Now is your chance to flee society. Drop off the grid. Pull a Thoreau. Be you a survivalist, an environmentalist or a cheapskate-ist, you can join the growing movement of Americans embracing off-grid living.
“There’s a desire to step out of the rat race, and in America, that goes very deep in the national psyche,” says Nick Rosen, author of “Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America” and editor of www.off-grid.net. “You know, the pioneering spirit and sturdy self-reliance — these things which define the American character.”
For some off-griders, it’s a matter of having little or no impact on the environment — literally living off the power grid. This lifestyle has been championed by celebrities Daryl Hannah and Ed Begley Jr. Then there are those who no longer want to be a blip on the societal radar.
“Off-grid living is a spectrum that unites greens and survivalists,” says Rosen, referring to those who choose to escape city life because they either don’t trust the government or don’t want it meddling in their affairs.
So if you’ve been considering going AWOL, let tax day be your inspiration. And if you’ve got what it takes to look after yourself, with a little help from some earthy friends, here are a few off-the-grid destinations that will take you in. Or perhaps you’d like to drop in for a visit …Read More