This weekend I went home to visit my parents in England, and found myself watching “Kevin McCloud’s Escape to the Wild” on Channel 4 (good old English TV!). This week focused on a family that had moved to Tonga. The family, consisting of Boris and Karyn and their three children moved the South Pacific island in 2007 with five suitcases, where they camped for about a year in the forest whilst they built a log cabin to live in.
.Now they have a beautiful house built entirely from natural resources from the island, along with imported cement. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large living area with a sea view. The family aim to live entirely sustainably: they get electricity and warmth from solar panels and a wind turbine, and running clean water from collecting rain water in big tanks. They even have a bunker at the back of the house for protection from hurricanes and tsunamis.