I regretted buying a house and now live out of two suitcases in a $60-a-night Airbnb. I finally found my freedom, but it’s not for everyone.

by MMC
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I am my own boss. I have a design school called Path Unbound, where we teach UI/UX design. Most of our students are career changers. I’ve been using it for four years now. I don’t need to travel for this, but I choose to.

This time last year, I moved into a live/work space while focusing on a side hustle of designing furniture. It’s very expensive in Los Angeles to have both a showroom and housing, so it seemed like a good deal at $3,000 a month. However, there was a ventilation problem and I had to leave.

It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I said to myself, “This housing thing just doesn’t work. » I packed my two suitcases in two hours. This is how I live and plan to live ever since.

I’ve been following the tiny house movement for a few years, always watching videos on YouTube. There is an account called Living large in a small house which I have always found fascinating.

As a designer, I really appreciate how clever these small space designs can be. I always thought, “That’s a good idea, but I’m not really a fan of the RV lifestyle.” »

I found a place on Airbnb and moved in 10 days ago. This house is a tiny house on wheels, so technically it’s a camper. You can actually tow it. I live in East Los Angeles, in a neighborhood called Mount Washington. The owners parked the house on top of a hill, so I have a pretty amazing view of the city.

I pay $60 per night. At the end of the month, including fees, it will be around $2,000. This is pretty comparable to normal rent in Los Angeles.

The biggest advantage is that it is very comfortable. People think of tiny houses and think it will be claustrophobic. But if you design it well, it’s perfect. You don’t really need a lot of stuff with you.

It’s 390 square feet total. The kitchen was great – it’s much bigger than most New York kitchens I’ve seen. It has an induction cooktop and two very large windows for ventilation. When I cook, I make sure all the windows are open.

It’s very easy to have friends over. There is a wonderful outdoor patio with a barbecue and benches for all to enjoy.

Every day, I work on a folding table that serves as my house’s dining room table.

For someone who has never lived this lifestyle, there would be a learning curve. Storage would be the biggest problem, and potentially washing clothes. I bought a portable dryer but it wasn’t much more effective than a hair dryer. I tend to hand wash everything every few days and let it dry outside.

With a small house, things are less permanent. You can quickly leave and shop.

If there is a month where I want to spend less on housing, I can look for cheaper rent. If there’s a place I’m dying to go, I can look for rentals there.

I’m staying here for 30 days, then I have another Airbnb planned on the west side of LA. This is not a small house, but an ADU. It’s completely different, a mid-century modern design made entirely of glass and steel.

I have visited about 15 countries in Europe and Asia during my life. This year I plan to visit many Balkan countries, such as Albania, Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro.

This is what I learned while traveling the world: I am very happy with my two suitcases. Anyone considering this lifestyle needs two things: packing cubes to keep everything together and a mini transformer for your various electronics.

Working remotely and loving to travel are really the two ingredients for this. If you’re not comfortable with so much change, it could be very stressful.

If you are able to work remotely and like the freedom, I think this is definitely the way to go. This way, you’re not committing to something that might not work in six or 12 months.

I love this whole situation, but I know not everyone would. It depends on who you are.

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