Tiny Houses Go International

Take Your Tiny House Abroad

If you’re in the U.S. but dreaming of life overseas in a tiny house, this is the article for you. We’re going to explore tiny houses on an international scale by learning what it’s like to take a tiny house to another country or how to find one in your ideal location. Learn how to make it work below.

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Tiny Homes Abroad

The tiny house phenomenon isn’t isolated in North America, it’s found across the globe. But if you want to move to a new country and live the tiny life, there are some things you want to keep in mind. Other countries have laws and regulations that can be more restrictive than those in the states. Building laws and rules against living in a mobile structure full-time can make the transition even more difficult.

For example, towing your tiny house across the border and into another country like Canada can pose a few obstacles. Border patrol will require a stack of documentation including your reasoning for entering the country. They are trying to prevent illegal immigration and bringing a literal house into the country looks suspicious. Be prepared to answer many detailed questions about your visit and for a full inspection of your vehicle, your tiny home, and the contents in it. Here are a few tips from seasoned tiny house international travellers:

  1. Do your research and be prepared.
  2. Be honest but keep your answers simple; don’t overshare.
  3. Remain courteous and calm.

Crossing ocean waters with a tiny house will be even more problematic, if possible at all. The best way to ship your tiny house overseas is if your tiny house doubles as a shipping container, or by shipping the prefabricated house kit. But you’ll want to do your research and watch out for building codes and standards in foreign countries.

Working Abroad

Your first obstacle is getting your tiny house into another country, or finding one to purchase. Once you’re settled into your new home it’s time to settle into your new routine. If you don’t already have a job, maybe you’re ready to start applying or looking for remote work.

Lots of tiny house dwellers work remote jobs, especially if they live abroad. Research your country (preferably before you move there) and find out what you’ll need to legally work there. You might need to get a visa, update your CV, and go through a lot of interviews. Here are a few options for finding work in foreign country:

  • Work remote as a freelancer.
  • Find a remote job as a full-time employee.
  • Teach English or any language you can speak fluently.
  • Work temporary and seasonal jobs.
  • Get a working permit.
  • Be an au pair.

Let’s get one thing straight: a visa is not a work permit. Getting a visa to visit a foreign country is fairly easy but getting yourself a working permit is nearly impossible. Most countries won’t allow you to even apply for the working permit, you must first find an employer that wants to recruit you and they can request a work permit. That makes remote work look really appealing.

If you want to live tiny abroad, you have a few good options: move it, ship it, or buy it. But then you’ll have the joy of figuring out the other aspects of living abroad like making an income and supporting your lifestyle. We hope this information has helped you along your journey. Visit our site and check out the Tiny House magazine.

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