazon – admittedly in the rather narrow category of “Caribbean Travel”, but it’s […]

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A wintery game of golf.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I’m a regular golfer – I play one nine hole round every year or so, usually when I go to visit my friend Scott. He had a better set of clubs to lend me this time, so I couldn’t use my usual excuse – playing […]

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Back in England.

It’s almost the end of March, I’m back in England, and its freezing here!! I headed up to Montreal, following Moe, Finn and Maible, who had flown a few hours before me from San Jose. Having no winter clothes at all with me, I imagine I looked a little out of place at Montreal airport […]

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Island Paradise

2013 is already flying by! Where has January gone? With Moe and the kids here for over three months, it is pretty hard to keep focussed on the work that needs to be done around the island – there are just too many distractions. There are plenty of invitations to social gatherings, and home schooling […]

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New blog for 2013….

Well, time for a change again!!! For 2013 I’ll be writing a new blog: “Caribbean Life 4 Sale” That’s right, my little slice of paradise is up for sale!! For full details see: https://www.ianusher.com/stories/caribbean-island-life

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2012 – the year in pictures.

Once again, as much for myself as for anybody else still reading, here is a quick review of the year in pictures: January 2012 Bocas del Toro, Panama February 2012 Bocas del Toro, Panama March 2012 Bocas del Toro, Panama April 2012 Bocas del Toro, Panama May 2012 Bocas del Toro, Panama June 2012 Bocas […]

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Welcome back, family.

Six weeks has flown by, and I booked a flight to Panama City to meet them, along with Marty and Carol, friends from Australia, along with their two kids on a fortnight’s holiday. We had a lovely couple of days in Panama, then caught the overnight bus back to Bocas del Toro. The house is […]

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Pressure is on….

Cameron has done a great job of looking after my little island home for three months, and by all accounts has had a great time down here. He described his time her on one of his facebook posts as “life changing”. I’m glad he enjoyed himself. I too enjoyed myself in Canada, but it was […]

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