What's wrong with Lodging?
Lodging while traveling is an experience we've all shared. When done right, it can be an easy and efficient way to travel, but at a hefty sacrifice. Through minimalism, we can reflect on the way we must pursue lodging and discard that which is not needed.
First Steps towards minimalist lodging
The majority of the time, lodging is draining on our potential experience out in the travel destination, and depletes our resources. You're always looking for the next affordable stay, wasting time searching, or worried about booking in advance. This is where we must focus and change our perspective on what lodging can be. To begin:
Not only are hotels the most expensive means to residing in your travel destination, they keep you locked away from authentic experiences. Commercial chains provide the comfort of home in a systematic structure of the corporate world. This is direct contradiction of our values and objectives traveling, so removing hotels from our options is the first step towards living fully. We shall strive to live with the culture and people we've come to see!
I love Airbnb and support it's efforts, but for the purpose of our travels it becomes another burden. It's a great way to treat yourself to a unique location, and done right, a hub to reset with accommodations: laundry, Wi-Fi, and community interactions. One can easily find rare spots that are cost friendly, however Airbnb is often just a cheaper hotel and fails to completely justify the long term expense. For those times you're away from the city and have fewer options, check out camping instead.
If you've invested the money in gear, then one is almost obligated to persist in using it. This limits your options and becomes a daily grind to carry along on your adventures. Camping (at least in the USA) in our experience, has led to pre-staged areas where you're sleeping beside vehicles and other modern comforts that distract from nature itself. It's a complete contradiction for its intent.
They can vary greatly, ranging from more well-developed, family-friendly camp sites with electricity, Wi-Fi, and running water (like KOA), to sites not equipped with modern luxuries and everyday household items. Finding the right campground ends up becoming a comparison to more hotels, and we don't need that. They're also usually in awkward locations between destinations, or fully booked out. Who wants to scavenge for a pile of worn dirt at night when it's first on arrival? While much cheaper than the first two options, our striving for authenticity sways us away.