Some people just need to get away from it all every now and then, but while most of us are satisfied with a weekend trip to the mountains, others take the more committed route of moving out into the wild (aka anywhere more than 20 minutes from the nearest grocery store). Then there are those who choose to live days and even weeks away from the nearest coffee shop or ATM. These hardy pioneers are attracted to the laidback, simple lifestyle found in remote communities. Life in these places isn't necessarily easy, but it can be free of some of the complexities that plague modern-day life.
Some of these far-flung settlements were built to support a business concept, and others are the remnants of communities that have been functionally isolated for hundreds of years. If you ever get sick of polite society and think you're up for the challenge of living way out there, take a look at these six remote communities. (Text: Shea Gunther)