All it takes is spending a few minutes on social media to lose all faith in humanity. In our world of modern technology and convenience, things can get pretty overwhelming at times. If you find yourself thinking about living off the grid, here are some simple steps to take.

What Does it Mean to Live Off the Grid?

Thanks to modern technology, we are more connected than we ever have been before. Through email, texts, and social media, you can stay connected with friends and loved ones who live halfway around the world at the touch of a button. Being so connected provides a great many benefits, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful at times.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence toward simpler living. People have gone from living in sprawling mansions to living in "tiny houses" and self-sustenance is becoming increasingly popular. People have also begun to transition out of society and into an off-the-grid lifestyle. In plain terms, living off the grid means depending entirely on yourself and your family for the things you need to survive. You forgo government-provided electricity, finding alternative methods of generating energy. You grow your own food, make your own clothes, and live entirely independently.

Simple Steps for Getting Started with Off-the-Grid Life

Living off the grid is a huge challenge, but it is definitely possible. If you're thinking about going off the grid, here are some things to consider:
  • Think about where you'll live. Many people who live off the grid seek mobile living spaces such as RVs and tiny houses built on trailers. You could also buy some land and build your own home.
  • Consider how you'll collect water. Water is an invaluable resource whether you live off the grid or on it. If you choose to go off the grid, you'll need to think about how to collect water.
  • Decide how you'll gather or grow food. Everyone needs to eat but, if you're living off the grid, you won't be going to the grocery store for food. Decide what kinds of food you want to grow and how you'll obtain other necessities.
  • Consider alternative energy sources. Living off the grid means that you're not using government-provided utilities, so you'll need an alternative source of fuel. Solar power, wind energy, and kerosene are all resources you can use to create electricity.
  • Choose the right location. Though you want to be off the grid, you don't want to be completely cut off - especially from resources like water. Choose a location where you can grow your own food, have access to clean water, and space to build your home.
  • Invest in satellite communications. Even if you don't want to be dependent on others for your existence, it is still a good idea to have a backup plan in case of emergencies. Especially if you're living in a remote area, you should have a satellite phone on hand.
Choosing to live off the grid is a big decision, but it can be an exciting one! If you're thinking about going off the grid to simplify your life, take what you've learned here to get started. Good luck!

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