Hej Kalle! Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Kalle Flodin, 32 years old living in a simple log cabin in the north of Sweden together with my girlfriend Christine and our two dogs Tuss and Nala.
What was your previous job before you moved out of Stockholm?
I worked a really boring job in a store, selling shoes and other products that people didn’t really need. That is also the reason I quit, I could’t stand it anymore.
What made you decide to leave the city life?
I felt like I didn’t belong in the city. I wanted something more out of life outside of working 9-5. I worked full time, but almost didn’t have any money at the end of the month, the city life was so expensive and it just felt wrong.
What have you learned living in a rural area?
That it’s totally possible to not only survive out here but also live. I have learned to be ok with feeling bored and alone. I have also learned the hard way that this simple way of life is not easy, but it’s worth fighting for!
What sort of budget does it require to follow your example?
I would say that totally depends on what you want out of this lifestyle. My spendings right now is around 5 500 Swedish Krona each month. And I bought my cabin for less than 300 000 Swedish Krona. But I have spent a lot of money on renovations and buying camera gear for my company so I could live my dream of being a filmmaker and tell my story here from the cabin.
What tips would you give anyone who wants to live in a rural area?
Don’t wait for the “perfect timing”, that time will never come. Just be smart about it, make a simple plan, save up some money so you have some sort of backup and then just go for it. Try to get inspiration from people online, learn from them and follow their example.
What’s your plans for the future?
To make our cabin into a home for a future family and to expand my company and try to grow even more on Youtube so I can one day call that my full time job.
How should someone start that has the dream to live like you?
I would say that you should try making a list of what you want out of life, look at that list and then ask yourself the question: “What is the worst thing that could happen if I tried?”
Then you will realise that it’s not that scary anymore, and that will hopefully get you going.
Thank you so much for reading this article =)
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