A response to “77 Reasons to Dislike Tiny Houses”

Oregonlive recently ran an article with 77 criticisms of the choice to live in a tiny house, comments typical of many tiny house-related articles. Having just passed our one year of tiny living anniversary, I thought it’s a fitting time for us to respond to these criticisms as active members of this community.

10 Rules Every Gym Needs

As obvious as some gym etiquette reminders may seem, you’d be surprised to see how often they are ignored. These are Travel Well’s top 10 rules for every gym.

Infographic: Types and Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is an exercise in mindfulness and relaxation, whatever that means to you. No matter how you meditate, the practice offers a host of physical and psychological benefits, and it’s a habit you can take with you anywhere! To learn more about meditation and what type might work best for you, check out the handy infographic.

Global Guide to Handshakes

Handshakes: What’s the norm in your home country may feel like instinct when you travel abroad, but it’s important to be mindful of local customs. Thankfully, Expedia Canada created this handy guide to handshakes around the world so you can be prepared.

5 Reasons to Make the Handful Bra a Wardrobe Staple

Many of us spend a lot of time and money searching for bras that fit comfortably with the right amount of support, only to look forward to taking them off at the end of the day. After Travel Well’s test of the adjustable Handful sports bra, for the first time in my life, I genuinely look forward to putting a bra ON. The Handful has become a wardrobe staple for 5 key reasons, and it just may become yours, too.

12 Tiny House Pros and Cons

Tiny house living has some obvious pros and cons: money savings, fewer amenities, mobility, minimal storage, smaller footprint, more red tape. But what’s less obvious is that the trade-offs are as varied as the tiny house community itself, each unique to the individual dweller, and they are fluid. What’s a pro today might be a con tomorrow. In just six months of living in 250 square feet on wheels, we quickly discovered our 12 big pros and cons, some expected, some unexpected, and all open to change in the next six months.

Travel Well has a new online store!

Travel Well is excited to announce the newest addition to the magazine: an online store! We love helping people find the products that help them live and travel sustainably healthy, and we’re proud to spread the word about businesses and nonprofits providing such goods.

6 Tiny Living Principles Everyone Should Try

No matter what your feelings are on tiny home living, I think we can all agree that living with less meaningless crap and more of what makes us happy is a pretty good life goal, right? There are several principles to tiny living that we encourage, all of which can be used no matter how big your home is or how much you travel, to free up your space, mind and wallet for the things that truly matter to you.

10 Tiny House FAQs

After our first six months of living in a tiny house, we’re no experts in the tiny life just yet, but we are accustomed to answering a handful of frequently asked questions. If you’re curious what it’s like to live in 250 square feet on wheels, here’s some inside intel from the Travel Well tiny house.

Travel Well to Appear on Tiny House Nation 8/27, 9 PM EST on FYI

Tiny House Nation’s season 3 finale will feature Travel Well Magazine and our journey going tiny. Tune in to FYI at 9 PM EST on August 27 to see Alexa and Allen pare down and take tiny challenges with host John Weisbarth while Zack Giffin crafts some amazing tiny house projects, all with travel, wellness and sustainability in mind.

#LiveWithLess 30-Day Challenge

Particularly here in the US, modern societies over-consume far more than we need, leading to a mammoth global waste problem and the crushing weight of too much stuff on our shoulders. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Eartheasy and The Story of Stuff Project to empower you to free yourself from the chains of stuff with this fun 30-day challenge. Pare down your life in one small way each day between Earth Day (April 22) and Biodiversity Day (May 22), and not only will you be happier and lighter at the end of the month, you’ll have a chance to win a sweet prize from!

5 of the Most Accessible Travel Destinations [Infographic]

For people with disabilities and mobility issues, travel challenges are at the same time simpler and immensely more difficult than lost luggage and delayed flights: curbs and stairs, too-narrow doorways, and non-adapted bathrooms can all quickly derail a trip. Much of the world was not built with wheelchairs and diverse abilities in mind, but thankfully that is changing. Today, spectacular destinations on every continent offer more accessible features than ever before, such as ramps, adapted restrooms, accessible transportation, elevators and roll-in entryways. This infographic from Burning Heights highlights five such cities and accessible destinations and accommodations in each.

#Repurposely 30-Day DIY Challenge

So many of the products we use were designed for one single purpose or another–but we don’t have to accept this. That’s why we’re teaming up with Life Without Plastic and the Plastic Pollution Coalition on the #Repurposely 30-Day DIY Challenge!

Traveling Green with LEED-Certified Buildings [Infographic]

In both travel and our daily lives, we have the power to minimize our environmental footprints by looking for LEED-certified buildings. From sustainable site development to indoor environmental quality, LEED focuses on building practices that support areas of human and environmental health. With buildings in more than 150 countries and territories and six continents, LEED options are accessible to travelers and non travelers around the world.

22 Tips to Reduce Your Water Footprint [Infographic]

Up to 2.8 billion people around the world are affected by water scarcity for one month every year–a huge problem with a simple solution: waste less water. This infographic from shows us 22 easy ways to reduce wasted water and divert used gray water to second and third purposes, saving more than 100,000 gallons of water per person per year from going to waste.

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