5 Clever Housing Options if You’re Mostly Away from Home

Do you currently have a home base but find you are on the road and away from home more than you’re there? Perhaps it’s your job that requires you to travel a lot, or you’re just the type that likes to go on vacation often and don’t necessarily want to be home all the time. Regardless of the reason for being away so much, it can spark the desire to find a clever housing option for those times you are home. Having a large detached home doesn’t make a lot of sense if you aren’t there to enjoy it and make use of it.

With that in mind, we’ve gone ahead and made a list of five clever housing options that are ideal for those who are mostly away from home but still want that home base to ground them when they are around.

Container Homes

One of the hottest trends out there at the moment is not only playing into the tiny house movement, but also the desire to make more eco-friendly decisions in life.

A container home allows you to repurpose existing containers and transform them into a home that meets your needs. The cost of one of these homes is much lower than a standard house, and because they are relatively small (depending on your design), you don’t need much land for it.

You can truly design an incredible living space out of a reconfigured shipping container that feels like a home, offers you all the features and amenities you need, but without wasted space. That also means it’s easier to keep it neat and tidy, which is ideal if you aren’t home often.

Co-Living Spaces

Another great option can be co-living spaces.

What this means is that you live with a roommate. If that roommate doesn’t travel much, then you know the house will be kept safe and sound when you aren’t there. There’s also the fact that living with a roommate tends to bring down the rent or mortgage, freeing up some of your budget that you can direct to your traveling costs instead.

A Towable Tiny House

If much of your traveling is done within the country, then you may want to think about bringing your house along with you. It will act as your home base no matter where you may be.

There are plenty of tiny houses that are towable, or you can opt for an RV/trailer that is meant to be on the road. Keep in mind that you’ll need a vehicle capable of towing the load, and the heavier the load, the bigger the vehicle you’ll need, and the more you’ll spend on gas.


Some prefer the idea of living on a houseboat when they are in fact home.

Much like tiny houses, houseboats aren’t very big, which means there is not much to keep clean. The only downfall in living on a houseboat but not being home often is that you aren’t always there to ensure the houseboat is safe and secure.

It may be worth it to hire a sitter to look in on your home every once in a while if you are gone for long stretches at a time.


Now, if you really don’t want to be tied down to one home, even if you’re towing it and bringing it on your travels, then you can always act as a house sitter. You’ll be able to travel to different cities and towns staying in other peoples’ homes instead of your own.

There are Creative Solutions

Just because you travel often and don’t often get a chance to be at home, doesn’t mean you have to make any drastic decisions and not have a home base.

Each of these solutions can provide you with a sense of home and yet still allow you to travel without worry.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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