Whilst committing to moving onto a Narrowboat, away from your house or flat might seem daunting at first, more and more people are finding that life on the UK’s canals is helping them to save money, all whilst enjoying a more liberating way of life. Living aboard a boat does of course present challenges, it’s not the life for everyone! However, if you’re interested in spending your free time exploring the nation's canals, living potentially off grid and experiencing a greater level of freedom, then perhaps narrowboat living could be for you.
One report by The Metro has explored how one single mum who decided to move from their home onto a Narrowboat, now saves around £807 per month that otherwise would have been spent on the bills and costs associated with day to day living. According to the report:
“Hannah Bodworth, from Leicester, and her son George, now 8, chose the move for a cheaper way of life. A single parent and struggling with bills, the 38-year-old wanted an alternative. She was exhausted and frustrated at the stress and wanted a simple life away from the rat race. Working in marketing with a photography studio on the side meant Hannah was burnt out and didn’t have enough time to spend with her son.”
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Prior to moving onto a narrowboat, Hannah lived in a two bedroom house but found that living there meant she needed to work full time in order to afford the bills. After purchasing a boat for around £18,000, this all changed for the better, allowing Hannah to work less hours and spend more time with her son. Hannah has told The Metro:
“After buying the boat I quickly got George’s bedroom ready so that he could be comfortable and excited about moving in. It was important that he had his own room, whereas my bedroom is also the living room, dining room and office. It has been such a liberating experience.The slowness of our life now is amazing. We are never in a rush for anything. Living a more simple life has made me so much happier.”