In the past couple of years, tiny living has become very popular. Many people are downsizing their homes and “stuff” they have. The goal of downsizing is to live simpler, travel the world, to be financially free, and to be Eco-friendly for some. They call it the Tiny House Movement. Call me crazy, but I kind of want to live in a tiny house as well. The idea of being mortgage free, traveling the world and living the simple lifestyle away from all of the noise is very attractive to me. I’ve lived in the cities my entire life and the extent of my traveling experiences is slim to none. There’s got to be more than Minneapolis! Some people are even taking vans, demolishing them and renovating them to travel the U.S.! Some people have trucks and tow their campers with them. It seems like the life for me at this point in time. I fantasize about having the ability to get up and leave to another place for another one of a kind adventure whenever I please.
This life is just too busy for me. People outside of the U.S. are amazed at how much we Americans work, work and work some more. The more money we make, the more debt we accrue. We work, spend, work and spend some more. We rack up huge mortgages and we can’t afford, we buy cars we shouldn’t and we have tons of “stuff” in our attics, basements, garages and even in our living spaces. It is my desire to get past all of that “stuff” and find what I really need and want.
My husband and I haven’t decided if it’s really right for us yet. There are some things to think about before making a drastic change like that. Safety is a huge concern for me if we’re going to be on the road, having a job of some sort on the road sort is difficult to fathom, finding land to rent and put our tiny home on (since tiny homes are not legalized everywhere yet), and where we will live once we decide it’s time to settle down and have kids. Would it be wiser to buy a cheap home we can afford to renovate, rent it out, travel the world in a tiny home for 2-3 years, and then have a home to come back to? It’s something to think about, but first things first: finish my degree.
Do you think you could downsize everything you have down to only what you need?
Check out this blog on a couple who renovated their van to travel the United States @ http://ourvie.com/
Check out this link to see some sample tiny homes. It’s crazy how creative tiny house builders are with how to utilize every single inch of space they have to work with! http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/
Read this article about a couple who quit their jobs and bought a tiny house @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/25/tiny-house-giant-journey-photos_n_6746974.html