From my (and BF’s) personal experiences, being a minimalist has a lot of benefits, namely being able to be a sort of a nomad.
I used to joke (early on) that I was a nomad, because I had no fixed address and stayed in hotels (even receiving packages there on occasion), and a modern one because of all the amenities I never had to give up — the hotel usually had a pool, gym, TV, full kitchen and so on.
*Disclaimer: I only advocate the following if you have enough money saved in an Emergency Fund, which shouldn’t be horribly difficult if you don’t buy a lot!
You can move anywhere you want
This is particularly important for us.
With less stuff, we can actually move from one city to another with a car (or two), and set up a home wherever we’d like.
It takes us about 4 hours to properly pack and load two cars, and 3 hours to unpack after arriving at our new home.
Some say: But your HOME, your APARTMENT! How can you just leave it without tears?
I suppose it’s because we’re consultants — we don’t have any attachment to any physical place, because we’re so used to a life of living in a hotel for most of the week, that it feels natural just to pick up and leave on a moment’s notice.
It’s definitely not for everyone, but it doesn’t bother us.
You can quit your day job
By not having a lot of stuff to pay for or maintain, you can quit your job and give something else a shot.
You can really travel the world
Without your stuff to bog you down, you can go anywhere you want with only the basic necessities.
For a day to 3 months, all I need is a carry-on and a purse.
I just wash my clothes in the sink for example, and I don’t consider things like curling irons to be a necessity (some do, but my hair doesn’t act up).
If you have too many “basics”, you won’t be able to fit it into a carry-on, which means you won’t be too keen on shifting from one city to another with your huge suitcases.
It’s easier to take the train on a whim to another city when you just have a carry-on (and a purse) to tote around.
You can work anywhere
This is not exactly true for our jobs, but it’s true for many others who are consultants who can work independently.
As IT consultants, we need to be where the employees and the systems are located, or “on-site”.
Sometimes we can work remotely, but ultimately you need to be able to work with people in person, or face wasting a lot of time.
With that being said, all I need is my netbook, an internet connection, and I could technically blog or work anywhere in the world.