Many people are seeking a new way of living. The traditional home on a specific plot of land, just isn’t doing the job of satisfying many homeowners. This is one reason why houseboat living has become popular these days. There was a time when houseboat living was a far-off dream in Europe or somewhere exotic. Now, people are living in houseboats all over the U.S. and Canada, and those who are transitioning to houseboat living are from every walk of life. From retired professors to freelance artists and writers, many people are yearning for the freedom of living on a boat,
There are many ways to live on a houseboat. Some dwellers choose to be docked at all times and pay for docking fees, and others enjoy the choice of riding up and down the nearest river and docking whenever they choose. Many areas, have certain docking spaces for those who like to take a ride once in a while. Docking rules vary from place to place. Sometimes you can dock for 24 hours, other docking spaces allow you to dock for months at a time.
1. The Incredible Views
It’s not difficult to find incredible views. All you need to do is look around you. Most rivers and lakes are surrounded by the purest of nature. Living on a houseboat, you get to see that beauty all the time.
2. You Get to be the Captain
This may not be a thrill for everyone, but it is a huge thrill for some. You get to be the captain of your own boat and your own life. Of course, you need to do your studies before embarking on this kind of life move, but once you learn the ropes, donning that captain’s hat can be quite a surreal trip.
3. You Can Always Move
Living on a houseboat makes it easier to change environments if you don’t like the one you’re in. You can change neighbors much easier by just riding a couple miles down the river to the next docking station. You don’t feel so stuck and restricted as you do when you own a home or sign a lease.
4. No Yard Work
Some people like yard work and gardening, most people do not. You won’t have that worry living on a houseboat. If you love plants, you can still own house plants depending upon the climate and where you place them, but that is really no different than living in a house. What you won’t need to do, is mow the lawn.
5. Life is Always Changing and Exciting
Life is never dull on a houseboat. When you take a small cruise, you get a great change of scenery, and as the climate changes you get a front row seat. You can be on the move for months, stopping here and there for your food and house needs, and meeting new people. And if you remain docked most of the time, the neighbors around you will change much more often than if you were living in a house in the city.