Folks come to a "minimalist" lifestyle in a variety of ways.
Maybe they're empty-nesters looking to downsize.
Maybe they've come under the spell of an author or a TV show that encourages decluttering.
Maybe they're concerned about the impact consumerism has on the natural world.
Or maybe, like explorer Lonnie Dupre, they've discovered that "less stuff" means more time and money for things like ... exploring.