As travelers we’re fascinated by the world – dazzled by exotic locations, awed by natural wonders, and astounded by man-made marvels. Give us the souk in Marrakech, along with the Grand Canyon and Sydney Opera House … and we’re in heaven! But most of all we’re intrigued by the people of the world.
We delight in the diversity of different cultures and their traditions. Everyday life intrigues us – how people dress, what they eat, and what they do for fun! And we’re curious about where they live – their homes. Despite all our differences across the planet, millions of us have one overriding thing in common. We live in modest dwellings.
Over the years we’ve defined this concept of simple homes across the earth as
“The Global Cottage.”
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What does the word “cottage” bring to mind for you?
Perhaps something with a thatched roof …
… or a place where you can commune with nature.
Maybe you prefer a home in the sky …
… or under the rolling hills.
Possibly your idea of bliss is a home that moves with you.
We were looking for mobility when we lived in a tent for 5 months on our epic camping tour of North America!
Does size really matter? In a word, yes … at least it does to us. Although the well-to-do folks who built massive homes in Bar Harbor and Jekyll Island affectionately called their mansions “cottages,” most people would agree that:
“In modern usage, a cottage is usually a modest, often cozy dwelling”
We’ll leave the grand residences to Architectural Digest.
To us a Global Cottage is an abode of any architectural style. A place of modest size and modest means. It can be a bungalow, tiny house, mobile home, yurt, apartment, tent, sod house, RV, houseboat, tree house, vacation home, flat, log cabin, chalet, Hobbit house, dacha, pied-à-terre, mountain hut, teepee, condo, converted school bus (takes breath) … you get the picture. Global Cottage is also an umbrella term that describes not only a dwelling, but a way of life. Topics can be far ranging, such as:
- Creating a home anywhere in the world
- Staying in small spaces around the world
- Feeling “at home on the globe”
- Living like a local in places such as London, Amsterdam, Athens, and Berlin
So today we’re officially launching our Global Cottage Series. We’ve already published several posts that fit the Global Cottage theme. If you would like to get a taste of what we’re talking about, check out these 3 posts:
We’re really excited about this topic and would love to hear your suggestions for posts. And even if you live in a grand place with square footage to spare, please join us, because all are welcome in our Global Cottage!
Photos via Wikimedia Commons 1) Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii 2) Tanenhaus 3) Tatoute 6) Cherus 7) Rob Chandler 8) Tara Hunt 9) Waqcku 11) Evelyn Simak 12) Graham Hardy 13) MauritsV