Father’s Day: Ten great islands for Dad

Islands are the perfect guy's travel destination because they suit his personality. Here are ten good ones, plus one bonus for Father's Day Photo: Ireland's dramatic Cliffs of Moher Photo: Bob Taylor

CHARLOTTEJune 12, 2013 – What other travel destination better suits the way a man views the world than an island?

Tom Hanks was a Castaway. We have all heard the story of Robinson Crusoe. We see cartoons about the joy of being marooned on a desert island. Nothing captures a man’s desire for isolation better than an island.

Such feelings may only be temporary. After all, every island, no matter how large, possesses inherent limitations. Even so, there is not a man alive who has not dreamed of the adventure of surviving in some remote isolated environment surrounded by water. It’s all part of just being a “guy.”

So on Father’s Day it seems appropriate to present a list of the Top Ten islands that have particular appeal for men. It’s a subjective process for sure, but none of these destinations could ever be regarded as wimpy.

Picturesque Sicilian coast

 1 – Sicily – No list of Father’s Day islands would be complete without Sicily. The largest island in the Mediterranean has a little bit of everything; Greek and Roman ruins, Europe’s largest active volcano and plenty of World War II history. Those elements alone are more than enough, but add in Mario Puzo’s The Godfather and Sicily is a ready-made Father’s Day classic.

 2 – Australia – Just look at the size of a can of Foster’s beer and you understand why Australia appeals to Dad. Australians are hardy, rugged, fun-loving people who enjoy life to the fullest. After all they live in a place filled koala bears, kangaroos, kinkajous and wombats not to mention the platypus. If those aren’t creatures that appeal to a guy, nothing will. There is also the intrigue of Ayers Rock in the center of the country and when it comes to sports, nothing can top the pure mayhem of rugby.

Alcatraz is known as The Rock

 3 – Alcatraz – No one would have wanted to be a prisoner at The Rock, but it does capture the imagination. Given the opportunity, most men would welcome the challenge of trying to figure out a way to escape

 4 – Ireland – We are picking Ireland because of its powerful, dramatic coastline and abundance of castles that permeate the island. The Irish are also horse lovers, but the biggest thing that got the nod was golf. Scotland also has the manly geography and medieval architecture and, yes, it is also the birthplace of golf. Since it shares an island with England and Wales, we chose Ireland with apologies to the Scots.

Nice shoes at the Galapagos

 5 – Galapagos – The Galapagos are really off the beaten path. They are part of Ecuador but they are famous for their exotic protected wildlife, among which are the blue-footed boobies. That name alone immediately gets Dad’s attention. The idea of spending as much time as Charles Darwin did observing thousands of interesting creatures in the Galapagos is definitely appealing to a man.

 6 – Iceland – Let’s face it, Iceland is as exotic as it gets. Situated at the point where the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans converge, where majestic fjords punctuate thousands of miles of coastline, Iceland conjures images of rugged Norse and Gaelic settlers. Perhaps most unique is the plethora of thermal activity that gives Iceland an other-wordly, eerie atmosphrtr that Pop can sink his teeth into.

 7 – St Barts – This tiny spot in the Caribbean is a favorite destination for jet setters. There is virtually no night life and basically one main town which is delightful. St. Barts may not have the best of anything in the Caribbean, but it probably has the second best of everything. It is elegant, tiny, has topless beaches and incredible French food. Why say more?

Hawaii, land of volcanoes

 8 – Hawaii – The islands are beautiful, exotic and a favorite destination for travelers of all ages. Giant waves for surfing, erupting volcanoes and the historical landmarks from the World War II sneak attack at Pearl Harbor are the primary appeals for our Father’s Day list. A luau and a little hula here and there doesn’t hurt either.

 9 – Nantucket – The cobblestone streets are charming and the quaint houses are delightful. It was the whaling industry that made Nantucket famous and that whaling history is what rounds out the appeal. There is a whaling museum, plenty of whaling artifacts, picturesque harbors and great seafood. Can you say, “Aaaargh!”

Back to my little grass shack

10 – Tahiti – The Bounty (pre-mutiny), Marlon Brando and artist Paul Gauguin fell in love with French Polynesia. In fact, Gauguin was actually a “suit” who kept venturing further and further into the wilderness. He sailed to Tahiti in 1891 to escape civilization and “everything that is artificial and conventional.” In the process, Gauguin discovered the ideal Father’s Day island.

And finally, we conclude with the Isle of Mann just because the name says it all.

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) which offers tours and travel information for people who share his wanderlust spirit.  

Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@magellantravelclub.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

 

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