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Smarter Travel: What it’s really like to live and travel in a tiny house

From the bloggers at Smarter Travel.

If you haven’t come across a tiny home TV show or Buzzfeed article yet, let me be the first to introduce you to the concept of “tiny living.” It’s a minimalist lifestyle that’s resonating with multiple generations, and some people are going so far as to ditch their four-bedroom homes and white picket fences for a mini-sized house on wheels.

I spoke with several pioneers in the tiny house community: Mario MD Soto, who built his house entirely on his own and has what some might call the first “smart tiny house” (think wireless door); Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons of Tiny House Expedition, who travel throughout the U.S. advocating for the legality of tiny homes (more on that later) while filming a documentary series; and Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh, who travel throughout the U.S. working freelance, teaching workshops, and documenting their journey on their website, Tiny House Giant Journey.

Each tiny home tells a story about its owner(s)—how it was built, where it has traveled, and what purpose it serves. For Mario, he lost his house in the 2008 recession, and when it came time for him to buy a new house after paying off his debts, he looked for an alternative. Jenna and Guillaume didn’t want the burden of a mortgage and debt, so they quit their 9-5 jobs for a tiny house lifestyle after Guillaume came across an article online that highlighted a tiny house. For Alexis and Christian, Alexis always loved the concept of small, simple, outdoor living and came up with the idea for the travel project to discover tiny home communities through research.

To read the full story by Smarter Travel, click here.

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