Ahhh, home sweet tent.
Never thought you’d be about the tent life? Well, living in Hawaii just might change your mind. Here are five reasons why living in a tent rocks:
1. Minimalist living.
We live in a consumer-driven world, bombarded with the message: buy this now! It’s important to take the time away from advertising overload. Living in a tent is an opportunity to really utilize your space and get rid of what you don’t need - we even have an excellent “Free Boutique” where you can share with others! Take this time to disconnect from consumer culture.
2. Ultimate freedom.
Now that you’re living without the burden of all that extra stuff, you’re free to pack up and go on a trip - any time. You’re as mobile as you want to be, which is excellent because the Big Island has so many great places to explore. You can even bring your tent with you to great campgrounds, like Ho’okena, where you can wake up to see dolphins in the morning.
3. Get in touch with your natural biorhythm.
Without the distractions of technology or electricity, you’ll be able to discover what your body really needs. Fall asleep to the sound of coqui frogs and wake to the birds singing. You’ll find yourself getting deep, restful sleep away from all the hustle of urban life. Let all the rush and anxiety just melt away as you discover how good it feels to be in touch with the natural cycle of daylight.
4. Be sustainable.
Yes! Make a positive impact by living without electricity and by passing your tent on to a new owner after you leave. You’ll get to live close to nature in the lush beauty of the jungle - without leaving a harmful footprint behind.
Suppose you don’t want to leave the Big Island (it’s happened before!) and you decide to extend your stay. Usually it is an enormous pain to sift through all the clutter just to move somewhere new. However, once you realize packing up and moving the contents of a tent is a snap, you’ll fall in love with a simpler way of life. Whether this inspires you to pick up and go more often - or just to keep your travel options open - tent living is a great traveler experience.
Let’s be honest, given the year-round warm climate, living in a tent in Hawaii is more like glamping than your average camping trip. Our retreat center is the perfect place to experience tent life while rejuvenating in luxurious simplicity and abundant natural beauty. You’ll definitely be a happy camper!
Ready to try camping life? Learn more about volunteering at Kalani Retreat Center.