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Interesting Living Solutions Around the World

Posted by Chaya Zarchi on January 13, 2021

Every   culture   has  its   traditions    and   customs   developed through history, and housing is one of them. While houses and flats   around   the   world  may  differ,  they  all  have  the same purpose  —  to  serve  as  a  home. For some, it’s as simple as a boat   at   the   marina,   but  for  others,  it  can  be  a luxurious mansion.  Regardless if you plan on moving to another country, or are just curious, here are some of the most interesting living solutions across the globe.


Carved cave homes in Tunisia

Some  types  of  living   solutions  have  been  used  for  centuries,  like  cave homes in Tunisia. This type of home is carved into the sandstone  caves  with  passageways leading from each abode to the central pit. Cave homes are permanent lodgings that provide shelter from the sun and winds in the North African desert.

In  recent  years, cave  homes  became  popular  for their unusual architecture and comfortable accommodation, so they spread all around  the  world  as  hotels. The Cappadocia region in Turkey is the most famous for its cave hotels that range from luxurious ambiance to rustic allure.

Eco-housing in the Netherlands

With   climate   change  and  natural   catastrophes   came   the need  to  adopt  a  green and eco-friendly way of living with the  intent   to   help   the   planet    heal.    If    you    are    keen    on becoming   part    of   this   environmental    change,    consider moving   to   the   Netherlands.   Landlords   and   homeowners have  been  building  eco- friendly  houses  and  apartments for a while now. They have compost  bins,   good   insulation,  solar panels,   and  LED  lights,   making   them   energy-efficient  and cheap to live in.   Furniture  is  made  from recycled goods and  sustainable resources, so even outfitting your home may downsize the carbon footprint.

Ice shelters in Canada

Igloos  are  a traditional snow hut that offer shelter from the harsh  cold  and  icy  winds  in  Canada  and  Greenland.  It’s possible  to  light  a  small  fire in the middle of the igloo and stay  warm  during  fishing  or exploring the Canadian Arctic. These    are    not   permanent   living   solutions   since   the compressed snow used for building also radiates cold.

If you want to see what it’s like to sleep in an igloo, you can join excursions   that   involve   winter   camping   in   the  Canadian

wilderness. However, if you are not that enthusiastic about freezing outdoor adventure, you can stay at Hotel de Glace in Quebec, an igloo hotel made of snow and ice.


Community living in Australia

Community  living is popular in Australia, where a person can own a house, apartment, or building but share the adjoining common property   with   others.   To  make  sure  everything  runs  smoothly,  homeowners  use  strata management  services.   These hired professionals take care of the property, keep their insurance up-to-date, and mediate in potential issues between the owners.

However,   strata   managers   are  not solely responsible for common property. Homeowners still have individual responsibilities to maintain this part of the area regularly and together.


Portable tents in Kyrgyzstan

Central  Asia  is  home  to nomadic tribes that are on the move    during    high    summers   and   need  temporary housing  to  rest.   Yurts in Kyrgyzstan  are portable tents that were traditionally made from animal skins and used for  centuries.   In  the  previous   decades,   some  tribes decided  to  have permanent housing and settle down in one place, which changed the construction of yurts.

This also led to the emergence of yurt hotels and hostels that are modern but still have Kyrgyz cultural characteristics. If you want to go glamping in Kyrgyzstan with running water, a functional toilet, and hot showers, you can stay at one of the many yurt camps.


Raised houses in Cambodia

Cambodia  is  one  of  the  countries  of  Southeast  Asia  affected  by  heavy  rainfall  each year. Since the floods are common here, people  build  their  homes  erected above the ground on stilts. Stilt houses are made of  bamboo  with  sloped  roofs  so  that  the rainwater doesn’t accumulate on the top and damage the structure.

Usually,  these  houses  have only one room, and the residents have to climb to enter with ladders. Because of their height, stilts keep  people  safe  from  animals  that  roam  the Cambodian lands, like lizards, snakes, and insects. This type of living solution is available today in some regions which encounter devastating heavy flooding and hurricanes.

Traditional houses in Korea

Korean  houses  known as hanok existed in this country since the Joseon Dynasty in the 14th century. The architects would build  hanok  houses  with  regards  to their surroundings that often included seasons as well. Traditionally, the back of the hanok faces the mountain, while the front looks towards the river.

The  floors  of  the  hanok  are  constructed   so   they   can  be  heated  in  the  winter  and  cooled  during  summer — a  common characteristic  of  the Ondol style. A tiled roof is curved with ornate  drawings   and   designs   undersurface   making   each   house unique. All hanok houses are built from the locally-sourced materials and respect the land they are constructed on.

The bottom line

Every  culture  has  its  unique  characteristics  that  we  find inspiring and fascinating. When it comes  to  living solutions, the same   applies  here  as  well.   Some homes emerged from the bear necessity for shelter and protection from the weather, while  others  are  a  practical  organization  of  space.   Whichever  you decide to experience, you will be one step closer to understand how people live in other parts of the world.

About the Author

Nina  is  a  lifestyle  blogger,  yoga  aficionado, and travel enthusiast with a distinctive taste for home decor. She’s passionate about learning  new  things  and  sharing  meaningful  ideas.  In  her free time, she loves to design clothes and furniture.
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