It took a lot of planning and plenty of years to pull it all together.
However, I have been living in the wilderness now for a few years.
And a smarter decision I have never made. I think all of my life I have never been all that turned on about living around a lot of people. My idea of fun was taking off by myself and getting out in raw nature. Actually, that is exactly how I spent my vacations. I was not into an HVAC controlled resort situation. But, I would always have to come back to work and society but I did so grudgingly. The upside of life in town was that I made a lot of money in my job. I am a design engineer. Eventually, I was able to leave the dreaded office environment and work from home. I still had a big income and much less stress being out of the office. Once I met a like minded partner, we started planning how to live off the grid. And now we are. But, it’s still really comfortable. In fact, we even have HVAC. That’s right, we live off the grid but we still enjoy the cooling comfort delivered by modern HVAC. We have a solar power grid of our own that powers the ductless HVAC in our small house. And it’s a good thing, our piece of wilderness paradise comes with a lot of heat throughout the year. And having that ductless air conditioning makes it a lot more bearable. I’m lucky to be living exactly the life I have always wanted to. But extra lucky that I got to bring along the HVAC comfort as well.