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Did Airbnb Make Tiny Living Extra Popular?

by | Aug 11, 2022 | Popular, Tiny Houses | 0 comments

Tiny living it’s not a new concept – but it is a great one!

Just peer into the history books – or visit a Folkemuseet, and you’ll be met with homes that consist of little more than a room, with a stove on one side and a bed on the other. 

Over the years, we seemed to lose our way – and for so long, the home that we were all “supposed” to strive towards was a McMansion. 

But thanks to the rise of social media and websites like Airbnb not only highlighting but actively promoting unique dwellings and lifestyles – tiny homes have seen a surge in popularity. And Airbnb might just play a role in making tiny living extra popular in 2022!

Airbnb’s Role

Exterior view of a shepherds hut tiny house on wheels.

While Airbnb didn’t start the lifestyle or the trend, it has helped to further popularize these teeny dwellings and shine a spotlight on how flipping cool a small living space can be.

With everything from tiny wooden homes on wheels to treehouses available to rent on the vacation rental giant’s website – they’re helping shift the mindset of “Bigger is better” to “Quirkier is cooler.”

Try Before You Buy

Best of all – it offers an opportunity to try before you buy! The idea of leaping into a new lifestyle without ever stepping foot into a tiny home can be overwhelming. 

For those finding themselves on the verge of making a decision but putting it off out of fear that they’ll end up hating their new home – booking a weekend in an Airbnb can quickly and affordably quash those fears. 

And on the flip side, if you’re 50/50 on whether you’ll love living in a tiny house or hate it – with a price tag of 500,000 NOK +, this isn’t the kind of purchase you should make without being 100% sure.  

Adventure Over Creature Comforts

When we book our vacation rentals, we tend to be far more open to a home that’s lacking a few creature comforts that we’re accustomed to in favor of proximity to adventure, breathtaking scenery, and peace and quiet.

Just the thought of sitting in a rocking chair, drinking a cup of coffee, on the wraparound porch of a simple country home – can make you breathe a big sign of relief, but doesn’t that make you stop and think? Why aren’t we living our best lives when we’re not on vacation?

In fact, during the worst of Covid-times – this did make people stop and think. 

As local travel restrictions relaxed, many people were booking up local Airbnbs for a change of scenery staycation, working from home in an Airbnb, and having more time to reevaluate their lives and happiness.

Working remotely in the countryside and living a simpler life – albeit for the short term – helped many people recognize that they wanted to change their lifestyle entirely. 

This has caused an increase in the number of people interested in living in a tiny home and the number of magazines and publications that have covered the topic.

Final Thoughts

So, has Airbnb helped to give tiny houses on wheels an extra popularity push? We’d say so! Not only does the vacation rental giant offer a plethora of unique and interesting rentals, but they’ve also helped shift the societal mindset from “bigger is better” to “quirkier is cooler.”

And perhaps most importantly, they provide an opportunity for people to try out living in a tiny house before making a commitment. 

So, if you’re on the fence about whether or not you could see yourself living in a teeny home, why not give it a try? You just might be surprised at how much you love it!

Keep Living Tiny xx




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Hey I’m Nadia, your tiny house obsessed friend, helping you discover alternative and tiny living solutions that can help you achieve financial freedom.

If I can go from renting to buying my own home, heading towards semi-retirement in 3 years then so can you!

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