We are soon leaving Portugal for our 10 days trip to Morocco and our first time in Africa. It feels very exciting and we are both really looking forward to this. We hope to get to know some people in Morocco, visit the Sahara dessert and do a short interrailing from Marrakech to Fez.
Since we are getting closer to 2016, we are thinking more about next year. I think it’s very hard for us to choose one path or another. We want both and be double, Tiny house people and Digital Nomads people who explore the world.
In some ways, tiny house is a perfect match for a minimalist lifestyle. We value experiences and a mindful way of living where we include things that make us happy. We want to live simple and travel in a simple way too. No fancy stuff but choosing things that will give us lovely memories, stories and an interesting life.
Travels are also very minimalistic, we almost don’t bring anything and living in another place for a longer time is another kind of everyday life with lots of new perspectives and lessons. We learn more what we need and what we appreciate in life.
In another way it feels like we are crazy in having this thought, how could we build a house, put effort and money and then be away traveling for many months years, living in other places when we have a lovely home. Still we really love to learn, explore and grow as persons and we feel that we force us to do so during travels. Should we then instead focus all our effort only on travels and don’t make life so complicated?
We don’t have any answer yet but lots of questions and thoughts.
Photo Credits Amber Avalona
We decided to take our next step in our Tiny house journey. For a too long time, we have just thought about how it would be and been stuck in the “inspiration phase”. We watched a tons of episodes of Tiny House Nation. Now we decided to analyse less and actually start with some more practical issues to get a step further in figuring out how to continue. We joined the Tiny House Digital Group in Gothenburg and started to look more to details like sizes, house plans and made a decision to meet up other like-minded for a beer and tiny house talk.
We choose to buy house plans from Tiny House Design. The reason we bought two is because we still haven’t chosen and we liked this one the most. We thought this at least we will learn a lot more by starting to study and understand the plans and it feels more real. The plans we choose was: Covelo and Talmage.
We decided to be transparent and write about different aspects and period in our life with thoughts, struggles and happy moments that we have along the way. Right now our we discuss a lot what it means to be a nomad for us and how to adjust it to our dreams and the lifestyle we want to create.
Right now it’s so many blogs out there that share what it means to be a Digital Nomad and how nomads live, what values people share and so on. The information and posts contain everything from what’s a good amount of time to spend in each destination, how much stuff to own and for how long time people have been on the road without any “fixed” home.
I think people are “selling in” this lifestyle and how it should be and what values to have. The real value is for everyone is to try it out by themselves to find what works for them and creating own values.
For us, we feel divided between freedom of traveling and having a place to where we can be closer to nature, start more projects and reach out to friends and family. It would be totally possible to rent a place for this periods and home base can of course be anywhere in the world however it would be very nice to have an own home and a place we don’t need to rent and is always there waiting for us when we want to come back. This feels like a path to a simplified lifestyle, we want to enjoy life more and on our terms. Combining a tiny house on wheels that we design and build with simplicity and lots of travels feel like something we would enjoy.
We have started to think more seriously on this as a step towards being more semi-nomads. It’s still very scary thought and it feels like a big commitment regarding time and money.
One positive side on this is that tiny house starts to get more popular in Sweden and around Gothenburg right and there are plans of creating a group of people who will start to build.
It’s very hard for us to take any decision about this and we have had this thought for about two years now. Some days we feel it’s better to just keep going and travel and other times it feels like it would be nice to have a place to spend half a year and to travel the other part of the year.
We see what happens, but we plan to keep writing ours though during this process here. If there are anyone else are having the similar thoughts we would be happy if you reach out to us. :)
Picture from from Pixabay.