Try before you buy: 10 tiny homes to rent on vacation

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    Proponents of the tiny house movement believe that less is more.

    As these adorable abodes gain popularity through television shows like "Tiny House Nation" and "Tiny House Hunters," it may be tempting to pick up and move into one. After all, they're often significantly less expensive than traditional homes, making them a desirable option for buyers on a budget.

    Manufacturers like Rocky Mountain Tiny Homes advertise prices for new homes that range from between $23,000 and $80,000, depending on the size and features. You can order pre-made kits to assemble your own tiny house -- like these from Tumbleweed -- which range from $16,000 to $19,000. The Tiny House Blog even features three homes built for between $489 (they started with an existing shed) and about $11,400. Compare that to the national median home value, which is currently $187,000 according to Zillow.

    But is living small really for you? With homes on this list ranging from just 198 square feet to 400 square feet, making a minimalist move permanently would probably require a serious lifestyle adjustment. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average new single-family home built in the first quarter of 2016 was 2,657 square feet, more than 10 times the size of some of these rentals.

    Why not try before you buy? Home sharing site HomeAway and other similar websites like Airbnb offer dozens of tiny home rentals for your next vacation, where you can get a taste of life in a smaller space.

    So before you start cleaning out your closet and paring down your possessions for a move to a smaller, less-cluttered life, check out these 10 tiny home vacation rentals.

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