Sometimes you just need to be alone. Perhaps you’ve decided finally it’s time to write your hard-boiled detective novel. Maybe you’re inspired to develop that business plan you’ve been talking about for years. Or, you just want to get away and think. One key to moving forward is to find the place where the creative juices will freely flow. While Herman Melville wrote much of Moby Dick at the Manhattan’s New York Society Library, others, such as E. B. White and D. H. Lawrence, favored isolated wilderness cabins in which to write their masterpieces. Finding a conducive, distraction-free environment is no easy task. Texts, emails, phone calls, and people constantly impinge on your good intentions to really focus. So, here are a few ideas for locales that might enable a tete-a-tete encounter with your muse, or just a vacation where you can get away from it all.
Private Island: Little Thatch Island, British Virgin Islands
With its terracotta-tiled veranda, louvered shuttered windows, and open-air rooms, Sea Grape Cottage is the sole rental cottage on a small islet in the British Virgin Islands. This comfortable and private place is reachable only by water taxi. That’s not to say there are no distractions, as the clear waters surrounding the islet are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing while the white sand, palm-fringed beach out the side door may well make it challenging to stay indoors. This pricey bit of privacy goes for $6,400 in low season and on up to $8,950 at Christmastime.
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