So I click on an article this morning that was titled "The Best Places to go Off The Grid," and when the article appears, it's actually titled, "The Best Places to Escape Civilization." It's a travel article about unpopulated vacation destinations. Sigh.
You can't blame people, because most do not realize exactly what off-the-grid means. In an ideal world, your off-the-grid lifestyle would include close friends and neighbors as part of a vibrant, independent community, practicing the theory of strength in numbers, and bringing various individual strengths together to make a strong whole. You cook, she cans, he forages, and those two over there fix things. Community.
But it can also mean a solo existence; living primitively in the wilds of Alaska, hunting and foraging for your food and building your own shelter. Yet even those folks rely on the occasional visit from the bush pilot or snowmobile trip into town to replenish supplies.
So basically, "off the grid" is pretty easy to achieve, while "escaping civilization" is something we only do for short periods at a time, for periods when we need some solitude. You can do that in your own house if you'd like, although there's nothing wrong with escaping to a place with room service or at least a good bush pilot at your disposal. Just don't call it "off the grid living," for heaven's sake.