Living in a Cabin: The Pros and Cons

Have you become disillusioned with the hustle and bustle of city life? Tired of living in the fast lane all the time? Sick of feeling as if you’re constantly in a rat race? Well maybe it’s time to up sticks and go and live, well, with the sticks. And by sticks we mean the beautiful, untouched trees of what are largely uninhabitable areas: the peaks of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, for example, where pristine wild forests ebb and flow with the peaks. It’s beautiful, tranquil, and remote. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

However, for every positive, there must be a negative, as such as the way the world works. Here is a list of a few pros, and a few cons, about going to live in a cabin.



Jonathan Bechtel tells of his own experience living in a cabin, and states that the electricity comes from two solar panels in the front yard, and the water comes from a creek right next door that’s drawn in from a gravity pump. This means he is able to sustain himself without any connection from the outside world altogether.


Heat’s made the old fashioned way: by chopping firewood and putting it into a wood stove (although this may be a pro, to some).


Experiencing a new way of life without necessarily having to travel halfway across the globe. Check these cabins for sale and find the one that is the best fit for you.


Still far enough away from civilization that may make it difficult for emergency services to get to you, in the case of an emergency.


A feeling of independence forced upon you by the isolation.


The lack of signals could make it feel dull, especially if you’re so used to having you phone, or some other sort of device that connect to the internet, on you a all times. On top of this, a feeling of detachment could start to induce restlessness or even homesickness


Not having to see or speak to anybody you find annoying.


Instead having to contend with the odd grizzly bear.

So no you’ve seen all the pros and cons, if you still want to go ahead with your plan to become at one with nature by going to live in a cabin, then bravo! Make sure to check out these tips on how best to live off the grid. But if you’ve decided that it’s just not for you after all, then that’s okay too.

Perhaps a shorter stay in a cabin may suit you better: these four amazing healthy retreats for a new you would be a good place to start if that’s what you are thinking. Most important of all, however, is to be happy. If living in a city makes you happy: live in a city. If living in a cabin makes you happy: live in a cabin. Just be happy!

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