The word may sound weird, but yurts are pretty cool (in that they keep in the cool air when you want them to and that they are neat and stylish). Camping in a yurt is just as much of a possibility as living in one. People looking to live more minimalist lives have been looking to yurts for small home living for a while now.
Yurts are ancient structures that have been around for a long time. Originally made from animal skins and hairs, and trees. Most often the wood parts were made from light woods, like saplings of willow and poplar trees. They were homes for ancient cultures.
What Is A Yurt?
There are traditional and modern yurts. Yurts are round, dome-like, “structures” that are portable. To move them, you collapse the wooden frame and the fabric that covers them. They are amazingly interesting architectural structures.
The traditional yurt is mostly found around Central Asia, even now. There are yurts still in use as homes. They have the minimal arrangements that people need for living. They lack the fancy windows and doors that modern yurts have.
Modern yurts, however, are created with modern materials. They can be built stronger to last longer. These new style yurts often include glass windows and insulation that let them withstand cold temperatures. While traditional yurts can withstand a lot, modern materials can do so much more for them.
These are some of the reasons that yurt camping is a great idea. It can be luxurious, depending on your yurt style. The fact that they are portable is handy as well.
Why are they so popular now? They have lots of space to work with inside that circular design. They are also extremely energy efficient.
Where Can You Buy a Yurt?
If you’re thinking that you need a yurt now because they sound so cool, it’s important to figure out where to find yurts for sale. You can try the usual online shopping outlets, like Craigslist and eBay. If this is a place you plan to spend a lot of time you may want to purchase something new from a reputable company.
There is a company called The Yurt Store. That seems a valid place to invest in a yurt. When looking for a yurt for sale you can also check out camping stores.
Where to buy isn’t the only important consideration when it comes to buying a yurt. You also need to know how to buy one. It can be easier to get what you’re looking for if you purchase from a company that specializes in yurts.
Fabric matters. You also want to consider where you will be using your yurt. Extreme heat and extreme cold may both call for different amenities. You might want something that works well for both cold and hot temps.
Make a list of the uses you intend for your yurt. Take that list with you when you yurt shop so you get just what you’re looking for.
Best Places to Go Yurt Camping
Don’t have your own yurt? Want to camp in a yurt, maybe give it a try for a more permanent living structure? There are yurts you can rent for camping.
If you want to trial yurt camping, Oregon should be one of your top stops. Why? Because Oregon State parks have affordable yurt rentals for camping. They even welcome pets.
You can also try yurt camping in Washington. The park system there also has yurt rentals available for campers.
Some other states that have parks that offer yurt rental include Michigan, Minnesota, and Idaho. Those aren’t the only ones, so check the state you live in or expect to vacation in for yurt rentals and availability of yurt camping.
If you love it, invest in your own yurt. You should be able to rent camping spots at rustic and RV parks. Just call ahead and ask.
Is Full-Time Yurt Living For You?
If you’ve been thinking about small house living, a yurt is a great option for an actual residence. Traditional yurts are only a living option if you want to be close to nature. They don’t offer as much stability as a modern yurt.
Yurts are not only an energy efficient home, but they are Eco-friendly as well. You probably won’t be wiring your yurt up for electricity, and you’re going to need to get creative when it comes to using the toilet and showering, but there are people that live in yurts, all year round. You just need to be OK with a more rustic way of life.
Whether you only spend a few days a year in a yurt or the rest of your life, yurt living can be quite an adventure. Consider the money you’d save changing your lifestyle. Or at least the fun you’ll have camping in something other than a tent or cabin.