A friend recently asked me ‘In the last 5 years have you slept more nights in a house or some alternative structure like a hut, tent, vehicle, yurt, cave or tauntaun?’ (Had to google that last one…) So I did the math. If you include the random accommodations I’ve come across in my travels that I wouldn’t really consider a house because it only maybe had electricity, definitely didn’t have hot water and certainly no heat, with a large potential of unwanted critters and animals … then I’d say it’s about 50%. Beds made of straw, bamboo, dusty rugs, train stations in India (by far the ickiest), far too many airports, one bed was covered in blood and I had the choice between bed & next to the squat toilet - I went with bed, the blood was dry, wooden planks, next to ginny pigs running around ... you name it. In the past year definitely more in an alternative space, the year previous to that was 60% in a house, only 40% in alternative. And then thinking back the 3 years previous were all about on the 50% mark. It sort of trended that I would go for about 3-5 months running around and then I’d set up shop and stay in a place, but only during the week and then I’d typically to get out every weekend, or on my free days. So roughly 50% of the past 5 years I’ve slept in an unconventional arrangement. I feel privileged and proud that I can’t pick a favourite.. from backcountry ski huts, to insanely epic tent spots in numerous countries, outrageous and dangerous spots I parked up in my rally car, gems I found bombing around in my beloved minivan…. I also feel privileged I can sleep just about anywhere. Here’s an unforgettable one.
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