From tiny houses to trailers, minimalist living has become the perfect solution for people who have had it with conventional homes and all their stressors. A German woman has taken things one step further, saying “goodbye” to homes altogether and opting to live her days on trains speeding all over the country. Leonie Müller documents her travels on her blog Wherever You Go, There You Are!
Müller describes how “It all started with a dispute I had with my landlord. I instantly decided I didn’t want to live there anymore – and then I realized: Actually, I didn’t want to live anywhere anymore.” Unfettering herself from her $450 rent payment and opting for an all access, monthly train ticket (at $380 per month), she began her journey and hasn’t looked back since.
Being a full-time traveler has its perks: “It’s like being on vacation all the time. I read, I write, I look out of the window and I meet nice people all the time.” Riding the rails every day has allowed her to spend more time visiting friends and family, as well as improved her long-distance relationship. Müller has taken on the minimalist lifestyle not only in her “residence,” but in her belongings as well: the only thing she carries with her is a backpack filled with clothes, personal items, and her laptop. The rest of what she has kept from her brick-and-mortar life is stored at her parents’ home.
Müller sometimes crashes with friends, family, or will rent an Airbnb apartment for a short while, yet it is clear that she enjoys the freedom of train living. She has received some criticism about rejecting traditional lifestyle norms, yet there have been many who are supportive – and inspired – by her gumption. Müller plans on traveling for a year before writing her final undergraduate paper on being a station-to-station nomad. How long could you renounce conventional four-wall living and take to the rails?
via Oddity Central
Images via Leonie Müller