'Staying in Balzan at the moment, it feels a bit claustrophobic.'
Oh that is going to happen wherever you live . I was in Malta a few months before I left the island and vsited Spain. Now I need to leave every 4-6 weeks or I go bat shit crazy, lol!!
If I had to drive there I'd be in a mental institute by now, but a scooter might be ok for commuting. Too bad more people don't ride them as opposed to cars.
I live in Sliema because that's where my mum has a flat, but I've figured out the key to combatting 'green withdrawal' is to make periodic visits to my brother who lives in England.
I know a couple people who live in Rabat and really like it (foreigners and Maltese). It's pretty easy to get to most places from there.