Compact, adorable and found in just about every corner of the U.S., tiny houses are the ideal vacation setting for most travelers. From cheap rental costs to making for great alternatives to camping, here are 20 reasons why you should choose a tiny home for your next vacation.
1. Tiny Houses Aren’t as Cramped as You Think
The best tiny house rentals are designed to accommodate. One tiny ski cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for example, features a king-size bed and a queen-size pullout TempurPedic couch. The cabin's larger, yet still tiny cousin, has all that plus a loft with two single beds.
2. They’re in Cool Cities
The tiny home rental niche is a hip, modern trend. Many places where travelers can rent tiny homes are in fun cities with plenty to do. If you're taking a tiny home vacation, chances are you'll end up somewhere worth visiting.
3. They Don’t Require a Lot of Planning or Packing
People who rent tiny houses to vacationers are aware their strongest selling point is coziness and simplicity. Some tiny homes come stocked with food and amenities like fire pits to make up for their small size. This can go a long way to offset the over-planning and stress associated with traditional vacations.
4. It’s a Unique Experience
Vacations are all about memories. Unlike a hotel or hostel, a tiny home is a memory in and of itself. Your stories — and Facebook feed — will be a lot more interesting with a tiny home vacation.
5. You Have Lots of Options
Not only do well-known services like Airbnb have a huge selection of tiny homes for travelers across the country, but sites like TinyHouseVacations.com are dedicated exclusively to tiny house rentals.
6. You Can Test Drive the Tiny Home Experience
Shows like "Tiny House Hunters" and "Tiny House Builders" are cashing in on the tiny home craze. Maybe you've wondered if you could take the plunge and downsize to a tiny home. Well, a tiny home rental is the perfect opportunity to take living small for a test drive.
7. It’s a Great Alternative to Camping
Some tiny home owners take their homes on the road and can end up in remote locations where even hotels are a rarity. Find yourself a tiny home away from the city and even towns, and you can have a luxury vacation in the great outdoors.
8. There’s a Style for Every Taste
From cottages to tiny cabins and treehouses, there's a tiny home for everyone. Yes, even for renters looking to stay in a house fashioned like a Hobbit-hole.
9. You’ll Explore More
Even if you enjoy the comfort of a small space, a tiny home rental will nudge you to explore the city and outdoors more. That's because, quite frankly, there isn't all that much to do inside a tiny home, so chances are you won't find yourself lounging in the living room watching TV all day.
10. It’s Easy to Be Earth-Friendly
The tiny house movement and the green movement overlap a bit. Tiny houses are all about downsizing and living simply, so it's no surprise some tiny homes are made out of reclaimed or recycled materials. Some even have composting toilets. So if you need a low-waste vacation, look to tiny homes.
11. You’ll Help Future Travelers
The tiny house community relies on its vast network for updates and information. When your trip is over, you'll be able to leave a review of your rental on sites specifically for tiny house enthusiasts. By sharing your experience, you'll provide an invaluable service to the next traveler who is considering the same property.
12. Tiny Homes Are Exotic
Even if you vacation somewhere familiar and close, a tiny home vacation is inherently exotic.
"Renting a tiny house is appealing for travelers looking for immersion into another way of life," said Laura Mandala, CEO of Mandala Research, a market research firm that specializes in travel and tourism. "Our study on cultural travelers confirms that there is a significant portion of the traveling population wanting the 360 degree experience of people who live differently from the way they do."
13. You’ll Be Unplugged and Off the Grid
The tiny lifestyle is all about making life manageable. Downsizing forces people to abandon extraneous possessions. The trade-off is a freedom, awareness and appreciation that is hard to find in today's hyper-connected world. Travelers can experience this by unplugging and vacationing in an off-the-grid rental.
14. With Tiny Houses, Life’s a Beach
Nate Barber, digital analyst with digitaladvertisingWorks, is a travel enthusiast who has stayed in tiny houses during surfing trips in Australia. He's found that where there's a great beach, there's a great tiny house nearby.
"My favorite part about renting smaller-spaced houses when on vacation is they are readily found along the coast and near beaches," he said. "I like to call them 'beach shacks,' because they are perfect for easy access [to] the ocean for when I want to go surfing."
15. Small House Means a Small Bill
Another benefit to renting tiny homes is the low cost. "The demand for these tiny spaces for a vacation is low, so you have leverage in negotiating a better price," said Barber.
16. They Make Great Offices on the Road
For those who embark on working vacations, tiny houses provide a serene, private work environment.
"I stay in tiny houses whenever possible when I travel because they are usually self-contained spaces that include more amenities than just a room," said Tennessee-based tiny home expert Jeremy Weaver, who owns a tiny home construction company called Wind River Tiny Homes and lives in a tiny home full time.
"I find that the higher level of privacy allows me to actually get stuff done when I'm traveling and working," he added.
17. You’ll Have an Intimate Experience
Nothing brings two people closer together like staying in a tiny home together. Whether you're cooking a meal or lounging in the main living space, you'll never be more than a stone's throw from the one you love. And without most of the distractions that come with other rentals, you'll get to spend quality time together.
18. Clean Up Is Easy
Sites like Airbnb allow both the renter and host to leave reviews. One of the best ways to earn a big, ugly, negative review is to leave a messy house. Tiny houses are easy to tidy up when checking out. It's a small perk, but one that will save you time when you're checking out.
19. Some Sit on Private Plots of Land
Sometimes, a small home means a bigger yard. You can find rentals sitting on their own plots of land with amenities like fire pits, picnic tables and shady trees for a quiet afternoon outdoors.
20. They’re Often Pet-Friendly
Many tiny homes can be pet-friendly. Unlike hotel rooms, which either forbid pets or charge hefty fees for bringing one along, your tiny home rental is likely to allow pets.