Going off-grid is most people's ideal when they make the shift to tiny living. It merely means you don't need to rely on mains for power or water, and can significantly lower your cost of living after the initial outlay. Equipping your house for alternative power also increases its value, should you eventually wish to sell it, and makes it easier to take your home on the road and park wherever the fancy takes you.
Tiny houses are still a relatively new phenomenon, and local councils and governments aren't 100 percent sure how to go about regulating them yet. Things are moving a-pace though, and collaboration between councils and tiny homeowners is helping to open channels of communication. Here's the low-down on what classification you can claim for your tiny build, where you can live and how to go about settling in.
Sustainability and natural health are gradually becoming central to many people's daily routines. Our awareness of the products we put in and on our bodies is evolving, as is our understanding of the social and ecological consequences of our choices. We're shifting our focus from fads and trends to long-term, ethical and natural solutions.
Tiny houses are having a massive impact as an ever-increasing number of people re-assess their lifestyles to better line up with their values.
I'm very lucky. Travel has always been a massive part of my family's lifestyle and priorities, so by the time I left home for university, I'd been to a fair few countries and continents.
I was lost after finishing my bachelor's degree. I knew I wanted "out" of academia, and its bubble-like, library-centred existence; I knew I wanted to be IN the world, interacting with people, issues and solutions; I knew I needed at least a little bit of money in order to live my most impactful life; I had no idea where to start.