I fell down the "Tiny House" movement rabbit hole a while back, and you can see how that manifested in my book Love Shack. The space saving innovations, and multi-use furniture still has me enthralled. But along with this tiny house movement, came the research of prefab structures, RV's, and even people living in their cars.
What I find mildly annoying about this country, is how being without a free-standing structure on a plot of land is pretty much illegal. I'm one of those types who, when you tell me I can't do something, you'd better have a good reason, or I'm just going to want to do it more.
There are people who travel back and forth across the country, but they pay for use of an established camping space, or hookups for their mobile homes. To pay taxes, to get mail, and many times to get a paycheck where you can pay taxes, you have to have a legal residence. Why? One of the biggest hurdles I see people attempting to live nomadically face is the legality from state to state. With how web based our society is becoming, artists, authors, and many digital media managers could work from anywhere. The only thing I can think of is you have to have a permanent address to have your taxes funneled into the correct state. Whatever the reasons, these laws can cut out a whole lifestyle option for some.
If we truly want to help people find work and better themselves, I don't see why they have to be beholden to a bank owned piece of property to do so. I live in one of the lowest cost of living states in the country, and our family struggles to do necessary repairs and upgrades our home needs. Not to mention all the cash I keep spending on landscaping since I kill everything I touch. For real. I can kill a cactus. I've kept an air plant alive for a few months now, but I don't have high hopes.
I follow a few people on YouTube who live tiny, or out of a vehicle, but the person I'm currently obsessed with is Katie Carney. She is someone who could afford to live in a home or apartment or hotel, but choses to live in her car to travel while she works. She has a full life of friends family, and career. She just happens to travel. Almost daily.
I've put in one of her videos below where she was invited to speak at Tulane University, because apparently all roads in my internet life now lead to NOLA. LOL.