More than half of the 7 billion people who live on this planet have no idea what life would be like without all-too-convenient access to grocery stores, gas stations, and the internet. We’re all tied to the grid. Now, one website is making it easy to get away — far, away — from the trappings of modern life and discover the world’s best, truly off-grid vacation destinations.
FreeHouse is a niche vacation rental booking website whose sole purpose is to connect travelers with only the most disconnected accommodations. The site’s listings are spread mostly throughout North America, with a focus on the United States. The database includes everything from remote beach houses to back-country huts to luxurious desert canyon homes. The only thing they all have in common is that they’re truly off-grid. According to the site’s founders, this means they’re completely self-sustaining with no connection to the public utility infrastructure.
This doesn’t mean that every house is without modern amenities and essentials, however. Quite the contrary, as most feature running water and electricity. They merely rely on the elements and sustainable means of harvesting them, like solar power, wind turbines, elaborate rain collection systems, and common off-grid “gadgets” like composting toilets.
To help users wrap their mind around the level of “off-grid-ness” of each property, most are ranked according to three scales: the Rustic Scale, Remote Scale, and Unplugged Scale. These are subjective numerical values assigned by the site’s owners to help would-be renters fully appreciate every property.
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