Other Accommodations

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Other Accommodation Systems

While the noted accommodation types will cover most of a nomad's needs, there are other systems of accommodation and rest out there. Some of theses are location specific. For example, if you wanted to stay in the open countryside in the United Kingdom, you could stay in Mountain bothies.

Spontaneous settlements

See this discussion and Abandoned villages


A favorite for nomads since they are often open 24/7, clean, safe, secure and often have sleeping seats. They are also a great place to pick up discarded cigarettes and dumpster dive (as fliers often dump excess baggage, fluids and other great stuff). You can drink free water in many airports, and use their washrooms and hot water for a shower and shave (and even wash clothes). You can pick up maps and information from their tourist offices and get free WIFI or use internet kiosks in many. However, some airports are notoriously bad, and can sometimes be cold, crowded and noisy. In some airports, security may ask for proof of flying. There are many Tips here, but make sure scope an airport out, print off a airline ticket (even its not real), and act like a flier!

Fast Food Restaurants

Many of the big fast food franchises (McDonalds, Taco Bell, KFC) are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. They exist in many small towns, cities, motorways, train stations and airports. Many of them don't mind someone snoozing or sleeping.

Hacker Sapces

In many districts (i.e Palo Alto), you may be able to find accommodation at Hacker Spaces or hacker Homes. Many of these are run of a semi-commercial basis, and you may find them on AirbnB or Hostelworld. For example, HackerHomes International Hacker Hostel at Pacific Tradewinds Hostel in Chinatown (San Francisco).

Co-Working Spaces

Many co-working spaces are co-working spaces are open 24/7, and you can often rent them cheaply to work and snooze. Some resources to find them include Workfrom.

Internet Cafes

Many Internet cafes are 24/7, and some offer private booths to snooze, showers, access to comics, manga and DVDs. This is often very prevalent in Asia, and in particular South Korea and Japan. A Japanese government study estimated that over 5,400 people are spending at least half of their week staying in net cafes in Japan.

Capsule Hotels

A capsule hotel is a type of hotel developed in Japan that features a large number of extremely small "rooms" (capsules) intended to provide cheap, basic overnight accommodation.

Tiny Houses

Tiny homes are built on wheeled trailers that can be towed. Unlike R.V.s, however, tiny houses are generally not wheeled for touring, so much as for flexibility of location. Visit Tiny House Hosting, on Facebook, for connections.


See Squatting

Digital Nomad Houses

  • Nomad House is a housing solution that offers flexible living arrangements while bringing together great people; to stimulate ideas, incubate projects, and create the best possible home.

Sharing Hotel Rooms

  • Winston is a free members-only booking service that delivers the best reservation prices at top hotels by enabling members to split rooms.

Travel House


Flash cities

Enable "flash mobs" to build up flash towns within one night. In certain countries (Brasil, Turkey), "land squatters" have some level of legal protection if they build up their house overnight - as they benefit from certain housing non-eviction laws. Furthermore, in the case such squatted settlements grow to up to a certain amount of citizens ( 2000 ? ), they can put forward a special status as a town, elect a mayor, and receive specific legal privileges. Non centralized emergent collaboration or "flash mob" can set up such infrastructures, apply specific legal status, and then further develop while using materials and modules which can be designed before hand, and emergent planning which can follow certain protocols as to progressively build up infrastructures for hygiene, transportation, etc. People Interested : Dante, User:Flawer


Brainstorming space concerning "Tensegrity Tents". User Dante's intention is to experiment with Tensegrity approaches as to build up an easily fold-able tent, which, combined with hammocks (some kind of large filet) offer one or more "floors" from which people can socialize or be active. Dante wishes to experiment with a design which could be used, in winter ( and summer ) time, in a public park of Brussels where people are used to meet each other. But also, on a larger scale, potentially for a Nomad Tribe approach:

A Tensegrity Tent]is based on a structural principle based on the use of isolated components in compression inside a net of continuous tension, in such a way that the compressed members (usually bars or struts) do not touch each other and the prestressed tensioned members (usually cables or tendons) delineate the system spatially."

A Hammock is a sling made of fabric, rope, or netting, suspended between two points, used for swinging, sleeping, or resting. It normally consists of one or more cloth panels, or a woven network of twine or thin rope stretched with ropes between two firm anchor points such as trees or posts." Software is needed to design and testing Tensegrity designs :

Textile Buildings

From Yurts to quick-connect kit-of-parts platforms for home building, there are new composite approaches to Textile Buildings.


Learn about how to make the Standard Yurt (four-season home), the Concentric Yurt and the Family Yurt, by way of the Yurt Foundation. These were designed by the late William Coperthwaite.

A hexayurt is a more rigid shelter for "recreational refugees" like Black Rock City residents at Burning Man.


Yurtdomes, geotensic structures and the icosa pod, a structure based on triangular tensions.