Tiny Houses, Big Opportunities 

One of the primary reasons people say they don’t travel is money. Not only does travel sometimes seem expensive, but often resources are tied up in other commitments. In fact, for many, a mortgage alone can eat up between 25 and 35% of their monthly income. So, what if there was a way to manage a mortgage so that there’s more budget for travel? What if you could take your house with you while you’re traveling, so you could avoid hotel costs? Can you be a homebody and still explore the world?

These are just some of the questions we’ve been pondering here at Red Wolf Adventures that inspired us to go check out one of the trendiest movements in housing and travel — tiny houses.

The second annual National Tiny House Jamboree is being held August 5-7 on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy. Sponsored by EcoCabins, the event provides the opportunity to tour 50 tiny houses and consider how going tiny can open the door to big opportunities. Once you step into a few of these domiciles, the first thing that hits you is that you really don’t have to sacrifice the feeling of home in order to go tiny. Sure sometimes you have to get creative to make the best use of space, but as you can see from the photo above, many of the homes feature the look and feel we’ve all come to love about our modern traditional homes, including granite counter tops and trendy backsplashes. And depending on layout and design, many have roomy bathrooms with beautiful showers and fun sinks. Second, no matter your style, there’s a home for you. From log cabin to adobe and everything in between, what your home looks like is really only limited by your imagination. My favorite was the beach cottage. Third, it really is true that you can take your tiny house on the road with you. Many are built on trailers, and having wheels means you can easily take them wherever you want to go. In fact, the Huffington Post featured an excellent article earlier this year about tiny house travel. Some tiny homes are even built by the iconic Airstream!And finally, when it comes to affordability, the tiny house has a distinct advantage over a traditional home. Most of the homes we saw at the Jamboree seemed to fall between $20,000 and $50,000, depending on square footage, design and features. And if you’re paying less for your home, it only follows you’ll have more money to put towards travel.

If you’ve been curious about the tiny house movement, I encourage you to visit the National Tiny House Jamboree this weekend, August 5-7.  Not only can you tour the homes, but builders are on site to answer your questions. And vendors from a variety of related industries can help you understand how this all works and how it ties into sustainability and reducing your footprint on the earth. Find out more about the event here.

Here are few tips for those who are attending:

  • First, you’ll want to enter the Air Force Academy from the North Gate. There will be signs to direct you to the jamboree, which is being held in front of Falcon Stadium.
  • Second, with 50 tiny houses and plenty of vendors, you’ll want to plan for lots of walking. If you have small children, consider whether you might want to have a stroller on hand.
  • A few of the builders ask you to remove your shoes before touring their homes. Consider wearing shoes that will be easy to slip on or off.
  • The event is being held in an open field, and many of the houses have stairs to get in and out of them. So those with limited mobility may find this challenging.

Go check out the National Tiny House Jamboree this weekend, and as with all your adventures, remember “the journey is the destination.” 

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