Considering living off the grid? It’s a self-sufficient lifestyle that’s respected by many. It may intimidate some or seem completely impossible, but if you’re committed, it’s possible. However, before you take the leap and go off the grid, there are a few questions you’ll need to ask yourself.
Questions to ask yourself:
1. Where are you going to live? This is a big one. There are plenty of places where living off the grid is actually illegal. You can’t just pick a plot, build your tiny home on it, and begin living off the land. Do your research and find out all the restrictions in the areas you’re looking at. Doing the work up front will give you a more seamless experience down the road without running into any legal issues.
2. Why are you choosing to live off the grid? Are you fed up with government interference? Do you feel a calling to work for and support yourself instead of working for an institution? Do you just want to feel more freedom? Know why you’re choosing to do this (beyond just “it sounded fun!”) and you’ll be able to push through any challenges you may face.
3. How much technology do you want to keep? Yes, it’s possible to live in the middle of nowhere and not live like a caveman. You can still watch Netflix, you can still cook your meals on a normal stove, and you can still have running water - if you choose to do so. It’s possible to make all of these things happen but decide ahead of time how detached you really want to feel from the rest of the world. Some people really want to feel like they’re fully living off the land and don’t want any technology in their homes. Others just want a more simple lifestyle while still enjoying the things they’ve come to like about the “real world.” Either one is totally fine, but know where you stand.