The folks over at Flogas recently surveyed a cross-section of UK residents to find out their views on escaping to the country in the hopes of identifying what they would miss if they adopted a rural lifestyle and started living off grid. 85% of those surveyed liked the idea of ‘escaping it all’, and not surprisingly half said that they would miss their smartphones within a week……although I suspect it wouldn’t take more than 24 hours for most of them to be suffering withdrawal symptoms.
This got me looking at my own creature comforts and asking myself ‘what would I miss’ if I ever joined the estimated 1.7 billion people already living off grid?
I’d miss my phone – never far from reach as I snap away capturing every moment of Max growing up. I’d miss my TV – what would I do if I couldn’t keep up to date with the latest box sets on Netflix? And what blogger could live without their laptop? I’m kind of ashamed to admit it but technology plays such a huge role in my day to day living that I’m really not sure if I could live without it.
Whilst I may be able to convince my husband to come round to my way of thinking, the same probably couldn’t be said for my family and friends. What’s life if you haven’t got those people close to you around to share it with?
I’ve always lived in the middle of a busy city, never more than a five minute drive from the nearest supermarket or town centre. I love the convenience of this and whilst the idea of quiet remote living appeals in some aspects, in reality I just don’t think I could live without my weekly takeaway.
I’m a lover of a warm bubble bath in the evenings, soaking away the stresses of the day. And after sleepless nights with a newborn a quick morning shower is much needed to get me ready for the day ahead. What would life be without hot running water?
Whilst a few days of remote living definitely sound appealing, especially after a tough week, the reality is that in the long term it wouldn’t be for me. I’m a creature of comforts, never happier than when I’m snuggled up on the sofa with my little family watching a good movie.
Do you like the idea of living off grid? Or are there too many things you’d miss? Here’s what the people surveyed had to say……..
*this is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own