Off-Grid Yurt
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Living in an Off-Grid Yurt Comes with a Unique Set of Challenges

Could you live in a yurt full-time?

The recent trend of tiny homes and cabins has people trying out alternative ways of living with less. The idea for many is to save money, eliminate unnecessary possessions and to reconnect with nature. That is exactly what David and his wife Trish did.

His previous life was in Toronto at the family brokerage firm. That is until his dad was diagnosed with cancer and he realized that he hated the fast-paced big city life. He did what many others would not. He quit his day job and became a canoe river guide during the warmer months.

Today the couple live full-time in a 24-foot yurt. This video takes you on a full tour of the yurt and all the modifications they made to live in it all year-round.

Living this type of lifestyle for 14 years cannot be an easy feat. Especially with all the little extra things they must do to live off-grid like pumping their own water or constantly having to work to keep the yurt heated. However, it appears David and Trish have found happiness in nature.

It was interesting to see how they have re-purposed and recycled some items to give the yurt even more character and make it more functional to live in. Yurts were originally developed in central Asia where nomadic groups moved from place to place with them. This modern yurt is obviously better suited for staying in one place at all times.

Whenever we hear these stories of people who decided to go off-grid and live an alternative lifestyle like this, it seems like it always starts as an experiment that is meant to be short-term. However, such as the case of the couple who live on a sailboat full-time, it seems many people enjoy the lifestyle so much, it becomes permanent.

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