Would You Live in a Treehouse?

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Treehouses aren’t just for kids anymore! This video from The Atlantic explores the new world of treehouse living: “You can vacation at a ‘treesort,’ or watch a reality show about treetop architecture, and even rent a room in a treehouse on Airbnb.” Yes, please!

I once stayed in a treehouse in Quebec with a couple of friends. It felt more like a campsite than a personal home, but it was cozy just the same. We had a compost toilet and basic amenities, but the place was spacious and adorable, and we somehow managed to assemble a meal out of nothing. There’s a certain novelty with living in a home that’s above the trees. First of all, you’re forced to cut out all the excess belongings, and to live more frugally. Who needs a giant house, anyway? There’s just more to clean!

My treehouse accommodations were basic, but luxury options are also available. Artificial limbs for support, plumbing and running water, and luxury furnishings are just a few ideas for sprucing up the living quarters. Some treehouses might be considered some of the world’s smallest places to sleep, but others are a straight-up vacation. The “treesort” in Oregon, for example, offers a lot of different options for both budget travellers and those with cash to spend. And since you’re spending time in Oregon, you might as well hire a local guide to take you on an Oregon walking tour. Portland’s not a bad place to explore on foot.

One interviewer said: “There’s something about a treehouse that forces you to make light, and to feel lighter. I think it’s because there’s a child in all of us.” If you could live in a treehouse, would you?

A lot of work actually goes into the treehouse building process, but the rewards are worth it. And while they’re gaining in popularity, finding a treehouse to stay in isn’t as easy as you might think. When you hire a local guide worldwide, ask them for any insider knowledge they might have. And failing that, just head over to the Treesort in Oregon.

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