One of the things I find fascinating about Vanuatu is the people. Specifically how easy it is to talk with people, and what you can learn.

For example, this week in the car on the way to town I picked up a man who needed a lift.

As usual he asked me where I was from, where I live, and how long I had been here. Often they also ask whether you are married and how many children you have. And what kind of work you do. They are interested in PEOPLE!

Meantime I asked him the same questions. I always learn from the interesting stories I hear.

This guy has been a gardener working for the same employer for 20 years. When he started with this man the job was about clearing the block, removing stones, brush, leveling ground. Very hard full-time physical work. Now it's mostly just part-time – cutting the grass, easy work, and he can get the whole block done in about a day each week.

He and his wife also grow fruit and vegetables on their own land and his wife sells them at a local market.

This doesn't sound like much of a life at first, but think about it. Healthy outdoors activity, working with living things: it paid for land and a modest house. They have raised one girl who has now left home, so it paid for her education. And they have two more girls in school, so more school fees that their lifestyle is funding.

The guy seemed quite happy with his life. Yes, this hardworking couple have achieved the same goals as people all over the world, and did it with cutting grass and growing vegetables.

Vanuatu has several times been voted the “Happiest Place on Earth” by Lonely Planet. It's because the things that people everywhere value – security, a roof, food, clothes, family and good friends – are all abundant here without needing a stressful job. Or two stressful jobs and long commutes.

Besides, they just know how to be happy.

I am not suggesting that you should become a gardener!

But there are plenty of entrepreneurial opportunities in Vanuatu that don't involve stress and a long commute. Here's how: Just find something you know works in your home country but is not happening here yet, and do that.

Perhaps you'd like to investigate how you could live here and enjoy some of that happiness? << book a consultation

Lance in (happy) Vanuatu