I think eventually some day it would be kinda neat to have a home office in a small downtown where the rent is cheap and then I can travel and have a home base whenever I wanted.
I think much has been already said and educated on how to potty in a bucket and how to shower in a minivan but when it comes to making life fit together into a lifestyle that can be comfortable and affordable there is STILL much confusion and much guessing game, at least there was for me!
It is cheaper (and easier) to stay in place than it is to be nomadic. Apart from employment provided and co-housing situations, the least expensive type of rental housing are mobile homes in trailer parks. There are parks with lot rents of $200/mo and mobile homes that are free (in exchange for fixing it up). For travelers, one of the advantages of parks is that they are closed communities, where it may be safe to leave a place unattended for long periods of time.
The downside to renting is that lack of control creates uncertainty. This can become an issue at an inopportune time (eg. changes in age, infirmity, income). At the low end of the housing market, it is cheaper to buy than to rent.
In every state, there are houses that can be bought for less than the price of a new car. In some areas, $2000 down and a $200/mo mortgage is possible.
Its possible to find deals with seller financing that eliminates the need to get a loan from the bank:
Being without a home base may be the definition of a full timer, and the aspiration of many. But I'd rather keep my home base, I'm happy to be an any timer.